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Ho Ho Ho! Our Christmas dinner was delicious today and well done to Steve, our Chef, for preparing such a wonderful dinner. The children had so much fun. Thank you to all the staff


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This week we had our final cross country run of the year and what a one to finish on! We stopped to appreciate the beautiful sunrise during our run around Rothamsted before appreciating the delicious Simmons treats which Hettie’s dad kindly gifted us all.


What a wonderful Christivity from our Key Stage 1 & EYFS children. You were all superstars!


On Saturday our very own Harpenden Academy elves wrapped almost 200 gifts, generously donated by HA families to make Xmas day full of joy & hope for children who are currently living in care. The children (and parents) worked tirelessly all morning to wrap and label the gifts


We are very proud of our team of 7 children who won the Primary School BritishGo Championship in Birmingham on Saturday. The children showed great sportsmanship and determination and retained their title! Well done!


This morning we had a beautiful frosty run around the Common to wake up our bodies and brains. Such an invigorating and peaceful start to the day!


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Really fun gig at last night with


On Monday, KS1 walked to the War Memorial to sketch the poppies and to lay the wreath from Harpenden Academy. Pupils discussed why the poppies had been placed at the War Memorial and why this year was especially important because it was 100 years since the end of WW1.


On Wednesday Herts County Council came to visit our Reception class to run a workshop for the children and parents of Ladybird class. We learnt to ‘Stop, Look, Listen and Think. ‘ We then set up a fake road in the classroom to practice crossing the road safely.


On Wednesday the Year 6 children enjoyed a wonderfully thought-provoking trip to the Foundling Museum in London to learn about the lives of poor children in Georgian and Victorian Britain.


Cross Country: A wonderful performance from our Year 5 and 6 six runners at yesterday’s tournament. All runners showed excellent commitment and resilience, not to mention superb sportsmanship.


Our school dog has a name! After a successful ‘wooferendum’ the votes were as follows: Rosie: 50 votes Red: 33 votes Rosie Red: 115 votes Welcome Rosie Red, there is a lot of excitement over your arrival at school.


We have raised £184.20 for by wearing spots to school today. Thank you to all the children who dressed up and brought in their £1 donation.


After attending the Girls Football Tournament, Watford Ladies have invited all pupils from the schools attending to watch them play on Sunday for free. The staff at the gates will have the school names, so you just have to say which school you are from.


10,000 poppy petals released in our playground at our Remembrance assembly on Friday. Thank you to all for attending a very moving and thought provoking morning.


Massive congratulations to the Harpenden Academy Boys Football team on our first ever win!! We are very proud of you all.


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Our talented chef at has been busy making this lovely wheat sheaf for the pupil's harvest assembly! 🍃


Our EYFS class have been inspired by our recent visit from an artist and the art around the school, so have created their own masterpieces “a diplodocus and a stegosaurus”


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!

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Purpose and Aims


For pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


  • To investigate and interpret the past
  • To build an overview of world history
  • To understand chronology
  • To communicate using the language of an historian


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 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 history so that every opportunity is taken to relate history to the needs of our pupils. History 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 4 key objectives which mirror the four 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.

Dickens Museum, November 2018, Year 6 Shakespeare

Click on the link above to see our Pupil Voice on our school trip and to learn more about the fabulous day we had.

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WW1 & WW2 Workshop, November 2018, Year 2 Aslan Class

Aslan class had a wonderful Workshop based around World War 1 and 2 on Tuesday. The children were surrounded by real artefacts from the war. Children got to try on gas masks and helmets the war. Children also got to use a stirrup pump  used by the fire brigade during WW2.

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It was a fantastic ore inspiring day that produced some fascinating and mature conversations between the children.

Foundling Museum, November 2018, Year 6 Shakespeare Class

On Wednesday the Year 6 children enjoyed a wonderfully thought-provoking trip to the Foundling Museum in London to learn about the lives of poor children in Georgian and Victorian Britain. They were fascinated by the patience of Thomas Coram in waiting seventeen years to gain permission to set up the Foundling Hospital along with the kindness of famous artists (William Hogarth) and musicians (Handel- our composer of the month) in donating their time and works of art to support the children. We can’t wait to explore the history of the Foundling children further back in class. A huge thank you to the five parent volunteers who expertly led their groups around the museum; the museum staff commented on the super engagement and behaviour of the children.

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Key Stage 1 School Walk to the War Memorial in Harpenden

On Monday, pupils walked to the War Memorial to sketch the poppies and to lay the wreath from Harpenden Academy. Pupils discussed why the poppies had been placed at the War Memorial and why this year was especially important because it was 100 years since the end of WW1.

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London Bridge is Falling Down, October 2018, Year 1 Elmer Class

When we were at the fire station, the fire brigade set alight to our houses and we watched them burn to the ground. Then they let us put the fire out with the giant hose!

While we were there we got to do a few other things; we played team games to aim the hose – our teachers were very close to being sprayed!  We also tried to lift the dummy people out of the pretend fire. As well as that we went into the practice room to use the special cameras that can help to see through the smoke!

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History on a Page, October 2018, Year 4 Austen Class

We have had a tremendous week this week at school.

On Tuesday Year 4 had a ‘History on a Page’ workshop in school which was hugely creative and educational. We made candles, leather pouches, baked and learnt to weave. We enjoyed our banquet in the afternoon. Thank you to parents for sending the children in such amazing costumes, it really helped to create a medieval atmosphere.

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History of Children's Home, October 2018, Year 6

Year 6 went on a wonderful trip to the Oval on Wednesday to find out about the history of the children’s home that was established there in the early 20th century. As historians they used artefacts and archives to learn more about the lives of children in the past. The volunteers who led the tour commented verbally and in writing on how beautifully behaved the children were and how curious and engaged with the discussions and activities. I was particularly impressed with their empathy when imagining what it would have felt like for children arriving from inner city London to the Oval.

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Natural History Museum, Year 6

On Tuesday, 24 April 2018, Year 6 spent the day deepening their knowledge and understanding of evolution at the Natural History Museum. They explored what has evolved over the past few hundred million years, how it has evolved and why by participating in a range of fun activities and games. The children were so excited to see Mary Anning’s fossils up close, not to mention a series of skulls showing how humans evolved over the past five million years to carry larger brains! A huge thank you to Molly's mum, Micah's mum and Ellie and Sav's dad for coming on our trip with us.

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