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21/06/24

Back on it with circuit training pic.twitter.com/CNTQt1S5JO

21/06/24

It's rather hot here so time for a pit stop ice lolly pic.twitter.com/l4rsIhUh7H

21/06/24

Alby is mastering freestyle football pic.twitter.com/Al2ZVj0hkp

21/06/24

Hockey time- dribbling and shooting skills pic.twitter.com/jczMoyIAXI

21/06/24

After hockey we have Drumba! Dancing and drumming together- this will be coming to HA I promise you! pic.twitter.com/Ggu056a32b

21/06/24

Year 4s turn at some freestyle pic.twitter.com/sWEk2ocb4D

21/06/24

Enjoying a huge variety of sports in one day. See if you spot the Sherif of St. Albans!! pic.twitter.com/PNDmgVYJyz

21/06/24

Team Jamaica posing with a world champ and his gold medal. Huge opportunity to learn how values of determination, resilience, courage and belief create the best version of yourself. pic.twitter.com/mjybJkx0F9

21/06/24

Learning how to tag- the world champ is quite fast on his legs! pic.twitter.com/g5ScQmsvEX

21/06/24

Team Elmer have been learning some skills with pic.twitter.com/y9BXU3WiHx

21/06/24

Learning karate with an ex world campion Jordan Thomas pic.twitter.com/XXHUIzlrpo

21/06/24

Here we are getting ready to go! pic.twitter.com/x4gmdVu8t1

21/06/24

This morning we have had a special assembly with who has showed us his incredible freestyle football tricks. He challenged some children to perform some of his tricks and then he set Mr Leung and Mr Gandhi to a head-to-head competition! pic.twitter.com/D8m2UsVloW

21/06/24

Thank you to these two officers for coming in and speaking to our Y6’s about staying safe online - very informative and necessary. pic.twitter.com/CGy1ibx083

21/06/24

Getting ready to start at the World Games event! We are representing Jamaica!! pic.twitter.com/7tLN5rQcmr

21/06/24

Team Dahl had a brilliant time with their cheerleading yesterday!#Cheerleading pic.twitter.com/desPddKZdn

21/06/24

Harpenden Academy were so lucky to be visited by the sensational Ash Randell (holder of multiple world records!) today to cap off a truly superb sports week!#PE pic.twitter.com/jzi7Mexo87

20/06/24

Cheerleading went down a treat for Team Shakespeare! pic.twitter.com/YxzZfy2PmO

20/06/24

Year 3 having a ball at cheerleading! pic.twitter.com/TNfx36ax2e

20/06/24

Ladybirds had a super first sports day yesterday. Our favourite event was the egg and spoon. If it were an Olympic sport, Ladybirds would all be getting gold🥇 pic.twitter.com/IhIEkUBbl3

20/06/24

We even managed some stunts! pic.twitter.com/AGR0Bm2TVH

20/06/24

We’ve got the moves! Elmer class are enjoying cheerleading today. pic.twitter.com/JbmGo9OqOy

20/06/24

Learning some new moves! pic.twitter.com/pizIgxMeRN

20/06/24

Elmer Class are warming up ready for their cheerleading session. pic.twitter.com/sPIWDHyZBf

20/06/24

Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed sports day yesterday. Well done Amber team for winning. pic.twitter.com/7r55UBly8M

Curriculum Overview

"The school's curriculum is strong and well planned. The curriculum meets the needs of current pupils very well." School Ofsted Report, June 2019

We hold the ladder for our children to reach the stars

We are passionate in our aims to create a curriculum which allows our children to become real learners. We believe we have developed a balanced, rich and inspiring curriculum which specifically meets academic, personal and social needs of our pupils and has them at its core.

We have therefore adopted 3 drivers which we feel must lie at the heart of our curriculum design and allow us to build upon pupils' experiences, knowledge and also address any areas of development in terms of cultural capital.

Our curriculum drivers are: -

First Hand Experiences: We know that our children learn best through providing them with learning experience outside of the classroom. We have a full and active calendar of events which are aimed at developing the semantic rather than a one-off event in the children’s memory.

Diversity: We are aware that our children come from a wide variety of local areas which means we need to instil within them an understanding and appreciation of the differences, that are existing in our school community, particularly cultural, so that everyone’s rights and needs are understood.

Communication: We realise that in today’s world the ability to send and receive information, understand speech and writing is paramount. We have an embedded approach to promote communication both verbal and nonverbal so that our children are able to interact in the world inside and outside school life.

Underpinning all of these is social, emotional, spiritual and cultural development of our Hearts and Mind Programme all of which combine together to create a curriculum which supports the children’s academic strength and precision teaching but also their wider developments such as nurture sessions and social skills.

EYFS/Reception Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth until the end of the Reception year.

It aims to develop each child to their full potential by offering a ‘principled, play based approach to learning and development’. Young children learn best through play and Early Years Practitioners will be able to provide your child with appropriate play and learning experiences for their stage of development and help them develop new skills. The activities that are provided for young children will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year at the school. The EYFS curriculum enables practitioners to recognise your child’s strengths and areas where they need more support to develop new skills.

For young children it is important that they are made to feel safe and secure in their surroundings. This is aided by having a key person within the class who gets to know you and your child well and builds a positive relationship with you as a family. In the Reception at Harpenden Academy your key worker will be the class teacher and the teaching assistant in your class.

The areas of learning and development are broken into seven areas. Three areas are particularly important for igniting children’s enthusiasm for learning. These are the three prime areas of:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Leaving four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected and many activities will cover many of the areas. Each area is divided into stages of development and practitioners are able to identify resources and learning opportunities for individual children dependent on their developmental needs.

The EYFS also encourages practitioners and parents/carers to work together. This is an opportunity for you to provide input into your child’s development in discussions with your class teacher. At Harpenden Academy we have an open door policy which means we are always ready to help and discuss anything concerning your child’s welfare and education.

Should you wish for more information on the curriculum please email office@harpendenacademy.co.uk

Reception EYFS Reading 

Key Stage Curriculum Overview

EYFS Curriculum Overview

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