Throughout the day we identified many original features such as equipment, warehouses and other famous buildings exploring how they may have been used for docking on the Thames, and the effect the Blitz would have had. We also compared it to the modern developments which we associate with Canary Wharf today.
This term, Year 4’s topic is Outrageous Outdoors. We spent the day at Woodlands Farm where we learnt how to read a map and use a compass. We had a go at orienteering where we had to find different symbols around the farm. Then we spent the afternoon making shelters in the woods.
On Wednesday 14th June Heronsgate entered the first annual Thamesmead Spelling Bee, held at Discovery Primary School. A large audience turned up to support the children, including the mayor, Mr Peter Brooks. Our pupils worked very hard and did so well! In the Year 3 competition, Precious got through to the tie break round and in the end she was announced joint winner after several rounds with no resolution! In the Year 4 competition Jordin also got through to a tiebreak round against a pupil from St Margaret Clitheroe. After 5 rounds the winner was declared and Jordan came a close second after a very tricky word – hieroglyphics! In Year 5 and 6 Shayna and Tito both did brilliantly. The words were incredibly hard – Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Sonnenberg hadn’t even heard of one of them! All the girls met the mayor and were awarded with a medal for taking part. We are very proud of our super spellers!
On Friday 19th May, classes T13 and T14 spent the day riding the DLR, visiting the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and the Docklands to experience the local area taking in the history of docking as part or our ‘Down at the Docks’ unit.
On Wednesday 17th May 2017, Class 20 went to Creekside Discovery Centre for a hugely immersive, engaging and muddy adventure. In our creative topic we are learning all about rivers and we were lucky enough to go out into the River Ravensbourne and explore the features of the river, as well as fish for its wildlife. Furthermore, we learnt about the history of the river and its past uses by examining an assortment of relics that had been unearthed over the last two hundred years. We had a fantastic day!
Heronsgate School has been invited to take part in an exciting arts project called ‘Silk River’. The project aims to link parts of London that have connections to the river Thames with areas of India along the river Hooghly. It explores the historical links from the days of the East India Trading Company to the present day settlers who have made new homes and become a part of the local community. Class 5RA plus three Arts Ambassadors from Year 5 at Thamesmead were invited to take part in an exciting arts workshop at the National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark to gather ideas and help to inspire the creation of the silk flag that will represent Greenwich in the final outcome of the project. The children explored the traders gallery at the National Maritime Museum and watched a storytelling performance by ‘James Robson’ aboard the deck of the Cutty Sark. They then produced drawings of what they had found out over the day that were collected by the Silk River artists to be used as inspiration for the real silk flag. A great day was had by all!
Year 4 visited the Science Museum to explore the wonders of electricity. We visited the Wonderlab and created our own circuits, watched electricity being made as well as trying out lots of other exciting experiments!