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!
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.
At the start of June, several children form across Year 6 travelled to Frylands Wood camp site to begin their school journey adventure. Over the course of the three days, Year 6 completed activities such as: orienteering, bushcraft, archery and team building activities. Year 6 also enjoyed the campfire on the last night and bought delicious treats from the tuck shop. Even though the weather was slightly damp, a good time was had by all. Ayesha, from Class 22, commented, “School journey was very fun and intriguing because we did a variety of activities and they were all very interesting!”
In Arts Week (25th – 29th March 2019), we learnt about the global goals. Each year group had a different global goal to focus on, such as gender equality and clean water and sanitation. The class then, through drama, dance, music and art, created an arts outcome! Nursery and Reception made fabulous fruit paintings inspired by Cezanne, Year 1 created an ocean dance with colourful animal masks, Year 2 created Hokusai-inspired wave paintings, Year 3 were inspired by peace and a Nigerian artist to create their own art pieces, Year 4 created stunning landscapes on their iPad like British artist David Hockney and Year 5 chose from a range of female artists to inspire their final arts outcome. Well done everybody – what incredible things you created!
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.