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21/09/20

Super Year Six scientists setting up experiments to explore how water leaves a leaf. https://t.co/mszU8Qtzea

21/09/20

Kerr Class identifying the value of each digit. https://t.co/pHIY6QNCfU

18/09/20

Fabulous focus and smiles whilst completing our Beatrix Potter final pieces. We have loved exploring the characters and using watercolours.. stay tuned for the final pieces! https://t.co/PW8aRVIjfj

18/09/20

SOS (Save our Sam) Today in Year 1, Sam the frozen penguin needed our help. We had to find the best material to stop him from melting. We made predictions and drew our observations. https://t.co/iR0CesTpHH

18/09/20

Exploring different sentence openers in Kerr class. https://t.co/heBGqswAwe

18/09/20

Happy Birthday! https://t.co/tcElJ6wR6s

18/09/20

Harpenden Academy ready for a socially distanced birthday assembly. https://t.co/wr6joiREi3

17/09/20

Using watercolour to add extra detail to their https://t.co/4WPV5sdlz1

17/09/20

Kerr class adding their final touches to their inspired art. https://t.co/9Sek9RyzOl

17/09/20

Year 1 Elmer loved learning about 'algorithms' in Computing today. We followed our own instructions on the playground and then game our toys instructions to navigate around a treasure map. Some children even tried to write their own code! https://t.co/CUxLTXlumW

17/09/20

Super Team Shakespeare teamwork creating infomercials to shares safety information (on physical and mental health) on Covid with the rest of the school. https://t.co/HewpA4kcfp

17/09/20

Wow! Team Dr Seuss continue to impress us this week with their amazing art work based on pieces by Chidi Okoye. What a talented bunch! https://t.co/qb8ye2BsIq

17/09/20

They look proud of their work and they should do! What stunning homework Dr Seuss class have brought in this week related to the question: ‘What does Harpenden mean to you?’ https://t.co/BVmSHqGohF

17/09/20

An active start in Dahl class, teaching each other team games we created last week https://t.co/boqaiOfbbb

16/09/20

Year Six Circle of Compliments as part of our ‘building resilience’ play project. https://t.co/oOkMzrGd0y

16/09/20

Amazing progress with counter balances in Year Six gymnastics this week. https://t.co/2JHdlVGIAX

16/09/20

Amazing progress with counter balances in Year Six gymnastics this week. https://t.co/4yaKum57Ax

16/09/20

Kerr class learning about fronted adverbials and sharing our ideas. https://t.co/Xxa94u44k3

15/09/20

Year 3 became mini-architects for the start of our Buildings history theme this afternoon. The children showed a lot of resilience when tacking the challenges set for them! https://t.co/75ScEMaN8q

15/09/20

Kerr class showing resilience with an UK jigsaw https://t.co/VsM5ObBbKM

15/09/20

A fabulously busy day in Dr Seuss class today! Using microscopes to look closely at leaves in science; learning about compassion through drama; and sharing new ideas for team games in small groups in PE. Rest up for another busy day tomorrow! https://t.co/0JrBnhmUuo

15/09/20

Using multilink to remind us about multiples of 2 in Potter this morning! https://t.co/o5SjwPvdGJ

14/09/20

Super Year Six scientists fine-tuning their observation skills by observing different parts of a plant using a microscope. https://t.co/gMSICUD8Hw

11/09/20

A fabulous morning using watercolour to paint Peter Rabbit in Potter Class this morning https://t.co/pF0WNbsmjr

11/09/20

It's snowing in Elmer class!! Year 1 have been talking about 'freezing' and 'melting'. We made fake snow and talked about what was the same and what was different between real and fake snow. https://t.co/g84WZ4jlas

11/09/20

What a great first full week back. It’s been jam-packed and I’ve been super impressed by Dr Seuss class’s energy, resilience and enthusiasm. Keep it up team! https://t.co/8lO4OUKOJl

10/09/20

Great energy and focus in Year Six PE today learning more about attacking and defending. https://t.co/wVTViU6XKo

10/09/20

Year 1 have been reading the story 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers. Today we focused on the word 'afraid'. We used our acting skills to show our afraid faces. We then thought of others words that mean the same: terrified, scared, petrified, nervous, horrified. https://t.co/RGajfGWL6K

09/09/20

Kerr class being inspired by The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse creating pieces art that use sketching and shading. https://t.co/8tKcpfwwLE

08/09/20

Year six showed super growth mindsets in their first gymnastics lesson today experimenting with balances and counter balances. https://t.co/ZipYLc62Vw

08/09/20

Painting portraits in the style of Chidi Okoye in year 5 https://t.co/vhmRPSsY6i

07/09/20

Year 1 are learning about stories with predictable language. We read two stories today - 'We're going on a bear hunt' and 'We're going on a lion hunt', then we went on our very own 'Elmer hunt'. Can you spot where we found Elmer? https://t.co/fqglbDpgte

04/09/20

A busy 2 days in Dahl class so far, inspirational maths, bookmark marking and optical illusion drawing, it’s been so lovely to be back! https://t.co/kEsw9RQAZl

03/09/20

Fantastic start to year six with Week of Inspirational Maths activity testing the children’s growth mindset to the limit! https://t.co/EEb7klEJGG

14/07/20

Our lovely Reception class prepared a sweet farewell to their Year 6 buddies today by learning and singing 'You've Got a Friend in Me.' Our Year 6 class were very touched. Thank you Reception Ladybird class. https://t.co/LjYSKKFoAF

07/07/20

Year six printers are experimenting with collagraphy as a medium for sharing key messages from the Oval Heritage project. https://t.co/bBQpck71sJ

06/07/20

Year six bubble B creating their origami butterflies for our leavers’ tree... https://t.co/l5ZLw9nD5N

03/07/20

Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions... https://t.co/kECiOwBghI

03/07/20

Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions... https://t.co/WVlp0lM0iO

03/07/20

Year Six origami butterflies ready for our leavers’ tree... https://t.co/O7LkilGw5v

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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