On 8th June we celebrated Heronsgate day where we worked towards our Heronsgate charter. The children celebrated World Oceans Day by learning about the oceans and creating their own piece of art work using a range of materials. They also learnt some first aid and used role play to practise their skills. In addition, the children were lucky enough to experience an interactive music performance. Two flutists came to teach us about the history of the flute and performed some fantastic pieces including songs from Moanna and Beauty and the Beast.
On Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th May, our Year 3 and 4 children performed in a spectacular drama showcase to their proud parents and special guests, newly-inaugurated Mayor Peter Brooks and Jeremy James, the Artistic Director of Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre. The performance was a culmination of their work with Andy Graham from SNAP Theatre, who has led weekly drama workshops for the children in Years 3 and 4 for the last 6 weeks. The final show included drama, dance and music, all based on the exciting history of our wonderful town, Woolwich.
At the end of the Spring Term, we held our annual Spring Arts Festival at both the Thamesmead and the RA campuses. Lots of talent was showcased and it was a pleasure to see the children who had worked and rehearsed so hard to perform.
Year 3 showcased the excellent work they have been doing with Mr Fletcher and Mr Lings in their recorder lessons and we had whole class performances from Class 1RA and Class 9. There were many individual performances on a variety of instruments from the djembe to the violin and we also saw some larger group performances with the RA Music Club playing the xylophones, Dance Club performing to Justin Bieber and Musical Theatre Club performing a song and dance from Bugsy Malone.
We are very proud of the Arts provision at Heronsgate and feel that skills in music and dance are important tools for children to have. It was lovely to see so many of our children progressing and growing in confidence with their performances.
Classes 12 and 16 at Thamesmead have been trialling ‘The Daily Mile’ for the last three weeks. This involves running/walking/moving forwards for 15 minutes a day, which for most children works out at about a mile It started in Scotland and was found to have really beneficial outcomes on children’s learning and fitness. It is now a Royal Borough of Greenwich initiative, where they are hoping to get every school involved. At Heronsgate we are planning to extend the programme to more classes in the coming months. The children are already more attentive and less fidgety in class and are showing real improvements in their fitness!
On Wednesday 14th December, Heronsgate enjoyed our annual Christmas Fair at the Royal Arsenal site. It was wonderful to see so many Heronsgate families getting involved. We had craft activities, food, games and even a visit from Father Christmas himself! Thank you to our PTA ‘Friends of Heronsgate’ who ensured that the evening was a roaring success.
At the end of November, Reception and Nursery classes hosted a ‘Stay and Play Maths’ session. Parents had the opportunity to watch the class teacher deliver a maths lEdson and then joined in with learning activities with their child. Parents and children had a fantastic time.
The teacher was so lovely with the children and the way she explained things to them was so good. I’m so pleased she is my child’s teacher. Thank you!