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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...

Bee-Bot Maths

We’ve been learning about how many right angles are in a turn. To help us we’ve been using the Bee-Bots and compasses. We had a lot of fun moving the Bee-Bot and working out different directions for it to go.

'It's just great to be free!'

It was our last Hawking Forest School today (Easter Service next week), and so we finished our session by reflecting on what they have enjoyed about their time outdoors.  It was so lovely - after watching and observing them outside during the term - to hear what they had to say.  We as adults felt that they had grown in confidence, become more independent and creative, worked better as a team and had started to use more initiative.  This is what they had to say; 'I like being creative and making things'; 'I like coming together as a group and eating new food'; 'I like being able to play with my friends'; 'I like being able to play and be imaginative in the mud kitchen'; 'It's just great to be free!'  

Hopefully the children will take some of the skills that they have acquired at Forest School and apply them to other areas.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

We had such a good time at Cotswold Wildlife Park today!

We saw lots of different animals and learnt lots of interesting and cool facts about them.

We had a talk with one of the keepers about Predators and Prey and how different animals protect themselves from harm.

Although we didn't manage to see everything, we had a great time and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Fun in the sun

After the recent cold and wet weather, it was lovely to have a warm, sunny afternoon at Forest School.  The children went their different ways, enjoying the particularly muddy Mud Kitchen (!), whittling, creating dragons and make Elder pencils.  We even had our very own viewing of the Falcons when they 'dropped in' to a field nearby!

It has been lovely to see the children develop over the term and becoming increasingly creative and confident in all that they do.

Our Music Wall

The Hawkings Class had a great time testing different objects for sounds, making tin can shakers and rhythm sticks last week.  We were also fortunate enough to have a volunteer, Mr Blake, to help us create a 'music wall' for all the classes to enjoy.

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