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26/06/19

Inspiring and informative mental health session in Year Six learning more about mental health with Emma, a profession lead occupational therapist (and Harpenden Academy parent). https://t.co/x8vjvKzQKV

26/06/19

What an inspirational gospel choir workshop! We can’t wait for our performance later, parents welcome at 2.30pm https://t.co/hVsZhTubgJ

25/06/19

Exciting day two of wellbeing week in year six with a guest chef demo linked to spices and how to jazz up any meal. The children were mesmerised thank you Patti. https://t.co/r1wWOiOppx

25/06/19

Awesome first ever performance at Harpenden district sports. Excellent positivity, determination and support for each other and other schools. Special thanks to Miss Harvey for making it happen! https://t.co/4fogZ4wkz9

25/06/19

Looking forward to the gospel singing workshops tmw to celebrate our wellbeing week. Remember parents you are welcome to join us!

25/06/19

Arrrr...pirates have taken over year 4 and their Maths learning! Today we had an exciting workshop in which the children had to bury their hidden treasure and learn all about to co-ordinates to find it! So proud of our most 'fearless learner' being awarded a certificate too! https://t.co/SNnmV0OmkG

24/06/19

Year Six smoothie making as part of Wellbeing week. The children selected the fruits they wanted to use and researched their nutritional value before making and tasting their smoothies. https://t.co/uqZ0mtWm8M

24/06/19

More Year Six bike ride photos. https://t.co/zBp0WvazkN

24/06/19

Year Six have kicked off Wellbeing Week with a fantastic bike ride around Rothamsted and along the Nicky Line. We’ve nailed the Five Ways to Wellbeing already: be active, connect, give, keep learning and take notice. https://t.co/weeupDIzcV

21/06/19

Playtime - so wonderful to see our school councillors from year one to year six playing so collaboratively together. https://t.co/87YqNtl5mL

21/06/19

Fascinating tour of the House of Commons and the House of Lords - we’ve learnt so much and our school councillors have been brilliantly engaged and curious! https://t.co/c1eWGVPNdO

21/06/19

Quick cultural stop at the Tate Modern and a beautiful walk along the Thames. Now queuing for security at the Houses of Parliament... https://t.co/z1ctSz3YDp

21/06/19

School council trip to Houses of Parliament - first stop the beach! https://t.co/wAKy82F3aP

20/06/19

Year Six preparing and leading Family Group sessions this week on British Values, including democratic votes on which song to have a dance break to! https://t.co/v6FCZSzVEr

20/06/19

Year Six PE on the Common yesterday - preparing for Our first ever participation in Kwik Cricket and District Sports https://t.co/AwSBNIIglL

20/06/19

Year six receiving peeling and chopping top tips from Steve our school chef as part of their Young Chefs project. https://t.co/Mo7BCOzwJp

19/06/19

Y4 are enjoying an engaging workshop delivered by Transport for London and paid for by FOHA. We have been learning about transport with a focus on travelling on the Thames. Today we have become engineers designing our own prototype for a new boat. https://t.co/H0Yjw8SCT6

14/06/19

World School games ready at Oakland’s College. Thank you Miss Harvey for organising the day for us https://t.co/RGtLG1CYCJ

14/06/19

Fire Drill Harpenden Academy style! Waiting for the all clear to go back into the building and therefore time for a whole school sing song https://t.co/7hkqJh2kpX

14/06/19

A huge thank you to the very wonderful Mrs Duncan who has loved the children like her own all week- playing, laughing, chatting, hugging, coaching, supporting, encouraging and hot chocolate making. Our Shakespeare Dream Team would not be complete without you THANK YOU! https://t.co/qjZ4MQ6Z1V

14/06/19

On our way home! Tom just said ‘this week was all about kids versus mud!’ Well we definitely nailed the mud, the relentless rain and the cold! Full of love and pride and awe for these wonderful children who have role modelled our HA values and their own uniqueness every minute x https://t.co/YVw82fN3jJ

14/06/19

Obstacle course part two https://t.co/ZEacD5AROv

14/06/19

Final session of obstacle course: Seb leads the way on the obstacle course! Amazing teamwork throughout the entire course. https://t.co/CsxKQXSAGS

14/06/19

Final breakfast part two (forgot to add earlier!) https://t.co/oJZyBXxJl4

14/06/19

We have laughed and laughed all week - so much humour, fun and playfulness from children and teachers alike! https://t.co/O6qMcFX778

14/06/19

Final activities taking place before lunch and departure. Fencing fun. https://t.co/XSbbGTjgxg

14/06/19

Blind trail fun - still not bored of the mud! https://t.co/x1lKEfjdS8

14/06/19

Final volleyball shots https://t.co/U8ArOb3LRL

14/06/19

Today we learnt the basic strategies of volleyball, which included the diamond hand shape, known as (set) and serving techniques. https://t.co/jtVugTFacP

14/06/19

Volleyball fun https://t.co/kIsbajcD5c

14/06/19

Momentary blue sky! https://t.co/s9U9aNjpkS

14/06/19

Last breakfast part two https://t.co/AvKRHRYl8L

14/06/19

Last breakfast! Mixed emotions this morning - not wanting such a fantastic week to end but all very much looking forward to seeing our families and our own beds! https://t.co/WYY99UQ2Bl

14/06/19

A lovely game of football last night as we finally had a break from the rain. https://t.co/pgtcOaFyIf

13/06/19

Blind trail fun - putting lots of trust in each other https://t.co/Lyj7vlzrCt

13/06/19

Initiative exercises - definitely stretched our brains! https://t.co/VOThEkGZ2h

13/06/19

Fencing this evening: learning th basics of movement and attack using thrust and lunge moves. https://t.co/2yjNvucN1l

13/06/19

More adventurous cavers https://t.co/k8fok6qDCA

13/06/19

Caving included lots of interesting facts about mining in the early 1900’s: children sent as young as 4 yr olds into the caves to mine valuable gems; pasties eaten and crusts thrown to ground to avoid consuming poisonous substances; edible candles made out of pigs wax. https://t.co/YEhHjpelmZ

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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