On Thursday 7th June 2018, Year 4 welcomed some visitors from the Crossness Pumping Station as part of their topic on the Vile Victorian. The session began with a demonstration of their incredible working recreation of Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s sewageworks solution to the Great Stink of 1858.
The children then joined in the action in two shifts as toilet flushers all across town from Battersea to New Cross, and pump engine operators at Deptford or Crossness Pumping Stations, processing Victorian London’s waste through Bazalgette’s system of pipes and pumps and out into the river Thames at the countryside site, around which Thamesmead would be built some many years later. Further volunteers released the sewage from the Crossness reservoir into the Thames at the high tide mark, whenceforth it was carried out to sea. Using the superbly-constructed model, it was possible to monitor and record the exact volumes of waste as they proceeded efficiently through each stage. We discussed the merits and also some thoughtful disadvantages of Bazalgette’s sewage solution regarding oceanic pollution.
The remainder of the session saw the children as mechanical engineers designing and creating their own model boxes with hand-operated beam engines, resulting in Jack-in-the-Boxes, starfishes and ballerinas. It was certainly memorable day for children.
Rapturous applause, whoops and hollers of delight fell about the hall at the culmination of year 4’s astounding SNAP theatre performance of ‘A Victorian London’ on Thursday 24th May 2018. Esteemed maestro, ‘Andy’ had orchestrated the audacious ensemble in merely six days, spread across the first summer half term. Professional actor, Meghan, and dancer, Catie, also lent their expertise to the production. The dazzlingly bright shining stars of the show were, of course, each and every one of the children. Aged but 8 or 9 apiece, the plucky rascals defied their erstwhile limitations to present their VIP audience with a heart-wrenching tale of woe and resilience, that took their character, ‘Margaret’, back in time to the Woolwich workhouse, over the picnicking hillocks of Greenwich Park, through the rigours of two courthouses, a grandiose mansion and a villain’s squalid den, to ultimately face an actual tidal wave aboard a convict ship bound for Australia! It was a tale of the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’, of injustice and suffering, of resilience and hope and of the mysteries of time and fate. Viva Margaret Greenwood.
Our recently appointment Junior Travel Ambassadors at both the Royal Arsenal and Thamesmead campus did a traffic survey on the roads outside school to highlight any road safety issues. They saw lots of safe road-crossing and families walking/scooting to school, but they also saw many cars pulling up on the yellow zig-zag lines making it unsafe for some children crossing the road.
Our Junior Travel Ambassadors will be working hard to encourage more families to walk to school and prevent unsafe congestion!
Please help us by parking in a safe place or walking to school.
Here’s some comments from our Junior Travel Ambassadors:
“I want people to do good hand-holding, watch traffic lights,
walk to school, scoot, cycle, take a car to a place near school walk the rest of the way, walk in groups and lastly, take the bus.” – J
“We want to encourage people if they live far then you can drive and park your car and walk the rest of the way to school.” – V
“I wanted to be a JTA because I want to change the way people in our school use transport in their daily lives. Some people are making pollution in our local area, which is causing people to have asthma and other sickness, and I want to stop that.” – J
“I want to be JTA because I want to make the environment better and I want to stop accidents and I want to help people while crossing the road!” – D
“It is very important to cross the road with care make sure you are safe, don’t just run across the road you can get hit by a car.” – E
On Thursday 3rd May we celebrated ‘Heronsgate Day.’ The theme was ‘Responsibility: Being Responsible for the Earth; Being Responsible for Ourselves.’ With this in mind, all classes found out about the problems for our environment that plastic is causing, especially in the oceans. We created ‘sea creatures’ out of plastic waste to help us remember this. In KS2, many classes also practised first aid including putting someone into the recovery position and how to contact emergency services. In KS1 and Reception, many classes learnt about personal safety online and when crossing the road. We also danced together and sang the school song.
We had lots of fun during Oral Health week, Monday 5th March to Friday 9th March 2018. The children brought their toothbrushes into school and each day took part in a ‘2 minute challenge’ to brush their teeth in class using a timer.
During their PSHE lessons, the children took part in a range of practical activities, making posters and adverts whilst learning about oral hygiene and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The children at our Royal Arsenal Campus were visited by a dentist and a dental nurse from Gallions Reach Dental Practice, and took part in a fun assembly where they learnt about what foods are good and bad for our teeth and how to brush our teeth effectively. At Thameasmead the children were lucky to have a parent dental nurse who presented the children with a fun and interactive assembly, where they got use disclosure tablets which turned their teeth blue to highlight how sometimes even after brushing for 2 minutes, we can miss some of our teeth!
Thank you to all our parents at home who encouraged the children to brush their teeth twice a day and fill out their teeth brushing chart! Let’s all continue to encourage our children to eat well and maintain a healthy life style by visiting the dentist regularly.
If you or your family need any support with oral health or registering with a local dentist, please let us know so our healthy schools team can support you.
On Friday 26th January 2018, we welcomed 30 Swedish teachers and school leaders go come and see what we are doing with educational technology at Heronsgate Primary School. After a brief presentation about our journey with technology so far, educators were then given guided tours around the school and were able to see the different ways that children use iPads and other technology to help with their learning every day. Children were drawing characters from The Three Little Pigs on iPads in Nursery, exploring volcanoes in Reception using ‘The Earth’ app, developing their own maths problems in Year 1 with the ‘Number Pieces’ app, filming weather forecasts in Year 2, programming LEGO robots in Year 3, recording and then writing down reported speech in Year 4, publishing a newspaper report using ‘Pages’ in Year 5 and using annotation tools on iPad to edit and improve their work in Year 6. It was a fantastic time!