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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


Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. It allows children to gain resilience and develop a range of strategies to solve problems set before them, drawing on previous knowledge and applying this knowledge to support solving a range of problems.


  • To become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • To reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

To solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. Pupils are able to see connections between mathematical concepts to support their problem solving and can verbalise these findings.


Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways

  • Breadth - This gives pupils experience of a range of different methods and strategies focusing on the concrete- pictorial - abstract pedagogy using Maths No Problem.
  • Depth - Giving pupils opportunities to apply their learning in a range of different environments: cooking, problem solving; organising events and enterprise initiatives for example which help pupils to apply their knowledge and understanding. There are also opportunities to problem solving; peer teaching; make generalisations and adapting understanding to be able to conjecture and prove what has been noticed.

Whilst coverage is our goal for the “breadth” element (repetition and increasing understanding); our goal for the “depth” element is that pupils are able to identify, apply and explain a range of methods to explain their mathematical understanding and thinking.

Our curriculum drivers allow for pupils to develop and gain resilience when problem solving and functioning mathematically in real life situations (such as LOTC and Science, for example). This enables our pupils to apply mathematical knowledge and understanding from lessons and apply them in solving a range of problems across the curriculum and beyond.

Progression and Assessment

Our progression has 3 key objectives which mirror the three aims of the subject. We address these through Maths - No Problem!

Assessment and reporting

Teachers report half termly as to the progress pupils are making and this is used to forecast as to whether pupils are on track to meet curriculum expectations.

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 identified along with the areas for development. The leader then creates 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.

Go Club

Go club

Grow your Own £ Enterprise

Fantastic work for our first endeavour for a whole school enterprise project!

Grow your £1 Enterprise month officially ended on Saturday, 30th June.  This has been a wonderful event which has really shown the children (and parents) to be innovative, creative and competitive in their approach. 

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Happy Puzzle Company

Math’s week, October 2018 has been a really successful event which the children and staff have enjoyed.

The Happy Puzzle company started the week with plenty of interactive fun games for the   children to play and learn from.

Magical Maths entertained the children with their Maths Mysteries! Magical Maths are also hoping to start a Magical Math’s club at Harpenden Academy soon. We will keep you posted with any developments on this matter.

Finally we finished with wearing a pattern to school day today, which the children and staff embraced.

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As part of Maths Week, The Happy Puzzle Company came to Harpenden Academy in October 2017. The children worked in teams to solve problems. Back in the classroom, they continued the fun!

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Harpenden Schools Maths Masterclass

Harpenden Schools Maths Masterclass, 1st December 2017

On Thursday afternoon eight mathematicians from year six took part in a Harpenden schools maths masterclass, learning about the maths and science  behind rainbows. They were extremely curious, engaged and enthusiastic throughout the activity - using compasses, protractors and set squares to draw the angles of incidence and refraction of the rainbow.

Well done mathematicians!

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Maths Masterclass Thursday 25th January 2018

Year 6 had a mind-blowing Maths Masterclass run by the Royal Institute learning about magic maths - spotting patterns and generating rules linked to magic squares. They completed and investigated Magic Square 3 x 3 and 4 x 4 and even used algebra to solve a magic date number square!

“I was so proud of the children's engagement, perseverance, and ability to spot patterns and change their investigations based on these patterns, not to mention their confidence and eloquence when answering questions and sharing findings with the group.” - Mrs Watson

The lady from the Royal Institute complimented several of our children, for their 'mathematical spark', stating 'Hearing your mathematical explanation is like music to my ears'.

Here are some of the children’s comments reflecting their excellent thinking mathematically skills:

“I think there will be 81 possibilities because 9 x 9 = 81.” (V – Year 6 Pupil)

“Having the 6 in the middle can’t work because you couldn’t use the 10 in a number bond to 16. Let’s try 4 in the middle because that’s one less than 5.” (E – Year 6 Pupil)

“I’m wondering if those 4 total 34 as well.” (M – Year 6 Pupil)

“This one is different because it has two of some numbers.” (R – Year 6 Pupil)

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Magical Maths Club

At Harpenden Academy, children have the opportunity to attend an exciting extra-curricular club after school.

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Shape bingo with Magical Maths

Maths - No Problem!

Harpenden Academy teaches maths primarily through the concrete-abstract-pictorial approach. The children have really enjoyed the new approach to our maths lessons.

Pupil Voice:

“I like using the number bead lines in maths.” (Reception Pupil)

“I like maths because we become detectives and solve problems!” (Year 1 Pupil)

“I like maths because I enjoy the challenges.” (Year 2 Pupil)

“I love that there are many different methods in the Maths – No Problem books because if you’re stuck on one method, you can use another.” (Year 5 Pupil)

Live Learning

We completed a Live Learning maths lesson in Year 4. Parents had the opportunity to join us for a Maths No Problem lesson on converting fractions to decimals. The lesson had some positive feedback:



(Number attending)


Most useful thing about the session?

How will home learning be impacted?

Future Subjects?

3 word summary

Year 4



(Converting fractions to decimal)

  • Working together
  • Seeing the structure of a “Math –No problem!” lesson
  • Seeing how maths is taught
  • Seeing how maths is taught which will make home learning easier
  • I will do more of it.
  • I now know more about what happens in the classroom so I can mirror it
  • Utilise techniques at home rather than my old way of doing things.
  • Using the same terminology at home
  • Science
  • Design
  • Art
  • English

Informative, interesting, fun, great insight


Parent Workshop – Maths No Problem

Year 6 Maths Mastery

Year 6 maths mastery

World Cup 2018

July 2018, Year 6 have been busy solving World Cup 2018 and Wimbledon related maths problems. One activity involved them measuring the area and perimeter of our own football pitch as well as the circumference, diameter and radius of the centre circle. The children then used ratio to compare the size of our pitch to than of the full size pitches being played on at the World Cup.

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Year 6 Ratio Topic

This week, 16 March 2018, in Year 6 we kicked off our ratio topic by making blackcurrant squash using one part cordial to nine parts water in a variety of measuring jugs with different capacities. To check we'd all got the ratio correct - we compared the colour of our juice at the end!

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