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20/09/21

Thank you to our Oompa Loompa, Chef Simon, for our Roald Dahl’s Delumptious Dinner! https://t.co/kqkFxgOKLt

20/09/21

As scientists, Potter class have been identifying the bones in our skeleton and their functions. We have enjoyed listening to “these bones, these bones” to support our learning. https://t.co/Owu2eG3wos

17/09/21

Retweeted From University of Hertfordshire

A brilliant speech by MBE upon receiving her Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Hertfordshire 🎓 Watch the full ceremony here: https://t.co/GmVZMAl8qE https://t.co/O50mNg2rOU

16/09/21

Talk for writing in Milne Class. What do you think our story is about? https://t.co/QV5y9IBqKi

16/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare artists learning how to draw self portraits using correct proportions linked to our Frida Kahlo study. Thank you Miss V for being a wonderful art teacher. https://t.co/GNz6RHVUyD

16/09/21

Team Tolkien demonstrated excellent teamwork , perseverance and resilience in PE today https://t.co/U5qx2OSXZF

16/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare meeting their Reception buddies and getting to know each other https://t.co/21HSZY09Yu

16/09/21

Elmer class enjoyed a Computing lesson outside today. We talked about how technology follow a set of instructions (algorithms). We went outside and practised being robots and giving each other instructions to follow https://t.co/1nvY1ZDyWR

16/09/21

Super historians in Moomin Class! We ordered the events of WW1 in chronological order on a timeline. https://t.co/jjmYpB2Wco

16/09/21

Super Elmer mathematicians today estimating and counting accurately. We even matched our number to a 10 frame model https://t.co/BEDEvn4vCK

15/09/21

As marvellous mathematicians, Year 3 have been securing their knowledge of the place value of 3 digit numbers using manipulatives and pictorial representations https://t.co/ZNInzbiV0E

15/09/21

Year six gymnasts exploring transitions into and out of counter balances https://t.co/qFtWJXNvOS

15/09/21

We are excellent at ‘teamwork’ in Tolkien class. Great use of partner talk in maths today https://t.co/6iiUBqXiON

15/09/21

In Year 2, we have been exploring different objects and describing the properties of each one. https://t.co/ezl4JG5XfC

14/09/21

In Milne class, we have created freeze frames to infer characters feelings https://t.co/hyuyOtd15Y

14/09/21

As amazing artists, Potter class began their collages, inspired by Henri Rousseau’s ‘Surprised’. https://t.co/00261be29m

14/09/21

Exploring mood through movement in Tolkien class this morning https://t.co/GpxrcwAZGp

14/09/21

Year 3 have loved internalising our new text “Stone Age Boy” this morning creating our own actions https://t.co/Cay4W3CtJc

14/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare historians researching life in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age in order to answer the question: would you rather be a child in the 21st century or the Stone Age/ Bronze Age/ Iron Age? https://t.co/AvgF1Paz6t

14/09/21

Elmer class have been using 10 frames and cubes today to be able to create different number sentences https://t.co/WWJUOZaoPO

14/09/21

In Moomin Class we have been practising counting in 10s. https://t.co/ObRmaUNjR4

14/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare storytelling through drama and dance as part of our story writing hook session, focusing on creating mood. https://t.co/9dEV7PnTSj

13/09/21

Tolkien class enjoying working with their partners on a place value maths game today. A great way to assess what they already know! https://t.co/hePtoXmsqJ

13/09/21

Year 5 taking some mindful art time this afternoon to practice their continuous line drawing skills https://t.co/faNRTTD8Et

13/09/21

Elmer had a great start to the day with some moving Maths https://t.co/8rsEStvYJd Get fit counting to 100! It certainly woke us up https://t.co/fSjTF2aAwh

13/09/21

Fantastic ball skills in Elmer class today. All the children showed great control using different parts of their body. https://t.co/28z0OvGB2j

13/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare practising their ball skills and invasion games tactics inimical football matches. https://t.co/Jwo9ddjPA9

13/09/21

Milne Class have began their new geography topic about UK and Europe. https://t.co/3yL0TlgGNO

13/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare practising their ordering numbers skills with a place value game. https://t.co/eIHMB4IfGa

10/09/21

Elmer class enjoyed their phonics lesson outside on the balcony today. We loved learning our tricky trigraph 'igh'. We also learnt that 'tri' means three! https://t.co/fdsBsAPXBt

09/09/21

Milne have been inspired by Winnie the Pooh to create their own Positive quote posters https://t.co/HCc0Hk43CP

09/09/21

It was great to witness some excellent teamwork in PE this afternoon. Well done Tolkien class- keep it up! https://t.co/3u269hBK9F

09/09/21

In Dahl class this afternoon we became TV show presenters and we showcased all we already know about animals including humans, our new science topic. https://t.co/0pnqtfQWWG

09/09/21

Elmer loved their first ever trip to the Computing suite. They were very grown up and responsible. https://t.co/Sw3fiK7q2H

09/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare participating in an open air art exhibition of Frida Kahlo paintings, exploring subject matter, colours, mood and personal responses https://t.co/D7xA5QJOys

09/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare enjoying a Stormbreak activity called Copycat https://t.co/7W3ai8Wek3

09/09/21

That was close! We got to the Year 1 classroom this morning and Elmer was MISSING! We had to quickly go on an important mission around school to find him. Can you see where we found Elmer? 'regoingonanelmerhunt https://t.co/pE35opT9z9

09/09/21

Mindful hand art in Moomin Class. We have written how we feel about being back at school. We all said we were happy and excited! https://t.co/Jv2idIqYXr

08/09/21

If you had to describe your summer holidays as a fruit, what would it be and why? Such creative and imaginative responses from year six Team Shakespeare https://t.co/KpM9a60bIR

08/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare readers using mind maps to organise their research about Greta Thunberg, one of several inspirational people they’re Been learning about this week as part of our growth mindset week https://t.co/qViKhH1DkM

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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