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06/07/22

What a wonderful afternoon for sports day. Thank you for hosting the event was enjoyed by all. Well done to Sapphire overall winners of the day. https://t.co/mRZ0lXm6ct

05/07/22

What a fun and busy day Elmer class have had! We started the day with a lovely walk followed by a skipping workshop. We then rounded up the afternoon with some calming art work. https://t.co/heHreJSz5a

05/07/22

Year 2 enjoying the skipping workshop. https://t.co/UNUUECC44v

05/07/22

Team Shakespeare enjoyed a phenomenal skipping session this morning and demonstrated some super awesome skipping skills! https://t.co/3oXhdYi7zM

05/07/22

Team Shakespeare enjoyed a phenomenal skipping session this morning and demonstrated some super awesome skipping skills! https://t.co/zvVyftCZsQ

05/07/22

Some excellent skipping by year 4 Great resilience by the children https://t.co/a5ibeXg61Y

05/07/22

Thank you to for a fabulous French language taster in year 6 this morning https://t.co/yQlRmD6hMu

05/07/22

A fabulous active start to the morning in Tolkien with Dan The Skipping Man https://t.co/s6YvHQO0qR

05/07/22

Harpenden Academy have achieved Gold https://t.co/avJePdqrS9

04/07/22

Great start to Sports Week in Year 6 ! https://t.co/3yUbcsIwYh

04/07/22

Great start to sports week for Milne Class. Some extra hockey practice before sports day. https://t.co/6zunwiW0q8

04/07/22

Dahl class mathematicians enjoying using manipulatives in our volume lesson today https://t.co/EJCDyrVwFn

01/07/22

An excellent start by Harpenden Academy at district sports last night. We look forward to finishing off the event next week https://t.co/gTQv7VT3Ip

30/06/22

Can you guess which play Potter Class are learning a line from? https://t.co/zF2Zsm8KCt

30/06/22

Potter Class recreated lines from a scene of A Midsummer Nights Dream using freeze frame. Can you guess what they have created? https://t.co/oQv7e9PvbP

30/06/22

Potter Class have been lucky enough to see a warm up the fight scenes of Henry V11 being performed this afternoon at https://t.co/QQFSekvIwW

30/06/22

Year 3 starting their tour of today! We have learned that this is the third theatre to be built! https://t.co/SMuVYj6SVX

30/06/22

Potter Class are having a super day in London so far spotting the sights and now ready for our workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe https://t.co/X9x9oV0vW2

29/06/22

Year 3 have turned into Stone Age cave artists this afternoon! We learned how Stone Age people told stories of their hunts on the cave walls and how they used natural materials for paint. We used charcoal to create our shapes to tell our story https://t.co/KDM3FeEGVw

28/06/22

Final group having their pedestrian skills training https://t.co/OPxzMG1WYg

28/06/22

Group 2 completing their pedestrian skills https://t.co/QEFTPKOIG5

28/06/22

Year 4, Group 1 pedestrian crossing training. https://t.co/okwyZC4MlE

23/06/22

To end year 5 and 6 are enjoying a fairground afternoon filled with ice lollies and fun activities https://t.co/o0CNwO18ot

23/06/22

Year 3 & 4 extravaganza afternoon , what a lovely way end well being week. Thank you FOHA https://t.co/X18ElVDMIR

23/06/22

Great dancing year 4 https://t.co/qXqb7UCdmH

22/06/22

Well-being week: connect. Today Team Shakespeare have connected by having free play with their friends. In addition, they have participated in a well-being circle time where they each shared their favourite well-being- boosting activity! https://t.co/HZheauKqSB

22/06/22

As part of well-being week Year 3 have taken part in some yoga and meditation activities. We spent time just being still and enjoying how it makes us feel. https://t.co/i8uYKsqfrF

21/06/22

Dahl class had a super busy active morning; swimming lesson, PE in the park and then our dance session! https://t.co/NkReqpDU0D

21/06/22

Lovely dance session for year 3 & 4. Smiles all round@ https://t.co/aj8qHY17ia

21/06/22

KS1 are channeling our inner dancer as part of well being week.#Wellbeing https://t.co/4eAwzelUIb

20/06/22

Lovely art session this afternoon in Year 3 & 4. What a lovely way to start celebrate wellbeing week https://t.co/eice9FC1sn

20/06/22

Dahl class started our well-being week with a fantastic art afternoon. Using both chalks and paints. https://t.co/NBVM6q6Vvc

20/06/22

Year six kicking off well-being week with a collaborative chalk art activity. https://t.co/PrrCUU744F

20/06/22

Year six kicking off well-being week with a collaborative chalk art activity. https://t.co/xyResudKTW

20/06/22

Enjoying a well-being activity this afternoon in Tolkien class as part of ‘Wellbeing Week’. Lovely to see children making their own choices with regards to design and the media they are using and employing skills they have learnt this year https://t.co/ryTXJlLttq

20/06/22

KS1 kicking off Well-being Week with some mindful art and team work. https://t.co/yqt7Py2vUe

20/06/22

Year 4 investigating the porosity of limestone, https://t.co/x39IUoNuWg

17/06/22

Miss Alshamari’s group braving the blind trail https://t.co/vjZJFb1j29

17/06/22

Miss Alshamari’s group crate stacking and kayaking https://t.co/EZmVm0wpjW

17/06/22

Dream teams 14 and 15 raft building and racing at sunset https://t.co/PBsKgbRRYR

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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