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24/04/19

Smashing sunny start to our learning this week as Mrs P.C and her Year 2 tribe head off to do some outdoor learning and utilise our lovely resources that we are so fortunate to have. Learning this week includes phonics fun, marvellous multiplication and magnetic alphabet pieces. https://t.co/FC3M6GiEqF

05/04/19

Nerves running high! 15min to go till the start of Harpenden Academy's Got Talent https://t.co/0aghpUJhwD

04/04/19

KS2 teachers blowing things up in Empiribox training ready for our chemistry topic ‘Changes’ next term. https://t.co/D5CdHmCsdw

04/04/19

Year six hockey festival - much excitement! https://t.co/57r5qwj5Rv

02/04/19

Our Harpenden Writing Competition winners collecting their prizes. https://t.co/T508qGkm31

02/04/19

Patricia has just read Rosie Red her very first independently written sentence...complete with the tricky word "like". https://t.co/Wqsxeho2CG

01/04/19

Check out our school website and choose a bedtime story read by one of our special members of staff. Wishing you all sweet dreams https://t.co/JnC8RqP617

01/04/19

The ducks are learning to run...Mrs Aylott is learning how to catch them! Fun in the sun in Ladybirds garden. https://t.co/8RXqU3s6Jp

31/03/19

Happy Mother's Day to all the mummies at Harpenden Academy. We hope you are having a splendid day !

27/03/19

We have just found out the results of the Harpenden Schools writing competition 2019...we have two 1st places ,one 2nd place and one joint 3rd place. Names to be announced in Friday assembly.

27/03/19

Meet the Computer Programmers of the next decade...Year 4! We are thoroughly enjoying creating our own times table games using Scratch. https://t.co/aIGNmSqbiH

22/03/19

Reception and KS1 making roman tiles at St Albans Cathedral https://t.co/fIiu64nJCp

22/03/19

KS1 & EYFS have arrived at St Albans Cathedral https://t.co/2t8xjPDtSg

20/03/19

Fantastic evening at the Harpenden Schools' Music Association Spring Concert - felt more like being in the West End of London. Such talented children! Some of us were so eager we'd gone to get ready to perform already! https://t.co/DwGyS69Vd1

19/03/19

The ducklings had their first swim today! https://t.co/z4PjKspEZN

15/03/19

And then there were 4! Say hello to Forest, the latest member of Ladybird Class! https://t.co/PW5MYxSQwD

14/03/19

Picasso inspired portraits in Year 4 this morning. https://t.co/5nmVYVSrRM

14/03/19

and ‘Jemima’ the duck has now joined ‘Leicester’ https://t.co/qE8q4XoVVm

14/03/19

Mrs Davies with ‘Leicester’ the duck. Look how ridiculously happy Mrs Davies is! She saw ‘Leicester’ being born yesterday. https://t.co/Cm8kpjrxzC

13/03/19

We have our first duckling!!!! The staff are weeping tears of joy x🦆 https://t.co/WKvpbXs5Fd

13/03/19

Just come off the m1 at junction 10 so see you very soon!

13/03/19

An actual piece of the moon! https://t.co/gzm2yw3qER

13/03/19

Amazing day - Year Six have learnt lots and have generated lots more questions to research back at school! https://t.co/j8E0ksGhSM

13/03/19

Amazing day at Space Centre! Due back by 5.45pm - see you then! https://t.co/87Hn0zcfpY

13/03/19

Mission Control to HA; we've had a great day and we're on our way home! https://t.co/VuEnwDIerY

13/03/19

Harpenden Academy on tour have had a thoroughly enjoyable day and are now on route home. Current ETA just before 6pm but will keep Twitter updated.

13/03/19

Lovely day at https://t.co/pY9Lt4Qn7f

13/03/19

3, 2, 1 Blast Off with Tim Peake! https://t.co/rxWwYa8eh1

13/03/19

Year 4 are enjoying space training! https://t.co/NbvGWywRlJ

13/03/19

Smells from space - yuck! https://t.co/wRFaNfHb26

13/03/19

Animal handling! Aslan Class at Woodside Farm https://t.co/RFABcYxkB9

13/03/19

One small step for man... https://t.co/JfWgpFCaZ3

13/03/19

Exploring ‘Our Earth’ section.. https://t.co/sxT7m8CPeH

13/03/19

Harpenden Academy on tour have arrived! https://t.co/kq83LsPLs9

13/03/19

EYFS are being eggsperts today, watching and waiting for these to hatch.... https://t.co/6bbTGDubJi

13/03/19

Space Centre bound!#harpendenacademyontour https://t.co/9p68Q4wzAh

13/03/19

Mrs DAVIES is keen to set off on our KS2 trip to Leicester Space Centre! https://t.co/2Z23hDKOBG

12/03/19

Looking forward to our SLT Trust training https://t.co/PbmJMPvr2g

12/03/19

Thrive Outside project in year six - looking after our mental well-being during mock SATs week https://t.co/cVV5gusGQC

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 now skills based, with a focus on improving key subject skills. This is so that children gain the subject knowledge, skills and understanding appropriate to their stage of development. 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, emotional awareness and aspirations as well as reflecting the breadth of National Curriculum subjects.

WHY:

So that children learn and get better at using key subject skills.

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. As a new school and will be continuously growing until we reach full capacity of year groups in 2018. This means the curriculum is constantly being reviewed to ensure that it meets the needs of our children.

The Creative Curriculum has been organised through a ‘topic based’ approach which incorporates the key skills set out on the National Curriculum. The use of ICT is encouraged on all topic areas set out in its own right and in both the teaching of the topic and in the opportunities for children’s independent learning. Each class teacher is responsible for the delivery of the Creative Curriculum. Although links can be made with all subjects, the following subjects are dedicated, discrete sessions:

MATHEMATICS

We follow 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, Guided Reading and handwriting are taught as discrete subjects as they build up basic skills.

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.

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 - FRENCH

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

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.

Teaching staff are also encouraged to broaden the experience of the topics for the children through trips, visitors into school and shared experiences of the wider school community, e.g. involvement with parents and school links etc.

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