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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

19/01/21

Year six gymnasts experimenting with matching and mirroring balances and movements using the equipment. https://t.co/JAELi2kE1J

17/12/20

Christmas Lunch in school yesterday! https://t.co/Lvn50LJSRT

17/12/20

It’s been a tricky challenge but Dr Seuss class are nearly there with their cushion-making DT project! https://t.co/pgkFXTHwsJ

16/12/20

As awesome artists, year 6 have had lots of festive fun creating Christmas cards in the style of Pop Art. https://t.co/qHrCztJyPi

16/12/20

Thank you lovely Mrs Davies for serving our delicious Christmas lunch and to the kitchen team for an amazing meal! https://t.co/Z9GYoEsRn2

16/12/20

Team Shakespeare Christmas lunch https://t.co/38wXvpzMO8

16/12/20

Christmas lunch! https://t.co/4u84oCS6Ix

16/12/20

A Santa sack load of Christmas cheer and laughter as LKS2 enjoyed their delicious dinner today - it really was joyous to eat together as a bubble! https://t.co/j6MOrYrgqT

16/12/20

Yummy, yummy! Thank you Joanna for ensuring our festivities could continue this year. "This is the best Christmas lunch EVER!" https://t.co/2qZwOhiSOI

16/12/20

Merry Christmas! We are ready for our annual Christmas lunch (in our bubbles of course!) https://t.co/z4M0nyNCxg

14/12/20

Kerr class completing a random of kindness by make ginger bread biscuits for Christmas https://t.co/0oiDi0Dvgy

14/12/20

Half our Dr Seuss enjoyed a wonderful visit to the River Lea this afternoon where they furthered their knowledge about the local area and river features. The rest of the class are looking forward to tomorrow’s visit. https://t.co/8CuakegGt5

11/12/20

Year six Santa Dash fun! https://t.co/A8Mlo5Za7I

11/12/20

Magical marble runs being made in Potter class today as part of our Christmas activity day! Children have used their DT skills to work together to create a Christmas maze. Lots of fun! https://t.co/LoL1TtoFun

11/12/20

Dahl class enjoying our Santa dash this afternoon! https://t.co/l6W8zjzipW

11/12/20

Shame the weather was too bad to go outside but we still enjoyed our Santa Dash today in Dr Seuss! https://t.co/HuiZuL5QPr

11/12/20

More fun making peppermint creams in Year 1! https://t.co/ccfl6eW5pj

11/12/20

Year 1 have been very creative with paper plates today. We created snowmen, reindeers and even a Father Christmas! Who knew a paper plate could make so many things? https://t.co/pHGJOhfeTY

11/12/20

Potter class have had an exciting video call this afternoon learning about being safe when crossing the road and safer places to cross. Remember...Stop, Look, Listen and Think... before you cross the road! https://t.co/HwJy8BPGGd

11/12/20

Kerr class Santa dash. https://t.co/MZKvt0pIvD

11/12/20

Kerr class creating symmetrical snow flakes. https://t.co/iM3qnaBQZi

11/12/20

Beautiful felt flowers made by Year Six which will be included in a Garland along with flowers made by our fare home buddies (small acts of kindness project). The dye was made from flowers grown at the Oval which links to out Heritage history project. https://t.co/miV48IYZlX

11/12/20

Year six scientists labelling and explaining the parts of a flower this week. https://t.co/MIhoksptRf

11/12/20

In Dahl class we have presented our own improvements for Harpenden, we have worked really hard! Our class voted and the winning improvements were for a splash park in Rothamstead and a nature reserve with bird hides on the common. https://t.co/5GBElyTyFK

11/12/20

Dahl class have helped Santa this morning by making Christmas trees using newspaper and baubles! They had to stand freely and hold the baubles! Well done Dahl class! https://t.co/DHcj7KQJor

11/12/20

Elmer woke up this morning with a Santa Dash run! A lovely festive start to the day. https://t.co/yUXqyn2hXY

11/12/20

Elmer's act of kindness today is a rather fun one to make! We have enjoyed making peppermint creams to give to members of our family to thank them for everything they do for us...there may be one or two coming your way! https://t.co/vaNsP072R3

11/12/20

It’s Christmas Activity Day at HA and Dr Seuss class are already stuck into making rafts to help Santa cross the river! Great team work and lots of fun! https://t.co/ewk73fj0Va

10/12/20

Using athleticism, year 6 had lots of festive fun during PE today. Highlights included: pass the parcel - using hands, elbows and foot control, in addition to Santa versus the Grinch! Lots of great pair and teamwork, with smiles all round. https://t.co/cs9YFZ0OvZ

10/12/20

Dahl class have had a great afternoon making christingles in our RE lesson! https://t.co/3HVytriZFP

10/12/20

Thank you to Jump! for organising a Christingle-making workshop for us this afternoon. We had a lot of fun in Dr Seuss class! https://t.co/4UgdV4QtyN

10/12/20

Year six taking part in an online road safety quiz, learning lots of new facts including all the different types of crossing such as pelican, puffin and zebra crossings. https://t.co/yqb7liZPd8

10/12/20

In Dahl class we have had a road safety workshop and we have created posters advising children not to be distracted by our phones, headphones or each other! Thank you https://t.co/RWiI1Nwdf9

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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