Welcome to Hercules Class!
Hello and welcome to the Hercules Home Page! We have 32 lovely children in our class this year. Some of the pupils join Voyagers during the mornings and then rejoin us after lunch. The wonderful Mrs Webb is our classroom TA.
As I am new to the school, please allow me to briefly introduce myself. My name is Kerry Mills and I have been teaching for several years. I also have a background in Social Work, lecturing and private tutoring up to GCSE standard. I am very passionate about my job and take my role as a teacher very seriously- I have firsthand experience of the importance of education and how it can dramatically enhance the life of a young person. I'm sure you are pleased to know that I have high expectations of myself and the children in my class; I am a firm believer in hard work and putting 100% effort into each and every task. If your child comes home and tells you that 'the work is tricky or difficult,' please don't panic; it is meant to be challenging so that they have the opportunity to build on previous knowledge and develop new skills. I do not give my students work which they can access with ease as this will slow their progress and limit their capabilities. Learning is meant to be a whole of host of things- 'easy' is not one of them.
I am a huge fan of Prof Carol Dweck and her work on teaching children to have 'growth mindsets.' Over the next few weeks, I am hoping you will begin to hear your child say phrases such as, "I can't do it... yet," or "I have made a fantastic mistake which I can learn from." Promoting a growth mindset within the school and home reassures children that it is 'ok' to get things wrong. This in turn will help them to take more risks with their learning and feel less intimated by challenge.
If there is anything you would like to discuss with me about your child's wellbeing or education, my door is always open. Please make an appointment to see me after school so that we can chat in-depth. I look forward to the year ahead and working in close partnership. You are the experts on 'your child' and I would really value your input or any suggestions you may have.
Thank you, Mrs Kerry Mills
Start of Science Week
We had a really great start to Science Week! The first activity that the children did was try to build the most stable bridge using 5 pieces of paper and 20cm of sellotape. We looked at bridges like the Ironbridge and tried to use these structures to help us. Once we had built the bridges we tried to test them out to see if they were strong enough. (Thank you to Mrs Johnson for letting us borrow her meerkat). We then went outside onto the field to see the different creatures that could be living under our feet everyday. We used classification keys to identify the creatures and plants that we found.
The children really enjoyed the activities today and can't wait to see what it's store next week!
We've got some super readers in Hawking Class. These children have read every day since getting their reading diaries and bookmarks.
I'm really impressed with the enthusiasm to want to read by all the children and some already filling in their reading diaries answering some of the questions in their diaries left by Mrs Johnson and I!!
Lets keep up the amazing reading and see if we can all fill in our bookmarks and get those prizes at the end of the term!
The Adventures of Robin Hood
We have been learning all about Robin Hood's adventures. We've started looking at how Robin Hood became an outlaw and wanted to help the poor.
To help us remember the story we put actions to the sentences and drew our own story maps.
See if we can perform the actions to you and see how much we know.
Hawkings Class Bears Adventures
Not only have the children been getting used to a new class but they've also been getting used to two new class members. Lily and Harry (names chosen by the children) get to go home with two children on a Friday and come back to class on Wednesday and share all the adventures they've been getting up to during that week.
Imogen and Luke got to take them home in the first week and the whole class enjoyed hearing what they got up to.
Oscar and Jamie get to take them home this week, we can't wait to hear what they got up to!!
KS2 trip to Chedworth Roman Villa
On Monday 10th July the whole of Key Stage 2 visited Chedworth Roman Villa to help bring our Romans topic to life. It was a really magical day.
We all experienced being archaeologists by working out what the Romans would have eaten and drunk by studying real artefacts, such as bones, rocks, metalware and earthenware.
We also had an amazing tour of the excavated site and could imagine what it would have been like to take a bath (a lot of oil and scraping), dine, make offerings to the gods, walk along the beautiful and intricate mosaics and use the 'lavatorium'!
In one workshop we dressed up as Roman slaves and were allocated jobs. We had to wear tags around our necks and sacks as tunics. We also ground up herbs and spices that the Romans would have used to cure illnesses or help people sleep.
A lot of fun was had and a lot of learning was done by all!