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Happy Birthday!


Who wants to be an archeologist and discover artefacts from 1666? KS1 do! We had to use our knowledge to work out who these artefacts belonged to.


Each child making their own progress. Kerr class learning to compete against them selves.


Kerr Class developing co-ordination in PE


Candle making, sewing and leather work...KS1 have been busy!


Our Great Fire of London day is so exciting! We are currently learning to do lots of jobs from 1666.


A couple of the final pieces of artwork in Dahl class, they look amazing!


Celebrating diversity by researching Famous chef who have shown resilience.


We were getting our dramatic juices flowing with some freeze frames in Dahl class this morning. See if you can guess what some of our portraits are of!


In Dahl class we have been working on our abstract Ordinance Survey Maps for Art over the past couple of weeks. We are excited to share the final products later in the week!


Elmer have become expert historians this afternoon asking questions about the Great Fire of London. We used the 5ws (who, what, where, when, why) to structure our questions about this event.


Kerr class taking a moment of stillness


Little pig, little pig, let me come in....because it is raining outside! What is the best material for our little pig to have a roof made out of that will keep him nice and dry? In Science, Elmer class have been investigating which materials were waterproof.


A herd of woolly mammoths has invaded Potter class! This morning, children were following instructions to create their mammoth and recognising any important information that was missing.


Happy Birthday!


Christmas is coming! Elmer have been learning about colour mixing and designing our Christmas cards.


Elmer have gone back in time to 1666 when the Great Fire of London was burning. We have been interviewing people who have experienced the fire ready for our special History day next week.


In Dahl class we have been practicing our dribbling and passing skills in PE this morning.


Thank you for inspiring so much wonderful learning in Kerr class. We have discovered how the Windrush generation has provided so much diversity to Britain. You inspired news report writing too.


Crazy coordinates in Dahl class this morning, we have been learning how to translate shapes.


Year six gymnasts so excited to be incorporating equipment into their counter balances routines along with varying dynamics such as speed, height and smoothness.


Potter class were put to work cleaning the messy toys left by the mammoth. They then had to write the instructions using the correct imperative verbs.


As cooks, we have been leaning about how British food has been influenced by other cuisine from around the world. So we made some naan bread.


Exploring our value of the month - resilience - by role playing situations where we may need to draw on this attribute.


Something snuck into Potter class whilst we were at P.E.... we investigated the clues (bubbles, leaves, shampoo) ... we think it might have been...the woolly mammoth!!!


Insightful and thought-provoking discussion in Year Six around British Black History, linked to our Rich and Poor histo topic.


Harpenden Academy are offering live tours for new Reception parents Sept 2021. Please check out our Reception admissions page on our school website and book your school tour with our Headteacher and EYFS Leader


Linked to World Mental Health day, Ladybird class focused on the Five Ways to Wellbeing. We got active, made cards to give to family members, enjoyed connecting with friends, learnt a new poem and took notice of the sounds around us while watching a candle burning. We feel good!


Positivity in Potter this afternoon! We talked about positive affirmations this afternoon as a way to help our mental health.


Dahl class celebrating world mental health day, we thought of as many positives as we could!


Tomorrow is World Mental Health day so Year 1 have been talking about all the things they love. We created hearts of positivity to celebrate all the things that make us happy.


Amazing artists in Potter class today! We got excited about Christmas and are experimenting with the different watercolour wash techniques ready for our Christmas card designs 🎄❄️


Kerr Class have discussed how we can look after our mental health. We created positive photos for each other.


Lots of birthdays this week at Harpenden Academy.


ELMER CLASS LOVE SCIENCE! Today we have been learning about materials and their properties. We made paper boats out of different types of paper and investigated whether they were waterproof or not. We grouped our observations into a table.


Today, year 6 were getting excited about Christmas in art! We were using our recent study of William Morris designs to produce inspired drafts of festive foliage for this year’s Christmas cards. We incorporated: symmetry, 90 degree rotations, half and repeat patterns.

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 Autumn 2019 Parental feedback

Most useful thing about the session?
How will home learning be impacted?
Future Subjects?
3 word summary
YEAR 1/2 ASLAN  (number attending 12)
Good ideas for home!
Nice to see how the children learn and interact
Helpful techniques to reinforce learning
An insight to classroom life and learning
Great to see all children working at different levels
Good to see different techniques
Better ideas for spelling
New ideas & insight
New ways to practice spellings - fun
Lively, interesting, informative
Interesting, informative, helpful
Fun, interesting
Fun, friendly
That what they are learning is more complex than I thought
Key vocabulary used in the subject
Very interactive and interesting
Seeing how patient teachers are and how much learning in Year 3
Go over at home, get some pots of soil and do some more experiments
To push them further and challenge them more
Structure provided and good practical ideas
More challenge
Will discuss and reinforce at home
Great teaching - engaging!
Wonderful senses treat
Interactive and lively
Ambitious, lively and enjoyable
Informative, enjoyable and interactive
Fun, eye opening, interesting & insightful
Seeing the techniques of learning in real term "class"
To see how they can independently develop their sentences
Learning the way English is taught
To see the learning in action
Great to see how to develop their writing
To see the content of a lesson


I will be able to give more constructive criticism with homework
Easier for me to help with homework, understand how to encourage rather than do it for them
Easier for parents to help with homework!
Encouraging the use of short, medium and long sentences
Insightful, engaging, fun
Interactive, educational, inspiring
Fun, impactful, teamwork
Enlightening, interesting, growth
Engaging, insightful, fun
Informative, engaging, fun
Great focus on the difference between proof reading and editing
To find out what is expected in English at Year 5 level
Very useful to help with home learning following some guidelines
Live Learning, Maths
Very engaging - wish I had a teacher like Miss Clements when I was at school
Happy children who settled into Year 5 quickly
Fab residential trip - thank you!
What a great start to Year 5. Lots of challenge and fun
Great to see how they engage
Language, learning method
Understanding new methods so at home can assist in same way
Seeing how they use methods
Hearing the terminology so i can help at home
Better support, common language
Easier to help them, consistent application of method
Seen the methods
Know the terminology


English (fronted adverbials etc)
Reading (how to ask questions to help at home)
fun, engaging, differentiated
Interesting, challenging, choices
In-Depth, logical, fun
Fun, clear, engaging, supportive

Live Learning Sessions Spring 2019 Parental feedback

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



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
Science experiments
Fun, interesting,helpful
Valuable, precious,targeted,informative engaging
Year 2 ASLAN (number attending 12)
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
Interesting,fun, hands-on,practical,real-life engaging,enthusiastic,interactive, exciting, chaotic!
Year 3 KIPLING (number attending 6)
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
Fun, educating,healthy
Energetic, fun, interesting,
Lively, active,, constructive fun, energetic, enjoyable, stretching, exhilarating, heart pumping,detailed, exciting.
Year 3 POTTER (3 attending)
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
Year 4 AUSTEN (7 attending)
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 
Informative, fun,
Valuable, interesting,
Varied, informative,insightful,engaging,
Year 5 DAHL (10 attending)
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.


Independent, hands on learning, fun, informative,interesting, engaging exciting, exploring
Year 6 SHAKESPEARE (7 attending)
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.
Interesting,fun, hands-on,practical,real-life engaging,enthusiastic,interactive, exciting, an eye opener!


Live Learning Sessions Autumn 2018 Parental feedback

Most useful thing about the session?
How will home learning be impacted?
Future Subjects?
3 word summary
Year 1 ELMER (number attending 7)
(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
Number bonds
Fun, lively, engaging, great, exciting,
energising, interesting, informative,entertaining and creative
Year 5 DAHL (number attending 3)
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
Inspiring, emotional, informative, respectful,thoughtful,inspirational (I loved it), thought provoking, emotional, inclusive
Year 3 KIPLING (number attending 6)
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
Creative writing
Helpful,enlightening,interesting,useful,engaging active,interesting, fun,entertaining,informative, engaging
Year 3 POTTER (2 attending)
The good class discipline
Use of new words and vocabulary for the children
Encourage the children to speak clearly and project their voices
Different ways of thinking
Think, creative, imaginative, inclusive, relaxed enjoyable.
Year 6 SHAKESPEARE (5 attending)
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
Year 4 AUSTEN (6 attending)

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!





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)

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

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


Most useful thing about the session?

How will home learning be impacted?

Future Subjects?

3 word summary

Year 1 (number attending 3)



(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



Engaging, effective, interesting,

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

Year 2 BFG (number attending 9)


(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


Creative writing

Problem solving activities

Science experiments


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)


(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





Informative, interesting, fun, great insight

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