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24/11/20

Wow! Fantastic examples of flight in Dr Seuss‘s gymnastics lesson this morning. Well done to this team for excellent communication and team work as well. https://t.co/1GhD3kYay1

24/11/20

Magnificent measuring in Potter class this morning. We have been learning to convert from metres and centimetres into centimetres. We measured each other’s heights and discussed our accuracy whilst getting outdoors! https://t.co/lANqSj6dTc

24/11/20

Kerr class making rain gauges to find out how much rain we have in Harpenden. https://t.co/9V5g0xCdLp

23/11/20

Thank you to our PE lead, Miss Harvey, for coming in to talk to Dr Seuss class about sportsmanship and fair play today. https://t.co/qRGukNPn3S

23/11/20

Inspired by Monet, Year 1 have been learning about tints and shades in Art. Today we created different shades of blue like in Monet's painting. https://t.co/PqyA8OajYo

23/11/20

Year 1 received a letter from the Christmas Elf asking for help. The Elves need to learn how to catch stars to put on top of our Christmas trees. Thankfully we have been reading the book 'How to catch a star' so planned how we could save the day with our instructions. https://t.co/VYo8tvzm3v

20/11/20

We still celebrate birthdays in the rain. Happy Birthday 🎂 https://t.co/XNt29MUNQx

20/11/20

Kerr class learning about the importance of treating everyone equally https://t.co/A6ejHtbNIm

20/11/20

This Anti-Bullying week, Potter class have made promises to ensure that we are https://t.co/L1rPpAhPrn

20/11/20

Oh no! A ghastly event has taken place in Year 2 Moomin class. Whilst the passengers aboard the Titanic were asleep the ship hit an iceberg! Women, children and some men in first class were saved but sadly had to watch the Captain, family and friends go down with the ship! https://t.co/kVkfvqWof9

20/11/20

It’s Anti-Bullying Week and Dr Seuss class have shown great maturity when discussing bullying and friendship issues. We thought about different types of bullying and their impact but focussed specifically on name-calling. https://t.co/VmQsi6UnT8

20/11/20

As part of anti bullying week Dahl class have discussed the different types of bullying and the effect it can have on the victims. https://t.co/u1OwZmZeYr

19/11/20

Kerr class getting huge hang of unison https://t.co/Jyu31EoEur

19/11/20

Shakespeare writers responding to a poem called ‘To this day’ by Shane Koyczan on bullying... https://t.co/c2whVVW0S6

19/11/20

This week Year 1 we have linked our learning about Anti-Bullying week to our English instructional writing. We have written instructions on how to be a good friend. We also heard a really catchy song about Anti-Bullying week! https://t.co/d29QvfMfVK

19/11/20

Kerr class creating gymnastics routines. There challenges was to move in unison. https://t.co/drPDRQDRQN

18/11/20

Celebrating anti-bullying week with circle time describing ‘a friend does not...’ and ‘a friend is not...’ lots of lovely links to our current class story Ella on the Outside which addresses some complex aspects of friendship and bullying. https://t.co/fEbk9NGWFf

17/11/20

Ssssh don’t tell Mrs Davies. Year 3 created lots of mess practising subtracting with renaming. One child said “This feels like a dojo treat!” https://t.co/63PkP9Et8P

17/11/20

Last week in dance Year Six dancers were introduced to the concept of canons and motifs. They incorporated them into their dance routines which were inspired by their history learning: the Foundling Hospital. https://t.co/3DjyAtacoT

17/11/20

Kerr class comparing Venice and London by describing the human and physical features https://t.co/sUDmhvDn84

17/11/20

Last week in dance Year Six dancers were introduced to the concept of canons and motifs. They incorporated them into their dance routines which were inspired by their history learning: the Foundling Hospital. https://t.co/2TBdXAqY8p

17/11/20

Wonderful anti-bullying dance routines in Year Six today thinking about the use of different groupings to vary the dynamic of the dance and portray different emotions linked to bullying and friendship. Excellent exploration. https://t.co/eSpWZwpke0

17/11/20

Elmer have been busy comparing and ordering numbers. Today we used the terms 'greater than' and 'less than' to compare 3 different numbers. We learnt about ordering from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. https://t.co/63XrBS4Cim

17/11/20

How many cubes (people) will it take to sink the boat (Titanic)? Year 1 brought their History learning to life through their Science with this exciting activity all about floating and sinking. https://t.co/GMWISB9YZr

17/11/20

Kerr class have been learning about the differences in physical and human features across the UK. https://t.co/yMtEqonDB7

16/11/20

Potter class are all in a pickle! In Computing we have been learning how to debug a program to make a pizza. We showed a lot of perseverance and had a lot of fun! Thanks https://t.co/IQyGI4d3By

16/11/20

In History Elmer pretended to be on board the Titanic. We each had a ticket which showed which class of passenger we were. Some of us were allowed to go on the lifeboats, others had to wait. Unfortunately, we ran out of lifeboats! We used our role play to write diary entries. https://t.co/phUEsNIwSP

16/11/20

Elmer enjoyed some practical Maths problem solving this morning. We had to put our thinking hats on and work out how many different ways we could score certain results. Super problem solving skills Year 1! https://t.co/HH8Su0xM7a

14/11/20

Yesterday, Dahl class enjoyed using semaphore to send secret messages to their friends, we found it quite tricky! https://t.co/MO9887AcBN

13/11/20

Dahl class supporting our local high street making posters to support shopping local, thank you Threads of Harpenden for your lovely letter! https://t.co/UsvCHtMHbB

13/11/20

More amazing Year 1 design technologists learning new skills to make their moon buggy. https://t.co/TUQiP6s37B

13/11/20

Kerr class speeding kindness and love to whole school community. https://t.co/6PF1h7XAUA

13/11/20

Year 1 are amazing design technologists! Today we learnt about wheels, axles and chassis. We developed our skills to make sure the wheels didn't fall off! Excellent team work and problem solving skills shown today. https://t.co/snVz9jmZFk

13/11/20

Kerr class trying different counter balances https://t.co/EofAoLt46V

13/11/20

Happy World Kindness Day from Dr Seuss class! This morning we had a really positive start to our day by exchanging compliments cards and have started a kindness diary to document all the lovely things we do for each other. We are a very kind class! https://t.co/BxFl57dK0A

13/11/20

Potter class creating paper structures as part of their DT project. https://t.co/wdmgcIKJ7f

13/11/20

Kerr class coming up with ideas to describe their characters for their play scripts. https://t.co/AiQ4bKufQ7

13/11/20

Happy World Kindness Day from Elmer Class! It was perfect timing that John Lewis released their Christmas Advert today, 'Give a Little Love' https://t.co/j4ljO7sV1A so we watched this and created our own symbols of kindness to pass to you. https://t.co/cRQUka52FH

13/11/20

In Dahl class to celebrate world kindness day we have written notes to each other telling us how kind we are! Very happy smiley faces this morning! https://t.co/IgYtBhtr1b

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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