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22/01/21

Kerr class putting their final touches to their tribal/war dances. Excellent teamwork https://t.co/TKCJnPGkzV

21/01/21

Team Shakespeare have been extremely active, as part of our ‘Be Active’ challenge, to support not only our physical health but our mental health. We have been focussing on tactical fitness today in particular - high impact exercise, designed to get our whole body working. https://t.co/R57JbHHouu

21/01/21

Year six DT project - paper plate dream catchers linked to our North America geography topic. Lovely to see the children at home’s wonderful creations too. https://t.co/uhZ7lRskDY

19/01/21

More matching moves! https://t.co/YdThioHrMg

19/01/21

Year six scientists making their own instruments to explore how sound is made. Some excellent definitions using scientific vocabulary such as energy, particles and vibrations. https://t.co/FfPQDCj5sk

19/01/21

Year six gymnasts exploring different ways to match their partner - using different heights and directions. https://t.co/Z0zDN2o0dY

19/01/21

Year six gymnasts experimenting with matching and mirroring balances and movements using the equipment. https://t.co/JAELi2kE1J

17/12/20

Christmas Lunch in school yesterday! https://t.co/Lvn50LJSRT

17/12/20

It’s been a tricky challenge but Dr Seuss class are nearly there with their cushion-making DT project! https://t.co/pgkFXTHwsJ

16/12/20

As awesome artists, year 6 have had lots of festive fun creating Christmas cards in the style of Pop Art. https://t.co/qHrCztJyPi

16/12/20

Thank you lovely Mrs Davies for serving our delicious Christmas lunch and to the kitchen team for an amazing meal! https://t.co/Z9GYoEsRn2

16/12/20

Team Shakespeare Christmas lunch https://t.co/38wXvpzMO8

16/12/20

Christmas lunch! https://t.co/4u84oCS6Ix

16/12/20

A Santa sack load of Christmas cheer and laughter as LKS2 enjoyed their delicious dinner today - it really was joyous to eat together as a bubble! https://t.co/j6MOrYrgqT

16/12/20

Yummy, yummy! Thank you Joanna for ensuring our festivities could continue this year. "This is the best Christmas lunch EVER!" https://t.co/2qZwOhiSOI

16/12/20

Merry Christmas! We are ready for our annual Christmas lunch (in our bubbles of course!) https://t.co/z4M0nyNCxg

14/12/20

Kerr class completing a random of kindness by make ginger bread biscuits for Christmas https://t.co/0oiDi0Dvgy

14/12/20

Half our Dr Seuss enjoyed a wonderful visit to the River Lea this afternoon where they furthered their knowledge about the local area and river features. The rest of the class are looking forward to tomorrow’s visit. https://t.co/8CuakegGt5

11/12/20

Year six Santa Dash fun! https://t.co/A8Mlo5Za7I

11/12/20

Magical marble runs being made in Potter class today as part of our Christmas activity day! Children have used their DT skills to work together to create a Christmas maze. Lots of fun! https://t.co/LoL1TtoFun

11/12/20

Dahl class enjoying our Santa dash this afternoon! https://t.co/l6W8zjzipW

11/12/20

Shame the weather was too bad to go outside but we still enjoyed our Santa Dash today in Dr Seuss! https://t.co/HuiZuL5QPr

11/12/20

More fun making peppermint creams in Year 1! https://t.co/ccfl6eW5pj

11/12/20

Year 1 have been very creative with paper plates today. We created snowmen, reindeers and even a Father Christmas! Who knew a paper plate could make so many things? https://t.co/pHGJOhfeTY

11/12/20

Potter class have had an exciting video call this afternoon learning about being safe when crossing the road and safer places to cross. Remember...Stop, Look, Listen and Think... before you cross the road! https://t.co/HwJy8BPGGd

11/12/20

Kerr class Santa dash. https://t.co/MZKvt0pIvD

11/12/20

Kerr class creating symmetrical snow flakes. https://t.co/iM3qnaBQZi

11/12/20

Beautiful felt flowers made by Year Six which will be included in a Garland along with flowers made by our fare home buddies (small acts of kindness project). The dye was made from flowers grown at the Oval which links to out Heritage history project. https://t.co/miV48IYZlX

11/12/20

Year six scientists labelling and explaining the parts of a flower this week. https://t.co/MIhoksptRf

11/12/20

In Dahl class we have presented our own improvements for Harpenden, we have worked really hard! Our class voted and the winning improvements were for a splash park in Rothamstead and a nature reserve with bird hides on the common. https://t.co/5GBElyTyFK

11/12/20

Dahl class have helped Santa this morning by making Christmas trees using newspaper and baubles! They had to stand freely and hold the baubles! Well done Dahl class! https://t.co/DHcj7KQJor

11/12/20

Elmer woke up this morning with a Santa Dash run! A lovely festive start to the day. https://t.co/yUXqyn2hXY

11/12/20

Elmer's act of kindness today is a rather fun one to make! We have enjoyed making peppermint creams to give to members of our family to thank them for everything they do for us...there may be one or two coming your way! https://t.co/vaNsP072R3

11/12/20

It’s Christmas Activity Day at HA and Dr Seuss class are already stuck into making rafts to help Santa cross the river! Great team work and lots of fun! https://t.co/ewk73fj0Va

10/12/20

Using athleticism, year 6 had lots of festive fun during PE today. Highlights included: pass the parcel - using hands, elbows and foot control, in addition to Santa versus the Grinch! Lots of great pair and teamwork, with smiles all round. https://t.co/cs9YFZ0OvZ

10/12/20

Dahl class have had a great afternoon making christingles in our RE lesson! https://t.co/3HVytriZFP

10/12/20

Thank you to Jump! for organising a Christingle-making workshop for us this afternoon. We had a lot of fun in Dr Seuss class! https://t.co/4UgdV4QtyN

10/12/20

Year six taking part in an online road safety quiz, learning lots of new facts including all the different types of crossing such as pelican, puffin and zebra crossings. https://t.co/yqb7liZPd8

10/12/20

In Dahl class we have had a road safety workshop and we have created posters advising children not to be distracted by our phones, headphones or each other! Thank you https://t.co/RWiI1Nwdf9

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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