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07/07/20

Year six printers are experimenting with collagraphy as a medium for sharing key messages from the Oval Heritage project. https://t.co/bBQpck71sJ

06/07/20

Year six bubble B creating their origami butterflies for our leavers’ tree... https://t.co/l5ZLw9nD5N

03/07/20

Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions... https://t.co/kECiOwBghI

03/07/20

Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions... https://t.co/WVlp0lM0iO

03/07/20

Year Six origami butterflies ready for our leavers’ tree... https://t.co/O7LkilGw5v

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/l5LmOXAGjg

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/BQZx4TIJD2

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/jqMSdbuxbl

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/iAJ5A5cK2f

03/07/20

We discovered our musical talents in Year 4 today using glockenspiels. https://t.co/kO6ttDkG3V

02/07/20

Year 4 have been learning how to draw and sew parabolic curves. https://t.co/Dmx4yMELrm

29/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about gratitude. We watched 'The Giving Tree' https://t.co/GAWo6LSn3Q and then decided to make our very own Harpenden Academy Giving Tree. If you are visiting Harpenden Academy today please take an envelope to put a smile on your face. https://t.co/P7oHq1Cq9g

26/06/20

Actual ice cream! https://t.co/tsErYI1hbi

26/06/20

Year Six artists Picasso- inspired art linked to our PSHE focus on connectedness. https://t.co/3AqnO0pdxA

26/06/20

Year six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/woPoYblYpP

26/06/20

Year six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/1i3n3iqtPQ

26/06/20

Year Six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/5cdHIkZCW8

25/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about the density of liquids this afternoon and made lava lamps. https://t.co/eGed5RxPkw

23/06/20

This afternoon Year 1 became historians - creating timelines and plotting when different flying machines took flight! https://t.co/tnQtblMNGt

23/06/20

More poems from our thoughtful Year 4 children about our key workers https://t.co/HzyTR4T7N0

23/06/20

In English, Year 4 have been learning about onomatopoeia. Today, they have written they most beautiful poems about all our key workers during this time. https://t.co/2ViFnJNL84

22/06/20

This morning Year 1 made an origami "focus fox" to help us with our learning this week. We were very proud of our creations and they definitely helped us focus today! https://t.co/Q1R1MI5z3q

22/06/20

Year six children have started to plan their printing projects for this half term, linked to the Oval heritage project. They have come up with important messages they want to share with the world based on their learning... https://t.co/GCCWs2islh

22/06/20

Year six children have started to plan their printing projects for this half term, linked to the Oval heritage project. They have come up with important messages they want to share with the world based on their learning... https://t.co/QZBu6UxkLr

19/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about 'connecting' in PSHE this week. As part of this we have each sewn a square to represent ourselves which will be connected together to show our lovely Y4 bubble. https://t.co/xFqA7t7pJX

18/06/20

This week in Year Six we have continued our Conflict topic, exploring poetry by teenage refugees now living in the UK as well as learning about the Rohingya refugees (linked to our class story Bone Sparrow) We have been blown away by the children’s refugee poetry writing. https://t.co/zrT0XS9kue

18/06/20

This week in Year Six we have continued our Conflict topic, exploring poetry by teenage refugees now living in the UK as well as learning about the Rohingya refugees (linked to our class story Bone Sparrow) We have been blown away by the children’s refugee poetry writing. https://t.co/Ej1rfFIjWW

18/06/20

Year Six Transition Art Project- the children have started their doorways of gratitude looking back at their time at Harpenden Academy and showing thanks for the values and experiences they have gained which they will take with them onwards to Secondary school and life beyond. https://t.co/ppCm0I1CL9

18/06/20

Year Six Transition Art Project- doorways of gratitude looking back at their time at Harpenden Academy and doorways of hope looking forward to their future. https://t.co/kH1F1tmTtz

12/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about Grace Darling and created diary entries about her heroic day in 1838. We also illustrated our diary entries with pictures of the stormy sea. https://t.co/VqgQMh5Khl

12/06/20

FinalYear Six Conflict Presentation - feeling proud after lots of lovely feedback. https://t.co/Ftg1t6qJG9

12/06/20

More Year Six Conflict Presentations https://t.co/t53HPgXkVH

12/06/20

More Year Six Conflict Presentations https://t.co/sstUret2Qi

12/06/20

More Year Six Conflict Presentations https://t.co/IJShGkSanu

12/06/20

Year 5 have become experts in socially-distanced games! They love wall ball! https://t.co/QDws12Uc78

12/06/20

This morning we’re enjoying Year Six presentations on conflict: each child choose a conflict of their choice and thought carefully about how to present in an engaging way. We’ve all learnt lots and thought about similarities and differences in conflicts through history. https://t.co/A0U5nnIbQy

12/06/20

This morning we’re enjoying Year Six presentations on conflict: each child choose a conflict of their choice and thought carefully about how to present in an engaging way. We’ve all learnt lots and thought about similarities and differences in conflicts through history. https://t.co/mEIgJAPFLk

12/06/20

Year 6 have created very informative e-safety posters that include information about technology and the impact on mental health. https://t.co/XCtJ5M8qSV

11/06/20

Year Six bubbles are loving their socially-distanced outdoor picnic lunches! https://t.co/ncFqQ7AL3K

11/06/20

Enquiry-based learning in Dahl Y5 bubble. https://t.co/k2O78VhG1r

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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