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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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Children In Need 2017

Just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for your support with Children in Need this year. We managed to raise £152, which is amazing! We also managed to fill Pudsey with all of the coins.

It lovely it was to see the children dressed in their spotty costumes. Lauren in Curie class won the KS2 prize and Ruby in Kennedy class won the KS1 prize. 

Thank you again for your donations, it all goes to a great cause!!

Class full of Scientists! 

Today we had a mini celebration because most of Hawking Class completed the Crest Superstar Award. They received a certificate and a badge for all their hard work during Science Week. Our happy, proud faces shows how much hard work and effort we put into all our work. It really pays off too!

Hampton Court for Hawking, Curie and Tu-Tu

Here are the pictures from our fabulous Hampton Court trip! Apologies for the quality of some, the lighting was a little dim and the technology a little lacking! Included are some pictures of the place itself, taken by the children.

We all had a fantastic day, and thoroughly recommend Hampton Court for a family day out.

Marvellous Mathematicians 

We've got some marvellous mathematicians in Hawking class. Every week we try to see how many addition and multiplication questions we can answer in 90 seconds. We all try really hard to answer as many questions that we know. 

These children in particular have worked really hard and have beaten their last score - Scarlett also got a certificate but missed being in the photo. 

I'm so pleased with everyone for their hard work and can do attitude. Keep it up and hopefully soon we will have everyone in the photo. 

Start of  Science Week

We had a really great start to Science Week! The first activity that the children did was try to build the most stable bridge using 5 pieces of paper and 20cm of sellotape. We looked at bridges like the Ironbridge and tried to use these structures to help us. Once we had built the bridges we tried to test them out to see if they were strong enough. (Thank you to Mrs Johnson for letting us borrow her meerkat). We then went outside onto the field to see the different creatures that could be living under our feet everyday. We used classification keys to identify the creatures and plants that we found.

The children really enjoyed the activities today and can't wait to see what it's store next week!

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