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Yesterday Year 6 enjoyed making guacamole - a favourite Mexican dish- linking to our Frida Kahlo project. I was particularly impressed how many children initially claimed to not like avocado but tried the new dish and actually loved it! Well done for having open minds.


Year 4 enjoyed a very exciting trip to Pizza Express this morning as part of our International month. Yummy!🍕


This is the amazing speed artist , here he is doing a speed portrait live for KS2, who do you think it is


What an amazing speed painting of Albert Einstein! By


We’ve got the fantastic artist Jon Hicks at Harpenden Academy today, what on earth could he be painting here?


How did this little fella know that our Reception class topic is Dinosaurs! He popped into our EYFS playground to visit us. How exciting!


Harpenden Academy's School Council are running a book stall after school today to raise money for victims of the Indonesian Earthquake & Tsunami - Please Give Generously!


Year 4 Austen class developed their independent pedestrian road skills today by participating in a workshop run by HCC. They learnt how to cross safely at a zebra crossing, how to assess the risks on the road and how to identify a safe place to cross.


What an amazing effort this morning from everyone. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts - your effort to bake over 2000 cakes is overwhelming. Please bring your pennies at pick up - there are still some delicious cakes left. A successful coffee morning!


Coffee morning tmw to support those fighting cancer. Leftovers for sale after school. Let’s reach our target of 2000 cakes. Happy baking!


An amazing cross country session this week under beautiful autumnal blue skies. Forty of us ran our hearts out around the common!


Afloat We have just set off on our way home. We've had a fantastic time but are looking forward to being home!


We are now winding down and getting ready for bed. We'll see you all tomorrow and can't wait to tell you about our adventures.


Some photos from todays adventures at Fellowship Afloat.


Thank you to Kasia Truefitt, Artistic Director of for running some mindfulness dance workshops for KS2. We thoroughly enjoyed them.


Photos to follow!


Our last full day at Fellowship Afloat. We've been out in the powerboats this morning. After lunch the children went on the high ropes - Jacob's Ladder and the Leap of Faith. Everyone challenged themselves and excelled; back on Trinty we had an afternoon of team games.


Just a few photos! Will include others in tomorrows Tweet! Night!


We have a really busy day today; the children have climbed to dizzying heights and been fantastic at archery! We are all now relaxing with a film before our hot chocolate!


Year 5 have enjoyed their hearty breakfast this morning! Cereal, eggy toast & bacon and a veggie option. High ropes and archery today. Photos to follow.


We certainly got our sea legs!


More photos of this afternoon on the waves!


It was too windy to go sailing this afternoon so we spent the afternoon steering the powerboats!


Year 5 Windy start to the day. After a hearty breakfast the children spent the morning on the climbing wall!


After a beautiful afternoon playing team building games, and a delicious dinner, we have been on an evening walk. The children are all now safely tucked up in bed! Night!


Our Year 5 at are munching and crunching on their lunch!


Just a quick note to let you know that the children have all arrived safely at Fellowship Afloat and are just about to have lunch! We will of course keep you updated with how they are getting on; photos to follow on Twitter!


Year 5 are off! Very excited children and staff off on their residential trip to Have fun!


Our children’s office is now open every lunchtime. Year 6 are keen and ready to help you.


KS1 are due back normal pick up time 3.20pm


We are very proud of our children who gowned up to receive their Certificates at Oakland's Children's University Graduation Ceremony - they look amazing. Find out more at or twitter page


'Grow a £1 challenge' - we have been blown away by the enterprising ideas of the children in growing their £1 to make more pounds. Selling old books, recycling rubbish, making & selling slime, cake sales, bouncy castles, growing and selling plants, to setting up a waffle shop...


Well done to Ettie who received a highly commended award for her beautiful picure at The Arts Society Harpenden Young Arts Competition. Harpenden Academy had many stunning entries - thank you to all those who participated.


Retweeted From Herts For Refugees

What a joy to join Year 6 at for a workshop ! They recently organised a charity fun run and chose to receive the funds ❤️ They were fully engaged showing great empathy with child refugees. There is hope for the future with these kids ♥️


It is going to be a very hot week! Please make sure children have a hat, water bottle and sun tan cream applied for school!


An 8 week trial launched at Harpenden Academy back in April. 28 pupils in Yr 5 put through their paces by local Volunteer Police Cadets Jamie Head, Jac Mansell and Sadie Sundt as part of the Mini Police initiative. See the youtube press release

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Art and Design

Purpose and Aims


For pupils to be engaged, inspired and challenged, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


  • To develop ideas from starting points of sketching, pattern, texture, shading and exploring/ developing their original ideas
  • To master techniques in painting, collage, sculpture, print, textiles and digital media
  • To take inspiration from great artists, classical and modern as well as nationally and international


Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways

  • Breadth - which gives pupils experiences of a range of artists, craft makers and artistic movements both classical and modern.
  • Depth - which helps pupils to think and act like historians

Whilst coverage is our goal for the “breadth” element, repetition and increasing the understanding is our goal for the “depth” element.

Our curriculum drivers shape our approach to teaching art and design so that every opportunity is taken to relate art and design to the needs of our pupils. Art and design is studied throughout each academic year and across each key stage so that pupils can gain a growing developmental understanding of the matters, skills and processes in our curriculum. Coherent contexts for learning engage and involve pupil.

Progression and Assessment

Our progression has 3 key objectives which mirror the 3 aims of the subject. We set out our expectations around Chris Quigley Essentials “mile stones” approach. Each milestone has a set of indicators that re repeated throughout 3 cognitive domains: Basic (We call it Paddling), Advancing (we call in snorkelling) and Deep (we call it diving). It is expected that the vast majority of pupils will have an advancing understanding by the end of the milestone and some will have a deep understanding.

Assessment and reporting

We will assess the pupil’s depth of understanding each term and use this to forecast as to whether pupils are on track to meet our curriculum expectations for the end of the milestone.

Monitoring, evaluation and improvement

The role of the leader in monitoring pupil’s outcomes is to audit teacher’s judgements. This is done collectively in staff meetings and then collated by the leader. The leader then works collectively with the teachers to examine the strengths of the provision along with the areas for development for the provision. The leaders then create an action plan to improve achievement. The leader keeps track of the improvements they have secured over time to understand how effect the provision is.

Year 6 School Trip to the V&A Museum, October 2018

Yesterday Year 6 had an AMAZING day at the V&A to visit the Frida Kahlo  exhibition and learn about the inspiring resilience she showed throughout her life and to explore the ‘Future Starts Here’ science and technology of the future exhibit. The children (and adults!) were incredibly engaged, curious and playful and behaved beautifully throughout. Lots of deep moral and ethical issues to reflect on from exhibits over the coming weeks in class. It was lovely to see the children so happy at lunchtime playing in the paddling pool and putting into practise some of our mental health awareness learning: yoga, fresh air and cold water in one to encourage positive mental health! So proud of each and every child and so grateful for our wonderful trip.

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Art Presentation

Aboriginal Artwork

Aboriginal artwork in Year 2 for Going Global Week

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Book Art

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Carnival Costume Making

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Dulwich Art Gallery

Fish Mobiles

Fish hanging mobiles Year 5

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Art Atrium

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Harpenden Academy School Banner

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Harpenden Schools Art Competition

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Inspiration from Banksy

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Paper cakes Year 6

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Paul Klee

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Rainforest Art

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Snow Day in Reception

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Year 1 Rangoli Patterns

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Year 5 Masks

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Beast of the East

On Wednesday, 27 February 2018, Year 6 braved the ‘Beast of the East’ and travelled (via several trains and tubes!) to Dulwich Art Gallery for a wonderful David Milne art workshop and tour of the art gallery. The trip links to our North America topic as the artist was   Canadian and painted American and Canadian landscapes. The children were so engaged in both sessions and we learnt lots about perspective, complementary  colours, dazzle spots and more!

We were all very proud of our growth mindset in finding alternative travel routes due to broken down trains and snow-related cancellations.

We will be setting up an exhibition for you to view our art work later this term so watch this space!



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