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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

Tue 28 Jan

Young Voices

Tue 4 Feb

Y3/4 Narnia trip to Dorchester Abbey

Mon 10 Feb

Assessment Week

Wed 12 Feb

School Association Rags 2 Riches collection

Thu 13 Feb

Art/DT Day

Thu 13 Feb

Parent Celebration Assembly

Fri 14 Feb

Art/ DT Day

Mon 17 Feb - Fri 21 Feb

Half Term

Mon 24 Feb

Long parents' evening

Thu 27 Feb

SENCO SEND reviews

See the full diary...

"Are You Sure We Are Learning Maths Mrs Mills?"

This week, the lovely Lincoln brought in chocolate covered sweets... all the way from Australia! The bag of goodies were all different colours so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to launch a fraction investigation. After biting into them, we were able to identify the colours and then use this information to calculate fractions of amounts and transfer data into a table. Favourite pupil comment during the lesson... "I love maths Mrs Mills!" (Me too- thanks for the chocolate Lincoln!). Mrs M x

Wassailing

We sang, made noise, drank wassail (warm mulled apple juice) and chose a queen to place a piece of wassail soaked toast in a tree as a gift to the tree spirits as part of our very own wassailing. 

It was great to see these seasoned Forest Schoolers disappear to immerse themselves in the various activities; from making dinner in the mud kitchen to weaving willow into tambourines, making apple bird feeders and working together to try new things.  The children were fab - and so polite and caring to one another -  as they helped and worked together; it was lovely to see.

Looking Forwards To The New Year

January is named after the Roman God, Janus; the God of gates and doorways.  He is often depicted with two faces; one is looking back at the year that has passed and the other is looking forwards to the New Year.  Thinking about this, we talked about wishes that we might have for ourselves, others and the world - with some children making wishing stars.  We also like to think of wildlife at this time of the year - especially the birds who might have a harder time finding food.  With this in mind, some children made fat balls to hang in their gardens.  The afternoon was busy with sawing, firelighting, den building, swinging and enjoying the great outdoors on a cold and damp day.

When Sasha Got Swept Up the Chimney

What a fantastic production this was! Large numbers of children took a major part and we ended up with a really funny, heart-warming entertainment. Well done to all the children, the staff (all those props!) and especially Miss Burn for leading it all. 

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!

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