School Journey 2020


In February, 84 children from Year 6 went to Osmington Bay in Dorset for school journey! Their week was filled with thrilling activities, which included abseiling, climbing Jacob’s ladder, street-surfing, zip-lining, fencing and so much more. Each day the children took part in activities that challenged them, encouraged them to stay resilient, trust themselves and peers and most importantly, have fun! The children also enjoyed nutritious and filling meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which gave them all the fuel they required. Each day ended with exquisite evening entertainment, which included a cosy camp fire and a dazzling disco.

Young Voices 2020!


On Wednesday 5th February 2020, Year 5 children took a trip to the O2 to join in a massed choir of 8,839 children singing in the Young Voices concert. They spent the afternoon rehearsing the songs they had been learning since the start of the year, followed by an evening performance. There were special guest performances from Tony Hadley, The Shires and Ruti as well as street dance act Urban Strides. As always, it was an amazing experience and a fantastic opportunity!

Apple Education Leadership Event


On Thursday 23rd January 2020, six children from Year 6 took part in a ‘schools experience’ at the Apple Education Leadership Event in central London. Alongside three other schools from Germany, the Netherlands and Italy, they demonstrated to school leaders from across Europe how they use iPad in their learning. Our students were confidently able to talk about how using technology helps in their learning as well as show how some of the different tools work.

“My favourite part of the day was speaking to kids from around the world. My favourite creation was the robotic arm made by a student from Germany.”


“I loved the trip a lot! Talking to people made me have lots of confidence talking to strangers. Seeing people from different countries and they’re different ways of presenting their learning was spectacular!”


Autumn Term Displays


At Heronsgate, we regularly update our corridor displays to reflect the breadth and depth of learning that happens in school. Please browse through the photos in the gallery below to get a taste of all that’s been going on this Autumn term!

STEM Showcase

STEM club spent their final week of their club putting on a showcase to parents demonstrating all the learning that has taken place this term. The children explained the 9 different challenges they faced over the Autumn term with live demonstrations. Highlights included designing and building an array of different structures, lava lamps, recording the impact of hailstones and making catapults. They all had a great time and the parents enjoyed seeing all of their hard work.

Apple Distinguished School

Heronsgate Primary School is pleased to announce that it has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019–2022 for its innovative use of technology as a tool for learning across the curriculum made possible through its one-to-one iPad programme across Key Stage One and Two.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use Apple technology to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

“Our school iPad programme has allowed our children to explore their ideas and collaborate with others in their class and beyond. This has had a powerful impact on their learning and has helped them realise their inner genius”. (Stephen Harris, Executive Headteacher).

The selection of Heronsgate Primary School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights its success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages pupils as well as the wider school community and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.

Since 2010, the school has increasingly made use of Apple technology as a tool for learning across the curriculum, with all children in KS1 and KS2 assigned an iPad each and class sets shared in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The iPad as a tool for learning has enabled children at Heronsgate to work together, communicate and create, using a range of apps and services such as Showbie, Book Creator, iMovie and Pages across the curriculum. The school also recruits ‘digital leaders’ who support their peers and contribute to the school’s digital vision. Parents engage with the technology, viewing children’s work digitally as well as attending workshops on online safety. Teachers embed the use of Apple technology day-to-day, receiving regular training and coaching, with 75% earning their Apple Teacher status in the last year.

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