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12/12/19

The naughty EYFS elf Fred forgot to move around the classroom as he should, might be due to 3 nativity’s and a school trip. Hopefully this will make up for it?! https://t.co/bBxYMFqkPb

12/12/19

Waiting to meet Father Christmas 🎄 https://t.co/DsFBdBnOIF

11/12/19

Year six have been making Christmas decorations for our classroom as their home learning and this beautiful embroidery is our favourite so far! https://t.co/xRyIqA4mQf

10/12/19

Year six unwrap today’s book advent! https://t.co/e0E5uhzcdB

06/12/19

Creative Friday baking group loved making chocolate chip muffins this afternoon! https://t.co/2FE7cCREkQ

06/12/19

Lucian's basketball caveman! https://t.co/BJwsYzrYob

06/12/19

An entertaining Stop Motion animation from Evie and Jasmine. https://t.co/1XJirOYycA

04/12/19

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! https://t.co/439afnsRDk

04/12/19

Curators in action debating which artefacts should be added to the Charles Dickens museum. https://t.co/rffM6yOalD

04/12/19

Learning lots about Charles Dickens’ life and the lives of rich Victorians by exploring his house. https://t.co/e46KsmVTh1

04/12/19

Taking in the role of curators and asking questions about a range of artefacts from the Charles Dickens collection. https://t.co/LnRXaNjNSO

04/12/19

Very excited to start our Charles Dickens workshops and tour of his house decorated for Christmas. https://t.co/dubTrROaH1

03/12/19

Energising wintery cross country this morning. https://t.co/Nz6yhfXFiZ

03/12/19

Learning to independently follow a recipe to make shortbread today. I loved their use of technical vocabulary whilst cooking. Well done Austen class! https://t.co/hsHL1titxr

03/12/19

A brilliant live learning for Elmer this morning- taking part in a carousel of spelling strategies! https://t.co/VbrbdD4VUu

02/12/19

Kerr Class had a wonderful time getting into the festive spirit of things! https://t.co/JkmPeuwPVR

02/12/19

Feeling festive in Potter Class. Christmas Cake making https://t.co/9TuFQpCWKw

29/11/19

Year 5 are thoroughly enjoying their clay tile workshop at St Albans Cathedral! https://t.co/634BaqEsdW

28/11/19

EYFS are incredibly excited about our upcoming nativity and have created some art work (Whoops a Daisy Angel) https://t.co/hgoU4ufW7e

28/11/19

Fantastic creative Thursday cookery session baking chocolate chip cookies. https://t.co/XbCnnrCmhq

28/11/19

Creative Thursday! Learning about human digestion system. https://t.co/yMLrh9I33w

26/11/19

The children in Austen showed our value of the month 'courage' when trying a new delicious Scottish dish - Haggis (meat and vegetarian options were available). We are learning about great British dishes and this week focused on Scotland in preparation for St. Andrew's Day! https://t.co/nmIUuYatg5

22/11/19

Some traffic on the M25 ETA now 4.15pm for Austen and Kerr

22/11/19

Austen and Kerr class have had a fabulous day! We are now on the coach on our way back. Due back about 4pm. Will keep Twitter updated. https://t.co/pQujOLRw9y

22/11/19

Look who we found on the path! https://t.co/0y6TffQUPU

22/11/19

What amazing animals and plants we have been lucky to see! https://t.co/Lk5BpqkSBi

22/11/19

We are really enjoying our tour on how plants and animals have adapted to the rainforest habitat! https://t.co/2ZtsPVxOAl

22/11/19

Harpenden Academy have invaded the Rainforest! https://t.co/9bbsZ2C6km

22/11/19

Austen and Kerr class are on the way to the Living Rainforest! We are due to arrive at 10.30am 🐒🦎🌴 https://t.co/MbJZ3UrluM

20/11/19

Outdoor mindful listening at the start of our nature walk. https://t.co/Y1O2pQxuTQ

20/11/19

Year six and year three nature walk- finding and observing plants and mini beasts in our local habitat. https://t.co/3royQPsrBY

19/11/19

Austen class have been enjoying making (and eating) Welsh Rarebit this week as part of our learning about great British dishes. The children rated it a 9/10, yum yum! https://t.co/IjJUL273gI https://t.co/bBrAv4tHrY

19/11/19

Austen loved their nature walk this morning! We were learning about plants and animals in the local habitat as part of our Science topic. https://t.co/hsxsekTE9l

19/11/19

Beautiful frosty cross country run this morning https://t.co/uMWkqdDNuV

19/11/19

Who can guess the great British dish we are making in Austen class today? https://t.co/gQBvy4clya

15/11/19

Smarties science https://t.co/FgQ2keSAiw

15/11/19

Harry Potter inspired science. https://t.co/1ejn1K4YQv

Reading for Pleasure

EYFS Phonics Websites and Apps

An Intro to Reading in the Early Years ppt

At Harpenden Academy we recognise the relationship between attainment in and enjoyment of reading. We aim to develop positive attitudes towards reading and foster a love of books through the school’s enthusiastic reading culture. As a school we take specific action to ensure we are equipping pupils with the skills to become readers and to ensure reading is promoted as a high-value activity. We use the several strategies detailed in this report to organise reading for pleasure and support Harpenden Academy pupils in becoming confident, keen and capable readers.

Supporting Staff

In order to teach reading effectively, staff need to have the necessary knowledge and skills. Our monitoring cycle and staff self-review identifies areas of strength and weakness in teaching and these are addressed through whole school CPD; targeted ‘courses’ for individuals and further peer to peer support to share good practice. We use in-house expertise as much as possible to share good practice.

The structured, systematic teaching of phonics taught daily in Reception and KS1 using Jolly Phonics which ensures staff are equipped to cover all areas of phonics successfully. We use data analysis to identify areas of need and regularly review, and where necessary adjust, class and catch-up provision.

Teaching the Reading Curriculum

Our data analysis identifies pupils who have fallen or who are at risk of falling behind in their reading and interventions are put in place. These are either small teaching groups in addition to classroom provision or specific strategies used within whole class teaching to help accelerate progress. Half termly pupil progress review meetings between Senior Leaders and class teachers judge the impact of interventions and groupings are amended or teaching support redeployed according to need. We acknowledge that reading enjoyment and reading achievement are interdependent, so identification of need is key to ensuring all our pupils can participate fully in the reading curriculum.

Vocabulary development is recognised as a priority, so teachers use all available opportunities to clarify and extend pupils’ understanding of new words. Guided reading sessions are a prime opportunity to do this but new subject vocabulary is also introduced in science, maths and topic lessons. In the early years, pupils’ vocabulary extension is planned for within focus activities.

We recognise the need to increase pupils’ reading stamina and their independence, so pupils are given opportunities to read alone, silently, and as they reach KS2 also to complete ‘read and respond’ exercises to test their comprehension. They learn to make choices about what to read using the selection of books in the class ‘book box’ and from the Library.

Throughout school, teachers read aloud to their classes several times a week. We value reading aloud and hearing books read and recognise that sharing a text is a special time which should be guarded despite the time pressures of the curriculum.

Developing the Reading Environment

Each class in Reception and KS1 has its own book corner containing a range of reading materials. Each day, time is allocated for pupils to select books read in a ‘cosy corner’ or in other shared school spaces for example the outdoor garden. Our pupils enjoy reading together and can regularly be witnessed reading play-scripts aloud or sharing a big book with a friend.

The school library is a resource used by all classes, but is currently under development due to the move. The aim is that the school library can be used as a reference library to support teaching and learning in cross-curricular topic and subjects such as science, history and food technology. The school is designed, with large areas of open areas, like the library so it can increasingly be used for independent research, particularly as pupils move into upper Key Stage 2. We want pupils be involved in running the library so once restocking and cataloguing has taken place, Junior Librarians will be nominated and trained.

Corridor and classroom displays regularly show pupils work associated with key texts or authors e.g. Horrid Henry or Roald Dahl. This not only shows and celebrates what pupils have learnt but also extends the pupils’ knowledge of authors and ‘must reads’.

Reading is promoted and utilised in all subject areas, whether this be on-screen reading as part of topic research; keeping up to date by reading child friendly  websites; or using information books to extend knowledge in a range of subject areas.

Celebrating Reading

Adults in school are the pupils’ role models, so we demonstrate that we are readers by sharing with pupils what we are currently reading. Teachers and other adults talk enthusiastically about reading and weave their love of reading into assemblies and presentations. Authors and poets are invited into school and work with year groups.

Classes visit the local library to encourage membership and good habits outside school time.

Engaging Parents

Our families support pupils by reading with or to them each day, either after or before school, and signing their reading diaries. They are informed about pupils’ reading levels and of course attend Parents’ Evenings and school events to find out about the reading curriculum.

We know that we can do more to inform parents about and involve parents in reading for pleasure, so we use parent workshops to help parents learn about the methods we use.

Moving Forward

Raising pupils’ attainment in reading is a priority for every member of the school staff as is developing a love of reading. In the knowledge that excellence and enjoyment are reciprocal processes, we strive to enhance and support children’s reading, so Harpenden Academy pupils love to read because they can read.

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