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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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Purpose and Aims


For pupils to gain a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The pupils should gain a growing knowledge about the world; deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.


  • To investigate places locally , nationally or internationally
  • To investigate patterns of physical geography
  • To communicate using the language of Geographers when discussing physical and human geography.


Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways

  • Breadth - which gives pupils experiences of a range of historical figures and periods
  • Depth - which helps pupils to think and act like geographers

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 geography so that every opportunity is taken to relate geography to the needs of our pupils. Geography 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 ad 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 Improvements

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 Local Walk - 22 February 2018

Year 6 went on a local walk to identify local environmental issues and solutions to these problems (both existing and potential solutions). We were delighted to discover that there were more than fifteen litter bins within two blocks of school. However, we were disappointed to note that there are far more cars than bikes due to a lack of safe cycle paths. We will be linking our learning to a climate change project over the next few weeks, culminating in the St Albans sustainability week in April. Thank you to Josie and Chloe’s mums for coming along and helping out.

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Going Global - 15 June 2018

This week the children have been having a fabulous time learning about different continents around the world. Thank you to all the parents who have been in to school to share their experiences of living in a different county and continent. Example of the work will be displayed in the hall next week. In fact the children have had such a terrific time they have asked to have another ‘Going Global’ next year...we will see what we can do!

Below are some photos from the week with comments from the children:

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What an exciting week we  had 'down under' in Aslan class! We  created our own aboriginal art and written instructions; performed the Haka (the children were very scary); created detailed sketches of the Sydney Opera House and discussed a range of stories from Australia and New Zealand. Thank you to Max's mum who came in and discussed her experience, the children loved learning about the different animals. Thank you to all the parents who shared their precious resources from their travels; we have had engaging and informative show and tell sessions this week using them.


Year 3 Japan

Year 3 Kipling/Potter have been focusing on Japan as our Continent was Asia— we did origami and wrote instructions on how we made them. We also looked at the Japanese Artist Hokusai and we did landscapes of Japan in a similar style.

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Year 4 Mexico

Mr Sanchez visited Year 4, Austen class, to talk about his time working in Mexico in the jungle. Mr Sanchez worked on a project in several natural gas processing plants scattered in the Mexican jungles. During that time he got some exposure to local customs, the food, the animals (alligators, big snakes, vultures, ... ), the weather (amazing rainstorms, it was the Katrina year), the pyramids in the jungle ...; and he got a share of Mexican life that's usually not available to tourists.

What an opportunity for the class to learn about Mexico!


Year 6 Europe

This week Year 6 have been learning all about Europe and highlights have included: researching and writing non-chronological reports about a European country (with a focus on conflict as this is our current topic); preparing/buying European food for a food fest on Wednesday afternoon; and researching and writing instructions for a European playground - to be shared with the rest of school over the coming weeks.

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Ladybirds - Lost and Found

Ladybirds have been reading Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. Linked to this story, we researched penguins found in Antarctica.

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North America - January 2018

Year 6 kicked off their study of North American with a cookery session- blending the two of the most popular dishes of USA (apple pie) and Mexico (empanadas) to create their own unique apple empanadas with home made pastry. Yum!

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