Welcome to Hercules Class!
Welcome to the Hercules Home Page!
We have lots of wonderful Year 2 and 3 children in our class. We are taught by Miss Emony-Clark and to support us within the classroom we have the fantastic Miss Glenister and Mrs Deegan.
We believe that time within school needs to be happy and safe which in turn will promote successful learning. Work should be a challenge in order to build on previous knowledge. Children need to believe in themselves to be able to tackle any given challenges. Mistakes will be made along the way (by us too!) and this is OK! We need to learn from our mistakes and develop our knowledge to a greater depth.
We encourage the children in the class to speak out. If there are any concerns or successes, we want to know! And this is the same for parents. Please feel free to talk to us at any appropriate time. Unfortunately time can be limited for parents at the beginning or end of the day, but feel free to make an appointment and we will always make time for you. We are in a partnership to help develop your child’s independence, learning and happiness.
We look forward to what lies ahead these coming terms. We have many exciting things planned and we are looking forward to the Hercules class continuing to grow together.
The Great Outdoors
Despite the wet weather over the last few weeks, the children have been making the most of being outdoors in Forest School. They have worked together to build dens, balanced and hung out on the slack line and swings, played imaginatively in the mud kitchen, been on minibeast hunts and used tools safely…even the food tastes better outdoors when huddled with friends around the campfire!
Having a hoot!
Today we were talking about nocturnal animals - with a particular focus on owls; we talked about their diet and the children had the opportunity to dissect an owl pellet to try and work out what the owl last ate using the bones, fur and feathers found inside.
There was also the opportunity for the children to saw a tree cookie and, after melting some wax pellets in the campfire, stamp a colourful owl onto it.
We made the most of the rain with a spot of boat building - which we could then float on the hug puddles that had formed over the morning! The rain had also made it’s mark on a den that had been left up from the previous week…the roof had basically (in the words of the children) become a bowl and collected the water. This meant some problem solving and engineering to try and fix it and ensure the water only ran off the roof from now on!
Lots of sawing and whittling
It’s always lovely to have a group out that are Forest School pros! They couldn’t wait to get outside and many of them had already decided what they wanted to do - whether it was searching for worms or whittling a stick!
Forest school was a hive of activity all afternoon with some choosing to help make the Guy for bonfire night on Thursday whilst others learned to square lash to make a sword, sawed a tree cookie or made clay nature plaques. We also had a spot of science around the fire as we talked about melting and solidifying whilst making some spooky soaps to take home. The rain came on suddenly and some children rallied around to quickly make dens…but we’ll definitely need to try and be a bit quicker next time!!
Our Commonwealth Sports Day
Wow - what a fantastic afternoon we had; from the opening Year 6 baton relay (where they arrived at the track for their last sports day to the crowd applauding them) to our aerobic warm up with Miss ‘Motivator’ Reynolds, cycle races, weightlifting and rugby (to name a few).
It was so amazing to see the children come together to take part and cheer each other on. The Year 6’s were fantastic, helping to guide the younger children and set up the fun races. The teamwork and sportsmanship was brilliant.
It was a VERY closely fought afternoon with many personal wins - but only one House got to lift the cup; congratulations Dragons!!
Our amazing trip!
The year 2 and 3 children went to Bird land and had a fantastic time!