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12/02/19

Year 4 have had an amazing time at Rock Up in Watford today. I can't explain how proud I am of the children; they showed resilience, team work and determination during this adventurous activity. The children were such a strong team and so supportive of one another. https://t.co/WFTuY2dtY1

12/02/19

Today in Early Years we were inspired to write by our Talk for Writing text - Emergency, Emergency. This is part of our topic ‘People That Help Us’. The other children were so inspired by Sakina’s perseverance that they all decided to write out the story! https://t.co/prDQrKwHDm

08/02/19

Ladybird Class had an amazing trip to Harpenden Fire Station today. Some firefighters may have got wet in the process!! https://t.co/F6Q0DvZ4Ab

04/02/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Congratulations to all the performers in tonight’s Trust Concert! You were all fabulous and should be very proud of yourselves!

01/02/19

A giant snow play today at Harpenden Academy! Happy children who are simply loving the snow. https://t.co/NmNVaGNtnq

01/02/19

Snow Alert - school will be open - see attachment for details. Website down so message delivered by Class List and Marvellous Me. Spread the word. https://t.co/iHu7Rh1Hhm

30/01/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Tickets selling fast! Join us for a fantastic night of music with bands and choirs from across the Scholars' Education Trust coming together. Tickets available from St Albans Arena box office https://t.co/2atm2HMsJH https://t.co/skoUG2857Z

29/01/19

Just getting onto the M1. Most of the children have slept during the journey. 😴

29/01/19

Finally out of carpark and on the move! The coach driver has told us that we can expect to be at The George for collection at approximately 11:45pm.

29/01/19

Young Voice superstars are on the coach waiting to leave the carpark! We'll keep you posted 😊

26/01/19

Oh dear what happened in Reception today?! Don't worry it was a visit from a Paramedic as part of their topic 'People Who Help Us.' Mrs Jackson in the office was relieved as it gave her a bit of a shock when these three cheekies played a trick on her! https://t.co/K1BfauOt1v

26/01/19

On Thursday a group of Year 6 mathematicians took part in the January maths masterclass along with several other schools in Harpenden. The theme was money and they explored the concepts of trading, simple and compound interest and stock markets. https://t.co/whfL6WYKFZ

26/01/19

This week Year 6 headed to the forest as part of their PSHE Thrive Outside project: learning about all the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of spending time in nature. https://t.co/35C2VTa3sM

26/01/19

Look what Father Christmas delivered to Harpenden Academy! https://t.co/ZRSmlsbqpA

26/01/19

This week the children have been creating their own 3D solar systems, learning about the relative temperatures and features of each planet. They have also been conducting their own independent research on aspects of the solar system that interest them. https://t.co/VLoN81k6nR

18/01/19

Dahl Class sat in Centre Court! We sat on the seats the 'Press' sit on (the seats are the original ones from 1922) They were not as comfortable as the ones everyone else sit on! https://t.co/T15OMOrBYS

18/01/19

How the ladies would have dressed during the first ladies tournament (1884) https://t.co/NImQNqBOeG

18/01/19

How Spencer Gore would have dressed (1877 - first champion) https://t.co/4zQ5XphqlS

18/01/19

Wimbledon with Dahl Class

18/01/19

Dahl Class had a fantastic day at Wimbledon on Thursday! Here's a few photos of what we got up to... https://t.co/qJk0Td0x4c

15/01/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

What a great idea to support and promote healthy eating, lovely social interaction and look at all the big smiles. Now we want to know what the treat was for.

15/01/19

Our Year 1 topic is 'Field to Fork.' The children had breakfast and had to think about where the food they ate came from. This term they are going to become 'designers' and learn how to design a healthy meal and make it! Here is an example of the writing they produced today. https://t.co/aenQq4kUme

15/01/19

Why are Year 1 being treated to breakfast this morning? https://t.co/HQDE7E4tLP

15/01/19

Year 1: I wonder what's going on? https://t.co/is8Ktg4262

15/01/19

What is happening in Year 1 this morning? https://t.co/2HhkcNomxd

21/12/18

These two pupils spent their lunchtime rehearsing for the first time to give their classmates a Christmas concert. Merry Christmas! https://t.co/8LPn0cdTbD

21/12/18

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Please follow link for our end of term Trust newsletter https://t.co/IPJxWAIELk We would like to wish students, families and staff across the Trust a very Merry Christmas https://t.co/JL5jpBJq3G

21/12/18

Merry Christmas from everyone at Harpenden Academy! ‘I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!’ 🎅🎄 https://t.co/01dX8HMj2m

18/12/18

Happy Glitter Eyebrow Day at Harpenden Academy today - All children and staff look fabulous with their efforts to glitter up their eyebrows today in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK https://t.co/cE1TCxVUC0

18/12/18

Happy Glitter Eyebrow Day at Harpenden Academy today - All children and staff look fabulous with their efforts to glitter up their eyebrows today in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK https://t.co/yaSjg7RcwQ

14/12/18

Ho Ho Ho! Our Christmas dinner was delicious today and well done to Steve, our Chef, for preparing such a wonderful dinner. The children had so much fun. Thank you to all the staff https://t.co/Id3ivoawXz

13/12/18

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13/12/18

This week we had our final cross country run of the year and what a one to finish on! We stopped to appreciate the beautiful sunrise during our run around Rothamsted before appreciating the delicious Simmons treats which Hettie’s dad kindly gifted us all. https://t.co/YMWKo1vTON

13/12/18

What a wonderful Christivity from our Key Stage 1 & EYFS children. You were all superstars! https://t.co/Huhv223osf

09/12/18

On Saturday our very own Harpenden Academy elves wrapped almost 200 gifts, generously donated by HA families to make Xmas day full of joy & hope for children who are currently living in care. The children (and parents) worked tirelessly all morning to wrap and label the gifts https://t.co/JxnAv23F5H

04/12/18

We are very proud of our team of 7 children who won the Primary School BritishGo Championship in Birmingham on Saturday. The children showed great sportsmanship and determination and retained their title! Well done! https://t.co/hrrMFpfKZV

04/12/18

This morning we had a beautiful frosty run around the Common to wake up our bodies and brains. Such an invigorating and peaceful start to the day! https://t.co/nJAyBMxr1O

25/11/18

Retweeted From Chris Norton Walker

Really fun gig at last night with https://t.co/OqYpzbvgOP

16/11/18

On Monday, KS1 walked to the War Memorial to sketch the poppies and to lay the wreath from Harpenden Academy. Pupils discussed why the poppies had been placed at the War Memorial and why this year was especially important because it was 100 years since the end of WW1. https://t.co/gkwjVPSA6C

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Science

Purpose and Aims

Purpose:

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Aims:

  • To work scientifically
  • To understand plants
  • To understand animals and humans
  • To investigate living things
  • To understand evolution and inheritance
  • To investigate materials
  • To understand movement, forces and magnets
  • To understand light and seeing
  • To investigate sound and hearing
  • To understand electrical circuits
  • To understand the Earth’s movement in space

Provision

Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways

  • Breadth - which gives pupils experiences of thinking independently, raising questions and working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings across biology, chemistry and physics with a termly focus on planning skills, data analysis skills and evaluation skills (in line with the Empiribox scheme of work).
  • Depth - which helps pupils to think and act like scientists

Whilst coverage is our goal for the “breadth” element, repetition and increasing the understanding via mastery learning is our goal for the “depth” element.

Our curriculum drivers shape our approach to teaching science so that every opportunity is taken to relate science to the needs of our pupils. Science is studied weekly in both Key Stages (one session per week in KS1 and two sessions per week in KS2) and cross curricular links and Learning Outside the Classroom are incorporated where possible and meaningful. The Empiribox scheme ensures that children experience hands on science every week, developing awe and wonder which engages and motivates all pupils.

Progression and Assessment

Our progression has eleven key objectives which mirror the eleven aims of the subject. We set out our expectations around the Empiribox approach. Children across each Key Stage study the same topic each term but at different levels to meet the needs of each child. We use the Chris Quigley three cognitive domains to ensure each child receives the right support and challenge: Basic (We call it Paddling), Advancing (we call it Snorkelling) and Deep (we call it Diving). It is expected that the vast majority of pupils will have an Advancing understanding by the end of the milestone (KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2) and some will have a Deep understanding.

Assessment and reporting

We will assess the pupil’s depth of understanding each term using the Empiribox tracking system and will use this data to forecast whether pupils are on track to meet our curriculum expectations for the end of the Key Stage.

3D Solar Systems, Year 6, January 2019

This week the children have been creating their own 3D solar systems, learning about the relative temperatures and features of each planet. They have also been conducting their own independent research on aspects of the solar system that interest them.

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Key Stage 2 Solar System, January 2019

This week children across KS2 have been exploring the solar system as part of our new science topic - Space, Light and Shadows. In particular our young scientists have been learning to describe the position and relationship between the planets. A range of exciting hands on activities have taken place throughout the Key Stage, including creating scale models of the solar system in the playground using string and chalk with a ratio of 1: 1 million. Even with this ratio, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune couldn't fit in our playground so the children estimated where in Harpenden town centre the planets might sit! Super scientific exploration Year Six!

Solar system

Year 1 - Form to Fork, January 2019

Learning where our breakfast comes from and designing a healthy menu

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Teacher Training, 4th December 2018

Science 1On Tuesday KS2 teachers spent a couple of hours after school training for next term’s science topic: light and space. We tried out many of the exciting experiments and stretched our brains thinking about orbits and rotations. We cannot wait to get started in January and have a super exciting while Key Stage 2 science trip planned for the middle of science week in March. Watch this SPACE! 

Science-Pupil-and-Parent-Voice-November-2018.pdf

Year 5, Dahl Class, Continents Separating, October 2018

“I’m really enjoying science because of all the experiments we are doing, particularly the bread and soup to show how continents separated.”

Continents 1 Continents 2 Continents 3

Natural History Museum

In April 2018 Year Six spent the day deepening their knowledge and understanding of evolution at the Natural History Museum. They explored what has evolved over the past few hundred million years, how it has evolved and why by participating in a range of fun activities and games. The children were so excited to see Mary Anning’s fossils up close, not to mention a series of skulls showing how humans evolved over the past five million years to carry larger brains! The Galapogas finches beak game was also lots of fun!

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Rainbows

A group of our talented Year 6 mathematicians attend the Royal Institute Maths Masterclasses every term. One of these sessions was about the maths and science behind rainbows. The children were so fascinated and amazed by what they learnt that they led an assembly on the topic the very next day for the whole school and parents.

Rainbows

Year 6 Circulatory system drama in the playgound

Year six used the playground and play equipment to create a drama to show how the circulatory system works - showing the blood pumping through the lungs to be oxygenated then travelling via the heart to the rest of the body to deliver oxygen and nutrients through the semi permeable membranes of the capillaries! It was wonderful to see the imaginative ways the children chose to represent the process and the scientific language they used to narrate their drama. Not to mention the super humour used in one group which had us all in hysterics as the lungs sent the blood cells ‘off to work’ with their packed lunches!

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 Circulatory

Year Six Heart Dissection

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Which material is Waterproof? Which material is absorbent?

Science

Rothamsted Research 175th Anniversary Celebrations 2018

This year, Rothamsted Research, who at the heart of Harpenden and one of the largest science employers in Hertfordshire, is 175.
 
The children got to experience the festival’s insect and grassland zones, and go on a trailer ride of the farm. There was a treasure trove of exhibits and activities that shared the stories of Rothamsted’s incredible heritage and its role in the landmark discoveries in science, from the evolution of fertilisers to the search for kinder pesticides. The children experienced some of the technological transformations underway, as farming meets sensors, meets robotics.

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Affinity Water and Mad Science

We had a wonderful assembly this morning provided by Affinity Water and Mad Science. The children had great fun and learned easy and simple ways to save water around their homes. The presenters were energetic and brilliant with the children and the children enjoyed the interactive experiments explaining the water cycle and how we recycle water. 

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Year 5 Trip to the National History Museum

We went to learn about Earthquakes and Volcanoes, we explored the museum section about Earthquakes and Volcanoes. We watched an Earthquake and Volcanoes show. We used seismographs which show when an Earthquake is happening. We also helped to evacuate a town which was about to be destroyed by a volcanic eruption.We created lava and watched how slowly it can run and how quickly it sets. Finally we had some free time to enjoy other parts of the museum. We had a fab day! 

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Science Week - Reception Class

Reception have had a wonderful week exploring their senses. They have been looking at how we can change the state of foods. They have made jelly and discussed dissolving and setting it. Ladybird class have made butter out of double cream by shaking and whisking. They have explored different tastes such as jelly, salty popcorn, lemon and butter.

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Rainbow Colours

Elmer class were making predictions and testing what would happen to skittles once water was added. They were also looking at colour combinations.

Is it a solid or a liquid?

Elmer class mixed cornflour and water to make gloop! They had lots of fun exploring the gloop and discussed if it was a solid or a liquid?

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Science Week - Year 1/2 Aslan Class

A tree hunt looking for deciduous and evergreen trees.

Science 12 We looked at the density of different liquids and made lava lamps.

We designed and made models using marshmallows and spaghetti. We based our designs around buildings and looked at the structure needed to make it stable.

We set up an experiment to investigate how clean our hands really were! We observed over time what happened to our bread.

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Science Week - Year 3/Year 5

Year 3 have been designing a system to transport tomatoes from the top of a mountain in Nepal to the market town at the base of the mountain. They used the following resources: spaghetti, cups, string, Lego, sellotape and glue.

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Year 5 have had tremendous fun this week and applied their science knowledge to the following challenges:

  • To build the tallest tower using only paper and glue. The tower needs to stand up with out any additional support
  • To build the strongest bridge out of straw and sellotape. The bridge needs to support the weight of a car.
  • Dissecting plants

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Science Week - Year 6, Shakespeare Class

  • Building towers with spaghetti and marshmallows using our understanding of gravity
  • Darwin Galapagos Island finches experiment - we used different 'beaks' to find out which type was the most effective for collecting food. We discovered that the best beak depended on the type of food which is why finches adapted over time to have different beaks depending on their habitat and diet.
  • Daily discussion of science in the news: from glow in the dark mice to how many jaffa cakes it would take to fuel a house!
  • Ocean grabber - we invented ways to improve an ocean grabber which could be used to explore new ocean life (linked to our imagination value)

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Melting Point of Ice

Looking at how salt lowers the melting point of ice.

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Lydekker Park - Year 6 Shakespeare Class

Yesterday Year 6 spent the afternoon at Lydekker park investigating, observing, sketching and classifying leaves. It was wonderful to see our Shakespeare scientists observing carefully and asking thoughtful questions about the plants. Who knew there was such a variety of leaves in such a small space?

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Year 6 Scientists

This week our Year 6 scientists have been developing their observation and classification skills by creating branching keys for a range of sweet treats. Inspired by Carl Linneas - who devised the first classification guide for living things - some children even created Latin-sounding names for the sweets. A super science session!

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Investigating asteroid collisions with Earth - Year 6

This week in science Year 6 were recreating the asteroid explosion that caused the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. They came up with lots of independent variable and dependent variable then used them to create a scientific question.

Using various sizes marbles, ball bearings, rocks, flour, icing sugar, sand and foil, they created a whole range of explosions around the playground.

Here are some of our super scientific questions:

What effect does the size of the asteroid have on the diameter of the crater?

What effect does the air pressure have on the depth of the crater?

What effect does the height of the drop have on the distance the ground moves?

What effect does the angle of the drop have on the width of the shape of the tray?

We also discussed how we could have made our investigation more reliable and agreed that carrying it our more than once as well as using the same person to drop the asteroid each time would make it more reliable.

Maybe you could ask your child to try a different scientific question at home!

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