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29/03/21

Congratulations to the winners of our Lockdown Photography Competition. A tremendous effort from - capturing patterns in nature, country and urban landscapes & still-life inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. https://t.co/BPFHlPOzxN https://t.co/8qfe3t7MVH

26/03/21

Budding photographers with their certificates. Congratulations Flori for your overall winning photograph 📸 https://t.co/6ny7optP5Q

26/03/21

Elmer continued their learning about passing germs with a glitter experiment. The first person dipped their hands in glitter glue and then we looked at how far we could transfer the glitter germs. We then investigated how long it took to wash our glitter germs away https://t.co/dGcBgiqnPY

26/03/21

Today Elmer have been learning about the transference of germs in Science. To get us thinking we made some 'safe snot' https://t.co/H6zN7embyW

25/03/21

The children discussed how different people react in different situations. We have used animals to help us explain how other would act. https://t.co/TiNLSNNYOm

25/03/21

Year Six writers taking part in a Food Guild Young Food Writers competition this week, inspired by blackberry poems by Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney. https://t.co/aJGtMgHSLU

25/03/21

Year six cyclists loving their training this week and learning so many new skills to help the cycle safely on the roads. So proud of their positive attitudes, kindness and support towards each other and resilience. https://t.co/5gX8WT5oBu

25/03/21

Kerr class adding to their bottles by drawing on patterns them and adding paint as well. https://t.co/jxVAVI3Y3K

25/03/21

Who is hungry? Potter Class have been creating their textile pizzas today. First step, paint the base. Secondly, cut the topping templates. Finally, Sew them on! Amazing progress! https://t.co/UrOgYOzoW7

25/03/21

Elmer class were very grateful for a parent donation of a sunflower planting kit. The children loved finding their own seed in the old sunflower head and then planting it to start the life cycle all over again. https://t.co/KIOAilCxRr

25/03/21

Beautifully presented and informative knowledge organisers from Dr Seuss class! https://t.co/hb7nFpx4GL

24/03/21

Year 3 took part in the National Day of Reflection by creating sun catchers to symbolise their positive thoughts for the future. https://t.co/nOhepAo9s3

24/03/21

Year six exploring self esteem and sharing ways to boost self esteem https://t.co/Kd8uTquvq6

24/03/21

To complete our Empiribox unit on sound, Dr Seuss class have been challenged to create ear defenders. Which material will work best?! https://t.co/jqU2BRVKlb

24/03/21

Success for Dr Seuss class in the School Games Virtual Basketball Skills Competition! Well done Team Dr Seuss! https://t.co/4DCvsrv4da

24/03/21

Budding website designers in Dahl class are enjoying creating their own webpages on esafety! https://t.co/2MsQhk7Cyl

24/03/21

Well Done Kerr on your Success in the virtual sports events https://t.co/b9B5y9slxt

24/03/21

All sorts of play by Kerr Class https://t.co/F79e7ywxZl

24/03/21

Well Done Team KS2 in your Spring Term Virtual Sport Events 🏆 Year 4 Basketball 1st🥈Year 5 Basketball 🥈2nd 🏀, Personal Fitness Year 4 Girls and Boys 3rd 🥉🏃‍♀️🏃, Multi Skills Year 3 2nd 🥈and Year 4 2nd 🥈🎾Thank you to for organising

24/03/21

3 weeks ago Pati set herself the challenge to be able to read this book. She showed resilience to keep going when things were a little tricky but by reading everyday she got there! https://t.co/wSEnNWnkHC

24/03/21

We have been experimenting with drawing in Dahl class; blind art, continuous line drawing and opposite hand drawings. We had a chuckle along the way when we compared our results and saw how tricky it was to do! https://t.co/82CjRh9AWg

23/03/21

Kerr Class continue to learn about Gustavo Klimt. Stay tuned to see what we do with these bottles https://t.co/MW6SHCn29n

23/03/21

Y6 celebrated the National Day of Reflection today with a discussion about all the positive changes lockdown has created in our lives and the sense that we don’t wanting to return to normal but to a better place. They used poetry as a vehicle for expressing themselves. https://t.co/kZcT6gxAnq

23/03/21

Dr Seuss class love sharing and celebrating their writing. A great opportunity to edit as well... we call it corridor conferencing! https://t.co/NdJgXUJtm2

22/03/21

Year six designers present their ear defenders and reflect on how their designs evolved whilst making them and how they would improve them further if they designed them again. https://t.co/wi4f9x3Ysw

22/03/21

More super Shakespeare cyclists competing level 1 if their cycle training. https://t.co/DYEzI3ETuS

22/03/21

Elmer are continuing our work inspired by Cathy Miles https://t.co/buwktte8jQ

22/03/21

On , Potter Class have been refining their presentation skills to present information about a chosen animal or an interest to the class. We talked about making it exciting for the audience and how to find the most relevant information. https://t.co/7BOeddE4Ry

22/03/21

Elmer love learning the names of the continents using this song https://t.co/qmXwmNxKmR https://t.co/bmff3Hir4J

22/03/21

Elmer class enjoyed starting off their Easter assembly with some fun with chocolate. We learned about this religious festival and why it is celebrated by Christians https://t.co/Vo4VpkMtZl

22/03/21

Year six cyclists starting their cyclability training - very excited! https://t.co/CzNOMEhuyD

22/03/21

Year six designers designing, creating and evaluating ear defenders as a grand finale to our science sound topic. https://t.co/JsmWZKL4EM

19/03/21

As marvellous musicians, Y6 continued to look at their musical arrangements to reflect a journey, linked English. As well as lyrical development, the children also considered dynamics, which included major and minor scales to evoke a differentiation of mood. https://t.co/dtUWFkCN2g

19/03/21

As marvellous musicians, Y6 continued to look at their musical arrangements to reflect a journey, linked English. As well as lyrical development, the children also considered dynamics, which included major and minor scales to evoke a differentiation of mood. https://t.co/2cAZDIBslo

19/03/21

Kerr class discussing how different animals behave to understand how people behave in different ways. https://t.co/2xGTD7agEV

19/03/21

What a gorgeous afternoon for a spot of tennis! It was great to see Potter Class practising their tactics and putting our skills into a game-like situation. https://t.co/r0HPLab5Ec

19/03/21

Super stitching in Potter Class as we practised our running stitch today - lots of resilience and celebrating success! https://t.co/JQDg7R8KEM

19/03/21

Elmer have started their sculptures inspired by the work of Cathy Miles https://t.co/lDpHNMk5PR

19/03/21

Kerr Classing using their knowledge of persuasion to persuade each other . We have taken inspiration for Red Rectangles and Green lizards by to help stimulate our discussion. https://t.co/cHeM7J8z4v

19/03/21

In Dahl class we are very engaged with our take one book ‘Boy in the Tower’ here we have drawn and described scientifically and poetically what we think the bluchers look like. https://t.co/RjyrGLtrWL

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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