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24/11/20

Wow! Fantastic examples of flight in Dr Seuss‘s gymnastics lesson this morning. Well done to this team for excellent communication and team work as well. https://t.co/1GhD3kYay1

24/11/20

Magnificent measuring in Potter class this morning. We have been learning to convert from metres and centimetres into centimetres. We measured each other’s heights and discussed our accuracy whilst getting outdoors! https://t.co/lANqSj6dTc

24/11/20

Kerr class making rain gauges to find out how much rain we have in Harpenden. https://t.co/9V5g0xCdLp

23/11/20

Thank you to our PE lead, Miss Harvey, for coming in to talk to Dr Seuss class about sportsmanship and fair play today. https://t.co/qRGukNPn3S

23/11/20

Inspired by Monet, Year 1 have been learning about tints and shades in Art. Today we created different shades of blue like in Monet's painting. https://t.co/PqyA8OajYo

23/11/20

Year 1 received a letter from the Christmas Elf asking for help. The Elves need to learn how to catch stars to put on top of our Christmas trees. Thankfully we have been reading the book 'How to catch a star' so planned how we could save the day with our instructions. https://t.co/VYo8tvzm3v

20/11/20

We still celebrate birthdays in the rain. Happy Birthday 🎂 https://t.co/XNt29MUNQx

20/11/20

Kerr class learning about the importance of treating everyone equally https://t.co/A6ejHtbNIm

20/11/20

This Anti-Bullying week, Potter class have made promises to ensure that we are https://t.co/L1rPpAhPrn

20/11/20

Oh no! A ghastly event has taken place in Year 2 Moomin class. Whilst the passengers aboard the Titanic were asleep the ship hit an iceberg! Women, children and some men in first class were saved but sadly had to watch the Captain, family and friends go down with the ship! https://t.co/kVkfvqWof9

20/11/20

It’s Anti-Bullying Week and Dr Seuss class have shown great maturity when discussing bullying and friendship issues. We thought about different types of bullying and their impact but focussed specifically on name-calling. https://t.co/VmQsi6UnT8

20/11/20

As part of anti bullying week Dahl class have discussed the different types of bullying and the effect it can have on the victims. https://t.co/u1OwZmZeYr

19/11/20

Kerr class getting huge hang of unison https://t.co/Jyu31EoEur

19/11/20

Shakespeare writers responding to a poem called ‘To this day’ by Shane Koyczan on bullying... https://t.co/c2whVVW0S6

19/11/20

This week Year 1 we have linked our learning about Anti-Bullying week to our English instructional writing. We have written instructions on how to be a good friend. We also heard a really catchy song about Anti-Bullying week! https://t.co/d29QvfMfVK

19/11/20

Kerr class creating gymnastics routines. There challenges was to move in unison. https://t.co/drPDRQDRQN

18/11/20

Celebrating anti-bullying week with circle time describing ‘a friend does not...’ and ‘a friend is not...’ lots of lovely links to our current class story Ella on the Outside which addresses some complex aspects of friendship and bullying. https://t.co/fEbk9NGWFf

17/11/20

Ssssh don’t tell Mrs Davies. Year 3 created lots of mess practising subtracting with renaming. One child said “This feels like a dojo treat!” https://t.co/63PkP9Et8P

17/11/20

Last week in dance Year Six dancers were introduced to the concept of canons and motifs. They incorporated them into their dance routines which were inspired by their history learning: the Foundling Hospital. https://t.co/3DjyAtacoT

17/11/20

Kerr class comparing Venice and London by describing the human and physical features https://t.co/sUDmhvDn84

17/11/20

Last week in dance Year Six dancers were introduced to the concept of canons and motifs. They incorporated them into their dance routines which were inspired by their history learning: the Foundling Hospital. https://t.co/2TBdXAqY8p

17/11/20

Wonderful anti-bullying dance routines in Year Six today thinking about the use of different groupings to vary the dynamic of the dance and portray different emotions linked to bullying and friendship. Excellent exploration. https://t.co/eSpWZwpke0

17/11/20

Elmer have been busy comparing and ordering numbers. Today we used the terms 'greater than' and 'less than' to compare 3 different numbers. We learnt about ordering from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. https://t.co/63XrBS4Cim

17/11/20

How many cubes (people) will it take to sink the boat (Titanic)? Year 1 brought their History learning to life through their Science with this exciting activity all about floating and sinking. https://t.co/GMWISB9YZr

17/11/20

Kerr class have been learning about the differences in physical and human features across the UK. https://t.co/yMtEqonDB7

16/11/20

Potter class are all in a pickle! In Computing we have been learning how to debug a program to make a pizza. We showed a lot of perseverance and had a lot of fun! Thanks https://t.co/IQyGI4d3By

16/11/20

In History Elmer pretended to be on board the Titanic. We each had a ticket which showed which class of passenger we were. Some of us were allowed to go on the lifeboats, others had to wait. Unfortunately, we ran out of lifeboats! We used our role play to write diary entries. https://t.co/phUEsNIwSP

16/11/20

Elmer enjoyed some practical Maths problem solving this morning. We had to put our thinking hats on and work out how many different ways we could score certain results. Super problem solving skills Year 1! https://t.co/HH8Su0xM7a

14/11/20

Yesterday, Dahl class enjoyed using semaphore to send secret messages to their friends, we found it quite tricky! https://t.co/MO9887AcBN

13/11/20

Dahl class supporting our local high street making posters to support shopping local, thank you Threads of Harpenden for your lovely letter! https://t.co/UsvCHtMHbB

13/11/20

More amazing Year 1 design technologists learning new skills to make their moon buggy. https://t.co/TUQiP6s37B

13/11/20

Kerr class speeding kindness and love to whole school community. https://t.co/6PF1h7XAUA

13/11/20

Year 1 are amazing design technologists! Today we learnt about wheels, axles and chassis. We developed our skills to make sure the wheels didn't fall off! Excellent team work and problem solving skills shown today. https://t.co/snVz9jmZFk

13/11/20

Kerr class trying different counter balances https://t.co/EofAoLt46V

13/11/20

Happy World Kindness Day from Dr Seuss class! This morning we had a really positive start to our day by exchanging compliments cards and have started a kindness diary to document all the lovely things we do for each other. We are a very kind class! https://t.co/BxFl57dK0A

13/11/20

Potter class creating paper structures as part of their DT project. https://t.co/wdmgcIKJ7f

13/11/20

Kerr class coming up with ideas to describe their characters for their play scripts. https://t.co/AiQ4bKufQ7

13/11/20

Happy World Kindness Day from Elmer Class! It was perfect timing that John Lewis released their Christmas Advert today, 'Give a Little Love' https://t.co/j4ljO7sV1A so we watched this and created our own symbols of kindness to pass to you. https://t.co/cRQUka52FH

13/11/20

In Dahl class to celebrate world kindness day we have written notes to each other telling us how kind we are! Very happy smiley faces this morning! https://t.co/IgYtBhtr1b

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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