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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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Learning Support

Purpose and Aims


For pupils to have full access to the curriculum regardless of any barriers to their learning. To support this, the school have invested in the Pebbles scheme or work which has been developed as a supplement to the Chris Quigley curriculum.  Some pupils need to focus on the very small steps that will help them along the way in their learning journey. That’s the idea of Pebbles. It is a curriculum for pupils who are not ready to work on the milestones from our Essentials Curriculum yet is designed for pupils in mainstream schools who have been identified as needing this highly differentiated pathway in order to secure the essential skills in:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Maths
  • Science

Pupils who benefit from it most are those with moderate learning difficulties and who have significant gaps in their knowledge and skills compared to other pupils in the same year group.


Every subject comes with support materials linking the curriculum to both Early Years and P scales to support pupils who are not ready for Milestone 1. Pebbles was written as a ‘catch up’ programme for pupils who are not milestone ready.  By solely focusing on Pebbles, pupils over learn the key things they need to enable them to access the milestones within the Essentials Curriculum.

As a ‘catch up’ programme, it will need to be delivered separate to the Essentials Curriculum and therefore the TA, INCO is likely to be delivering outside the classroom.  There is flexibility for making the curriculum completely tailored to the learners needs in that a pupil could be on the Pebbles programme for Writing but Essentials for the other areas of the curriculum. It can be completely personalised to each individual.

Progression and Assessment

Assessment and Reporting

Pebbles are the stepping stones needed to get to Milestone 1 from the Essentials Curriculum. There are 3 pebbles for children to progress until they reach Milestone 1.

Staff begin their assessment by looking at the Milestone 1 descriptors for the curriculum area and if a child is not achieving these, they may move to the Pebbles until an appropriate ‘best fit’ level for the child is found. Each Pebble has a clear set of descriptors. A tracking sheet has been devised which shows progression between the Pebbles as a pupil works towards a milestone.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Improvement

The INCO and teacher will have discussions in monitoring pupil’s outcomes from the Pebbles programme.  There is a tracking system within the programme that differs to Essentials tracking. Pebbles tracks pupils fluency rather than cognitive understanding of Basic, Advancing and Deep. The Year Group Report shows a pupil’s progress throughout the year and their forecast for the end of the Milestone. The Year Group Report is split into a Pebbles row and an Essentials row, so that if a pupil progresses from the Pebbles Curriculum to the Essentials Curriculum, it is visible.

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