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02/04/20

Our lovely children have made beautiful pop-up Easter cards today https://t.co/wb93c5F1oR

02/04/20

Reply from an NHS nurse to our year six letter thanking the NHS - stay at home everyone! https://t.co/GpGVDinxSH

02/04/20

Year six writers sharing thanks with NHS staff for their amazing work - please share with anyone you know in the NHS https://t.co/jace4FyMuI

01/04/20

Bring your scooter to school day https://t.co/rNNjAg2DfM

01/04/20

We have been doing Just Dance to get warmed up this morning! https://t.co/FbzgO1nypY

31/03/20

Level six of the HA obstacle course - focusing on our five ways to wellbeing for the week: connect. Working as a team to create a fun game! “This is good for our well being because we’re being active, connecting and keeping learning!” https://t.co/eNiAOxuiuS

31/03/20

A fun Maths challenge to get your mind working. It is not as simple as it seems! https://t.co/EejZYSTPkq

26/03/20

Lovely morning making fruit kebabs in the sunshine discussing the importance of vitamins, including vitamin D, in keeping us healthy and boosting our immune system. “Fruit is protecting us from getting the virus by giving us vitamins.” https://t.co/u6TiMMDLE2

24/03/20

Quote for day 2 "We're lucky as we get to come in here!" https://t.co/HgTXnQBBZv

23/03/20

Social distancing at lunchtime...all feels quite odd, although one wee cub said "It's just like being at Ikea." https://t.co/wFFp3jC3sB

23/03/20

Even on our last day of school on Friday the children in Kerr class and Austen class enjoyed sharing their favourite poems with each other https://t.co/Z3Jzt4PC10

21/03/20

Retweeted From Gavin Williamson

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. https://t.co/n1B1gngVWr

20/03/20

Final maths lesson in year six - making mocktails using their knowledge of ratio https://t.co/a3n2Gg9yf4

18/03/20

Year six scientists learning outdoors as much of the day as possible - gathering and drawing conclusions from water resistance experiments https://t.co/rAooAm7n52

17/03/20

Year six putting their hockey skills into practise with a focus on possession and repossession when invading. https://t.co/cOKZmnjgMf

16/03/20

Second group out completing level one bikeability. https://t.co/VXl26jKedf

16/03/20

Year six bikeability commences... https://t.co/7GdpCw5J6D

13/03/20

Austen class investigated whether the shape of an object affects the time taken to fall through water https://t.co/zkC6xCmUr4

12/03/20

Great sportsmanship and resilience today boys. We didn’t get the results we wanted but a few goals. I’m incredibly proud of you today for your honesty and determination. Live and learn. https://t.co/kp4qUgHuhJ

12/03/20

We had our final parent scientist (a cell biologist) deliver some fascinating workshops about how our bodies work against fighting off 'germs'. We even got to use our IMAGINATIONS to design our own! We watched clips that showed just how amazing our bodies are!! https://t.co/FcPDRmHHsn

12/03/20

We really got our hearts pumping in Dahl class this morning with an workout. Great links to our learning during Science Week! https://t.co/LnWvGlvgyv

11/03/20

Fascinating science workshops and assembly from one of our scientist parents - a clinical researcher specialising in blood research - learning about blood clots and the importance of research in science https://t.co/Kmr8uJ8TVA

11/03/20

Potter class at the common launching our rockets. https://t.co/aa7CzyHDl7

11/03/20

Potter Class learning more about the heart and blood. https://t.co/XFCGJJvpwK

11/03/20

Elmer and Aslan class have been learning about how our blood clots when we are hurt and even made their own blood https://t.co/lPsuF3YOFQ

11/03/20

What are Potter class making today? https://t.co/F42I09OmAx

11/03/20

Harpenden Academy loving Mark the scientists from Empribox https://t.co/EpbehqOr0U

10/03/20

We were so kind, we made elephant toothpaste in two different colours!! https://t.co/BTCC4I8I9g

10/03/20

Ladybird Class got a letter from an elephant today, he was very upset that someone has stock piled all the elephant toothpaste so he asked us to make him some!! https://t.co/RgkssrgssY

10/03/20

Look at our EYFS Snuffle Station we have created to help encourage the children to be healthy and wash their hands https://t.co/L8AEGT2y18

10/03/20

Dahl class are just coming into Harpenden 👍🏻

10/03/20

What an amazing tour of Wimbledon we had this afternoon!! How awesome to walk in the footsteps of so many champions! Dahl class thoroughly enjoyed being VIPs for the day! https://t.co/FFuDSRg4x2

10/03/20

Austen class family groups competing in our intra-school competition. Well done everyone, great teamwork! https://t.co/KxOSYbNipj

10/03/20

Dahl class are on their way home after a great day- ETA 3.50pm.

10/03/20

Sunshine at last Potter class. We are investigating air resistance. https://t.co/FXYvrVshZ3

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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