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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


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.

Dinosaur Maths, Reception Ladybird Class, October 2018

Today we had a maths investigation into how big a triceratops foot was. We compared it to our own feet and then we decided to see how many of our feet it took to fill up a triceratops’s footprint. Eventually we decided it took exactly 15 children’s feet, we counted in 2’s to discover that 15 children have 30 feet. We then spent the afternoon filling the dinosaur footprint with different objects, estimating each time.

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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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