We celebrated our annual Book Week at the beginning of March with a special focus on poetry. Both school sites were visited by a fantastic children’s poet, Justin Coe. He led lively and laugh out loud assemblies for all the children from Reception to Year 6, and even got some of the teachers up and performing with him. Justin also ran workshops with the Year 5 classes. Under his guidance, the children produced some brilliant poems.
Later in the week the whole school dressed up for World Book Day. All of the costumes looked fantastic, from Harry Potter to Cruella Deville! On the same day the children took part in performance poetry showcases. Each class had spent the week learning a poem off by heart and they put on an incredible show, using actions, expression and sometimes even music to bring their poem to life. Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to watch our performances.
Tuesday 5th March 2019
Please find attached the report following our recent Ofsted inspection.We are sure you will be absolutely delighted to read what the Ofsted team said about Heronsgate. To be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas is a wonderful achievement. We gather, in the last school year, only 2% of primary schools have been graded as ‘Outstanding’.
During the inspection the Lead Inspector, who is one of her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools (HMI), told the Leadership Team that this was a very special school and they did not often see such an amazing curriculum which sets children up for the rest of their lives.
They were hugely impressed with our work in Information Technology (IT). This was something they had never seen used so effectively in other schools (primary or secondary) and was one of our great strengths.
The children were wonderful! ‘Pupils are respectful, interesting, lively, engaged and happy. They are proud of their achievements’. What more can we say other than share the immense pride we felt when all inspectors told us what a delight our children were. ‘Pupils understood how unique and special and how amazing their school is’.
We work with the most wonderful team of adults who strive to ensure that the children get the very best possible education. We are thrilled that this hard work and dedication has been acknowledged as they recognised the ‘staff’s commitment to go above and beyond for the pupils of Heronsgate school’.
The school has a ‘highly effective, confident, resilient, reflective leadership team’. Mr Connors says ‘My leadership colleagues are by far the best team I have worked with in my 31 years as a Head Teacher’.
Thank you so much to our families. Parents and carers give strong support to the school and for that we are very grateful.
We truly ‘discover and realise the genius in everyone.’ With our very best wishes to you all.
Steven Connors (Executive Headteacher)
Michelle Beyram (Chair of Governors)
Year 4 classes took part in a road safety workshop where they learnt how to keep safe when crossing the roads and wearing a seatbelt while travelling in a car. The children wore costumes and props to role play a range of road and car safety scenarios. We will now be looking forward to reading the children’s applications to become Heronsgate’s new ‘Junior Travel Ambassadors’ to help improve road safety for all children at Heronsgate.
Early years also took part in active road safety workshops with our local road safety officer. The children had the opportunity to dress up and role play crossing the roads safely. They also learnt about all the dangers we should look out for when walking outside, and the correct way to wear a seatbelt!
On Thursday 14th February 2019, children across Heronsgate celebrated ‘STEM’ Day, looking at Science, Technology (Computing), Engineering (DT) and Maths. They participated in with the ‘Hour of Code‘ for the first hour, followed by some activities as part of Safer Internet Day. The rest of the day was spent exploring practical and fun activities to do with science, maths and DT. Do check out the photos below!
On Thursday 31st January 2019, children from Year 5 and Year 6 had the privilege of joining a massed choir of 7,776 children at the Young Voices concert at the O2. Children had been learning the songs during music lessons for the last few months and then had a three-hour rehearsal at the O2 before the show-stopping spectacular that evening. As well as singing as the Young Voices choir, children got to see performances from the street-dance group ‘Urban Strides’ as well as listening to (and joining in with) performances from Tony Hadley, Sharlene Hector and Beau Dermott. Children absolutely loved the concert, some commenting: “It was the best day of my life!”
Children at Heronsgate were immersed in the French language and culture on Tuesday 22nd of January for our French Day. They participated in a range of activities in class, including artwork inspired by Matisse and Monet, 3D mapping of Paris landmarks, watching French films, researching Francophone countries and French footballers, and playing games to help with vocabulary learning. Children dressed in the colours of the French flag and paid a visit to our “French café” where they had the opportunity to taste some typical French breakfast food, once they had ordered in French of course!