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18/06/21

Elmer had a lovely afternoon learning about the skill of chopping. We learnt about how to be safe and hygienic when chopping https://t.co/6Z82Y407lZ

18/06/21

Another wonderful UK parliament workshop We had an extra surprise senior communications officer joined us virtually. There were lots of great questions. https://t.co/8AI0QPm3Nu

18/06/21

Forest School indoors! Moomin Class having fun using an 8 point compass. https://t.co/uiMddrIBN9

17/06/21

Year six celebrating Clean Air Day with a traffic survey which they then Turned into bar charts and pie charts on Excel. https://t.co/ufKV3f9ZaW

17/06/21

Cross curricular learning in Kerr class. We investigating how we travel to school for and creating spreadsheets to show the data https://t.co/GWIMSVhw6a

17/06/21

Dahl class have been data collecting outside to see how many vehicles come past our school linked to we will be comparing with results we take this afternoon https://t.co/rYbBiWokwN

16/06/21

Dahl class scientists are enjoying learning about filtration today. https://t.co/jzUmQotnk8

16/06/21

Moomin Masterchefs! Practising our cutting skills. https://t.co/trVknjLoi6

15/06/21

Yr 6 artists have been enjoying some time today to reflect upon their growth and development through their primary years, by starting their ‘Doorways’ project: A doorway symbolises the transition and passageway from one place to another. # PSHE # Art # Transition https://t.co/VcrGC4P4YD

15/06/21

Excellent ball control in Elmer class this afternoon. We used different types of balls and learnt how to control the ball with our feet. We practised passing the ball to our friends and learnt how to stop the ball too https://t.co/pY7K2dNIsC

14/06/21

KS2 teachers attend the Woodhall estate pre-trip briefing: we can’t wait to bring the children here in a couple of weeks to explore this beautiful place and learn more about nature and sustainability. https://t.co/EwzlPLfD8V

13/06/21

Well Done Team Harpenden, An amazing performance against the Lea. Year 5 & 6 you have improved so much https://t.co/tNgsFvg5Nc

11/06/21

Kerr Class, learning about the UK Parliament. Thank you UK parliament for a wonderful interactive workshop https://t.co/7A6zE3peh3

11/06/21

Moomin class are having fun at Forest School. We are learning to use compass directions. https://t.co/F6rcV3vLJM

10/06/21

Elmer class enjoyed creating freeze frames during their drama work this morning. They chose a scene from the story 'Lost and Found' and recreated it showing the character's emotions. https://t.co/6eObR7XaoL

10/06/21

Dahl class enjoying the start of our striking and fielding PE unit today! https://t.co/kRLKP2KfI0

09/06/21

Year six dancers finding ways to connect more deeply to our oceans via ocean- inspired dances. https://t.co/IQBWQ4zOPQ

08/06/21

Kerr class making art out of plastic https://t.co/S5cxyvWdgr

08/06/21

Well Done Team Harpenden Academy. 4 vs 0 win 🥇 🏆 unbeaten this year! https://t.co/POGSUMrbFe

08/06/21

Potter Class have been reusing carrier bags to make turtle sculptures to celebrate World Ocean Day! Did you know 1 in 2 marine turtles have eaten plastic? 🐢 https://t.co/WUPJIswMmA

08/06/21

Potter Class creating dance sequences reflecting the stages of the water cycle on World Ocean Day. Can you spot our use of different levels, ways of travelling and use of unison and canon? https://t.co/xtjKxFP0ow

08/06/21

Happy World Ocean Day! As part of our learning today about the 6Rs, Elmer REUSED bottles to create some beautiful fish. https://t.co/AAAHkbS831

08/06/21

Dr Seuss class thoroughly enjoyed celebrating World Ocean Day. We spent part of the day making a start on an ocean scene made entirely out of recycled materials https://t.co/6ozOTkjfzp

08/06/21

Year 5 made some fabulous ocean creations from recyclables today as well as starting on our knowledge organisers to share what we have learned from this important day! https://t.co/EZsbMEmvfO

08/06/21

Moomin Class are using an atlas to locate the 5 oceans of the world. https://t.co/5iyiKQBpt3

08/06/21

Potter and Kerr class enjoyed their assembly kick starting their day full of ocean activities https://t.co/wMjITUEl2j

08/06/21

Kerr class learning about soluble materials, what do you think happened here?. https://t.co/CT5lQKbRu5

07/06/21

Dahl class were super keen to start our world oceans day early and so we gathered the goods and discussed what we could do to help protect our oceans... more to follow tomorrow! https://t.co/AJr10Fofeq

07/06/21

Kerr class learning about soluble materials, what do you think happened here?. https://t.co/cOeFGyDgXs

07/06/21

Graphs linked to World Ocean Day produced by Dr Seuss Class. We looked at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and linked our graphs to the decomposition rates of different materials https://t.co/IqdchBZBJA

07/06/21

Year 6 engaging with a live UK Parliament workshop learning about the House of Commons and the House of Lords, including concepts such as: life peerage, elected and selected members, constituencies, canvassing, scrutiny, opposition and parliament ping pong. https://t.co/Kzey2vGGuR

07/06/21

Penguin found! This morning we found a lost penguin in Elmer classroom. We worked in groups to decide how the penguin had arrived in our room and how we could help it return home. In groups, we gave short presentations to the class to explain our ideas https://t.co/CsOHbiXwD1

07/06/21

Elmer class are developing their typing skills so that we can make e-cards later this term. https://t.co/rL7yLC3Fzj

07/06/21

Today we have planned our own evacuee stories that we will be writing up later this week- can’t wait to read such fabulously written stories - the plots sound amazing! https://t.co/VrXitZ2VGu

07/06/21

Year 5 have been working hard in maths with graphs today as part of our world ocean day activities to show the time it takes rubbish to decompose over years 🌍 https://t.co/hNSwji7Lxs

27/05/21

WW2 art inspired by Henry Moore. Dr Seuss class got rather messy! https://t.co/7glU5K1qLW

27/05/21

Moomin are enjoying playing a 5 times table game. https://t.co/HcnzZmLBws

27/05/21

Dahl class scientists are enjoying investigating evaporation https://t.co/mT7hrRflRD

27/05/21

Elmer class loved playing a maths game about comparing numbers and place value. Who has the most tens? https://t.co/dhMWycGsFx

27/05/21

Dahl class enjoying the sunshine whilst practicing out hockey dribbling skills https://t.co/hjLYjd01L6

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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