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.
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!
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!
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)