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!”
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 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.
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.
On Tuesday 26th November 2019, musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra visited some children in Year 3. The class had been studying Bolero by Ravel and composed their own version of the melody in groups to perform above a repeated baseline and short rhythm. At the end of the workshop a Year 1 joined them as an audience for their final performance. The professional musicians were impressed at the children’s involvement and the questions they asked about their violin and cello.
On Wednesday 20th November 2019, our new cohort of Digital Leaders visited the Apple Store in Regent Street for a coding session. They had the opportunity to use Sphero Bolt robots and then programmed them to navigate through a maze. It was great fun! We have a Digital Leaders in each class who help support their classmates with using their iPads effectively for the learning.