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.
Tuesday 6th February 2018 was international ‘Safer Internet Day’, where organisations, educators, parents and children work together to build a Safer Internet for everyone. At Heronsgate, we marked this important day with assemblies looking at online safety, as well as a range of interactive and engaging classroom activities to teach children about positive and appropriate online behaviour. We held Parent Online Safety Workshops too, equipping parents at both campuses with resources and tools for keeping children safe online at home.
At the start of January Year 6 went on our School Journey to Swanage in Dorset.
In Swanage, we had a good experience of team work and we learned a lot about the local history. There were a variety of activities for us and our classmates to enjoy. On Tuesday, we walked 7 miles to Studland beach. Part of this involved climbing a huge hill, which was really challenging and exhausting, but also really rewarding. We also loved the disco because there was a dance battle and we all got together. Thank you to our brilliant teachers for taking us on this trip.
(Jessica and Faith, Year 6)
Over the past term, children at Heronsgate have been enjoying some truly magical science lessons.
Through the use of inspiring resources and outstanding teaching, the children have learnt so much about all of their science topics.
We just wanted to share with you a snippet of what science at Heronsgate looks like.
PLAY THE SENSATIONAL SCIENCE VIDEO
On Friday 15th September, we had Heronsgate Art day! We created pieces of Art inspired by the themes in two books: Something Else and The Journey. The children thought about what it meant to be an outsider and explored this through different art forms. Some of the art work is going to be chosen to be displayed in a special gallery space in Under 1 Roof
in Woolwich, which you can visit from October to December.
Sports and Healthy Living Week was a massive success!
All children got active last week to celebrate Sports Week. Both KS1 & KS2 sports day took place (without rain!) Children competed in both track and field events to earn points for their house colour.
This year we also held inter-year group tournaments for KS2 classes, Y3 and 5 battled for the title of Benchball Champions and Y4 Rounders champions. Children across the school showed massive amounts of talent, sportsmanship and teamwork.
We finished off the week with a Healthy Living bake off, in which classes were given the challenge to come up with a healthy twist on a tasty snack, we saw everything from Avocado brownies to strawberry cheesecake balls! All bakes were on offer at the Summer Fayre and helped raise lots of money! A fantastic, active week was had by all!
Sports Week Champions
KS2 – Cutty Sark – Blue
KS1 – Millennium – Red
Healthy Bake Off Champions
Fastest to sell out – Class 16 – Avocado Brownies
Best Advertising – Class 19 – Popcorn with a twist
Tastiest Bake – Class 4RA – Banana Bread
Special thanks to the Year 5 and 6 children who helped out on sports day, helping other children and doing a lot of extra leg work!