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27/11/20

Elmer class have been busy making catapults in Science. We had great fun learning about how flexible certain materials are. https://t.co/umdT6vZJDQ

27/11/20

A fantastic voiceover in Dr Seuss class this morning. Future naturalists like David Attenborough ?! https://t.co/vf4s0D3gen

27/11/20

Super scientists in Dahl class enjoyed looking at the experiments yesterday, we tested different liquids, colour of light and plant food effects on plant growth! https://t.co/C0ZjZaL2pm

26/11/20

Kerr class working as team with their new sitting volleyball skills. https://t.co/FyCdLXjb1b

26/11/20

Kerr class preparing for the Paralympics, Sitting volleyball. Learning about different sports and inclusion https://t.co/7Yqv2kPeHI

26/11/20

Team Shakespeare were all smiles today in music, whilst comparing and contrasting two jazz pieces: Ian Gray’s ‘Bacharach Anorak’ and Jesper Lundfaard’s ‘Speaking My Peace’ We focussed particularly on the differentiation of tempo: Adagio, Andante, Moderator and Allegro. https://t.co/xo5iLCOmXI

26/11/20

Year 6 had an awesome time in PE today: we talked about regaining and retaining possession. We worked hard to find space; linking up with team mates to outwit opponents; practising control and accuracy. https://t.co/Bj4BC9n7NB

26/11/20

Elmer class have been developing their videoing skills. Today we pretended to be TV chefs and film our new cooking show. The children really enjoyed being in front of and behind the camera. In a few weeks we will become TV chefs for real! https://t.co/TsLd6yUqiu

26/11/20

Beautiful welcome cards from Year Six to their care home buddies as part of our Small Acts of Kindness project. These cards will light up the residents’ faces... https://t.co/Gdwa8rDNvk

26/11/20

This morning, Dr Seuss have been inspired by David Attenborough to write their own voiceover for a scene from ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. They’ve made an amazing start and we look forward to sharing these with you tomorrow! https://t.co/JlOvj05K8p

26/11/20

Dahl class gymnasts perfecting their routines before their performances this morning! https://t.co/vurvVRkpxd

24/11/20

Year six using freeze frames in PSHE to explore the concept of different types of power linked to bullying. https://t.co/pNUFIMsuZp

24/11/20

Wow! Fantastic examples of flight in Dr Seuss‘s gymnastics lesson this morning. Well done to this team for excellent communication and team work as well. https://t.co/1GhD3kYay1

24/11/20

Magnificent measuring in Potter class this morning. We have been learning to convert from metres and centimetres into centimetres. We measured each other’s heights and discussed our accuracy whilst getting outdoors! https://t.co/lANqSj6dTc

24/11/20

Kerr class making rain gauges to find out how much rain we have in Harpenden. https://t.co/9V5g0xCdLp

23/11/20

Thank you to our PE lead, Miss Harvey, for coming in to talk to Dr Seuss class about sportsmanship and fair play today. https://t.co/qRGukNPn3S

23/11/20

Inspired by Monet, Year 1 have been learning about tints and shades in Art. Today we created different shades of blue like in Monet's painting. https://t.co/PqyA8OajYo

23/11/20

Year 1 received a letter from the Christmas Elf asking for help. The Elves need to learn how to catch stars to put on top of our Christmas trees. Thankfully we have been reading the book 'How to catch a star' so planned how we could save the day with our instructions. https://t.co/VYo8tvzm3v

20/11/20

We still celebrate birthdays in the rain. Happy Birthday 🎂 https://t.co/XNt29MUNQx

20/11/20

Kerr class learning about the importance of treating everyone equally https://t.co/A6ejHtbNIm

20/11/20

This Anti-Bullying week, Potter class have made promises to ensure that we are https://t.co/L1rPpAhPrn

20/11/20

Oh no! A ghastly event has taken place in Year 2 Moomin class. Whilst the passengers aboard the Titanic were asleep the ship hit an iceberg! Women, children and some men in first class were saved but sadly had to watch the Captain, family and friends go down with the ship! https://t.co/kVkfvqWof9

20/11/20

It’s Anti-Bullying Week and Dr Seuss class have shown great maturity when discussing bullying and friendship issues. We thought about different types of bullying and their impact but focussed specifically on name-calling. https://t.co/VmQsi6UnT8

20/11/20

As part of anti bullying week Dahl class have discussed the different types of bullying and the effect it can have on the victims. https://t.co/u1OwZmZeYr

19/11/20

Kerr class getting huge hang of unison https://t.co/Jyu31EoEur

19/11/20

Shakespeare writers responding to a poem called ‘To this day’ by Shane Koyczan on bullying... https://t.co/c2whVVW0S6

19/11/20

This week Year 1 we have linked our learning about Anti-Bullying week to our English instructional writing. We have written instructions on how to be a good friend. We also heard a really catchy song about Anti-Bullying week! https://t.co/d29QvfMfVK

19/11/20

Kerr class creating gymnastics routines. There challenges was to move in unison. https://t.co/drPDRQDRQN

18/11/20

Celebrating anti-bullying week with circle time describing ‘a friend does not...’ and ‘a friend is not...’ lots of lovely links to our current class story Ella on the Outside which addresses some complex aspects of friendship and bullying. https://t.co/fEbk9NGWFf

17/11/20

Ssssh don’t tell Mrs Davies. Year 3 created lots of mess practising subtracting with renaming. One child said “This feels like a dojo treat!” https://t.co/63PkP9Et8P

17/11/20

Last week in dance Year Six dancers were introduced to the concept of canons and motifs. They incorporated them into their dance routines which were inspired by their history learning: the Foundling Hospital. https://t.co/3DjyAtacoT

17/11/20

Kerr class comparing Venice and London by describing the human and physical features https://t.co/sUDmhvDn84

17/11/20

Last week in dance Year Six dancers were introduced to the concept of canons and motifs. They incorporated them into their dance routines which were inspired by their history learning: the Foundling Hospital. https://t.co/2TBdXAqY8p

17/11/20

Wonderful anti-bullying dance routines in Year Six today thinking about the use of different groupings to vary the dynamic of the dance and portray different emotions linked to bullying and friendship. Excellent exploration. https://t.co/eSpWZwpke0

17/11/20

Elmer have been busy comparing and ordering numbers. Today we used the terms 'greater than' and 'less than' to compare 3 different numbers. We learnt about ordering from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. https://t.co/63XrBS4Cim

17/11/20

How many cubes (people) will it take to sink the boat (Titanic)? Year 1 brought their History learning to life through their Science with this exciting activity all about floating and sinking. https://t.co/GMWISB9YZr

17/11/20

Kerr class have been learning about the differences in physical and human features across the UK. https://t.co/yMtEqonDB7

16/11/20

Potter class are all in a pickle! In Computing we have been learning how to debug a program to make a pizza. We showed a lot of perseverance and had a lot of fun! Thanks https://t.co/IQyGI4d3By

16/11/20

In History Elmer pretended to be on board the Titanic. We each had a ticket which showed which class of passenger we were. Some of us were allowed to go on the lifeboats, others had to wait. Unfortunately, we ran out of lifeboats! We used our role play to write diary entries. https://t.co/phUEsNIwSP

16/11/20

Elmer enjoyed some practical Maths problem solving this morning. We had to put our thinking hats on and work out how many different ways we could score certain results. Super problem solving skills Year 1! https://t.co/HH8Su0xM7a

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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