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04/03/21

Whipping It Up with Mrs Ross! Check out our new page on our website. Cook along with Mrs Ross and send us photos of your tasty treats! https://t.co/XB3oZukAHM https://t.co/PoARVm5Tzu

04/03/21

We are overwhelmed by the entries for our Lockdown photography competition! Deadline for submission is 8th March at 7pm. Check out the entries on our website https://t.co/kSTWob0Lp6

04/03/21

more World Book Day fun! https://t.co/QfzkBzXnDk

04/03/21

World Book Day fun today at Harpenden Academy! https://t.co/dlFzAheRRM

04/03/21

World Book Day at Harpenden Academy today! At school and at home https://t.co/aKm4LNvrfR

04/03/21

Team Shakespeare World Book Day at home - amazing dress up, reading outdoors and comic strips. https://t.co/S5QulaHq1C

04/03/21

Year six - book charades, live workshops and creating stories in a jar https://t.co/BGANVM3dAV

04/03/21

Year six - Can you guess the book character? https://t.co/BWMSaBhSfR

04/03/21

Year six - Can you guess the book character? https://t.co/jaKc3xNJcG

04/03/21

Team Shakespeare World Book Day at home: dress your head, build a story den and feedback! https://t.co/7aG57VVncM

04/03/21

Elmer class are really enjoying World Book Day. https://t.co/EPolQElhE0

04/03/21

More World Book day fun from Elmer at home. Reading in unusual place, creating books and 'Draw with Rob' becoming an illustrator. https://t.co/wOALo6jHTY

04/03/21

World Book Day costumes in Year 1 https://t.co/PK0mMkwcBO

03/03/21

Year six investigating the relationship between height and volume as well as type of material of the floor and volume using sound meters https://t.co/zGJrpC3ByS

03/03/21

Team Shakespeare celebrating Food Waste Awareness Week with persuasive letters home to parents asking for changes to be made! https://t.co/YCNMD6jTJm

26/02/21

Kerr Class taking part in Captain Tom Moore challenge https://t.co/CoEqcA6eOq

26/02/21

Year 3 have been taking part in in memory of Sir Captain Tom Moore. We did 100 repetitions of an exercise, starting with 10 laps of the hall each! It was certainly a challenge! https://t.co/uk8n5Wdayb

26/02/21

Year 1 looked closely at feathers this afternoon. We discussed layering two different types of media. We chose from charcoal, pencil, oil pastels or water colours. Very impressive results Elmer class! https://t.co/92Va8w5qBr

26/02/21

In Year 1 we are developing our observational skills in Art. We started with a warm up game called 'Blind Drawing'. The children had to have a piece of card over their pencil so they couldn't see what they were drawing. We realised quickly that this made it so much harder! https://t.co/zaz3xqQszz

25/02/21

Year 1 have been enjoying their first session on how to conduct online safe searches. The children used safe search engines to find images of animals. They then used their copying and pasting skills to put them into another document. https://t.co/4L4y4sV7Nj

23/02/21

Team Shakespeare mixing science and music. Having investigated how different instruments create different pitch sounds, the children made panpipes! https://t.co/8NtKfGbWia

22/02/21

Year six Art therapy session to express out emotions - symbols of happiness https://t.co/FZpk9tQd5M

22/02/21

Team Shakespeare performing poetry from the beautiful Lost Words poetry book using excellent expression, emphasis and evocative tones of voice! https://t.co/M1K0Cg97Ri

12/02/21

Linked to tactical fitness, year 6 delivered a high impact workout designed to work the whole body. Impressively, the children all came up with a broad range of exercises to target different parts of physical fitness. https://t.co/vVcwT7zqmU

09/02/21

Year 3 have been making colourful cupcakes linked to our self-esteem story “Gilly the Giraffe”. We practised our icing skills and decorated using sparkly sprinkles! https://t.co/GQR9kjwsmP

05/02/21

We are Scientists! Today, in Year 1 we have been learning about things that are alive, were once alive or things that were never alive. As part of this we made our very own fossils! https://t.co/OZ3yPamLVC

04/02/21

Year 1 loved creating story stones and creating imaginative stories from images. Well done everyone! https://t.co/gCYADl7NWl

04/02/21

More of Elmer enjoying their 'Power Snuggle' time. https://t.co/xQxfucTqcZ

04/02/21

Year 1 have loved our special Story Telling day. It has been a day where the children at home, and at school have shown their true creativity and imagination. https://t.co/jGg28xO9QE

04/02/21

Year 6 have had a phenomenal morning, releasing their imaginations and sense of escapism, during Harpenden Academy’s story-telling day: exploring language to create team stories; improvisation, performance and animation through drama; and a high energy fairytale PE lesson! https://t.co/uP5yLw1en0

29/01/21

Year six scientists exploring how sound travels through different states of matter. Great experiments by our scientists at home too! https://t.co/fzG2VZBAht

29/01/21

Year six Hopes and Dreams PSHE lesson inspired by Amanda Gorman’s inauguration poem: The Hill We Climb https://t.co/nQgJPCvtMk

28/01/21

Using Willow, Year 6 design technologists, produced beautiful spiders webs - by using their weaving and creative skills, to produce: a striking, unique and colourful Dreamcatcher. https://t.co/0UdM7IQKN6

28/01/21

In Year six we created an outdoor library for our English lesson today - exploring the key features of non chronological reports and their effect on the reader. All feeling grateful for the sunshine! https://t.co/xOjDuirOBC

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

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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