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25/01/22

As scientists, Team Tolkien created simple circuits, identifying the success criteria for a complete circuit. They then had to identify which drawn circuits would/wouldn’t work and explain why using technical vocabulary https://t.co/daFdnrvleT

25/01/22

Year 3 have been working to show their concrete and pictorial representations when dividing 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. We are building our knowledge of the relationship between multiplication and division and this is really helping us. https://t.co/X0ljeOB3RO

25/01/22

Year 2 debating who is the real good character in ‘Goldilocks and the three bears.’ We had a lively debate. https://t.co/U2M47tUomw

24/01/22

Using our inference skills to interpret the freeze frames from our fairytale ‘Hansel and Gretel’. Can you recognise any of the key events? https://t.co/mjlrFXpMSz

24/01/22

Thank you to our eco committee for leading our assembly this morning and sharing some top tips with us to save energy, reduce our use of plastic and look after our environment https://t.co/33ikLVSWiY

24/01/22

Invasion games workout in year 5 this morning! https://t.co/ZsISDbKd9K

21/01/22

Dahl class scientists are enjoying testing what happens to the brightness of a bulb when more bulbs are added to a circuit. https://t.co/cYU3ZMJMnS

21/01/22

A great way to end the week celebrating the diversity shown through our Influential People Week in our assembly! Thank you to parents and carers for all their hard work supporting their children to create such wonderful headgear! https://t.co/VerIgUDUkc

21/01/22

Partnered proof-reading and editing in Team Tolkien this morning ! Let’s see if they can apply these skills to their own pieces! https://t.co/AL7xLqkb16

21/01/22

Dahl class have loved talking about the people who inspire us, as part of we have all shown such respect to each other and our views and have all been inspired by each other. https://t.co/Y1Gfb5E3yi

21/01/22

Dahl class have completed some fantastic news reports on Captain Sir Tom Moore as part of our activities https://t.co/4AEbXA5AFL

20/01/22

What an inspiring day in Potter Class! We have loved spending time learning about the people that have influenced us. The children gave fantastic presentations and really knew their stuff about their chosen individual https://t.co/qwW7dgFcKA

20/01/22

Celebrating Influential people in Team Shakespeare: My Dad. Edith Clark, David Attenborough and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. https://t.co/SQhufyow0z

20/01/22

Celebrating Influential people in Team Shakespeare: Wole Soyinka, Dina Asher Smith, Eric Yuan and Carolyn Keene. https://t.co/YKcvjbYKKh

20/01/22

Celebrating Influential people in Team Shakespeare: Vaulting teacher, Dr Beast, Emma Raducanu, Ada Lovelace. https://t.co/boPXuDU9wQ

20/01/22

Year 1 loved discovering the 'Brushes redux' app and the 'Tate paint' website to learn how to create illustrations using different paint tools https://t.co/2iYihEZ5PD

20/01/22

As design technologists, Team Tolkien have been enjoying learning about the history of the Dream-Catcher and its symbol of: hope, happiness and positivity! https://t.co/cAqCU7sHlb

20/01/22

Team Tolkien spoke with great passion and enthusiasm about those who have inspired us, to celebrate ’Influential People’s Week.’ These ranged from David Attenborough, Serena Williams and Martin Luther King to a parent! https://t.co/r0fmu14sJW

20/01/22

In Dahl class lesson today we had a basketball tournament, and a shoot out! The children were great at showing all of the skills they have learnt this unit. We will continue the tournament next week to find our winning team. https://t.co/a5JUwAFVYh

20/01/22

Celebrating Influential people in Team Shakespeare: Katherine Johnson, David Attenborough, Emma Watson and Mampimpi. https://t.co/ZKEVX0bwJ5

20/01/22

Moomin presented their information about their influential person that they have created their hat on. We have found out some amazing facts. https://t.co/HuCpQMa4IJ

20/01/22

Elmer presented facts about their influential people beautifully. We had such a lovely range in class, it was wonderful to see https://t.co/quoJpmk9v8

20/01/22

So many influential people in Milne Class. https://t.co/EE7E5jvlRt

19/01/22

In Science we watched a live lesson about plants and we learnt about the different parts of a plant and what plants need to grow. During the lesson we watched clips from Sir David Attenborough’s Green Planet program. https://t.co/8H9ayCPwqV

19/01/22

Potter Class ‘Pasta Punctuation’ this morning to remind us where inverted commas go when a character is speaking. We also looked at our reporting clauses and making them more exciting for the reader. https://t.co/JMq4FtBlEE

19/01/22

Beautiful winter sunrise at cross country this morning https://t.co/DuVFD12XWN

18/01/22

Tear six team Shakespeare have been exploring our value of the month: gratitude. They have set up gratitude journals and explored the health benefits (physical and mental) of a gratitude practice. https://t.co/4P7tn2pRCu

18/01/22

Super Shakespeare scientists investigating different ways to change the brightness of a bulb, considering independent, dependent and control variables and then evaluating the data collected. https://t.co/1OYS9xKOyA

18/01/22

Super Shakespeare scientists investigating different ways to change the brightness of a bulb, considering independent, dependent and control variables and then evaluating the data collected. https://t.co/VIaGgqKLKa

18/01/22

Early morning netball. https://t.co/FsDPXdj6i7

17/01/22

Weaving in Team Tolkien… the start of our dream-catcher project. It was so lovely we were able to do this outside in the sunshine ! https://t.co/obA1jMXW1U

17/01/22

Year six team Shakespeare hockey players practising their attacking and defending skills in the context of hockey - considering how to create space as attackers and block space as defenders. https://t.co/4uDU6FLXgk

17/01/22

Moomin Class enjoyed learning about Martin Luther King as part of Influential People Week. https://t.co/BPueqe8xKr

17/01/22

Milne class using hot seating to learn more about the characters. To help them plan their play scripts https://t.co/OrpJ4cN0Sv

14/01/22

Elmer class loved their geography lesson today learning about where the school is situated. We answered geographical questions about the school location and site. https://t.co/zqS7UIU4QD

14/01/22

Milne Class getting lots out of their Stormbreak today with Ranagram . https://t.co/UgcduTLj3l

14/01/22

Dahl class have been debating the topic ‘should we get a swimming pool in the school hall?’ As part of our balanced arguments English unit. Very valid for and against arguments and great use of conjunctions. https://t.co/YwSV0QXHO7

13/01/22

Elmer class loved using the IT suite this afternoon to safely search for different characters from books. We looked at how the images had been created https://t.co/wbRWg3cD5o

13/01/22

Y1 enjoyed starting the afternoon with a stormbreak called 'Bus Stop Meditation'. Here we focused on self care. We jumped on the positivity bus for a happy thought and let the bus pass us by for a negative thought. We know it is ok to have different feelings https://t.co/OY2BIDufmo

13/01/22

In Year 1 we drew froggie faces on our fingers to help us jump backwards on a number line. Elmer were super mathematicians and solved lots of subtraction questions https://t.co/BEOliysvon

E-Safety

At Harpenden Academy, we are committed to ensure our children are equipped with all that they need to know to be able to keep safe online. We use Education for a connected world document, which is a framework to equip young people and children for a digital life from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety.

Today’s children and young people are growing up in a digital world. As they grow older, it is crucial that they learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour, and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online.

The framework describes the skills and understanding that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it safely. .

The framework focuses specifically on eight different aspects of online education:

1. Self-image and Identity

2. Online relationships

3. Online reputation

4. Online bullying

5. Managing online information

6. Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

7. Privacy and security

8. Copyright and ownership

At Harpenden Academy, we teach each of these aspects throughout the academic year alongside our computing curriculum. At the start of each computing unit, the children have an e-safety lesson that covers an aspect of online education that will link with their upcoming computing unit.

Information about online safety issues and how to ‘Stay Safe’ can be found on the websites below.  This is just a sample of websites that can provide parents with support and information.  Once parents and carers have the background knowledge and understanding of eSafety they can decide what is right for their family.

  • National Online Safety - Parent Guides to ensure safety of children on the internet
  • Facebook Magic 13 - Why do you have to be 13 to use Facebook?
  • Herts E-Safety - Mind the gap!
  • Internet Safety - Parents Guide
  • NSPCC - Help keep your children safe online!
  • CEOP - News and articles around internet safety
  • Think U Know - Great advice to keep children safe whilst using the internet
  • KnowITAll - Award-winning resources for teachers and parents.
  • Webwise - The BBC Webwise is a beginner’s guide to using the internet.  There is a good section on children’s online safety.
  • Internet Matters - This website contains lots of information about staying safe online, with tips about games, social networking, mobile technology and more.
  • Get Safe Online - A beginners guide to using the Internet safely, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line. 
  • Kidsmart - Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
  • Childnet - A non-profit making organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. Childnet International produce an online CD guide specifically for parents.

Top Tips for when onlineCeop

The internet and related technologies, including mobile phones, games consoles and social networks are becoming increasingly important in the daily lives of our children and have many positive benefits.  They can be used both educationally and socially and are becoming part of a child’s identity. Socially our children often use the internet for entertainment, interaction, and communication with ‘friends’.  Access to the internet can take place anywhere and at anytime so we need to make sure our children are able to use the internet safely.

Many children are unaware of the risks for example by having many online friends (who could be strangers), uploading inappropriate images, viewing unsuitable content or sharing too much personal information.

  • Talk together and have fun learning together.
  • Keep virus and firewall software up to-date.
  • Remember that passwords should be kept private and not shared with others. Many eSafety incidents relate back to the sharing of passwords.
  • Involve everyone and agree your family guidelines and rules. Remember that sometimes what is acceptable for a Year 10 child is not necessarily acceptable for a Year 4 child.
  • Regularly discuss online safety and go online with your children.  Communication is the key to ‘staying safe’ online.
  • Enable your ‘browser safe’ search option and/ or consider using internet filtering software, walled gardens and child-friendly search engines. Critically view all content as some websites are not what they appear.
  • Keep the computer in a communal area of the house, where it's easier to monitor what your children are viewing. Do not let children have webcams, or similar, in their bedroom. Remember any image, sound or text can be copied and viewed by everyone.
  • Talk to your children about why they should not to give out their personal details. If they want to subscribe to any online service then make up a family email address to receive the mail.
  • We all love to chat and children are no different. Encourage your children to use moderated chat rooms and never to meet up with an online ‘friend’ without first telling you.
  • Time spent online should be monitored to help prevent obsessive use of the internet. Children need to follow a range of activities many of which will be offline.
  • Encourage your children, and in fact all family members, to tell you if they feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened by anything they see online.
  • Have proportionate responses if the family guidelines are not followed.

An introduction to child safety online

Online safety for children is a concern for all parents.  Guru Andrew speaks to the NSPCC's Claire Lilley about the importance of online security for children and what you can do to make sure your child's life online is protected.

 

Instagram, Facebook and Whatsapp Guidance for Parents

Department for Education Advice for Parents

 

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