World Oceans Day

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World Oceans Day took place on 8th June and to mark the occasion, Mrs Ahmed led two online assemblies for children in Year 1 and Year 6 about the importance of our oceans and looking after our planet. 

Following this, she launched a competition for Year 1 and Year 6 children to design a World Oceans Day poem or a poster to highlight some of the problems our planet faces and how we can help.

She was blown away by the number of entries (over 80!) which were all of very high quality- it was a very difficult task to choose the winners.

The winners can be found below, along with Mrs Ahmed’s comments:

Jiiah from bubble 6RA.
“I loved how striking and bold it was but particularly how clever the idea was where it seemed the sea creatures have been trapped in the plastic bottle.”

Precious from Bubble 6C Thamesmead.
“A simple, bold and striking poster- the message ‘There is no planet B’ is so clever.”

The Year 1 winners are below:

Almona from Bubble 1E Thamesmead.
“What beautiful bright colours with a lot of detail. She has also included the word ‘biodegrade’ which is a word we learnt the meaning of in the assembly.”

Jason from bubble 1RA.
“The collage is so striking and the expression on the octopus says it all!”

In addition to having their artwork featured on the website, all winners also received a Heronsgate tote bag and mini set of crayons.

Well done to everyone who took part.

George Floyd – Our Response

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The killing of George Floyd in America has shocked us all, both here and across the world. If we had all of our classes open, we would, at this time be talking with our children about this. We want our pupils to understand how we must all make sure that we contribute to a world that is built on respect and equality.

We will make sure that when we return to our classrooms we continue to talk about our school value of respect and how our school must show this value through every action that we take. For now, we have placed some resources online to help parents talk through the news stories – there is a Key Stage 1 and a Key Stage 2 version.

As a school, we are committed to working with our pupils and families to combat racism and discrimination. We do this through our actions today and by giving our children the strong values that they will carry forward into adulthood.We invite parents to contact us if they would like to talk about anything that concerns them at this time.

Stay safe and keep well.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Harris, Executive Headteacher

Shahnaz Ahmed, Head of School

Hafeez Khan, Head of School

https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/news/article/1636/royal_greenwich_stands_together_against_racism

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52978346​​

We are an EdTech Demonstrator!

Heronsgate Primary School is delighted to announce that it has been recognised as one of 20 EdTech Demonstrator schools and colleges from across England in light of our effective practice in the use of technology.

As an EdTech Demonstrator School, we will provide professional development to other schools across the country, initially focussed on supporting the effective delivery of remote teaching practices. The programme will target schools and colleges who are most in need of support; for example, those getting to grips with using a new online learning platform and those with the most disadvantaged learners.

If you would like to register for support from the EdTech Demonstrator School programme, please, visit https://edtech-demonstrator.lgfl.net and register your interest.

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.”

Precious

“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!”

Sarah

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!

Year 3 USA Day!

Thursday 31st October 2019 was USA Day in Year 3 and it was just terrific! The day began in awesome fashion with everyone dressed real neat and with hands on hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance and triumphant recitals of The Star-Spangled Banner. As well as developing their knowledge of individual states, the children created reimaginings of the US flag, raps with music, cheerleading routines and many s’mores. These activities were all excellently presented in Keynote using some impressive, newly acquired skills from the previous days’ Apple Educator sessions. God bless America.