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05/07/22

What a fun and busy day Elmer class have had! We started the day with a lovely walk followed by a skipping workshop. We then rounded up the afternoon with some calming art work. https://t.co/heHreJSz5a

05/07/22

Year 2 enjoying the skipping workshop. https://t.co/UNUUECC44v

05/07/22

Team Shakespeare enjoyed a phenomenal skipping session this morning and demonstrated some super awesome skipping skills! https://t.co/3oXhdYi7zM

05/07/22

Team Shakespeare enjoyed a phenomenal skipping session this morning and demonstrated some super awesome skipping skills! https://t.co/zvVyftCZsQ

05/07/22

Some excellent skipping by year 4 Great resilience by the children https://t.co/a5ibeXg61Y

05/07/22

Thank you to for a fabulous French language taster in year 6 this morning https://t.co/yQlRmD6hMu

05/07/22

A fabulous active start to the morning in Tolkien with Dan The Skipping Man https://t.co/s6YvHQO0qR

05/07/22

Harpenden Academy have achieved Gold https://t.co/avJePdqrS9

04/07/22

Great start to Sports Week in Year 6 ! https://t.co/3yUbcsIwYh

04/07/22

Great start to sports week for Milne Class. Some extra hockey practice before sports day. https://t.co/6zunwiW0q8

04/07/22

Dahl class mathematicians enjoying using manipulatives in our volume lesson today https://t.co/EJCDyrVwFn

01/07/22

An excellent start by Harpenden Academy at district sports last night. We look forward to finishing off the event next week https://t.co/gTQv7VT3Ip

30/06/22

Can you guess which play Potter Class are learning a line from? https://t.co/zF2Zsm8KCt

30/06/22

Potter Class recreated lines from a scene of A Midsummer Nights Dream using freeze frame. Can you guess what they have created? https://t.co/oQv7e9PvbP

30/06/22

Potter Class have been lucky enough to see a warm up the fight scenes of Henry V11 being performed this afternoon at https://t.co/QQFSekvIwW

30/06/22

Year 3 starting their tour of today! We have learned that this is the third theatre to be built! https://t.co/SMuVYj6SVX

30/06/22

Potter Class are having a super day in London so far spotting the sights and now ready for our workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe https://t.co/X9x9oV0vW2

29/06/22

Year 3 have turned into Stone Age cave artists this afternoon! We learned how Stone Age people told stories of their hunts on the cave walls and how they used natural materials for paint. We used charcoal to create our shapes to tell our story https://t.co/KDM3FeEGVw

28/06/22

Final group having their pedestrian skills training https://t.co/OPxzMG1WYg

28/06/22

Group 2 completing their pedestrian skills https://t.co/QEFTPKOIG5

28/06/22

Year 4, Group 1 pedestrian crossing training. https://t.co/okwyZC4MlE

23/06/22

To end year 5 and 6 are enjoying a fairground afternoon filled with ice lollies and fun activities https://t.co/o0CNwO18ot

23/06/22

Year 3 & 4 extravaganza afternoon , what a lovely way end well being week. Thank you FOHA https://t.co/X18ElVDMIR

23/06/22

Great dancing year 4 https://t.co/qXqb7UCdmH

22/06/22

Well-being week: connect. Today Team Shakespeare have connected by having free play with their friends. In addition, they have participated in a well-being circle time where they each shared their favourite well-being- boosting activity! https://t.co/HZheauKqSB

22/06/22

As part of well-being week Year 3 have taken part in some yoga and meditation activities. We spent time just being still and enjoying how it makes us feel. https://t.co/i8uYKsqfrF

21/06/22

Dahl class had a super busy active morning; swimming lesson, PE in the park and then our dance session! https://t.co/NkReqpDU0D

21/06/22

Lovely dance session for year 3 & 4. Smiles all round@ https://t.co/aj8qHY17ia

21/06/22

KS1 are channeling our inner dancer as part of well being week.#Wellbeing https://t.co/4eAwzelUIb

20/06/22

Lovely art session this afternoon in Year 3 & 4. What a lovely way to start celebrate wellbeing week https://t.co/eice9FC1sn

20/06/22

Dahl class started our well-being week with a fantastic art afternoon. Using both chalks and paints. https://t.co/NBVM6q6Vvc

20/06/22

Year six kicking off well-being week with a collaborative chalk art activity. https://t.co/PrrCUU744F

20/06/22

Year six kicking off well-being week with a collaborative chalk art activity. https://t.co/xyResudKTW

20/06/22

Enjoying a well-being activity this afternoon in Tolkien class as part of ‘Wellbeing Week’. Lovely to see children making their own choices with regards to design and the media they are using and employing skills they have learnt this year https://t.co/ryTXJlLttq

20/06/22

KS1 kicking off Well-being Week with some mindful art and team work. https://t.co/yqt7Py2vUe

20/06/22

Year 4 investigating the porosity of limestone, https://t.co/x39IUoNuWg

17/06/22

Miss Alshamari’s group braving the blind trail https://t.co/vjZJFb1j29

17/06/22

Miss Alshamari’s group crate stacking and kayaking https://t.co/EZmVm0wpjW

17/06/22

Dream teams 14 and 15 raft building and racing at sunset https://t.co/PBsKgbRRYR

17/06/22

Miss Alshamari’s group take on archery https://t.co/u74SWCWgHH

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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