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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

SMSC

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) is about everything we do at Harpenden Academy, to help children build their own personal values, have positive relationships with others and become responsible young citizens in society. SMSC development supports children to be kind, thoughtful and caring and to be able to live and learn alongside people with different beliefs, cultures and lifestyles.

Our provision for pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural and Emotional development (SMSC), builds on our values of our education.

An important part of SMSC is to support children to engage with British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect for different faiths and beliefs.

Spiritual Development

We want children to be reflective about their own beliefs, but also show interest and respect for the beliefs and faiths of others. We encourage children to reflect, not just on their own behaviour and the choices they make, but also on the skills needed to remain calm and focused on their learning.

Spiritual development is also about supporting children to be creative, imaginative and reflect on their learning experiences.

Opportunities for Spiritual development include:

  • Learning together to value the ideas and contributions of all children
  • Providing a varied and exciting curriculum that inspires children and makes learning enjoyable.
  • Coming together in assemblies and special events to share learning with each other and with parents and the community to reflect on our learning experiences.

Moral Development

Opportunities for Moral development include:

  • Children working together to discuss and agree on what they need to do to create a safe, friendly and inclusive environment for learning.
  • Opportunities in the curriculum for children to offer their own points of view and to be able to listen to and value those of others.
  • In every classroom and throughout the school environment, children are encouraged to make positive behaviour choices and develop strategies to manage conflicts effectively.

Social Development

We have developed our P.O.W.E.R an innovative whole school approach.  This explicitly teaches children the social and relational skills needed to learn effectively in a diverse community. (See 'The Curriculum')

Opportunities for Social development include:

  • P.O.W.E.R across the curriculum and whole school skill focuses.
  • Making a positive contribution to the community through fund raising, volunteering and engagement in community projects.
  • Supporting children to develop the skills needed for living in a democracy through activities such as elections for School Council.

Cultural Development

Our WOW weeks and creative curriculum allow the children the opportunity to learn all about different lifestyles, backgrounds and beliefs other children have.

Opportunities for Cultural development include:

  • Providing opportunities in the curriculum for children to visit places of worship and share their beliefs with others.
  • Enabling children to enjoy and appreciate a variety of artistic, musical and cultural experiences, including drama, music, singing, choir and sports.

Year 6 and our topic of ‘Rich and Poor,’ November 2019

Wonderful visit from a family member of one of our pupils, sharing experiences about the lives of children in Zimbabwe (linked to our rich and poor topic)

Rich poor

Year 6, Peace Festival, October 2019

Harpenden academy Year 6 pupils hosted a Peace Festival Assembly inspired by the Harpenden Peace festival in September. This has been 100% written, driven and directed by the children using our value of the month INDEPENDENCE

Peace assembly

Year 6, Frida Kahlo project, October 2018

Year 6 enjoyed making guacamole - a favourite Mexican dish- linking to our Frida Kahlo project. I was particularly impressed how many children initially claimed to not like avocado but tried the new dish and actually loved it! Well done for having open minds.

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