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04/03/24

Amazing poetry today by year 4, inspired by Coming to England pic.twitter.com/2GfxoU4u68

01/03/24

Y3 enjoying their new DT unit focusing on structures. We explored a range of everyday shell structures and tried to take them apart to find the original net. pic.twitter.com/qk0oxSxnIK

01/03/24

Ladybirds have been celebrating St David’s Day today. It is a special day for Mrs Withers’ family and she brought in daffodils to share with the children. They have painted them using different paint and have been collaging Welsh flags. Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus 🌼 pic.twitter.com/FiSWDNsyvI

29/02/24

Year six readers enjoying our gorgeous new library at the start of their new mixed genres fiction unit: exploring what genre their chosen book fits into and what features it contains. pic.twitter.com/bg2ETNsrSS

29/02/24

Wonderful poetry by year six poets, inspired by Lost Words with a focus on surprising word choices, personification and metaphors. So lovely to see the children performing their poems to their Reception buddies too. pic.twitter.com/6TCCIB6FX6

28/02/24

This afternoon, Year 4 have been back to SJL today to paint their dragon eyes which have been fired over the half term holidays. Look at the concentration on their faces! pic.twitter.com/sMI1J6DGPF

27/02/24

Year six readers enjoying our gorgeous new library at the start of their new mixed genres fiction unit: exploring what genre their chosen book fits into and what features it contains. pic.twitter.com/VnP8QBr31e

27/02/24

Well done to our Year 5 & 6 Netball team, for beating the Lea yesterday pic.twitter.com/bxVffFlihv

26/02/24

Year six musicians getting into their new rock unit. pic.twitter.com/hQ3Kbvxxnv

26/02/24

Well done to our Netball team today beating the Lea, 2vs1 pic.twitter.com/3kHtKGvVmS

14/02/24

Ladybirds are sharing their love today with a rendition of L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole. We hope you can agree it is an Extraordinary performance. Happy Valentines Day ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pStYPITqmA

14/02/24

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14/02/24

Shield training for Year 4 on their Viking day. pic.twitter.com/5h373uD0lz

14/02/24

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14/02/24

Year 4 ready for their Viking day pic.twitter.com/uRv4iynHGg

13/02/24

In Year 1, we tried to guess how our friends sorted the 3D shapes. We used lots of mathematical language to name and describe the shapes. It was fun using solid shapes to make towers for Rapunzel! ! pic.twitter.com/VFr7gDxoYc

13/02/24

Year 1 have been rolling, folding and cutting paper to make a huge, paper sculpture. pic.twitter.com/nS1iUwO3kv

13/02/24

Happy Pancake Day! Keeping Mrs Davies fed! Thank you Laura for taking charge of Pancake making!! pic.twitter.com/DYlCcDUiHz

13/02/24

Year 3 are having a great day enhancing our history learning in the Romans on a trip to Verulamium Museum. pic.twitter.com/SQLKvKycO3

12/02/24

Year 6 poets performing a Lost Words poem with a focus on enhancing their performance with sound effects and musical patterns. pic.twitter.com/xodwh3hzcp

12/02/24

Year 6 poets performing a Lost Words poem with a focus on enhancing their performance with sound effects and musical patterns. pic.twitter.com/aUnpBEYcTA

10/02/24

Harpenden Academy's Love 2 Laugh comedy night run by our amazing PTA pic.twitter.com/O0CPm4zVdZ

Hearts and Minds Project

At Harpenden Academy we believe in developing both the hearts and the minds of all our children so they can have happy, healthy and successful futures. 

As a school we are committed to providing a well-rounded education that both nurtures and stimulates our children. The project came from our values-based educational approach and the importance we place upon the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing.'

What is it all about?

The school staff and children from the school council worked together in 2017 to create a pledge of all the experiences we wanted our children to have during their time with us. These activities would sit on top of our normal curriculum. We pledge that we will provide the children with a range of opportunities which are:

  • Give, by carrying out genuine acts of kindness.
  • Give and support the school or wider community by volunteering.
  • Be active and take notice of nature.
  • Connect with others and learn something new by regularly attending a school club.
  • Plan or participate in a fundraising event in school. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how democracy works.
  • Represent the school in either a sporting, cultural or academic event.
  • Develop or actively support eco-friendly systems.
  • Take part in a residential trip.
  • Take part in a school production either on stage or behind the scenes.
  • Attend or take part in a community event.

As the children progress through the school we will provide them with the opportunities to achieve the above tasks. We will track their progress from Reception to Year 6 and we will present an award to them in recognition of the completion of the project pledges. 

Below is this year's overview.

Hearts and Minds Yearly Overview

Year Group Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Reception Give, by carrying out genuine acts of kindness – make Christmas cards for people who help us in school   Give and support the school or wider community by volunteering Be Active and take notice of nature – The Big, Nature Walk and Talk
Year 1

Give, by carrying out genuine acts of kindness – make Christmas cards for local emergency services

Give and support the school or wider community by volunteering Be Active and take notice of nature – The Big, Nature Walk and Talk
Year 2 Give, by carrying out genuine acts of kindness – shoe boxes for charity Give and support the school or wider community by volunteering – Litter picking Be Active and take notice of nature – The Big, Nature Walk and Talk
Year 3

Connect and learn something new by regularly attending a school club

Give, by carrying out genuine acts of kindness

Develop or actively support eco-friendly systems

Represent the school in either a sporting, cultural or academic event

Demonstrate an understanding of how a democracy works

Be Active and take notice of nature – walk to The Oval for bluebell walk and picnic
Year 4

Connect and learn something new by regularly attending a school club

Give, by carrying out genuine acts of kindness – make fruit cakes for staff and parent helpers
Represent the school in either a sporting, cultural or academic event

Plan or participate in a fundraising event in school

Be Active and take notice of nature – walk to The Oval for bluebell walk and picnic
Year 5

Connect and learn something new by regularly attending a school club

Give, by carrying out genuine acts of kindness – sing Carols at local residential home 

Take part in a residential trip

Be Active and take notice of nature – plant trees

Represent the school in either a sporting, cultural or academic event
Take part in a school production either on stage or behind the scenes
Year 6

Connect and learn something new by regularly attending a school club

Give, by carrying out genuine acts of kindness

Be Active and take notice of nature – plant trees

Represent the school in either a sporting, cultural or academic event

Attend or take part in a community event

Take part in a residential trip

 

 

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