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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

Live Learning

Live Learning at Harpenden Academy

At Harpenden Academy we operate Live Learning Sessions termly. Live learning sessions are specific periods during the school day where parents are invited to come in the class and learn with the children in the classroom. The Live Learning can be on any curriculum area not just the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. This is an opportunity for parents to see how the children learn so that they can use this information to further support their child’s learning at home. Each class puts the date of the Live Learning in their weekly newsletter and parents need to sign up to attend. This is not a chance for parents to observe but is more an opportunity for parents to learn with the children and be part of the lesson.

Parents are then asked to give the school feedback which is circulated in whole school newsletters and on the website.

 

Live Learning Feedback

Thank you to all of you who turn up to our Live Learning sessions each term - the attendance was amazing. Your feedback, which is attached helps us to keep improving our school but also demonstrates how much you enjoy and value the sessions. Watch out for dates for the Live Learning sessions in your child's Class Newsletter.

Live Learning Sessions Spring 2019 Parental feedback

Subject
Most useful thing about the session?
How will home learning be impacted?
Future Subjects?
3 word summary
Reception LADYBIRD (number attending 6)
Maths

 

 

Understanding what levels my child is at
Seeing various techniques
Seeing how the learning is presented
Starting number sentences with the largest number first.
The wording used in class
The style of presentation and the class dynamics
Being involved in their learning
Being systematic
Different approach
Help in making learning fun
Knowing what a number sentence is
Use the words used in classs by the teacher eg Number sentence
Terminology of Maths
English
Music
Dance
Science
Reading
Technology
Science experiments
Art
Drama
Phonics
Fun, interesting,helpful
Challenging,educational,
Valuable, precious,targeted,informative engaging
Year 2 ASLAN (number attending 12)
Science
 
Seeing what happens in the classroom
Watching the children interact
Love to see the children learning by “doing”
Watching the children learn and interact
Watching the children
I will get told off for drinking coke by my child now!
We will do more experiments at home
I will follow some of the processes at home
We will do experiments at home
I will try to talk more about predictions and hypothesis etc
English
Maths
Art
Interesting,fun, hands-on,practical,real-life engaging,enthusiastic,interactive, exciting, chaotic!
Year 3 KIPLING (number attending 6)
PE
It makes the kids active
Seeing the new equipment in action
Finding out how a PE lesson is conducted
Seeing the new apparatus and the children being active
Seeing the children having fun at school
Activity- getting out of the classroom
Great emphasis on safety.
Working as a team/ team work
Help them with climbing and balance
Safety when climbing outside eg how high do you feel safe?
Reinforces that lots of active pursuits are a great idea
Encouraging team work
Do more climbing with the children
 
Science
English
Maths
Fun, educating,healthy
Energetic, fun, interesting,
Lively, active,, constructive fun, energetic, enjoyable, stretching, exhilarating, heart pumping,detailed, exciting.
Year 3 POTTER (3 attending)
Maths
I liked the fact the children can work at their own ability
Nice calm atmosphere with the children enjoying their learning
Very interactive  The children are asked to express different views about questions.
Working on neatness and explanation
Working within a time frame
Helping the children to concentrate on their work
Science,
Topic,
English
Year 4 AUSTEN (7 attending)
Maths
Variety of teaching methods to learn times tables
The number line
Making learning times tables fun
Different ways to learn the times tables
Ways to reinforce times tables
Looking at alternative ways to learn the tables
Fun, creative ideas to use and practise
Different methods of learning not just the traditional approach
Finding and using games to aid learning
Find engaging ways 
 
Music
Dance
FML
Science
Drama
PE
English
Art
Informative, fun,
Valuable, interesting,
Varied, informative,insightful,engaging,
Interesting,interactive,
Enjoyable
Year 5 DAHL (10 attending)
Science
Explanation of time zone is relevant as we have family that lives in Australia
Being part of the learning and meeting the class
Seeing the children being engaged and curious
Seeing how well the children were learning and behaving in the class
Lovely to see the children being able to work independently, confidently and remaining focussed.
Seeing how science is taught
We will look at time zones with the children
We will talk about the time zones across the world
More discussion about different time zones and maybe take a trip to Greenwich.

 

Maths
Independent, hands on learning, fun, informative,interesting, engaging exciting, exploring
Year 6 SHAKESPEARE (7 attending)
Maths
Problem solving using Bar Modelling
Very helpful to understand how to use the bar modelling method
Thought that the group work/ puzzles was a great idea to keep the children engaged
Creating Learning activities outside and inside the classroom was a wonderful idea.
Making links between the different subjects was very clear and good
Teaching approach was kind and positive- every child felt heard and valued
Understanding the bar method will help with home learning
The bar method was new to me- I will now know what my child is talking about at home.
Now I know what this is I will be able to help more at home
That maths isn't as hard as we think and that the bar method is a very good way to visualise the question.
Science
Maths
English
Music
 
Interesting,fun, hands-on,practical,real-life engaging,enthusiastic,interactive, exciting, an eye opener!

 

Live Learning Sessions Autumn 2018 Parental feedback

Subject
Most useful thing about the session?
How will home learning be impacted?
Future Subjects?
3 word summary
Year 1 ELMER (number attending 7)
English
 
(Phonics and Talk 4 Writing)
Understanding how phonics works and how it is taught
Seeing learning taken place outside the classroom
Seeing how phonics is taught in class makes you realise how challenging the english language is
How phonics is taught in different ways
We can look for sounds in everyday objects
I will focus less on the reading being right and focus more on sounds and making phonics fun
Good to see how phonics sounds are being taught to have consistency
I will focus more on the sounds of the spellings pointing out these sounds when I see them in everyday life
History
Number bonds
Maths
Science
Fun, lively, engaging, great, exciting,
energising, interesting, informative,entertaining and creative
Year 5 DAHL (number attending 3)
English
 
(Poetry)
I learnt about syllables as in my own language we use it differently
Key poets
Respecting the past and passing this down to the children (Cultural capital)
How to break down lines in poetry
Understanding syllables
Being able to talk things through rather than writing all the time is ok
Better understanding of structuring and breaking down the work
Thinking about the wider context of the children's learning
Science
Languages
Inspiring, emotional, informative, respectful,thoughtful,inspirational (I loved it), thought provoking, emotional, inclusive
Year 3 KIPLING (number attending 6)
Science
Seeing how engaged the children are in their learning
Seeing how well the children work together
It is great to see how engaged the children are while learning
The active parts of the lesson eg getting up, sorting, active thinking and moving
Good to see how a lesson is run plus how new subjects are introduced
Seeing how engaged the children are in their learning

Seeing how well the children work together

It is great to see how engaged the children are while learning

The ACTIVE parts of the lesson eg getting up, sorting, active thinking and moving

Good to see how a lesson is run plus how new subjects are introduced
Maths
PE
Music
Creative writing
Helpful,enlightening,interesting,useful,engaging active,interesting, fun,entertaining,informative, engaging
Year 3 POTTER (2 attending)
English
The good class discipline
Use of new words and vocabulary for the children
Encourage the children to speak clearly and project their voices
History
Different ways of thinking
Think, creative, imaginative, inclusive, relaxed enjoyable.
Year 6 SHAKESPEARE (5 attending)
Science
Seeing the range of resources and methods used to help with the learning
How to teach a concept in a variety of ways
How well the children work together to solve problems
Making concepts very visual and hands on
Using the resources to break down a tricky topic
Interactive learning
I can apply the same examples to objects at home

To use props/ objects and a variety of materials and different ways to help them

It has helped to clarify how to approach home learning

It has brought more clarity as to what to do at home

Encourage the use of a range of resources.
 
Maths more Science
Art
PE
English
Fun,visual,varied,engaging,interactive,
interesting,useful,enjoyable.
Year 4 AUSTEN (6 attending)
English

Thank you for having us. It was lovely taking part in the lesson.

Great to see how to bring grammar to life, especially linking it to topical issues. Thank you

Learning grammar vocabulary the children are learning and seeing lessons in progress

To understand the complexity of English and writing

Really interesting to see a lesson in progress. I learnt a lot!

Really interesting to see how challenged the children are and how tricky concepts are taught practically and engagingly

Amazing to see how the class has your attention.

 

In depth information on how to go about it


I will now clap to get her attention.


Clearer knowledge re what and how taught


Helpful to understand how to develop the thought process/ learning and so better able to support that


A better understanding of teaching methods and content


Much more engagement with the task…instead of telling her off and leaving her to it!

 

Science

Maths

PHSE

Wow…quite engaging! Loved it!

Amazing, interesting, wow, varied, challenging, rewarding,

Interesting, educational, fun, engaging,thought-provoking, challenging.

“ Wow! A real insight into Year 4. Much harder than I thought. Really useful.”

Year 4 is hard!!! (much more indepth than I realised)

Year 2 ASLAN (8 attending)
Maths

Really useful to understand techniques so we can replicate it at home


Importance of support at home


All of it has been useful


Engaged children


Children listening


Variety of tasks and use of games


How to support at home


Seeing the level of challenge for the children


Engaged happy children

More practice at home


Will replicate the techniques used


Will continue to use methods at home to help learning in class


Understanding levels and techniques


Understanding approach and methods/ structure used


Very useful to see what maths methods are being used


So useful to replicate techniques at home so child’s  learning is consistent between home and school

PSHCE
English
Science
History
Grammar
Creative writing

 

Fun, engaging,thorough,fast-moving, varied, differentiated, very interesting, enlightening,good fun
Variety of challenge, fun, helpful, intersting, challenging, insightful, interactive, fast paced

 

Live Learning Sessions Summer 2018 Parental feedback

Subject

Most useful thing about the session?

How will home learning be impacted?

Future Subjects?

3 word summary

Year 1 (number attending 3)

English

 

(Phonics and Talk 4 Writing)

Seeing the variety of different teaching methods that were used and how effective they were in keeping the class engaged and learning.

Seeing how phonics is taught and learning techniques to use at home.

Getting a much clearer understanding of what the children do.

Explaining to my child in more detail around the words and the English language

How I need to talk to my child about sounds and letter formation

More likely to do spellings now

Find fun ways of learning to spell words

A better understanding of how to talk about sounds and spellings

Maths

Science

Engaging, effective, interesting,

enlightening, useful, purposeful, fun, multi-layered learning.

Year 2 BFG (number attending 9)

English

(Creative writing, grammar and sentence openers)

Seeing the children in a classroom environment

Seeing the creativity of the children and how well they engage with the subject. It was interesting to see different examples of handwriting

Seeing the high level of vocab the children are used to

Seeing the broad range of abilities

Watching an actual class makes me understand more about what they do during the day. Thank you

Interesting to see what actually happens at school. Lovely to see the children behaving nicely and great teaching. It was very engaging

To get a better idea of how the children spend their day

Lovely to see the dynamic in the classroom and the language used in the children’s learning

Seeing the great interaction between teacher and the children knowing what creative writing devices children should know

Better understanding of the detail needs in written work

Engage my child with creative writing at home in a fun way

I know about more about grammar now

To give my child a lot more time to craft her words out loud to see how they sound

Use more creative words in our writing

Use technical vocabulary more frequently

It gives me an idea of what standard is expected in work

Will think about how we will start stories with a “big bang”

Will think about how to use more creative language in storytelling

Maths

Creative writing

Problem solving activities

Science experiments

Art

Practical subjects like food technology

How children were taught to problem solve and use their arithmetic skills

Engaging, interesting, useful, interactive, motivating, fast paced educational, encouraging, exciting, cheerful, disciplined, creative, challenging, varied, energetic, enthusiastic, dynamic, informative, enlightening, fun.

Year 4 (number attending 4)

Maths

(Converting fractions to decimal)

Working together

Seeing the structure of a “Math –No problem!” lesson

Seeing how maths is taught

Seeing how maths is taught which will make home learning easier

I will do more of it

I now know more about what happens in the classroom so I can mirror it

Utilise techniques at home rather than my old way of doing things

Using the same terminology at home

Science

Design

Art

English

Informative, interesting, fun, great insight

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