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24/04/19

Smashing sunny start to our learning this week as Mrs P.C and her Year 2 tribe head off to do some outdoor learning and utilise our lovely resources that we are so fortunate to have. Learning this week includes phonics fun, marvellous multiplication and magnetic alphabet pieces. https://t.co/FC3M6GiEqF

05/04/19

Nerves running high! 15min to go till the start of Harpenden Academy's Got Talent https://t.co/0aghpUJhwD

04/04/19

KS2 teachers blowing things up in Empiribox training ready for our chemistry topic ‘Changes’ next term. https://t.co/D5CdHmCsdw

04/04/19

Year six hockey festival - much excitement! https://t.co/57r5qwj5Rv

02/04/19

Our Harpenden Writing Competition winners collecting their prizes. https://t.co/T508qGkm31

02/04/19

Patricia has just read Rosie Red her very first independently written sentence...complete with the tricky word "like". https://t.co/Wqsxeho2CG

01/04/19

Check out our school website and choose a bedtime story read by one of our special members of staff. Wishing you all sweet dreams https://t.co/JnC8RqP617

01/04/19

The ducks are learning to run...Mrs Aylott is learning how to catch them! Fun in the sun in Ladybirds garden. https://t.co/8RXqU3s6Jp

31/03/19

Happy Mother's Day to all the mummies at Harpenden Academy. We hope you are having a splendid day !

27/03/19

We have just found out the results of the Harpenden Schools writing competition 2019...we have two 1st places ,one 2nd place and one joint 3rd place. Names to be announced in Friday assembly.

27/03/19

Meet the Computer Programmers of the next decade...Year 4! We are thoroughly enjoying creating our own times table games using Scratch. https://t.co/aIGNmSqbiH

22/03/19

Reception and KS1 making roman tiles at St Albans Cathedral https://t.co/fIiu64nJCp

22/03/19

KS1 & EYFS have arrived at St Albans Cathedral https://t.co/2t8xjPDtSg

20/03/19

Fantastic evening at the Harpenden Schools' Music Association Spring Concert - felt more like being in the West End of London. Such talented children! Some of us were so eager we'd gone to get ready to perform already! https://t.co/DwGyS69Vd1

19/03/19

The ducklings had their first swim today! https://t.co/z4PjKspEZN

15/03/19

And then there were 4! Say hello to Forest, the latest member of Ladybird Class! https://t.co/PW5MYxSQwD

14/03/19

Picasso inspired portraits in Year 4 this morning. https://t.co/5nmVYVSrRM

14/03/19

and ‘Jemima’ the duck has now joined ‘Leicester’ https://t.co/qE8q4XoVVm

14/03/19

Mrs Davies with ‘Leicester’ the duck. Look how ridiculously happy Mrs Davies is! She saw ‘Leicester’ being born yesterday. https://t.co/Cm8kpjrxzC

13/03/19

We have our first duckling!!!! The staff are weeping tears of joy x🦆 https://t.co/WKvpbXs5Fd

13/03/19

Just come off the m1 at junction 10 so see you very soon!

13/03/19

An actual piece of the moon! https://t.co/gzm2yw3qER

13/03/19

Amazing day - Year Six have learnt lots and have generated lots more questions to research back at school! https://t.co/j8E0ksGhSM

13/03/19

Amazing day at Space Centre! Due back by 5.45pm - see you then! https://t.co/87Hn0zcfpY

13/03/19

Mission Control to HA; we've had a great day and we're on our way home! https://t.co/VuEnwDIerY

13/03/19

Harpenden Academy on tour have had a thoroughly enjoyable day and are now on route home. Current ETA just before 6pm but will keep Twitter updated.

13/03/19

Lovely day at https://t.co/pY9Lt4Qn7f

13/03/19

3, 2, 1 Blast Off with Tim Peake! https://t.co/rxWwYa8eh1

13/03/19

Year 4 are enjoying space training! https://t.co/NbvGWywRlJ

13/03/19

Smells from space - yuck! https://t.co/wRFaNfHb26

13/03/19

Animal handling! Aslan Class at Woodside Farm https://t.co/RFABcYxkB9

13/03/19

One small step for man... https://t.co/JfWgpFCaZ3

13/03/19

Exploring ‘Our Earth’ section.. https://t.co/sxT7m8CPeH

13/03/19

Harpenden Academy on tour have arrived! https://t.co/kq83LsPLs9

13/03/19

EYFS are being eggsperts today, watching and waiting for these to hatch.... https://t.co/6bbTGDubJi

13/03/19

Space Centre bound!#harpendenacademyontour https://t.co/9p68Q4wzAh

13/03/19

Mrs DAVIES is keen to set off on our KS2 trip to Leicester Space Centre! https://t.co/2Z23hDKOBG

12/03/19

Looking forward to our SLT Trust training https://t.co/PbmJMPvr2g

12/03/19

Thrive Outside project in year six - looking after our mental well-being during mock SATs week https://t.co/cVV5gusGQC

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

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.

Playground Playground zones

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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