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Welcome to Hercules Class!

Hello and welcome to the Hercules Home Page! We have lots of lovely Year 3 and 4 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, Mrs Williams and Mrs Edmunds (TAs) and Mr Drake (volunteer) support us in 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

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Hockey festival at Cokethorpe

Ten girls had a great afternoon at Cokethorpe. We played four hockey matches with huge enthusiasm. The girls' hockey skills really improved, we had great fun and it was all topped off by a Christmas tea. Thank you Cokethorpe!

Maths Champions 2019!

Before half term, some of the children went to Carterton Community College to represent us in a maths competition. Despite some very challenging questions, the pupils managed to keep their composure and went on to win! We would just like to say a big thank you to Mr Scully for visiting us today and presenting the children with certificates and the winners' trophy. Well done Brize... and Mrs Fairhurst for organising the trip! 

Soggy Cross Country

Our cross country team braved mud and some rain to compete in the school's cross country championships in Bicester. Well done to everyone - some were near the front of the pack, others were elsewhere but in all cases they did their best, supported each other and had great fun. Thank you to Mrs Keeble for organising this - and on to the next event in a couple of weeks' time!

DT Days...

We’ve had a wonderful couple of days experimenting, designing and making in KS2! Our project began with extensive research into Anglo-Saxon art and culture, focussing in on decorative pattern, and the hidden meanings. The children were sent outside to forage for materials, so they could make their own natural dyes Anglo-Saxon style. Embroidery stitches were practised in earnest, with help from some very kind (and patient) parents and grandparents (many thanks to you all)! These experiences created knowledge and influences that then enabled everyone to design their own patterns ready to embroider next term...watch this space!

Science Rocks!

A huge thank you to all the children who brought their personal rock collections into school this half term. During the presentations, you all spoke so confidently and were able to share your knowledge with the rest of the class. I think you may have even inspired some children to start a collection of their very own! Well done and thank you once again. Mrs M x

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