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20/09/21

Thank you to our Oompa Loompa, Chef Simon, for our Roald Dahl’s Delumptious Dinner! https://t.co/kqkFxgOKLt

20/09/21

As scientists, Potter class have been identifying the bones in our skeleton and their functions. We have enjoyed listening to “these bones, these bones” to support our learning. https://t.co/Owu2eG3wos

17/09/21

Retweeted From University of Hertfordshire

A brilliant speech by MBE upon receiving her Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Hertfordshire 🎓 Watch the full ceremony here: https://t.co/GmVZMAl8qE https://t.co/O50mNg2rOU

16/09/21

Talk for writing in Milne Class. What do you think our story is about? https://t.co/QV5y9IBqKi

16/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare artists learning how to draw self portraits using correct proportions linked to our Frida Kahlo study. Thank you Miss V for being a wonderful art teacher. https://t.co/GNz6RHVUyD

16/09/21

Team Tolkien demonstrated excellent teamwork , perseverance and resilience in PE today https://t.co/U5qx2OSXZF

16/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare meeting their Reception buddies and getting to know each other https://t.co/21HSZY09Yu

16/09/21

Elmer class enjoyed a Computing lesson outside today. We talked about how technology follow a set of instructions (algorithms). We went outside and practised being robots and giving each other instructions to follow https://t.co/1nvY1ZDyWR

16/09/21

Super historians in Moomin Class! We ordered the events of WW1 in chronological order on a timeline. https://t.co/jjmYpB2Wco

16/09/21

Super Elmer mathematicians today estimating and counting accurately. We even matched our number to a 10 frame model https://t.co/BEDEvn4vCK

15/09/21

As marvellous mathematicians, Year 3 have been securing their knowledge of the place value of 3 digit numbers using manipulatives and pictorial representations https://t.co/ZNInzbiV0E

15/09/21

Year six gymnasts exploring transitions into and out of counter balances https://t.co/qFtWJXNvOS

15/09/21

We are excellent at ‘teamwork’ in Tolkien class. Great use of partner talk in maths today https://t.co/6iiUBqXiON

15/09/21

In Year 2, we have been exploring different objects and describing the properties of each one. https://t.co/ezl4JG5XfC

14/09/21

In Milne class, we have created freeze frames to infer characters feelings https://t.co/hyuyOtd15Y

14/09/21

As amazing artists, Potter class began their collages, inspired by Henri Rousseau’s ‘Surprised’. https://t.co/00261be29m

14/09/21

Exploring mood through movement in Tolkien class this morning https://t.co/GpxrcwAZGp

14/09/21

Year 3 have loved internalising our new text “Stone Age Boy” this morning creating our own actions https://t.co/Cay4W3CtJc

14/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare historians researching life in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age in order to answer the question: would you rather be a child in the 21st century or the Stone Age/ Bronze Age/ Iron Age? https://t.co/AvgF1Paz6t

14/09/21

Elmer class have been using 10 frames and cubes today to be able to create different number sentences https://t.co/WWJUOZaoPO

14/09/21

In Moomin Class we have been practising counting in 10s. https://t.co/ObRmaUNjR4

14/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare storytelling through drama and dance as part of our story writing hook session, focusing on creating mood. https://t.co/9dEV7PnTSj

13/09/21

Tolkien class enjoying working with their partners on a place value maths game today. A great way to assess what they already know! https://t.co/hePtoXmsqJ

13/09/21

Year 5 taking some mindful art time this afternoon to practice their continuous line drawing skills https://t.co/faNRTTD8Et

13/09/21

Elmer had a great start to the day with some moving Maths https://t.co/8rsEStvYJd Get fit counting to 100! It certainly woke us up https://t.co/fSjTF2aAwh

13/09/21

Fantastic ball skills in Elmer class today. All the children showed great control using different parts of their body. https://t.co/28z0OvGB2j

13/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare practising their ball skills and invasion games tactics inimical football matches. https://t.co/Jwo9ddjPA9

13/09/21

Milne Class have began their new geography topic about UK and Europe. https://t.co/3yL0TlgGNO

13/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare practising their ordering numbers skills with a place value game. https://t.co/eIHMB4IfGa

10/09/21

Elmer class enjoyed their phonics lesson outside on the balcony today. We loved learning our tricky trigraph 'igh'. We also learnt that 'tri' means three! https://t.co/fdsBsAPXBt

09/09/21

Milne have been inspired by Winnie the Pooh to create their own Positive quote posters https://t.co/HCc0Hk43CP

09/09/21

It was great to witness some excellent teamwork in PE this afternoon. Well done Tolkien class- keep it up! https://t.co/3u269hBK9F

09/09/21

In Dahl class this afternoon we became TV show presenters and we showcased all we already know about animals including humans, our new science topic. https://t.co/0pnqtfQWWG

09/09/21

Elmer loved their first ever trip to the Computing suite. They were very grown up and responsible. https://t.co/Sw3fiK7q2H

09/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare participating in an open air art exhibition of Frida Kahlo paintings, exploring subject matter, colours, mood and personal responses https://t.co/D7xA5QJOys

09/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare enjoying a Stormbreak activity called Copycat https://t.co/7W3ai8Wek3

09/09/21

That was close! We got to the Year 1 classroom this morning and Elmer was MISSING! We had to quickly go on an important mission around school to find him. Can you see where we found Elmer? 'regoingonanelmerhunt https://t.co/pE35opT9z9

09/09/21

Mindful hand art in Moomin Class. We have written how we feel about being back at school. We all said we were happy and excited! https://t.co/Jv2idIqYXr

08/09/21

If you had to describe your summer holidays as a fruit, what would it be and why? Such creative and imaginative responses from year six Team Shakespeare https://t.co/KpM9a60bIR

08/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare readers using mind maps to organise their research about Greta Thunberg, one of several inspirational people they’re Been learning about this week as part of our growth mindset week https://t.co/qViKhH1DkM

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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