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29/03/21

Congratulations to the winners of our Lockdown Photography Competition. A tremendous effort from - capturing patterns in nature, country and urban landscapes & still-life inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. https://t.co/BPFHlPOzxN https://t.co/8qfe3t7MVH

26/03/21

Budding photographers with their certificates. Congratulations Flori for your overall winning photograph 📸 https://t.co/6ny7optP5Q

26/03/21

Elmer continued their learning about passing germs with a glitter experiment. The first person dipped their hands in glitter glue and then we looked at how far we could transfer the glitter germs. We then investigated how long it took to wash our glitter germs away https://t.co/dGcBgiqnPY

26/03/21

Today Elmer have been learning about the transference of germs in Science. To get us thinking we made some 'safe snot' https://t.co/H6zN7embyW

25/03/21

The children discussed how different people react in different situations. We have used animals to help us explain how other would act. https://t.co/TiNLSNNYOm

25/03/21

Year Six writers taking part in a Food Guild Young Food Writers competition this week, inspired by blackberry poems by Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney. https://t.co/aJGtMgHSLU

25/03/21

Year six cyclists loving their training this week and learning so many new skills to help the cycle safely on the roads. So proud of their positive attitudes, kindness and support towards each other and resilience. https://t.co/5gX8WT5oBu

25/03/21

Kerr class adding to their bottles by drawing on patterns them and adding paint as well. https://t.co/jxVAVI3Y3K

25/03/21

Who is hungry? Potter Class have been creating their textile pizzas today. First step, paint the base. Secondly, cut the topping templates. Finally, Sew them on! Amazing progress! https://t.co/UrOgYOzoW7

25/03/21

Elmer class were very grateful for a parent donation of a sunflower planting kit. The children loved finding their own seed in the old sunflower head and then planting it to start the life cycle all over again. https://t.co/KIOAilCxRr

25/03/21

Beautifully presented and informative knowledge organisers from Dr Seuss class! https://t.co/hb7nFpx4GL

24/03/21

Year 3 took part in the National Day of Reflection by creating sun catchers to symbolise their positive thoughts for the future. https://t.co/nOhepAo9s3

24/03/21

Year six exploring self esteem and sharing ways to boost self esteem https://t.co/Kd8uTquvq6

24/03/21

To complete our Empiribox unit on sound, Dr Seuss class have been challenged to create ear defenders. Which material will work best?! https://t.co/jqU2BRVKlb

24/03/21

Success for Dr Seuss class in the School Games Virtual Basketball Skills Competition! Well done Team Dr Seuss! https://t.co/4DCvsrv4da

24/03/21

Budding website designers in Dahl class are enjoying creating their own webpages on esafety! https://t.co/2MsQhk7Cyl

24/03/21

Well Done Kerr on your Success in the virtual sports events https://t.co/b9B5y9slxt

24/03/21

All sorts of play by Kerr Class https://t.co/F79e7ywxZl

24/03/21

Well Done Team KS2 in your Spring Term Virtual Sport Events 🏆 Year 4 Basketball 1st🥈Year 5 Basketball 🥈2nd 🏀, Personal Fitness Year 4 Girls and Boys 3rd 🥉🏃‍♀️🏃, Multi Skills Year 3 2nd 🥈and Year 4 2nd 🥈🎾Thank you to for organising

24/03/21

3 weeks ago Pati set herself the challenge to be able to read this book. She showed resilience to keep going when things were a little tricky but by reading everyday she got there! https://t.co/wSEnNWnkHC

24/03/21

We have been experimenting with drawing in Dahl class; blind art, continuous line drawing and opposite hand drawings. We had a chuckle along the way when we compared our results and saw how tricky it was to do! https://t.co/82CjRh9AWg

23/03/21

Kerr Class continue to learn about Gustavo Klimt. Stay tuned to see what we do with these bottles https://t.co/MW6SHCn29n

23/03/21

Y6 celebrated the National Day of Reflection today with a discussion about all the positive changes lockdown has created in our lives and the sense that we don’t wanting to return to normal but to a better place. They used poetry as a vehicle for expressing themselves. https://t.co/kZcT6gxAnq

23/03/21

Dr Seuss class love sharing and celebrating their writing. A great opportunity to edit as well... we call it corridor conferencing! https://t.co/NdJgXUJtm2

22/03/21

Year six designers present their ear defenders and reflect on how their designs evolved whilst making them and how they would improve them further if they designed them again. https://t.co/wi4f9x3Ysw

22/03/21

More super Shakespeare cyclists competing level 1 if their cycle training. https://t.co/DYEzI3ETuS

22/03/21

Elmer are continuing our work inspired by Cathy Miles https://t.co/buwktte8jQ

22/03/21

On , Potter Class have been refining their presentation skills to present information about a chosen animal or an interest to the class. We talked about making it exciting for the audience and how to find the most relevant information. https://t.co/7BOeddE4Ry

22/03/21

Elmer love learning the names of the continents using this song https://t.co/qmXwmNxKmR https://t.co/bmff3Hir4J

22/03/21

Elmer class enjoyed starting off their Easter assembly with some fun with chocolate. We learned about this religious festival and why it is celebrated by Christians https://t.co/Vo4VpkMtZl

22/03/21

Year six cyclists starting their cyclability training - very excited! https://t.co/CzNOMEhuyD

22/03/21

Year six designers designing, creating and evaluating ear defenders as a grand finale to our science sound topic. https://t.co/JsmWZKL4EM

19/03/21

As marvellous musicians, Y6 continued to look at their musical arrangements to reflect a journey, linked English. As well as lyrical development, the children also considered dynamics, which included major and minor scales to evoke a differentiation of mood. https://t.co/dtUWFkCN2g

19/03/21

As marvellous musicians, Y6 continued to look at their musical arrangements to reflect a journey, linked English. As well as lyrical development, the children also considered dynamics, which included major and minor scales to evoke a differentiation of mood. https://t.co/2cAZDIBslo

19/03/21

Kerr class discussing how different animals behave to understand how people behave in different ways. https://t.co/2xGTD7agEV

19/03/21

What a gorgeous afternoon for a spot of tennis! It was great to see Potter Class practising their tactics and putting our skills into a game-like situation. https://t.co/r0HPLab5Ec

19/03/21

Super stitching in Potter Class as we practised our running stitch today - lots of resilience and celebrating success! https://t.co/JQDg7R8KEM

19/03/21

Elmer have started their sculptures inspired by the work of Cathy Miles https://t.co/lDpHNMk5PR

19/03/21

Kerr Classing using their knowledge of persuasion to persuade each other . We have taken inspiration for Red Rectangles and Green lizards by to help stimulate our discussion. https://t.co/cHeM7J8z4v

19/03/21

In Dahl class we are very engaged with our take one book ‘Boy in the Tower’ here we have drawn and described scientifically and poetically what we think the bluchers look like. https://t.co/RjyrGLtrWL

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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