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
Fri 13 Mar
Hercules sharing assembly and parent workshop
Fri 20 Mar
Parents' and carers' assembly
Wed 25 Mar
Tue 31 Mar
Easter service in church
Wed 1 Apr
Art/ DT Day
Thu 2 Apr
Art/ DT Day
Thu 2 Apr
Parent celebration assembly
Fri 3 Apr
Easter Egg Raffle
Fri 3 Apr
School ends 1.15
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Huge thanks to our hosts in Dorchester Abbey for making us all feel so welcome. We had an incredible day and didn't want to leave. You brought the world of Narnia to life and made us love the story of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe even more! We hope to visit you again soon. Mrs Mills
Seasoned Forest Schoolers
It was lovely to have the Year 4's out to Forest School for the 5th year running. They reeled off how to keep themselves and each other safe before dashing off to get stuck in to the activities. Fire lighting has always been popular with this group and they couldn't wait to have a go at creating a bigger fire...if they've asked you for 'drier fluff', it's because we can make some good firelighters with this to help keep their fire going!
It was great to see the children working together and thinking of their peers; they designed and created an interesting human slingshot that seemed to cause great hilarity!
They gathered by the fire for pancakes, singing, laughing and chatter - and to warm up! These guys were fab!
We had lots of fun in the sun at our last Year 3 Forest School session before half term.
Some of the children learned to use a knife safely to whittle a stick whilst others experimented with a pulley system. After a few weeks of using the new tarpaulins and bungees, two groups worked together to create their own dens - complete with seating and cooking areas!
It was lovely to see the children working cooperatively and imaginatively outdoors.
Well, as far as school trips go, this has to be one of the very best! On Friday 14th February, KS2 enjoyed an incredible day in We the Curious- Bristol's public hub for science, art, questions and ideas.
After visting the 3D planetarium, year 3 and 4 were given the opportunity to work in a real lab and conduct a variety of experiments. As you can see from the photos, this brought 'science to life' by enabling the pupils to create and observe chemical reactions.
Years 5 and 6 took part in a 'Fantastic Forces' workshop. This enabled them to witness forces in action using far more exciting equipment than we have on offer in our humble classroom!!
A thoroughly enjoyable day and the perfect way to end the half term! Thank you to our wonderful staff (who worked a much longer day than usual) and our volunteers (who gave up their Friday) for making this trip possible.
Mrs Mills and Miss Kerr
We are Scientists!
This week's Science Club was another big success. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to pop in; it was lovely to see the children conducting experiments and having so much fun with their learning. You could hear the laughter and giggling in all areas of the school! Well done everyone. Mrs Mills