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29/07/19

Retweeted From The Food Teacher™

Great to see and in this week talking With 4000 children across the country taking part this year why not sign up your school/class? https://t.co/RI4SKCnDry

20/07/19

What a lovely end of year surprise show that Ladybird Class, planned independently! https://t.co/fsIwThGJ5F

18/07/19

Harpenden Academy at the Saracens Sport Foundation Tag Festival today! https://t.co/rbTNDWi4lP

16/07/19

Beautiful Year Six bike ride to Redbourn this morning https://t.co/dESDu7BiP9

15/07/19

Final Young Chefs photo https://t.co/hiuVpDiKhw

15/07/19

More Young Chefs in action https://t.co/wQjsNJnRce

15/07/19

More Young Chefs in action https://t.co/jVUW0BNA4I

15/07/19

More Young Chefs in action https://t.co/2mnTyuXXye

15/07/19

More Young Chefs in action https://t.co/tCIQqHBtHK

15/07/19

More Young Chefs in action https://t.co/ozaFlbTejW

15/07/19

A mouthwatering start to the week in Year Six with our children presenting their three course meals, planned and themed for their hero. Ian literally blown away by our Young Chefs culinary skills and creativity! https://t.co/IldcmDiO2B

12/07/19

Our school disco is in full swing! KS2 next! Well done to our DJ Chef Steve! https://t.co/hLGeypIz6j

10/07/19

Playtime in beautiful Brockwell Park. https://t.co/IWTCJOFnz0

10/07/19

A beautiful spot for lunch in the gallery gardens https://t.co/OwJTBDzrI1

10/07/19

More conflict art https://t.co/rkRycl1XFY

10/07/19

Stunning and thought provoking art linked to the concept of conflict. https://t.co/wpu1rODY40

10/07/19

Year Six Conflict artist workshop at the stunning Dulwich Picture Gallery- getting used to our materials and experimenting with texture and line. https://t.co/0JyMg1gAju

05/07/19

A glorious day in the sun for our Sports' Day. Thank you Miss Harvey for organising https://t.co/MMTDca4LOa

03/07/19

We love a bit of scientific magic in Y4! https://t.co/qzdQaCPRmJ

03/07/19

This was the long awaited science experiment looking at how alginates react in different substances! The children loved creating jelly worms and eyeballs! https://t.co/8sbihwcxlN

02/07/19

Meeting the SJL corn snake as part of our year six science visit to SJL! https://t.co/VNSRXbX7Dz

01/07/19

We are delighted to share the report of our recent Ofsted inspection, in which we are officially judged as a good school with outstanding features. Please read the report at https://t.co/NZ2LRTzYct

28/06/19

We enjoyed meeting Chef Harry this morning in assembly. The children were fascinated to learn about his history as a Royal Chef and his current role at Wembley Stadium. Do you know what the Queen’s favourite breakfast is? Shredded Wheat! https://t.co/MxnW7np3qY

27/06/19

Ladybird Lolly break! https://t.co/zc2qbvCGnA

27/06/19

Hello from Graverley Fruit Farm! EYFS are having such fun picking strawberries 🍓 https://t.co/g3h6E6akKf

27/06/19

What an amazing display this morning from the owls! We were fascinated from start to finish. Our resident owl lover even got to fly one of these beautiful birds! https://t.co/N49e15g8B2

26/06/19

Big Music Company thank you for an amazing and uplifting singing workshop! We loved having you visit us and enjoyed singing gospel songs https://t.co/3ecfBUdau9

26/06/19

Retweeted From Big Music Company

An absolute pleasure working with Children and teachers and teaching them some super Gospel songs today!!! https://t.co/ZNG4YDma9e

26/06/19

Inspiring and informative mental health session in Year Six learning more about mental health with Emma, a profession lead occupational therapist (and Harpenden Academy parent). https://t.co/x8vjvKzQKV

26/06/19

What an inspirational gospel choir workshop! We can’t wait for our performance later, parents welcome at 2.30pm https://t.co/hVsZhTubgJ

25/06/19

Exciting day two of wellbeing week in year six with a guest chef demo linked to spices and how to jazz up any meal. The children were mesmerised thank you Patti. https://t.co/r1wWOiOppx

25/06/19

Awesome first ever performance at Harpenden district sports. Excellent positivity, determination and support for each other and other schools. Special thanks to Miss Harvey for making it happen! https://t.co/4fogZ4wkz9

25/06/19

Looking forward to the gospel singing workshops tmw to celebrate our wellbeing week. Remember parents you are welcome to join us!

25/06/19

Arrrr...pirates have taken over year 4 and their Maths learning! Today we had an exciting workshop in which the children had to bury their hidden treasure and learn all about to co-ordinates to find it! So proud of our most 'fearless learner' being awarded a certificate too! https://t.co/SNnmV0OmkG

24/06/19

Year Six smoothie making as part of Wellbeing week. The children selected the fruits they wanted to use and researched their nutritional value before making and tasting their smoothies. https://t.co/uqZ0mtWm8M

24/06/19

More Year Six bike ride photos. https://t.co/zBp0WvazkN

24/06/19

Year Six have kicked off Wellbeing Week with a fantastic bike ride around Rothamsted and along the Nicky Line. We’ve nailed the Five Ways to Wellbeing already: be active, connect, give, keep learning and take notice. https://t.co/weeupDIzcV

21/06/19

Playtime - so wonderful to see our school councillors from year one to year six playing so collaboratively together. https://t.co/87YqNtl5mL

21/06/19

Fascinating tour of the House of Commons and the House of Lords - we’ve learnt so much and our school councillors have been brilliantly engaged and curious! https://t.co/c1eWGVPNdO

Reading for Pleasure

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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