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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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Religious Education

Purpose and Aims


For pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society provoking questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. They will gain knowledge and understanding of Christianity and of other principal religions, traditions and worldviews that offer answers to questions such as “Why are we here?” and “Why was the world made?” Pupils will have opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening their understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally. They will appreciate how religious beliefs and moral values can help individuals develop moral awareness and understanding in a diverse and global world.


  • For pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of sources of wisdom and their impact through sacred texts and other sources of wisdom. They will have opportunity to express their own ideas about the nature of beliefs, values and practices and their impact upon the identity of individuals and communities.

For pupils to express their own personal and critical responses with increasing discernment, personal reflections, critical responses and connections to faith and belief enquiring into philosophical, moral and ethical issues. Engage with questions and answers offered by religions and worldviews. Develop skills required to dialogue with others and to cooperate in society with respect and compassion.


Our curriculum is based on eight key areas of learning:

Beliefs and Practices            

Sources of Wisdom

Symbols and Actions


Prayer, Worship and Reflections


Identity and Belonging

Ultimate Questions


Human Responsibility and Values


Justice and fairness


Depth and breadth will be achieved by incorporating all the eight key elements into planning and teaching them throughout the school year which will increase pupil’s understanding of varying religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. Pupils will be encouraged to demonstrate respect and compassion, recognising a range of viewpoints about identity and belonging.  They will consider and discuss important issues relating to moral choices. They will explore shared human responsibility and values through enquiry and experience and express personal reflections with increasing curiosity.

Progression and Assessment

Our progression has 2 key objectives which are achieved by developing the pupil’s religious and theological literacy through religions and worldviews. Pupils should grow in developing their religious vocabulary and their ability to communicate and understand a range of theological and religious concepts and worldviews.

Assessment and reporting

We will assess the pupil’s depth of understanding each term through pupil voice and books and teacher’s planning.

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.


At Harpenden Academy we aim to provide variety and curiosity as children learn about world faiths and beliefs.

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Reception pupils looked at henna patterns to create their own designs relating to the Hindu festival of Diwali.

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Year 5 designed and created their own crowns when looking at the beliefs of Druids and the link with nature.

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Key Stage 1 Christingle Service 2017

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Year 2 looked at the meaning behind Jesus washing the disciple’s feet and talked about the importance of serving one another.

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Year 2 visit to St Nicholas Church in Harpenden

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