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05/03/24

Ladybirds have been writing amazing sentences about what they can see in the pictures in the story “Coming to England”. They have used the phonic knowledge excellently and are trying very hard with full stops too! pic.twitter.com/doJn6JDHtw

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

Sports Premium

The Department for Education is doubling the funding that primary schools receive to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision from £160 million to £320 million a year. The PE and Sport Premium is part of a series of programmes led by the department to improve healthy lifestyles among pupils and tackle childhood obesity.

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole - school improvement
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • increased participation in competitive sport

How much PE and sport premium funding has Harpenden Academy received for this financial year?

Please refer to the document here

Schools are to determine their own spending, looking to improve the quality and breadth of PE / sport, looking to increase participation, encourage healthy lifestyles and improve the quality of provision.

How much PE and sport premium funding will Harpenden Academy receive for the next financial year 2022-2023?

Please refer to the document here

The outline of our aims is detailed below: 

This will use our sports premium to achieve the following aims and will link a number of our aims to school development plan and 

  • Maintain Gold School games mark. 
  • Clear and user-friendly way of recording activity levels of the children. 
  • PE moderation and professional discussion to aid assessment of pupils.
  • Continue and embed use of Concept Descriptors to inform assessment to ensure sustained progress in PE.  
  • To use ipads as tool to aid the learning and assessment in PE.  
  • To ensure we are being more sustainable in PE e.g. we will send all sporting communication via Edulink.  
  • To support the wellbeing of pupils we are offering a range of opportunities to enjoy physical activity. 

How has the funding been used to enhance the quality of PE and sport at Harpenden Academy? 

In addition to our curriculum lessons, the children have access to a wide range of opportunities to compete in intra and inter sport. This is a unique opportunity that is enabled through the use of the sports premium funding. We provide children the opportunity to attend different clubs, football, netball, dance, multi-sports through staff and external agencies. The aim is to use this funding to provide opportunities and develop talent to create a sporting legacy at the school. 

During their PE lessons our students are able to participate in a range of activities including: gymnastics, dance, games, athletics, swimming. We ensure that our facilities support the delivery of different sports. To enhance learning, we use local facilities such as the Harpenden Leisure Centre, Harpenden Common and Sir John Lawes playing fields.  

What has the impact been so far on participation and attainment? 

All children, receive two PE lessons a week and KS2 children have the opportunity to go swimming at our local leisure centre. Student progress and attainment has also increased, as a result of the provision put in place due to the additional funding available. Across the school, we have over 65% of children working at age related and with 20% of children across. 

We also have established our sports teams, in football, netball, rounders, tag rugby and athletics, ensuring that they have had opportunities to compete against local schools, on a regular basis as well as district competitions. 

Professional Development: 

Some of the funding has also been used for the professional development of our teachers, to ensure that all staff have the best training in order to deliver high quality provision to our students.  

  • Coaching for staff and TA’s in teaching games. 
  • Ongoing CPD for TA’s and primary teachers, in delivering PE and sport in a variety of activities. 

The future: Next steps

  • Children can confidently articulate their learning in PE (Vocabulary, LS, success, next steps) 
  • To monitor the activity of levels of the children at Harpenden Academy (EAL, SEND, PP, girls) 
  • Staff to feel more confident when assessing children in PE  
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