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24/04/19

Smashing sunny start to our learning this week as Mrs P.C and her Year 2 tribe head off to do some outdoor learning and utilise our lovely resources that we are so fortunate to have. Learning this week includes phonics fun, marvellous multiplication and magnetic alphabet pieces. https://t.co/FC3M6GiEqF

05/04/19

Nerves running high! 15min to go till the start of Harpenden Academy's Got Talent https://t.co/0aghpUJhwD

04/04/19

KS2 teachers blowing things up in Empiribox training ready for our chemistry topic ‘Changes’ next term. https://t.co/D5CdHmCsdw

04/04/19

Year six hockey festival - much excitement! https://t.co/57r5qwj5Rv

02/04/19

Our Harpenden Writing Competition winners collecting their prizes. https://t.co/T508qGkm31

02/04/19

Patricia has just read Rosie Red her very first independently written sentence...complete with the tricky word "like". https://t.co/Wqsxeho2CG

01/04/19

Check out our school website and choose a bedtime story read by one of our special members of staff. Wishing you all sweet dreams https://t.co/JnC8RqP617

01/04/19

The ducks are learning to run...Mrs Aylott is learning how to catch them! Fun in the sun in Ladybirds garden. https://t.co/8RXqU3s6Jp

31/03/19

Happy Mother's Day to all the mummies at Harpenden Academy. We hope you are having a splendid day !

27/03/19

We have just found out the results of the Harpenden Schools writing competition 2019...we have two 1st places ,one 2nd place and one joint 3rd place. Names to be announced in Friday assembly.

27/03/19

Meet the Computer Programmers of the next decade...Year 4! We are thoroughly enjoying creating our own times table games using Scratch. https://t.co/aIGNmSqbiH

22/03/19

Reception and KS1 making roman tiles at St Albans Cathedral https://t.co/fIiu64nJCp

22/03/19

KS1 & EYFS have arrived at St Albans Cathedral https://t.co/2t8xjPDtSg

20/03/19

Fantastic evening at the Harpenden Schools' Music Association Spring Concert - felt more like being in the West End of London. Such talented children! Some of us were so eager we'd gone to get ready to perform already! https://t.co/DwGyS69Vd1

19/03/19

The ducklings had their first swim today! https://t.co/z4PjKspEZN

15/03/19

And then there were 4! Say hello to Forest, the latest member of Ladybird Class! https://t.co/PW5MYxSQwD

14/03/19

Picasso inspired portraits in Year 4 this morning. https://t.co/5nmVYVSrRM

14/03/19

and ‘Jemima’ the duck has now joined ‘Leicester’ https://t.co/qE8q4XoVVm

14/03/19

Mrs Davies with ‘Leicester’ the duck. Look how ridiculously happy Mrs Davies is! She saw ‘Leicester’ being born yesterday. https://t.co/Cm8kpjrxzC

13/03/19

We have our first duckling!!!! The staff are weeping tears of joy x🦆 https://t.co/WKvpbXs5Fd

13/03/19

Just come off the m1 at junction 10 so see you very soon!

13/03/19

An actual piece of the moon! https://t.co/gzm2yw3qER

13/03/19

Amazing day - Year Six have learnt lots and have generated lots more questions to research back at school! https://t.co/j8E0ksGhSM

13/03/19

Amazing day at Space Centre! Due back by 5.45pm - see you then! https://t.co/87Hn0zcfpY

13/03/19

Mission Control to HA; we've had a great day and we're on our way home! https://t.co/VuEnwDIerY

13/03/19

Harpenden Academy on tour have had a thoroughly enjoyable day and are now on route home. Current ETA just before 6pm but will keep Twitter updated.

13/03/19

Lovely day at https://t.co/pY9Lt4Qn7f

13/03/19

3, 2, 1 Blast Off with Tim Peake! https://t.co/rxWwYa8eh1

13/03/19

Year 4 are enjoying space training! https://t.co/NbvGWywRlJ

13/03/19

Smells from space - yuck! https://t.co/wRFaNfHb26

13/03/19

Animal handling! Aslan Class at Woodside Farm https://t.co/RFABcYxkB9

13/03/19

One small step for man... https://t.co/JfWgpFCaZ3

13/03/19

Exploring ‘Our Earth’ section.. https://t.co/sxT7m8CPeH

13/03/19

Harpenden Academy on tour have arrived! https://t.co/kq83LsPLs9

13/03/19

EYFS are being eggsperts today, watching and waiting for these to hatch.... https://t.co/6bbTGDubJi

13/03/19

Space Centre bound!#harpendenacademyontour https://t.co/9p68Q4wzAh

13/03/19

Mrs DAVIES is keen to set off on our KS2 trip to Leicester Space Centre! https://t.co/2Z23hDKOBG

12/03/19

Looking forward to our SLT Trust training https://t.co/PbmJMPvr2g

12/03/19

Thrive Outside project in year six - looking after our mental well-being during mock SATs week https://t.co/cVV5gusGQC

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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