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07/07/20

Year six printers are experimenting with collagraphy as a medium for sharing key messages from the Oval Heritage project. https://t.co/bBQpck71sJ

06/07/20

Year six bubble B creating their origami butterflies for our leavers’ tree... https://t.co/l5ZLw9nD5N

03/07/20

Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions... https://t.co/kECiOwBghI

03/07/20

Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions... https://t.co/WVlp0lM0iO

03/07/20

Year Six origami butterflies ready for our leavers’ tree... https://t.co/O7LkilGw5v

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/l5LmOXAGjg

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/BQZx4TIJD2

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/jqMSdbuxbl

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/iAJ5A5cK2f

03/07/20

We discovered our musical talents in Year 4 today using glockenspiels. https://t.co/kO6ttDkG3V

02/07/20

Year 4 have been learning how to draw and sew parabolic curves. https://t.co/Dmx4yMELrm

29/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about gratitude. We watched 'The Giving Tree' https://t.co/GAWo6LSn3Q and then decided to make our very own Harpenden Academy Giving Tree. If you are visiting Harpenden Academy today please take an envelope to put a smile on your face. https://t.co/P7oHq1Cq9g

26/06/20

Actual ice cream! https://t.co/tsErYI1hbi

26/06/20

Year Six artists Picasso- inspired art linked to our PSHE focus on connectedness. https://t.co/3AqnO0pdxA

26/06/20

Year six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/woPoYblYpP

26/06/20

Year six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/1i3n3iqtPQ

26/06/20

Year Six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/5cdHIkZCW8

25/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about the density of liquids this afternoon and made lava lamps. https://t.co/eGed5RxPkw

23/06/20

This afternoon Year 1 became historians - creating timelines and plotting when different flying machines took flight! https://t.co/tnQtblMNGt

23/06/20

More poems from our thoughtful Year 4 children about our key workers https://t.co/HzyTR4T7N0

23/06/20

In English, Year 4 have been learning about onomatopoeia. Today, they have written they most beautiful poems about all our key workers during this time. https://t.co/2ViFnJNL84

22/06/20

This morning Year 1 made an origami "focus fox" to help us with our learning this week. We were very proud of our creations and they definitely helped us focus today! https://t.co/Q1R1MI5z3q

22/06/20

Year six children have started to plan their printing projects for this half term, linked to the Oval heritage project. They have come up with important messages they want to share with the world based on their learning... https://t.co/GCCWs2islh

22/06/20

Year six children have started to plan their printing projects for this half term, linked to the Oval heritage project. They have come up with important messages they want to share with the world based on their learning... https://t.co/QZBu6UxkLr

19/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about 'connecting' in PSHE this week. As part of this we have each sewn a square to represent ourselves which will be connected together to show our lovely Y4 bubble. https://t.co/xFqA7t7pJX

18/06/20

This week in Year Six we have continued our Conflict topic, exploring poetry by teenage refugees now living in the UK as well as learning about the Rohingya refugees (linked to our class story Bone Sparrow) We have been blown away by the children’s refugee poetry writing. https://t.co/zrT0XS9kue

18/06/20

This week in Year Six we have continued our Conflict topic, exploring poetry by teenage refugees now living in the UK as well as learning about the Rohingya refugees (linked to our class story Bone Sparrow) We have been blown away by the children’s refugee poetry writing. https://t.co/Ej1rfFIjWW

18/06/20

Year Six Transition Art Project- the children have started their doorways of gratitude looking back at their time at Harpenden Academy and showing thanks for the values and experiences they have gained which they will take with them onwards to Secondary school and life beyond. https://t.co/ppCm0I1CL9

18/06/20

Year Six Transition Art Project- doorways of gratitude looking back at their time at Harpenden Academy and doorways of hope looking forward to their future. https://t.co/kH1F1tmTtz

12/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about Grace Darling and created diary entries about her heroic day in 1838. We also illustrated our diary entries with pictures of the stormy sea. https://t.co/VqgQMh5Khl

12/06/20

FinalYear Six Conflict Presentation - feeling proud after lots of lovely feedback. https://t.co/Ftg1t6qJG9

12/06/20

More Year Six Conflict Presentations https://t.co/t53HPgXkVH

12/06/20

More Year Six Conflict Presentations https://t.co/sstUret2Qi

12/06/20

More Year Six Conflict Presentations https://t.co/IJShGkSanu

12/06/20

Year 5 have become experts in socially-distanced games! They love wall ball! https://t.co/QDws12Uc78

12/06/20

This morning we’re enjoying Year Six presentations on conflict: each child choose a conflict of their choice and thought carefully about how to present in an engaging way. We’ve all learnt lots and thought about similarities and differences in conflicts through history. https://t.co/A0U5nnIbQy

12/06/20

This morning we’re enjoying Year Six presentations on conflict: each child choose a conflict of their choice and thought carefully about how to present in an engaging way. We’ve all learnt lots and thought about similarities and differences in conflicts through history. https://t.co/mEIgJAPFLk

12/06/20

Year 6 have created very informative e-safety posters that include information about technology and the impact on mental health. https://t.co/XCtJ5M8qSV

11/06/20

Year Six bubbles are loving their socially-distanced outdoor picnic lunches! https://t.co/ncFqQ7AL3K

11/06/20

Enquiry-based learning in Dahl Y5 bubble. https://t.co/k2O78VhG1r

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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