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18/06/21

Elmer had a lovely afternoon learning about the skill of chopping. We learnt about how to be safe and hygienic when chopping https://t.co/6Z82Y407lZ

18/06/21

Another wonderful UK parliament workshop We had an extra surprise senior communications officer joined us virtually. There were lots of great questions. https://t.co/8AI0QPm3Nu

18/06/21

Forest School indoors! Moomin Class having fun using an 8 point compass. https://t.co/uiMddrIBN9

17/06/21

Year six celebrating Clean Air Day with a traffic survey which they then Turned into bar charts and pie charts on Excel. https://t.co/ufKV3f9ZaW

17/06/21

Cross curricular learning in Kerr class. We investigating how we travel to school for and creating spreadsheets to show the data https://t.co/GWIMSVhw6a

17/06/21

Dahl class have been data collecting outside to see how many vehicles come past our school linked to we will be comparing with results we take this afternoon https://t.co/rYbBiWokwN

16/06/21

Dahl class scientists are enjoying learning about filtration today. https://t.co/jzUmQotnk8

16/06/21

Moomin Masterchefs! Practising our cutting skills. https://t.co/trVknjLoi6

15/06/21

Yr 6 artists have been enjoying some time today to reflect upon their growth and development through their primary years, by starting their ‘Doorways’ project: A doorway symbolises the transition and passageway from one place to another. # PSHE # Art # Transition https://t.co/VcrGC4P4YD

15/06/21

Excellent ball control in Elmer class this afternoon. We used different types of balls and learnt how to control the ball with our feet. We practised passing the ball to our friends and learnt how to stop the ball too https://t.co/pY7K2dNIsC

14/06/21

KS2 teachers attend the Woodhall estate pre-trip briefing: we can’t wait to bring the children here in a couple of weeks to explore this beautiful place and learn more about nature and sustainability. https://t.co/EwzlPLfD8V

13/06/21

Well Done Team Harpenden, An amazing performance against the Lea. Year 5 & 6 you have improved so much https://t.co/tNgsFvg5Nc

11/06/21

Kerr Class, learning about the UK Parliament. Thank you UK parliament for a wonderful interactive workshop https://t.co/7A6zE3peh3

11/06/21

Moomin class are having fun at Forest School. We are learning to use compass directions. https://t.co/F6rcV3vLJM

10/06/21

Elmer class enjoyed creating freeze frames during their drama work this morning. They chose a scene from the story 'Lost and Found' and recreated it showing the character's emotions. https://t.co/6eObR7XaoL

10/06/21

Dahl class enjoying the start of our striking and fielding PE unit today! https://t.co/kRLKP2KfI0

09/06/21

Year six dancers finding ways to connect more deeply to our oceans via ocean- inspired dances. https://t.co/IQBWQ4zOPQ

08/06/21

Kerr class making art out of plastic https://t.co/S5cxyvWdgr

08/06/21

Well Done Team Harpenden Academy. 4 vs 0 win 🥇 🏆 unbeaten this year! https://t.co/POGSUMrbFe

08/06/21

Potter Class have been reusing carrier bags to make turtle sculptures to celebrate World Ocean Day! Did you know 1 in 2 marine turtles have eaten plastic? 🐢 https://t.co/WUPJIswMmA

08/06/21

Potter Class creating dance sequences reflecting the stages of the water cycle on World Ocean Day. Can you spot our use of different levels, ways of travelling and use of unison and canon? https://t.co/xtjKxFP0ow

08/06/21

Happy World Ocean Day! As part of our learning today about the 6Rs, Elmer REUSED bottles to create some beautiful fish. https://t.co/AAAHkbS831

08/06/21

Dr Seuss class thoroughly enjoyed celebrating World Ocean Day. We spent part of the day making a start on an ocean scene made entirely out of recycled materials https://t.co/6ozOTkjfzp

08/06/21

Year 5 made some fabulous ocean creations from recyclables today as well as starting on our knowledge organisers to share what we have learned from this important day! https://t.co/EZsbMEmvfO

08/06/21

Moomin Class are using an atlas to locate the 5 oceans of the world. https://t.co/5iyiKQBpt3

08/06/21

Potter and Kerr class enjoyed their assembly kick starting their day full of ocean activities https://t.co/wMjITUEl2j

08/06/21

Kerr class learning about soluble materials, what do you think happened here?. https://t.co/CT5lQKbRu5

07/06/21

Dahl class were super keen to start our world oceans day early and so we gathered the goods and discussed what we could do to help protect our oceans... more to follow tomorrow! https://t.co/AJr10Fofeq

07/06/21

Kerr class learning about soluble materials, what do you think happened here?. https://t.co/cOeFGyDgXs

07/06/21

Graphs linked to World Ocean Day produced by Dr Seuss Class. We looked at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and linked our graphs to the decomposition rates of different materials https://t.co/IqdchBZBJA

07/06/21

Year 6 engaging with a live UK Parliament workshop learning about the House of Commons and the House of Lords, including concepts such as: life peerage, elected and selected members, constituencies, canvassing, scrutiny, opposition and parliament ping pong. https://t.co/Kzey2vGGuR

07/06/21

Penguin found! This morning we found a lost penguin in Elmer classroom. We worked in groups to decide how the penguin had arrived in our room and how we could help it return home. In groups, we gave short presentations to the class to explain our ideas https://t.co/CsOHbiXwD1

07/06/21

Elmer class are developing their typing skills so that we can make e-cards later this term. https://t.co/rL7yLC3Fzj

07/06/21

Today we have planned our own evacuee stories that we will be writing up later this week- can’t wait to read such fabulously written stories - the plots sound amazing! https://t.co/VrXitZ2VGu

07/06/21

Year 5 have been working hard in maths with graphs today as part of our world ocean day activities to show the time it takes rubbish to decompose over years 🌍 https://t.co/hNSwji7Lxs

27/05/21

WW2 art inspired by Henry Moore. Dr Seuss class got rather messy! https://t.co/7glU5K1qLW

27/05/21

Moomin are enjoying playing a 5 times table game. https://t.co/HcnzZmLBws

27/05/21

Dahl class scientists are enjoying investigating evaporation https://t.co/mT7hrRflRD

27/05/21

Elmer class loved playing a maths game about comparing numbers and place value. Who has the most tens? https://t.co/dhMWycGsFx

27/05/21

Dahl class enjoying the sunshine whilst practicing out hockey dribbling skills https://t.co/hjLYjd01L6

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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