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.
On Thursday 14th February 2019, children across Heronsgate celebrated ‘STEM’ Day, looking at Science, Technology (Computing), Engineering (DT) and Maths. They participated in with the ‘Hour of Code‘ for the first hour, followed by some activities as part of Safer Internet Day. The rest of the day was spent exploring practical and fun activities to do with science, maths and DT. Do check out the photos below!
Children at Heronsgate were immersed in the French language and culture on Tuesday 22nd of January for our French Day. They participated in a range of activities in class, including artwork inspired by Matisse and Monet, 3D mapping of Paris landmarks, watching French films, researching Francophone countries and French footballers, and playing games to help with vocabulary learning. Children dressed in the colours of the French flag and paid a visit to our “French café” where they had the opportunity to taste some typical French breakfast food, once they had ordered in French of course!