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Wow! Fantastic examples of flight in Dr Seuss‘s gymnastics lesson this morning. Well done to this team for excellent communication and team work as well.


Magnificent measuring in Potter class this morning. We have been learning to convert from metres and centimetres into centimetres. We measured each other’s heights and discussed our accuracy whilst getting outdoors!


Kerr class making rain gauges to find out how much rain we have in Harpenden.


Thank you to our PE lead, Miss Harvey, for coming in to talk to Dr Seuss class about sportsmanship and fair play today.


Inspired by Monet, Year 1 have been learning about tints and shades in Art. Today we created different shades of blue like in Monet's painting.


Year 1 received a letter from the Christmas Elf asking for help. The Elves need to learn how to catch stars to put on top of our Christmas trees. Thankfully we have been reading the book 'How to catch a star' so planned how we could save the day with our instructions.


We still celebrate birthdays in the rain. Happy Birthday 🎂


Kerr class learning about the importance of treating everyone equally


This Anti-Bullying week, Potter class have made promises to ensure that we are


Oh no! A ghastly event has taken place in Year 2 Moomin class. Whilst the passengers aboard the Titanic were asleep the ship hit an iceberg! Women, children and some men in first class were saved but sadly had to watch the Captain, family and friends go down with the ship!


It’s Anti-Bullying Week and Dr Seuss class have shown great maturity when discussing bullying and friendship issues. We thought about different types of bullying and their impact but focussed specifically on name-calling.


As part of anti bullying week Dahl class have discussed the different types of bullying and the effect it can have on the victims.


Kerr class getting huge hang of unison


Shakespeare writers responding to a poem called ‘To this day’ by Shane Koyczan on bullying...


This week Year 1 we have linked our learning about Anti-Bullying week to our English instructional writing. We have written instructions on how to be a good friend. We also heard a really catchy song about Anti-Bullying week!


Kerr class creating gymnastics routines. There challenges was to move in unison.


Celebrating anti-bullying week with circle time describing ‘a friend does not...’ and ‘a friend is not...’ lots of lovely links to our current class story Ella on the Outside which addresses some complex aspects of friendship and bullying.


Ssssh don’t tell Mrs Davies. Year 3 created lots of mess practising subtracting with renaming. One child said “This feels like a dojo treat!”


Last week in dance Year Six dancers were introduced to the concept of canons and motifs. They incorporated them into their dance routines which were inspired by their history learning: the Foundling Hospital.


Kerr class comparing Venice and London by describing the human and physical features


Last week in dance Year Six dancers were introduced to the concept of canons and motifs. They incorporated them into their dance routines which were inspired by their history learning: the Foundling Hospital.


Wonderful anti-bullying dance routines in Year Six today thinking about the use of different groupings to vary the dynamic of the dance and portray different emotions linked to bullying and friendship. Excellent exploration.


Elmer have been busy comparing and ordering numbers. Today we used the terms 'greater than' and 'less than' to compare 3 different numbers. We learnt about ordering from smallest to largest and largest to smallest.


How many cubes (people) will it take to sink the boat (Titanic)? Year 1 brought their History learning to life through their Science with this exciting activity all about floating and sinking.


Kerr class have been learning about the differences in physical and human features across the UK.


Potter class are all in a pickle! In Computing we have been learning how to debug a program to make a pizza. We showed a lot of perseverance and had a lot of fun! Thanks


In History Elmer pretended to be on board the Titanic. We each had a ticket which showed which class of passenger we were. Some of us were allowed to go on the lifeboats, others had to wait. Unfortunately, we ran out of lifeboats! We used our role play to write diary entries.


Elmer enjoyed some practical Maths problem solving this morning. We had to put our thinking hats on and work out how many different ways we could score certain results. Super problem solving skills Year 1!


Yesterday, Dahl class enjoyed using semaphore to send secret messages to their friends, we found it quite tricky!


Dahl class supporting our local high street making posters to support shopping local, thank you Threads of Harpenden for your lovely letter!


More amazing Year 1 design technologists learning new skills to make their moon buggy.


Kerr class speeding kindness and love to whole school community.


Year 1 are amazing design technologists! Today we learnt about wheels, axles and chassis. We developed our skills to make sure the wheels didn't fall off! Excellent team work and problem solving skills shown today.


Kerr class trying different counter balances


Happy World Kindness Day from Dr Seuss class! This morning we had a really positive start to our day by exchanging compliments cards and have started a kindness diary to document all the lovely things we do for each other. We are a very kind class!


Potter class creating paper structures as part of their DT project.


Kerr class coming up with ideas to describe their characters for their play scripts.


Happy World Kindness Day from Elmer Class! It was perfect timing that John Lewis released their Christmas Advert today, 'Give a Little Love' so we watched this and created our own symbols of kindness to pass to you.


In Dahl class to celebrate world kindness day we have written notes to each other telling us how kind we are! Very happy smiley faces this morning!

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-2020

Pupil Premium funding

The government introduced Pupil Premium funding in April 2011 with the aim of bridging the gap between the disadvantaged pupils and their peers. They believe that the Pupil Premium, which is in addition to the main school’s funding will address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers.

Number of pupils and Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) received:  
Total number of pupils on roll 236
Total number of pupils 10
Total amount of PPG received £19,912


  • We ensure that learning and teaching opportunities meet the needs of all pupils
  • We ensure that the needs of all of learners are carefully assessed on a regular interval in particular the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is in place for those students who belong to vulnerable groups
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged students, we recognise that not all students who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals
  • We use the Pupil Premium funding to support any student or group of students who the academy has identified as socially disadvantaged
  • The type of provision will depend on the identification of the need for the priority student or group of students.

Pupil Premium / Ever 6 Provision Map

We track the provision for each child on the Pupil Premium through a provision map where we record how the students are supported.  These include:

  • TA support received in class
  • Small intervention group work or 1 to 1 sessions within Inclusion
  • Participation in the nurture
  • Access Arrangements
  • Support from external agencies (counselling, targeted services, TAF, Links support and outreach work etc.)
  • Attendance at clubs; sports and music etc.
  • School trips
  • Participation in the Wow Weeks if these is generative a cost for parents

Pupil Premium / Ever 6 Provision

All pupil premium students access:

  • High quality teaching in the classroom
  • Support in accessing extra – curricular activities which require extra support and funding

Provision targeted at year groups or across year groups

Transition from primary to secondary

Summer school, extended transition mornings, part funded residential trip.

Support for end of year school events

Pupil Premium funds are used to enable PP students to take part in the community celebration events of their time at Harpenden Academy, i.e. attend the leaving celebration, external reward trips  and buy the year book.

Support for school trips

Trips are offered at a reduced rate for all PP students.

Music Lessons

Music lessons, exam costs and sheet music are offered free for any PP student who wishes to participate.

Teaching Assistant’s (TA’s) in class

Many PP students benefit from TA support in the classroom to ensure they participate fully in lessons and supported to access the concepts covered in the lessons and to work independently. 

Joint planning by the TAs and teachers- identified LSAs attached to individual faculties.

Targeted to small cohorts within each year group or to individuals

Literacy Interventions

Talking Partners - a targeted intervention to support the communication skills of the PP students.

One to One reading / spelling / handwriting / numeracy intervention.

Small group lessons in the Learning Zone.

Access to Wonder days and Wow Weeks

As part of our Creative Curriculum the children have either an external visitor or go on an external trip to enhance their learning. If these incur a cost then PP pupils have a reduced cost or the experience is paid for as it enhances their learning of curriculum subject.

We also have termly WOW weeks such as Science Weeks or Book Weeks and again if these create a cost for parents then PP children get this cost reduced or paid for from the PP grant as this again further their learning.

Behaviour for Learning

Nurture Group in Primary to support the social skills.

Mastering Memory and Fine Motor Skills

PP students who have difficulties with their short term working memory or their fine motor skills are supported using one to one specialised programmes.

Learning Portraits

Through setting up the Learning Portraits all members of staff acquire an in depth understanding of the students and strategies to support them in their learning.


Some students are supported through the counselling service, such as bereavement counselling to help them work through issues which impact on their readiness and capacity for learning.

Data analysis

Regular analysis of data by the SENCO to track, monitor and identify underachievement.


In house attendance improvement officer to support the families and the students.

Regular meetings with both parents and students.

Home visits.

External agencies

Utilisation of external professionals to run sessions for children in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Partnership with Links academy.

Support from EP.

Close liaison with family support workers.

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