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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

Our Creative Curriculum

Our school’s curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. We offer children broad, balanced, differentiated and relevant curriculum which recognises individual developmental needs and takes account of National Curriculum subjects. The following topics are developed from Chris Quigley’s Creative Themes for learning - to find out more about this skills based curriculum visit Chris Quigley website here or talk to your child’s teacher.

We aim to provide children with the ability to meet the unknown challenges of the twenty-first century. We focus on developing children’s learning capacity so that they can become positive, responsible citizens who can work and co-operate with others while at the same time developing their knowledge and skills, in order to be the best they can be.

The aim is for our curriculum to be the best for our children at Harpenden Academy. We want it to be exciting, interesting and engaging so that children are curious and want to learn. We want children to come home from school excited about what they are learning about. We also want our curriculum to be about raising standards.

Our curriculum is primarily skills based, with a focus on improving key subject skills as well as embedding knowledge into the long-term memory. This is so that children gain the subject knowledge, skills and understanding appropriate to their stage of development. Each subject is broken down into key concepts that are revisited throughout the primary curriculum.  We do this by following three simple principles. The what, why and how of the curriculum planning:

WHAT

As an Academy we are not required to teach the National Curriculum, so in its place we have created an effective school curriculum which is based upon our curriculum drivers of first-hand experience, global awareness, resilience and our values, as well as reflecting the breadth of National Curriculum subjects.  Teachers plan engaging experiences for the children to learn first-hand through trips, visitors, use of the local community and practical learning.

WHY:

So that children learn and get better at using key subject skills and have transferrable knowledge that can be applied across the curriculum.

HOW

We plan exciting contexts for learning that ‘hook’ and engage learners so that they want to learn more. We aim to make learning real and relevant to the lives of our children. The curriculum is frequently reviewed to ensure that it meets the current needs of our children.

Our Curriculum has been organised through a ‘topic based’ approach which incorporates the key skills and subjects set out in the National Curriculum. The use of Computing is encouraged in all topic areas and is also taught in its own right. At Harpenden Academy we like to link our learning across the curriculum.  We also teach the skills and knowledge for subjects discretely:

MATHEMATICS

We enhance the Maths scheme called ‘Maths No Problem’ which teaches the skills of reasoning, maths fluency and incorporates the use of resources, problem solving and group work.  The maths scheme is child-centred and fun to teach and was assessed by the DfE’s expert panel, which judged that it met the core criteria for a high-quality textbook to support teaching for mastery.

ENGLISH

We follow the Talk for Writing approach, developed by Pie Corbett, supported by Julia Strong, this programme is based upon the principles of how children learn and is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version.  Phonics, Spellings, Guided/Shared Reading and handwriting are taught as discrete subjects as they build up basic skills.

SCIENCE

Since embarking on our journey with Empiribox our Science skills, knowledge and understanding have flown. Every week children are enthralled with practical, first hand investigations in which they develop and apply their scientifically thinking skills.

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY

History and Geography expectations are set around the Chris Quigley Essentials “mile stones” approach.  Concepts are built upon year on year to support children in their discussions as Historians and Geographers.

COMPUTING

As Computer Scientists the children will learn the key concepts of Computing through the ‘Switched On Computing’ scheme which prepares children to be technologists of the future.  We enhance this scheme and embed eSafety teaching across the curriculum. 

PSHE

PSHE is at the heart of our curriculum at Harpenden Academy.  Our Values, as well as the British Values complement the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme which we use in school.  Our Mental Health lead champions pupil, staff and parent well-being continuously.

MUSIC

We follow the scheme ‘Charanga’ which is a complete scheme to teach the national curriculum for music.  It incorporates a vast library of songs, topics, instrument courses and creative apps, in also provides in-depth support for assessment, SEND and personalised teaching and learning.

PE AND SWIMMING

PE in KS1 & KS2 is taught by the class teachers.  Physical fitness and physical awareness are important in developing a healthy lifestyle. A range of dance, gym, sports and swimming will be covered.

Swimming is taught by specialist staff at the local swimming pool.

MFL - SPANISH

These lessons are linked to the curriculum in KS2 and allow the chance for children to become familiar with another language.

RE

Religious Education (RE) is a necessary part of a broad and balanced curriculum. As RE is not nationally determined a locally agreed syllabus of RE is prepared by a local Standard Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) and adopted by a local authority. It is this Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 which we use as the basis of our planning and delivering of RE at Harpenden Academy.

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