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22/10/19

Here is Ladybird Class’s Rangoli pattern to celebrate Diwali, we created it outside the classroom door 🎉 https://t.co/VIceFdtlno

21/10/19

Potter Class sketching a Roman Theatre. https://t.co/t3X3qU2cnN

21/10/19

Potter class learning lots about the Romans by looking at artefacts from the Roman times. https://t.co/ftwIdV55p6

18/10/19

Look at Lauren and Sophie's Stop Start Animation from our Creative Friday session - impressive work! https://t.co/6I0cQCbi2D

18/10/19

We love Creative Friday! The children have been using the iMotion app today to create short animations. We were inspired by Morph (for those of you old enough to remember!) https://t.co/8PIWFsd3hW

16/10/19

What a relaxing afternoon year 5 have had creating their own Mandala patterns. Some stunning outcomes! https://t.co/jrQmGGylsY

15/10/19

Austen class are enjoying their science lesson on testing the elasticity of skin as it ages. https://t.co/LCOqvdhpjK

14/10/19

Year 6 spent some quality time with their Reception buddies this morning. They worked together to make some scrumptious bread dough. The Reception class really enjoyed showing Year 6 how to get the consistency just right !!! https://t.co/RF9sPvCkCv

14/10/19

Congratulations we are proud to announce that we are the UK Go Challenge Primary School champions! We are very proud of our primary competitors - what an amazing achievement. https://t.co/Mg7y9OwHrS

14/10/19

An inspirational assembly from one of our brave year 5 children celebrating National organ donation day after a liver transplant saved her life. https://t.co/iEu73sZWtL

11/10/19

We have been using lots of growth mindset phrases this afternoon whilst making foxes and ducks. It sent us “quackers” https://t.co/U9TOINF8Jf

10/10/19

The children are thoroughly enjoying our new 'snug kit' in the playground. The result is collaborative play and some amazing creations https://t.co/MLfTNe97qw

08/10/19

Year 6 girls football first win of the year. Well done girls! https://t.co/2EvwXbw36A

08/10/19

Potter Class learning about independence with food https://t.co/7OkRbzNo0s

08/10/19

Potter class using chalk and flour to practice their spellings. https://t.co/dpAouAqdTf

04/10/19

Creative Friday Computing Group got to grips with Pic-collage today. We created a collage of photos to represent HA. We edited our photos and produced some lovely work! https://t.co/cJ03rNVWph

04/10/19

My goodness me we are exercising our growth mindness today!! https://t.co/PgM2cT2Hlg

04/10/19

Shakespeare class are learning how to play the Ukulele!!! https://t.co/vmc9ScStIa

02/10/19

Our Science was literally jumping with excitement in Austen class today as we created new habitats for our crickets! We looked at the independent and dependent variables and will observe them regularly over a long period of time. https://t.co/ZGpEWYiYAa

01/10/19

Ladybird Class have been inspired by Toy Story 4 and have linked our learning by practicing writing our names on our very own ‘Forky’ https://t.co/1SZRMfv0nj

29/09/19

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Y4 have been conducting an exciting experiment looking at the growth of microbes. We are investigating which is the dirtiest place in the classroom! We swiped 4 places with a cotton bud&then rolled them on the petri dish. Next week we will classify the growth of our bacteria! https://t.co/tk9rzcJ2ti

27/09/19

Creative Friday is going down a treat! So many smiles and excitement around the school. In the Computing/Photography group we have been green screening. If you could be anywhere, where would you be? https://t.co/4FSQTuw8jv

27/09/19

All of the entrants... https://t.co/76z1EzppKT

27/09/19

The Winner of the Harpenden Academy Bake Off... https://t.co/zfB85SXWoD

27/09/19

A late entrant may have blown the competion out of the water! https://t.co/7iBNgyMasQ

27/09/19

Staff Bake Off competition in assembly...it has all got rather serious! https://t.co/p1LXmUHOOL

27/09/19

Cakes a go go at HA https://t.co/HOh7NUGH7c

27/09/19

Macmillian coffee morning is on!! https://t.co/40Ve9DPRAw

27/09/19

Its the Harpenden Academy Bake Off for MacMillian Coffee Morning...judging in assembly this morning ! https://t.co/6xlTBAuF5p

25/09/19

Year 5 had great fun making a wormery today. Some great initial observations made! https://t.co/NXjy6hV9RN

24/09/19

Our classes are having a brilliant time at our big dance workshop today run by We are putting something quite special together - watch this space! https://t.co/7crcUCUgay

20/09/19

Year 4 Austen have been busy scientists extracting DNA from strawberries today. They have also been researching key facts. Did you know that we share over 50% of our DNA with a banana?! https://t.co/LAJkVWT6ge

20/09/19

Just heard from Mrs Davies, the Year 5 coach is 10min away

20/09/19

Coach fixed and back on the road. Estimated to arrive in an hour at 1.20pm

20/09/19

Year 5 Coach delayed due to breakdown. Luckily broken down by M&S Wild Bean Cafe at service station. Coach assistance on the way and will keep you posted on progress. All safe and off to get the children lunch.

20/09/19

Year 5 Fellowship Afloat have just left so ETA is between 12.00-12.30. Will keep you updated on more specific arrival time

20/09/19

What a fantastic week it has been. It’s been an absolute pleasure to spend it with such a bright, bubbly, kind and engaged bunch of children. Very proud teacher returning to Harpenden Academy for a wonderful year ahead ! https://t.co/kp6uFSaYZU

20/09/19

On our way home! https://t.co/2NY4KCoGql

20/09/19

Preparing to go home...we are now far more independent than we were on Monday! https://t.co/wa8CQzu3zF

20/09/19

Our last sunrise at FA. We have bleary eyed children and adults this morning . A fabulous week.Lots of stories to tell about bravery on the high ropes, balloon popping in archery and adventures on the seas. Thank you for letting us make memories with your children. https://t.co/gXAbjtde1D

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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