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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

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/l5LmOXAGjg

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/BQZx4TIJD2

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/jqMSdbuxbl

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/iAJ5A5cK2f

03/07/20

We discovered our musical talents in Year 4 today using glockenspiels. https://t.co/kO6ttDkG3V

02/07/20

Year 4 have been learning how to draw and sew parabolic curves. https://t.co/Dmx4yMELrm

29/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about gratitude. We watched 'The Giving Tree' https://t.co/GAWo6LSn3Q and then decided to make our very own Harpenden Academy Giving Tree. If you are visiting Harpenden Academy today please take an envelope to put a smile on your face. https://t.co/P7oHq1Cq9g

26/06/20

Actual ice cream! https://t.co/tsErYI1hbi

26/06/20

Year Six artists Picasso- inspired art linked to our PSHE focus on connectedness. https://t.co/3AqnO0pdxA

26/06/20

Year six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/woPoYblYpP

26/06/20

Year six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/1i3n3iqtPQ

26/06/20

Year Six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/5cdHIkZCW8

25/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about the density of liquids this afternoon and made lava lamps. https://t.co/eGed5RxPkw

23/06/20

This afternoon Year 1 became historians - creating timelines and plotting when different flying machines took flight! https://t.co/tnQtblMNGt

23/06/20

More poems from our thoughtful Year 4 children about our key workers https://t.co/HzyTR4T7N0

23/06/20

In English, Year 4 have been learning about onomatopoeia. Today, they have written they most beautiful poems about all our key workers during this time. https://t.co/2ViFnJNL84

22/06/20

This morning Year 1 made an origami "focus fox" to help us with our learning this week. We were very proud of our creations and they definitely helped us focus today! https://t.co/Q1R1MI5z3q

22/06/20

Year six children have started to plan their printing projects for this half term, linked to the Oval heritage project. They have come up with important messages they want to share with the world based on their learning... https://t.co/GCCWs2islh

22/06/20

Year six children have started to plan their printing projects for this half term, linked to the Oval heritage project. They have come up with important messages they want to share with the world based on their learning... https://t.co/QZBu6UxkLr

19/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about 'connecting' in PSHE this week. As part of this we have each sewn a square to represent ourselves which will be connected together to show our lovely Y4 bubble. https://t.co/xFqA7t7pJX

18/06/20

This week in Year Six we have continued our Conflict topic, exploring poetry by teenage refugees now living in the UK as well as learning about the Rohingya refugees (linked to our class story Bone Sparrow) We have been blown away by the children’s refugee poetry writing. https://t.co/zrT0XS9kue

18/06/20

This week in Year Six we have continued our Conflict topic, exploring poetry by teenage refugees now living in the UK as well as learning about the Rohingya refugees (linked to our class story Bone Sparrow) We have been blown away by the children’s refugee poetry writing. https://t.co/Ej1rfFIjWW

18/06/20

Year Six Transition Art Project- the children have started their doorways of gratitude looking back at their time at Harpenden Academy and showing thanks for the values and experiences they have gained which they will take with them onwards to Secondary school and life beyond. https://t.co/ppCm0I1CL9

18/06/20

Year Six Transition Art Project- doorways of gratitude looking back at their time at Harpenden Academy and doorways of hope looking forward to their future. https://t.co/kH1F1tmTtz

12/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about Grace Darling and created diary entries about her heroic day in 1838. We also illustrated our diary entries with pictures of the stormy sea. https://t.co/VqgQMh5Khl

12/06/20

FinalYear Six Conflict Presentation - feeling proud after lots of lovely feedback. https://t.co/Ftg1t6qJG9

12/06/20

More Year Six Conflict Presentations https://t.co/t53HPgXkVH

12/06/20

More Year Six Conflict Presentations https://t.co/sstUret2Qi

12/06/20

More Year Six Conflict Presentations https://t.co/IJShGkSanu

12/06/20

Year 5 have become experts in socially-distanced games! They love wall ball! https://t.co/QDws12Uc78

12/06/20

This morning we’re enjoying Year Six presentations on conflict: each child choose a conflict of their choice and thought carefully about how to present in an engaging way. We’ve all learnt lots and thought about similarities and differences in conflicts through history. https://t.co/A0U5nnIbQy

12/06/20

This morning we’re enjoying Year Six presentations on conflict: each child choose a conflict of their choice and thought carefully about how to present in an engaging way. We’ve all learnt lots and thought about similarities and differences in conflicts through history. https://t.co/mEIgJAPFLk

12/06/20

Year 6 have created very informative e-safety posters that include information about technology and the impact on mental health. https://t.co/XCtJ5M8qSV

11/06/20

Year Six bubbles are loving their socially-distanced outdoor picnic lunches! https://t.co/ncFqQ7AL3K

11/06/20

Enquiry-based learning in Dahl Y5 bubble. https://t.co/k2O78VhG1r

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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