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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

Class events

Thu 1 Nov

Halloween Disco

Fri 9 Nov, 10:15-11:15

Remembrance

Fri 23 Nov, 09:00-10:30

Y3/4 Sharing Assembly

Thu 6 Dec

Cokethorpe Y4/5 girls' hockey

Tue 11 Dec

Y4 Dance Festival

Thu 13 Dec

Aladdin at Chipping Norton Theatre

Fri 14 Dec, 14:30-15:15

Parent Celebration Assembly

Tue 18 Dec

KS2 Production

Thu 20 Dec

Christmas Dinner

Fri 21 Dec

Term ends 1:15

See the full diary...

Royal International Air Tattoo

All of Years 3 to 6 had a great day at the Air Tattoo. We watched aerobatic displays from around the world and explored planes new and old. 

Enterprise Project

Hawking class have worked hard to create their own companies. The children could make their own product to sell and their profit would either be donated to a charity of the children's choice or buy something for the school.

I'm really proud of how the children have worked and how well they sold their products after school on Friday.

Science Day!

We had lots of fun at Burford today! We did 4 different activities. We learnt about Ultraviolet lights, reflecting and refractive lights, made kaleidoscopes and pin hole cameras.

It was great fun and hope to go again soon!

Swimming Gala

We had a good turnout for the annual swimming gala - despite it being on an Inset Day! 

The children that came performed brilliantly - with some having to swim up a year group, and others being asked to swim even though they'd only come to watch!!  We managed to fill all races and had many children placed in the top 3.

Thanks to all the children that came along - and to all of the parents that came to support.

FLEARN

On 22nd May we had another fab visit from Mike Mullen -3x Pro BMX Halfpipe Champion and Former World Master Champion.  Once again, he came in and started the day with an assembly that reminisced about his life and encouraged the children to keep going and never give up; whatever their passion, continue to work hard and -if you fail -  pick yourself up, dust yourself down and have another go!  

Throughout the day, each class got to take part in a workshop with Mike.  He taught some children to ride a bike, boosted the confidence of others and encouraged all of them to be daring and step outside their comfort zone.

At the end of the day, he put together a small team of children to take part in a show for the rest of the school and parents.  To the amazement of the children, he even jumped over 7 teachers and parents!!

If the day did anything, then hopefully it inspired children to dust of their bikes and scooters and get outside.  

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