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04/03/21

Whipping It Up with Mrs Ross! Check out our new page on our website. Cook along with Mrs Ross and send us photos of your tasty treats! https://t.co/XB3oZukAHM https://t.co/PoARVm5Tzu

04/03/21

We are overwhelmed by the entries for our Lockdown photography competition! Deadline for submission is 8th March at 7pm. Check out the entries on our website https://t.co/kSTWob0Lp6

04/03/21

more World Book Day fun! https://t.co/QfzkBzXnDk

04/03/21

World Book Day fun today at Harpenden Academy! https://t.co/dlFzAheRRM

04/03/21

World Book Day at Harpenden Academy today! At school and at home https://t.co/aKm4LNvrfR

04/03/21

Team Shakespeare World Book Day at home - amazing dress up, reading outdoors and comic strips. https://t.co/S5QulaHq1C

04/03/21

Year six - book charades, live workshops and creating stories in a jar https://t.co/BGANVM3dAV

04/03/21

Year six - Can you guess the book character? https://t.co/BWMSaBhSfR

04/03/21

Year six - Can you guess the book character? https://t.co/jaKc3xNJcG

04/03/21

Team Shakespeare World Book Day at home: dress your head, build a story den and feedback! https://t.co/7aG57VVncM

04/03/21

Elmer class are really enjoying World Book Day. https://t.co/EPolQElhE0

04/03/21

More World Book day fun from Elmer at home. Reading in unusual place, creating books and 'Draw with Rob' becoming an illustrator. https://t.co/wOALo6jHTY

04/03/21

World Book Day costumes in Year 1 https://t.co/PK0mMkwcBO

03/03/21

Year six investigating the relationship between height and volume as well as type of material of the floor and volume using sound meters https://t.co/zGJrpC3ByS

03/03/21

Team Shakespeare celebrating Food Waste Awareness Week with persuasive letters home to parents asking for changes to be made! https://t.co/YCNMD6jTJm

26/02/21

Kerr Class taking part in Captain Tom Moore challenge https://t.co/CoEqcA6eOq

26/02/21

Year 3 have been taking part in in memory of Sir Captain Tom Moore. We did 100 repetitions of an exercise, starting with 10 laps of the hall each! It was certainly a challenge! https://t.co/uk8n5Wdayb

26/02/21

Year 1 looked closely at feathers this afternoon. We discussed layering two different types of media. We chose from charcoal, pencil, oil pastels or water colours. Very impressive results Elmer class! https://t.co/92Va8w5qBr

26/02/21

In Year 1 we are developing our observational skills in Art. We started with a warm up game called 'Blind Drawing'. The children had to have a piece of card over their pencil so they couldn't see what they were drawing. We realised quickly that this made it so much harder! https://t.co/zaz3xqQszz

25/02/21

Year 1 have been enjoying their first session on how to conduct online safe searches. The children used safe search engines to find images of animals. They then used their copying and pasting skills to put them into another document. https://t.co/4L4y4sV7Nj

23/02/21

Team Shakespeare mixing science and music. Having investigated how different instruments create different pitch sounds, the children made panpipes! https://t.co/8NtKfGbWia

22/02/21

Year six Art therapy session to express out emotions - symbols of happiness https://t.co/FZpk9tQd5M

22/02/21

Team Shakespeare performing poetry from the beautiful Lost Words poetry book using excellent expression, emphasis and evocative tones of voice! https://t.co/M1K0Cg97Ri

12/02/21

Linked to tactical fitness, year 6 delivered a high impact workout designed to work the whole body. Impressively, the children all came up with a broad range of exercises to target different parts of physical fitness. https://t.co/vVcwT7zqmU

09/02/21

Year 3 have been making colourful cupcakes linked to our self-esteem story “Gilly the Giraffe”. We practised our icing skills and decorated using sparkly sprinkles! https://t.co/GQR9kjwsmP

05/02/21

We are Scientists! Today, in Year 1 we have been learning about things that are alive, were once alive or things that were never alive. As part of this we made our very own fossils! https://t.co/OZ3yPamLVC

04/02/21

Year 1 loved creating story stones and creating imaginative stories from images. Well done everyone! https://t.co/gCYADl7NWl

04/02/21

More of Elmer enjoying their 'Power Snuggle' time. https://t.co/xQxfucTqcZ

04/02/21

Year 1 have loved our special Story Telling day. It has been a day where the children at home, and at school have shown their true creativity and imagination. https://t.co/jGg28xO9QE

04/02/21

Year 6 have had a phenomenal morning, releasing their imaginations and sense of escapism, during Harpenden Academy’s story-telling day: exploring language to create team stories; improvisation, performance and animation through drama; and a high energy fairytale PE lesson! https://t.co/uP5yLw1en0

29/01/21

Year six scientists exploring how sound travels through different states of matter. Great experiments by our scientists at home too! https://t.co/fzG2VZBAht

29/01/21

Year six Hopes and Dreams PSHE lesson inspired by Amanda Gorman’s inauguration poem: The Hill We Climb https://t.co/nQgJPCvtMk

28/01/21

Using Willow, Year 6 design technologists, produced beautiful spiders webs - by using their weaving and creative skills, to produce: a striking, unique and colourful Dreamcatcher. https://t.co/0UdM7IQKN6

28/01/21

In Year six we created an outdoor library for our English lesson today - exploring the key features of non chronological reports and their effect on the reader. All feeling grateful for the sunshine! https://t.co/xOjDuirOBC

22/01/21

Kerr class putting their final touches to their tribal/war dances. Excellent teamwork https://t.co/TKCJnPGkzV

21/01/21

Team Shakespeare have been extremely active, as part of our ‘Be Active’ challenge, to support not only our physical health but our mental health. We have been focussing on tactical fitness today in particular - high impact exercise, designed to get our whole body working. https://t.co/R57JbHHouu

21/01/21

Year six DT project - paper plate dream catchers linked to our North America geography topic. Lovely to see the children at home’s wonderful creations too. https://t.co/uhZ7lRskDY

19/01/21

More matching moves! https://t.co/YdThioHrMg

19/01/21

Year six scientists making their own instruments to explore how sound is made. Some excellent definitions using scientific vocabulary such as energy, particles and vibrations. https://t.co/FfPQDCj5sk

19/01/21

Year six gymnasts exploring different ways to match their partner - using different heights and directions. https://t.co/Z0zDN2o0dY

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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