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02/04/20

Our lovely children have made beautiful pop-up Easter cards today https://t.co/wb93c5F1oR

02/04/20

Reply from an NHS nurse to our year six letter thanking the NHS - stay at home everyone! https://t.co/GpGVDinxSH

02/04/20

Year six writers sharing thanks with NHS staff for their amazing work - please share with anyone you know in the NHS https://t.co/jace4FyMuI

01/04/20

Bring your scooter to school day https://t.co/rNNjAg2DfM

01/04/20

We have been doing Just Dance to get warmed up this morning! https://t.co/FbzgO1nypY

31/03/20

Level six of the HA obstacle course - focusing on our five ways to wellbeing for the week: connect. Working as a team to create a fun game! “This is good for our well being because we’re being active, connecting and keeping learning!” https://t.co/eNiAOxuiuS

31/03/20

A fun Maths challenge to get your mind working. It is not as simple as it seems! https://t.co/EejZYSTPkq

26/03/20

Lovely morning making fruit kebabs in the sunshine discussing the importance of vitamins, including vitamin D, in keeping us healthy and boosting our immune system. “Fruit is protecting us from getting the virus by giving us vitamins.” https://t.co/u6TiMMDLE2

24/03/20

Quote for day 2 "We're lucky as we get to come in here!" https://t.co/HgTXnQBBZv

23/03/20

Social distancing at lunchtime...all feels quite odd, although one wee cub said "It's just like being at Ikea." https://t.co/wFFp3jC3sB

23/03/20

Even on our last day of school on Friday the children in Kerr class and Austen class enjoyed sharing their favourite poems with each other https://t.co/Z3Jzt4PC10

21/03/20

Retweeted From Gavin Williamson

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. https://t.co/n1B1gngVWr

20/03/20

Final maths lesson in year six - making mocktails using their knowledge of ratio https://t.co/a3n2Gg9yf4

18/03/20

Year six scientists learning outdoors as much of the day as possible - gathering and drawing conclusions from water resistance experiments https://t.co/rAooAm7n52

17/03/20

Year six putting their hockey skills into practise with a focus on possession and repossession when invading. https://t.co/cOKZmnjgMf

16/03/20

Second group out completing level one bikeability. https://t.co/VXl26jKedf

16/03/20

Year six bikeability commences... https://t.co/7GdpCw5J6D

13/03/20

Austen class investigated whether the shape of an object affects the time taken to fall through water https://t.co/zkC6xCmUr4

12/03/20

Great sportsmanship and resilience today boys. We didn’t get the results we wanted but a few goals. I’m incredibly proud of you today for your honesty and determination. Live and learn. https://t.co/kp4qUgHuhJ

12/03/20

We had our final parent scientist (a cell biologist) deliver some fascinating workshops about how our bodies work against fighting off 'germs'. We even got to use our IMAGINATIONS to design our own! We watched clips that showed just how amazing our bodies are!! https://t.co/FcPDRmHHsn

12/03/20

We really got our hearts pumping in Dahl class this morning with an workout. Great links to our learning during Science Week! https://t.co/LnWvGlvgyv

11/03/20

Fascinating science workshops and assembly from one of our scientist parents - a clinical researcher specialising in blood research - learning about blood clots and the importance of research in science https://t.co/Kmr8uJ8TVA

11/03/20

Potter class at the common launching our rockets. https://t.co/aa7CzyHDl7

11/03/20

Potter Class learning more about the heart and blood. https://t.co/XFCGJJvpwK

11/03/20

Elmer and Aslan class have been learning about how our blood clots when we are hurt and even made their own blood https://t.co/lPsuF3YOFQ

11/03/20

What are Potter class making today? https://t.co/F42I09OmAx

11/03/20

Harpenden Academy loving Mark the scientists from Empribox https://t.co/EpbehqOr0U

10/03/20

We were so kind, we made elephant toothpaste in two different colours!! https://t.co/BTCC4I8I9g

10/03/20

Ladybird Class got a letter from an elephant today, he was very upset that someone has stock piled all the elephant toothpaste so he asked us to make him some!! https://t.co/RgkssrgssY

10/03/20

Look at our EYFS Snuffle Station we have created to help encourage the children to be healthy and wash their hands https://t.co/L8AEGT2y18

10/03/20

Dahl class are just coming into Harpenden 👍🏻

10/03/20

What an amazing tour of Wimbledon we had this afternoon!! How awesome to walk in the footsteps of so many champions! Dahl class thoroughly enjoyed being VIPs for the day! https://t.co/FFuDSRg4x2

10/03/20

Austen class family groups competing in our intra-school competition. Well done everyone, great teamwork! https://t.co/KxOSYbNipj

10/03/20

Dahl class are on their way home after a great day- ETA 3.50pm.

10/03/20

Sunshine at last Potter class. We are investigating air resistance. https://t.co/FXYvrVshZ3

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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