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21/09/20

Super Year Six scientists setting up experiments to explore how water leaves a leaf. https://t.co/mszU8Qtzea

21/09/20

Kerr Class identifying the value of each digit. https://t.co/pHIY6QNCfU

18/09/20

Fabulous focus and smiles whilst completing our Beatrix Potter final pieces. We have loved exploring the characters and using watercolours.. stay tuned for the final pieces! https://t.co/PW8aRVIjfj

18/09/20

SOS (Save our Sam) Today in Year 1, Sam the frozen penguin needed our help. We had to find the best material to stop him from melting. We made predictions and drew our observations. https://t.co/iR0CesTpHH

18/09/20

Exploring different sentence openers in Kerr class. https://t.co/heBGqswAwe

18/09/20

Happy Birthday! https://t.co/tcElJ6wR6s

18/09/20

Harpenden Academy ready for a socially distanced birthday assembly. https://t.co/wr6joiREi3

17/09/20

Using watercolour to add extra detail to their https://t.co/4WPV5sdlz1

17/09/20

Kerr class adding their final touches to their inspired art. https://t.co/9Sek9RyzOl

17/09/20

Year 1 Elmer loved learning about 'algorithms' in Computing today. We followed our own instructions on the playground and then game our toys instructions to navigate around a treasure map. Some children even tried to write their own code! https://t.co/CUxLTXlumW

17/09/20

Super Team Shakespeare teamwork creating infomercials to shares safety information (on physical and mental health) on Covid with the rest of the school. https://t.co/HewpA4kcfp

17/09/20

Wow! Team Dr Seuss continue to impress us this week with their amazing art work based on pieces by Chidi Okoye. What a talented bunch! https://t.co/qb8ye2BsIq

17/09/20

They look proud of their work and they should do! What stunning homework Dr Seuss class have brought in this week related to the question: ‘What does Harpenden mean to you?’ https://t.co/BVmSHqGohF

17/09/20

An active start in Dahl class, teaching each other team games we created last week https://t.co/boqaiOfbbb

16/09/20

Year Six Circle of Compliments as part of our ‘building resilience’ play project. https://t.co/oOkMzrGd0y

16/09/20

Amazing progress with counter balances in Year Six gymnastics this week. https://t.co/2JHdlVGIAX

16/09/20

Amazing progress with counter balances in Year Six gymnastics this week. https://t.co/4yaKum57Ax

16/09/20

Kerr class learning about fronted adverbials and sharing our ideas. https://t.co/Xxa94u44k3

15/09/20

Year 3 became mini-architects for the start of our Buildings history theme this afternoon. The children showed a lot of resilience when tacking the challenges set for them! https://t.co/75ScEMaN8q

15/09/20

Kerr class showing resilience with an UK jigsaw https://t.co/VsM5ObBbKM

15/09/20

A fabulously busy day in Dr Seuss class today! Using microscopes to look closely at leaves in science; learning about compassion through drama; and sharing new ideas for team games in small groups in PE. Rest up for another busy day tomorrow! https://t.co/0JrBnhmUuo

15/09/20

Using multilink to remind us about multiples of 2 in Potter this morning! https://t.co/o5SjwPvdGJ

14/09/20

Super Year Six scientists fine-tuning their observation skills by observing different parts of a plant using a microscope. https://t.co/gMSICUD8Hw

11/09/20

A fabulous morning using watercolour to paint Peter Rabbit in Potter Class this morning https://t.co/pF0WNbsmjr

11/09/20

It's snowing in Elmer class!! Year 1 have been talking about 'freezing' and 'melting'. We made fake snow and talked about what was the same and what was different between real and fake snow. https://t.co/g84WZ4jlas

11/09/20

What a great first full week back. It’s been jam-packed and I’ve been super impressed by Dr Seuss class’s energy, resilience and enthusiasm. Keep it up team! https://t.co/8lO4OUKOJl

10/09/20

Great energy and focus in Year Six PE today learning more about attacking and defending. https://t.co/wVTViU6XKo

10/09/20

Year 1 have been reading the story 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers. Today we focused on the word 'afraid'. We used our acting skills to show our afraid faces. We then thought of others words that mean the same: terrified, scared, petrified, nervous, horrified. https://t.co/RGajfGWL6K

09/09/20

Kerr class being inspired by The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse creating pieces art that use sketching and shading. https://t.co/8tKcpfwwLE

08/09/20

Year six showed super growth mindsets in their first gymnastics lesson today experimenting with balances and counter balances. https://t.co/ZipYLc62Vw

08/09/20

Painting portraits in the style of Chidi Okoye in year 5 https://t.co/vhmRPSsY6i

07/09/20

Year 1 are learning about stories with predictable language. We read two stories today - 'We're going on a bear hunt' and 'We're going on a lion hunt', then we went on our very own 'Elmer hunt'. Can you spot where we found Elmer? https://t.co/fqglbDpgte

04/09/20

A busy 2 days in Dahl class so far, inspirational maths, bookmark marking and optical illusion drawing, it’s been so lovely to be back! https://t.co/kEsw9RQAZl

03/09/20

Fantastic start to year six with Week of Inspirational Maths activity testing the children’s growth mindset to the limit! https://t.co/EEb7klEJGG

14/07/20

Our lovely Reception class prepared a sweet farewell to their Year 6 buddies today by learning and singing 'You've Got a Friend in Me.' Our Year 6 class were very touched. Thank you Reception Ladybird class. https://t.co/LjYSKKFoAF

07/07/20

Year six printers are experimenting with collagraphy as a medium for sharing key messages from the Oval Heritage project. https://t.co/bBQpck71sJ

06/07/20

Year six bubble B creating their origami butterflies for our leavers’ tree... https://t.co/l5ZLw9nD5N

03/07/20

Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions... https://t.co/kECiOwBghI

03/07/20

Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions... https://t.co/WVlp0lM0iO

03/07/20

Year Six origami butterflies ready for our leavers’ tree... https://t.co/O7LkilGw5v

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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