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 Spring term!
On Monday 19th March 2018, Year 4 went to find out about the Romans in Britain on their trip to look at artefacts at the British Museum. We particularly enjoyed looking at the Emperors’ heads on coins and searching for different representations of animals on jewellery and pottery. The gladiator helmet was a real hit!
Despite the snow, Book Week was a success this year!! The week kicked off when the poet Simon Mole visited our school on Monday and Tuesday. He conducted interactive and inspiring assemblies for KS1 and KS2. Year 5 children were lucky enough to have him lead their in-class poetry workshops. The poetry they produced was certainly sensational. The snow could only postpone the fun and the rest of the book week activities continued in the following week.
The fabulous poetry showcases provided the perfect platform for each class to show how creative they could be when reciting their poem to their peers and parents who were able to attend. The use of instruments, actions or role play enhanced each performance. The judges of the showcases added to the enjoyment with their lively and uplifting comments.
After school each day the Book Fair was busy and was also a great success. Each child received a £1 voucher to spend on books at the fair. Other activities centred around enjoying books and especially poetry in classes during lesson time. The week ended on a high with our book character dress up day. Children as well as staff took the opportunity to come to school dressed as their favourite book character. A big thank you to staff and parents who made the week memorable. Everyone thought it was amazing and can’t wait until next year’s Book Week.
We have also held reading cafes for KS2 at Thamesmead. Parents are encouraged to attend the KS2 Royal Arsenal reading cafes on 21st and 22nd May at 3.45pm.
We had lots of fun during Oral Health week, Monday 5th March to Friday 9th March 2018. The children brought their toothbrushes into school and each day took part in a ‘2 minute challenge’ to brush their teeth in class using a timer.
During their PSHE lessons, the children took part in a range of practical activities, making posters and adverts whilst learning about oral hygiene and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The children at our Royal Arsenal Campus were visited by a dentist and a dental nurse from Gallions Reach Dental Practice, and took part in a fun assembly where they learnt about what foods are good and bad for our teeth and how to brush our teeth effectively. At Thameasmead the children were lucky to have a parent dental nurse who presented the children with a fun and interactive assembly, where they got use disclosure tablets which turned their teeth blue to highlight how sometimes even after brushing for 2 minutes, we can miss some of our teeth!
Thank you to all our parents at home who encouraged the children to brush their teeth twice a day and fill out their teeth brushing chart! Let’s all continue to encourage our children to eat well and maintain a healthy life style by visiting the dentist regularly.
If you or your family need any support with oral health or registering with a local dentist, please let us know so our healthy schools team can support you.
On Thursday 1st February 2018, Year 6 children joined a choir at the O2 of nearly 8000 children. They sung a range of pop songs and original numbers, joined with a live band. There were some guest singers, including Natalie Williams and Alfie Sheard, as well as a capella group M4GNETS. After a term of rehearsals, children from Heronsgate sung their hearts out. It was a fantastic and memorable time!
As part of their topic ‘Down on the Docks’, classes from Year 3 went to the Museum of London Docklands on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February 2018’. They went on the trip to find out lots of information about the Docklands. We found out about different important boats that were used over time around the Docklands and also drew some. As well as this, we learned about the various uses of the River Thames. We also looked at the area of Canary Wharf and discussed how it was convenient for businesses to develop close to the river. In school, children will be researching a famous vessel called ‘The Great Harry, what life was like as a dock worker and how things have changed in the modern day.