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06/07/22

What a wonderful afternoon for sports day. Thank you for hosting the event was enjoyed by all. Well done to Sapphire overall winners of the day. https://t.co/mRZ0lXm6ct

05/07/22

What a fun and busy day Elmer class have had! We started the day with a lovely walk followed by a skipping workshop. We then rounded up the afternoon with some calming art work. https://t.co/heHreJSz5a

05/07/22

Year 2 enjoying the skipping workshop. https://t.co/UNUUECC44v

05/07/22

Team Shakespeare enjoyed a phenomenal skipping session this morning and demonstrated some super awesome skipping skills! https://t.co/3oXhdYi7zM

05/07/22

Team Shakespeare enjoyed a phenomenal skipping session this morning and demonstrated some super awesome skipping skills! https://t.co/zvVyftCZsQ

05/07/22

Some excellent skipping by year 4 Great resilience by the children https://t.co/a5ibeXg61Y

05/07/22

Thank you to for a fabulous French language taster in year 6 this morning https://t.co/yQlRmD6hMu

05/07/22

A fabulous active start to the morning in Tolkien with Dan The Skipping Man https://t.co/s6YvHQO0qR

05/07/22

Harpenden Academy have achieved Gold https://t.co/avJePdqrS9

04/07/22

Great start to Sports Week in Year 6 ! https://t.co/3yUbcsIwYh

04/07/22

Great start to sports week for Milne Class. Some extra hockey practice before sports day. https://t.co/6zunwiW0q8

04/07/22

Dahl class mathematicians enjoying using manipulatives in our volume lesson today https://t.co/EJCDyrVwFn

01/07/22

An excellent start by Harpenden Academy at district sports last night. We look forward to finishing off the event next week https://t.co/gTQv7VT3Ip

30/06/22

Can you guess which play Potter Class are learning a line from? https://t.co/zF2Zsm8KCt

30/06/22

Potter Class recreated lines from a scene of A Midsummer Nights Dream using freeze frame. Can you guess what they have created? https://t.co/oQv7e9PvbP

30/06/22

Potter Class have been lucky enough to see a warm up the fight scenes of Henry V11 being performed this afternoon at https://t.co/QQFSekvIwW

30/06/22

Year 3 starting their tour of today! We have learned that this is the third theatre to be built! https://t.co/SMuVYj6SVX

30/06/22

Potter Class are having a super day in London so far spotting the sights and now ready for our workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe https://t.co/X9x9oV0vW2

29/06/22

Year 3 have turned into Stone Age cave artists this afternoon! We learned how Stone Age people told stories of their hunts on the cave walls and how they used natural materials for paint. We used charcoal to create our shapes to tell our story https://t.co/KDM3FeEGVw

28/06/22

Final group having their pedestrian skills training https://t.co/OPxzMG1WYg

28/06/22

Group 2 completing their pedestrian skills https://t.co/QEFTPKOIG5

28/06/22

Year 4, Group 1 pedestrian crossing training. https://t.co/okwyZC4MlE

23/06/22

To end year 5 and 6 are enjoying a fairground afternoon filled with ice lollies and fun activities https://t.co/o0CNwO18ot

23/06/22

Year 3 & 4 extravaganza afternoon , what a lovely way end well being week. Thank you FOHA https://t.co/X18ElVDMIR

23/06/22

Great dancing year 4 https://t.co/qXqb7UCdmH

22/06/22

Well-being week: connect. Today Team Shakespeare have connected by having free play with their friends. In addition, they have participated in a well-being circle time where they each shared their favourite well-being- boosting activity! https://t.co/HZheauKqSB

22/06/22

As part of well-being week Year 3 have taken part in some yoga and meditation activities. We spent time just being still and enjoying how it makes us feel. https://t.co/i8uYKsqfrF

21/06/22

Dahl class had a super busy active morning; swimming lesson, PE in the park and then our dance session! https://t.co/NkReqpDU0D

21/06/22

Lovely dance session for year 3 & 4. Smiles all round@ https://t.co/aj8qHY17ia

21/06/22

KS1 are channeling our inner dancer as part of well being week.#Wellbeing https://t.co/4eAwzelUIb

20/06/22

Lovely art session this afternoon in Year 3 & 4. What a lovely way to start celebrate wellbeing week https://t.co/eice9FC1sn

20/06/22

Dahl class started our well-being week with a fantastic art afternoon. Using both chalks and paints. https://t.co/NBVM6q6Vvc

20/06/22

Year six kicking off well-being week with a collaborative chalk art activity. https://t.co/PrrCUU744F

20/06/22

Year six kicking off well-being week with a collaborative chalk art activity. https://t.co/xyResudKTW

20/06/22

Enjoying a well-being activity this afternoon in Tolkien class as part of ‘Wellbeing Week’. Lovely to see children making their own choices with regards to design and the media they are using and employing skills they have learnt this year https://t.co/ryTXJlLttq

20/06/22

KS1 kicking off Well-being Week with some mindful art and team work. https://t.co/yqt7Py2vUe

20/06/22

Year 4 investigating the porosity of limestone, https://t.co/x39IUoNuWg

17/06/22

Miss Alshamari’s group braving the blind trail https://t.co/vjZJFb1j29

17/06/22

Miss Alshamari’s group crate stacking and kayaking https://t.co/EZmVm0wpjW

17/06/22

Dream teams 14 and 15 raft building and racing at sunset https://t.co/PBsKgbRRYR

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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