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25/09/20

Tomorrow is 'European Languages Day'. In Elmer class we used QR codes to hear different Disney songs in different languages. We also spoke about the different languages that some of us speak at home too - we have some very talented children! https://t.co/YQsZLPHpZ3

25/09/20

Super science work in Dr Seuss investigating holly leaves and the amount of water expelled from leaves https://t.co/sFGmJC8UOG

25/09/20

Science is so EXCITING! Year 1 have been making observations over time. Today we made 'jelly marbles'. We watched them grow in size as they absorbed water. Mrs Johnston also became a magician and made the transparent ones disappear in water! https://t.co/sDkK6HzvEA

25/09/20

Happy Birthday from Harpenden Academy https://t.co/WIShzxcXCO

24/09/20

Year 1 love learning about programming toys in Computing. Today we used fakebots, and then beebots, to learn about how to move from one place to another. Some children even put obstacles on the grid that the beebot had to avoid! https://t.co/a7M8sFro56

24/09/20

This week’s Year Six Here We Are transition project activity: creating infomercials on keeping safe and healthy in school under Covid restrictions. https://t.co/sA0zskQJeA

24/09/20

Highlight of the week: Year Six meeting their Reception buddies for the first time and getting to know them (socially distanced of course!) https://t.co/gL43WMc9dd

24/09/20

Year six historians looking at the concepts of continuity and change while debating: would you rather be a child loving in the Stone Age or the 21st century? We were approximately half and half! https://t.co/wyJg5NuTqg

24/09/20

An active start in Dahl class completing the Harpenden and district schools sports skipping challenge https://t.co/4L8XSh3NcC

23/09/20

Kerr class using microscopes to compare parts of the plant https://t.co/RIKVjhfKGl

23/09/20

A great discussion in Dahl class about the UN rights of a child, we created our own class rights to learn https://t.co/qSwDx4GaXL

23/09/20

In Dahl class we have become authors and illustrators by writing our own versions of The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse, they are fantastic! https://t.co/89dQoau47C

22/09/20

Ker class chopping and pealing vegetables for our DT topic about great British food. https://t.co/Tjic6bNxSV

22/09/20

Potter class created timelines today to understand and answer the question..'How have buildings and homes changed through time?' https://t.co/XUuJkTHkH1

22/09/20

Kerr class have been learning about OS symbols in geography! https://t.co/FHulVIIPT8

22/09/20

Year 1 have enjoyed their gymnastics lessons focusing on straight and curled ways of travelling. Excellent work Elmer! https://t.co/EfkidOAArH

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

Promoting British Values

"Pupils are prepared well for life in modern British society. Leaders ensure that pupils are given opportunities to learn about important issues such as tolerance and the rule of law." School Ofsted Report, June 2019

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.

At Harpenden Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Eco Council, House System and pupil questionnaires. The annual elections of both School and Eco Council are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy and class rules are created entirely on the children thoughts and voted on in family groups. The naming of the school dog was through a woof- a- rendum which the children had voting slips.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through their choice in the level of challenge in their work, or their participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy and Values based education very much focus on the area of respect. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means. Respect is promoted through our PSHE curriculum; is embedded in our buddy groups, where older children actively develop supportive relationships with younger pupils; and is reiterated through our behaviour management strategy.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society, and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions are supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school

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