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Happy Glitter Eyebrow Day at Harpenden Academy today - All children and staff look fabulous with their efforts to glitter up their eyebrows today in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK


Happy Glitter Eyebrow Day at Harpenden Academy today - All children and staff look fabulous with their efforts to glitter up their eyebrows today in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK


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.

Live Learning

Live Learning at Harpenden Academy

At Harpenden Academy we operate Live Learning Sessions termly. Live learning sessions are specific periods during the school day where parents are invited to come in the class and learn with the children in the classroom. The Live Learning can be on any curriculum area not just the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. This is an opportunity for parents to see how the children learn so that they can use this information to further support their child’s learning at home. Each class puts the date of the Live Learning in their weekly newsletter and parents need to sign up to attend. This is not a chance for parents to observe but is more an opportunity for parents to learn with the children and be part of the lesson.

Parents are them asked to give the school feedback which is circulated in whole school newsletters and on the website.


Live Learning Feedback

Thank you to all of you who turn up to our Live Learning sessions each term - the attendance was amazing. Your feedback, which is attached helps us to keep improving our school but also demonstrates how much you enjoy and value the sessions. Watch out for dates for the Live Learning sessions in your child's Class Newsletter.

Live Learning Sessions Autumn 2018 Parental feedback

Most useful thing about the session?
How will home learning be impacted?
Future Subjects?
3 word summary
Year 1 ELMER (number attending 7)
(Phonics and Talk 4 Writing)
Understanding how phonics works and how it is taught
Seeing learning taken place outside the classroom
Seeing how phonics is taught in class makes you realise how challenging the english language is
How phonics is taught in different ways
We can look for sounds in everyday objects
I will focus less on the reading being right and focus more on sounds and making phonics fun
Good to see how phonics sounds are being taught to have consistency
I will focus more on the sounds of the spellings pointing out these sounds when I see them in everyday life
Number bonds
Fun, lively, engaging, great, exciting,
energising, interesting, informative,entertaining and creative
Year 5 DAHL (number attending 3)
I learnt about syllables as in my own language we use it differently
Key poets
Respecting the past and passing this down to the children (Cultural capital)
How to break down lines in poetry
Understanding syllables
Being able to talk things through rather than writing all the time is ok
Better understanding of structuring and breaking down the work
Thinking about the wider context of the children's learning
Inspiring, emotional, informative, respectful,thoughtful,inspirational (I loved it), thought provoking, emotional, inclusive
Year 3 KIPLING (number attending 6)
Seeing how engaged the children are in their learning
Seeing how well the children work together
It is great to see how engaged the children are while learning
The active parts of the lesson eg getting up, sorting, active thinking and moving
Good to see how a lesson is run plus how new subjects are introduced
Seeing how engaged the children are in their learning

Seeing how well the children work together

It is great to see how engaged the children are while learning

The ACTIVE parts of the lesson eg getting up, sorting, active thinking and moving

Good to see how a lesson is run plus how new subjects are introduced
Creative writing
Helpful,enlightening,interesting,useful,engaging active,interesting, fun,entertaining,informative, engaging
Year 3 POTTER (2 attending)
The good class discipline
Use of new words and vocabulary for the children
Encourage the children to speak clearly and project their voices
Different ways of thinking
Think, creative, imaginative, inclusive, relaxed enjoyable.
Year 6 SHAKESPEARE (5 attending)
Seeing the range of resources and methods used to help with the learning
How to teach a concept in a variety of ways
How well the children work together to solve problems
Making concepts very visual and hands on
Using the resources to break down a tricky topic
Interactive learning
I can apply the same examples to objects at home

To use props/ objects and a variety of materials and different ways to help them

It has helped to clarify how to approach home learning

It has brought more clarity as to what to do at home

Encourage the use of a range of resources.
Maths more Science
Year 4 AUSTEN (6 attending)

Thank you for having us. It was lovely taking part in the lesson.

Great to see how to bring grammar to life, especially linking it to topical issues. Thank you

Learning grammar vocabulary the children are learning and seeing lessons in progress

To understand the complexity of English and writing

Really interesting to see a lesson in progress. I learnt a lot!

Really interesting to see how challenged the children are and how tricky concepts are taught practically and engagingly

Amazing to see how the class has your attention.


In depth information on how to go about it

I will now clap to get her attention.

Clearer knowledge re what and how taught

Helpful to understand how to develop the thought process/ learning and so better able to support that

A better understanding of teaching methods and content

Much more engagement with the task…instead of telling her off and leaving her to it!





Wow…quite engaging! Loved it!

Amazing, interesting, wow, varied, challenging, rewarding,

Interesting, educational, fun, engaging,thought-provoking, challenging.

“ Wow! A real insight into Year 4. Much harder than I thought. Really useful.”

Year 4 is hard!!! (much more indepth than I realised)

Year 2 ASLAN (8 attending)

Really useful to understand techniques so we can replicate it at home

Importance of support at home

All of it has been useful

Engaged children

Children listening

Variety of tasks and use of games

How to support at home

Seeing the level of challenge for the children

Engaged happy children

More practice at home

Will replicate the techniques used

Will continue to use methods at home to help learning in class

Understanding levels and techniques

Understanding approach and methods/ structure used

Very useful to see what maths methods are being used

So useful to replicate techniques at home so child’s  learning is consistent between home and school

Creative writing


Fun, engaging,thorough,fast-moving, varied, differentiated, very interesting, enlightening,good fun
Variety of challenge, fun, helpful, intersting, challenging, insightful, interactive, fast paced


Live Learning Sessions Summer 2018 Parental feedback


Most useful thing about the session?

How will home learning be impacted?

Future Subjects?

3 word summary

Year 1 (number attending 3)



(Phonics and Talk 4 Writing)

Seeing the variety of different teaching methods that were used and how effective they were in keeping the class engaged and learning.

Seeing how phonics is taught and learning techniques to use at home.

Getting a much clearer understanding of what the children do.

Explaining to my child in more detail around the words and the English language

How I need to talk to my child about sounds and letter formation

More likely to do spellings now

Find fun ways of learning to spell words

A better understanding of how to talk about sounds and spellings



Engaging, effective, interesting,

enlightening, useful, purposeful, fun, multi-layered learning.

Year 2 BFG (number attending 9)


(Creative writing, grammar and sentence openers)

Seeing the children in a classroom environment

Seeing the creativity of the children and how well they engage with the subject. It was interesting to see different examples of handwriting

Seeing the high level of vocab the children are used to

Seeing the broad range of abilities

Watching an actual class makes me understand more about what they do during the day. Thank you

Interesting to see what actually happens at school. Lovely to see the children behaving nicely and great teaching. It was very engaging

To get a better idea of how the children spend their day

Lovely to see the dynamic in the classroom and the language used in the children’s learning

Seeing the great interaction between teacher and the children knowing what creative writing devices children should know

Better understanding of the detail needs in written work

Engage my child with creative writing at home in a fun way

I know about more about grammar now

To give my child a lot more time to craft her words out loud to see how they sound

Use more creative words in our writing

Use technical vocabulary more frequently

It gives me an idea of what standard is expected in work

Will think about how we will start stories with a “big bang”

Will think about how to use more creative language in storytelling


Creative writing

Problem solving activities

Science experiments


Practical subjects like food technology

How children were taught to problem solve and use their arithmetic skills

Engaging, interesting, useful, interactive, motivating, fast paced educational, encouraging, exciting, cheerful, disciplined, creative, challenging, varied, energetic, enthusiastic, dynamic, informative, enlightening, fun.

Year 4 (number attending 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





Informative, interesting, fun, great insight

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