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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

Family Groups

Introduction

Every member of the Harpenden Academy community, students and staff, as well as being in their own class and year group, belongs to a Family Group.  The Family Groups, Amber, Diamond, Emerald and Sapphire, are all named after precious stones as we believe the children are the jewel in our crown.

News and Views

We value the voice of all children here at Harpenden Academy.  Each fortnight, children meet up in their family groups – Amber, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire. Year 6 will lead a themed discussion, which maybe about current global, local or school based issues. A circle game opens each session, after which the theme is introduced and children share views and opinions – giving each child an opportunity to contribute their thoughts and ideas.

A reflection closes the session. 

During Friday assembly, an overview of the discussion is shared.  Children’s views are taken into consideration as part of decision making relating to school development.

Where the discussion has been related to this, actions to be taken in response to any points raised by the children are shared and displayed on the ‘News and Views’ board in the school hall.

Area of SMSC covered: 

Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views and have an appreciation of British Values.

Social: Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.

Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

British Values

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Our Learning in Wordles, September 2019

Today in News and Views we focused on what learning was like at Harpenden Academy. The children had a intellectually stimulating discussion surrounding this subject and then Year 6 led a small group discussion, using the British value of democracy to vote for their groups top 3 words and explain why. 

Here are some examples of how the children feel about their learning:

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British Values in our Family Groups, June 2019

On Tuesday during our News and Views sessions, the Year 6 children ran presentations and activities that they'd created about the British Values for the children in their Family Group. They were extremely organised, professional and   engaged their audience brilliantly.

"The Year Six children led beautifully and engaged the children in articulate conversations about the British Values. The highlight was definitely the democratic vote on which song to have a dance break to!" Mrs Johnston.

"I loved doing some drama in Emerald family group. We were put in groups and each given one of the British Values and we had to act it out. It was lots of fun and really got us thinking!" Evie, Year 3.

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News & VIews, Family Groups, Mental Well-being Workshops, May 2019

What a wonderful afternoon we’re having in Family Groups with Year 6 children leading mental health & emotional well-being sessions across school. Year 6 planned their sessions to support younger children wth ideas from telling jokes to mindfulness. So proud of each and every Year 6 child.

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Computer Day, February 2019

Diamond Group

In our Computing session we became online music composers.  'Isle of tune' is described as 'a music sequencer for the modern colonial'.  The children created musical journeys from street layouts.  The roadside elements become the instruments and the cars are the players. As the cars drive down the street they play the 'instruments' they pass to create a melody.  The children could layer the music if they wished by using more than one street and car and make the map as complex as they wanted to.  If you want to have a try at home visit http://isleoftune.com/  

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Ruby Group

We had a blast in our Green Screen workshop for Computing Day!

We worked in small groups to create an exciting image that took us to far away places. 

First of all we had to choose a background image, then we took a photo of our group doing a pose whilst standing on and in front of the green screen fabric (this is a really important part of getting the overall effect). Once we had these two images we used the Green Screen App to combine the two and create a photo where we became part of that scene - the results were really something!

Take a look at some of our pictures to see just how fabulous they look.

"This was the best activity, I love putting myself in places I've never been before!"

"I really liked posing like a superhero and being able to fly through the sky"

"I thought it was really funny to get eaten by an animal!"

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Amber Group

Amber family group completed a QR code hunt based on ambitious vocabulary linked with love!!

(our value and it was Valentines day)

The children discovered the below words and then found the definition and  cracked the code to find the hidden word!!!

I'm sure you already know what these words mean, but I did not! I'm sending them round so you can encourage the children to use them. 

Venust - beautiful Afflated - to inpire
Incandescent - passionate/emotional Toothsome - handsome
Nonpareil - to have no match Nurture - to nourish with love
Enamour - filled with love Effulgent- shining brightly/radiant
Sanguine - optimistic  Lepid - pleasant

 

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Sapphire Group

Children created charts on the popularity of certain categories in five love related areas. These areas were: love songs, love stories, love synonyms, love actions and love symbols. Children worked in mixed age groups to create tally charts.

Children then added their data to excel and used a formula to calculate the total number of votes. Children then turned their data into different charts and graphs. The activity involved children working in close groups and utilising each others computing skills.  

What is a thunk? January 2019

Each family group was given a morally questionable scenario to debate linked with our monthly value – honesty. 

What is a thunk?

Thunk n. 1. a beguiling question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light. 2. covers most areas of human existence including truth, justice, reality, beliefs, the natural world, the human condition, art, beauty, existence, right and wrong, good and bad, life and death, war, religion, love, friendship and whether Marmite™ tastes nice. 

The thunks were:

  • If you go into a shop and read a magazine but don't pay for it, is it stealing?
  • Is it OK if you tell a lie in order to not hurt a persons feelings? (diamond)
  • If you find a £20 note on the floor is it alright to keep it?
  • If you brake something but nobody saw you, and you know if will cause upset, should you own up?
  • If you steal my pen and I steal yours in return am I a thief too? Am I the same as you? Does it work for all crimes?
  • The children were all so creative and engaged, using their critical thinking skills and were able to debate numerous view points to each thunk.

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Christmas Design & Technology in our Family Groups, December 2018

Diamond Family Group

We had a very festive afternoon on Tuesday working as a team to make a beautiful Gingerbread house.  It was lovely to see the children working together to produce doors, windows, sweets and decorations.  I was particularly impressed with the kindness that the children all showed each other.  Tuesday's kindness advent was  'offer to help someone who is facing difficulties', and I can whole-heartedly say that every child demonstrated this during the activity.  A delightful afternoon spent with children from every single year group.  Go team Diamond!

Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

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Playground Rules, November 2018

The Children identified their own strategies and processes to help address undesirable behaviour at the end of lunchtimes and break times. A marked improvement has been noted by SLT, staff and children.

Social: Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.

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International Playground Games, October 2018

The children were taught a range of different games from around the world, as part of international week. The children have been using these games at break and lunch.

Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

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What is it like to be a student at Harpenden Academy? September 2018

The children highlighted that they would like to spend more time on their favourite subjects which they named as topic, computing, music and P.E – Teachers have altered the timetable so these subjects can be taught for longer in the mornings.  

Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Harpenden academy pupil forum pic 
Please click on the powerpoint slide to see the results of our pupil forum
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