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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 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

Mon 5 Oct

Mrs Conner's first day back

Fri 13 Nov

(provisional) Hercules sharing assembly

Mon 16 Nov

(provisional) Y3/4 and Y5/6 football tournament

Mon 30 Nov

Pantomime trip for Years 2 - 6

Tue 15 Dec

(provisional) FS/ KS1 production

See the full diary...

Science 

This week, we will be starting our Year 3 and 4 topic on light. I have attached some planning, resources and activities for you to have a look at. If anyone needs anything else, please just give me a shout. Have fun!

PS. Why did the monster eat the light bulb? Because he needed a light snack!! 

Hercules Home Learning

My gosh, you lovely lot have been busy! Thank you so much for sharing your photos with me and for working so hard at home. I am so lucky to be your teacher. Miss you all very much, big hugs x

Hercules Literacy W/B 27.04.20

Hello my little beans, how are you all? I hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the sunshine. Here is your Literacy work for the next couple of days. Don't forget to check Reading Eggs as I have set you some work on there too. I know it looks like a lot but there is no pressure or expectation to get everything done; you can pick and choose your activities if you wish. Any difficulties, just send me an email and I will do my very best to help. Miss you all, Mrs Mills x

RE for Years 3 and 4

This half term, Years 3 and 4 are learning about the parables (stories) told by Jesus. Attached is everything they need to do the unit at home. 

Children's Mental Health

As a direct response to the coronavirus, Healios have made ThinkNinja freely available across the UK for 10-18 year old's, for the duration of the crisis. ThinkNinja is a mental health and emotional wellbeing app for children and young people, designed with self-management skills and interactive education content that is easy to translate into their daily lives. From topics such as coping skills for day to day stresses, to more complex issues including unhelpful thoughts and thinking traps that are driving symptoms of low mood and anxiety, young people can move around the app with the guidance of a virtual avatar called ‘Wise Ninja’.

It's really easy to download and install ThinkNinja. Just search "ThinkNinja" in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, install and then enter a few registration details before meeting the ‘WiseNinja’ and exploring the app. Here are the links:

Apple (iPhone) - https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/thinkninja/id1425884328

Google (Android) - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thinkninja

https://www.healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_4_2_2020_15_6)&mc_cid=f9b630a3f0&mc_eid=8c0a206ac8

I appreciate that the ThinkNinja app is only suitable for our older pupils: families with younger children, may find the following site more useful.                                        https://adeliepsychology.co.uk/resources/

Hope it helps. Mrs Kerry Mills 

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