Welcome to Hercules Class!
Welcome to Hercules Class!
We have lots of wonderful Year 2 and 3 children in our class. To support us within the classroom we have the fantastic Mrs Kearvell and Mrs Edmonds. And on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon the lovely Mrs Rae will be taking the class for Forest School and PE.
I 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 myself too!) and this is OK! We need to learn from our mistakes and develop our knowledge to a greater depth.
I encourage the children of my class to speak out. If there are any concerns or successes, I want to know! And this is the same for parents. Please feel free to talk to me 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 I will always make time for you. We are in a partnership to help develop your child’s independence, learning and happiness.
I look forward to what lies ahead this coming year. We have many exciting things planned and I am looking forward to the Hercules class growing together.
Mrs Catherine Hunter
Experimenting, splashing and exploring
From natural sparklers and tea light holders to celebrate Bonfire Night, to bug hunting, splashing in the mud kitchen and experimenting with gradients for zip lining animals...we had a lovely, busy afternoon at forest school. We chatted about ‘Remember, remember the 5th November’ and hibernating animals - and will hopefully build a hedgehog house next week. Oh, and the amazing spider they found was a ‘woodlouse spider’; so called because it feeds on wood lice! Great find guys!!
Intra school bench ball tournament
We have been working on our throwing and catching this term and then transferring these skills to a game. Today we had our intra school bench ball tournament.
It was very closely fought with some excellent passing, marking and finding space. But, Team Awesome got the edge - with Crocodiles United coming second, Golden Chests third and Boss Level fourth. Well done everyone!
For our art days we looked at the artist Joseph Turner. He was known as the Painter of Light.
We explored his art work and then created our own. We used pastels, water colours and then fabric. We all had to have a light source shining onto water.
Can I say a huge thank you to some excellent mummy helpers who helped me to stay sane with a whole class of children sewing! Thanks to Nat, Sarah, Lucy and Kathryn.
Rainy day paintings
Slight change of plan to a Wednesday afternoon, with some art...well, it is Art Week!
To reflect the weather and to fit in with the class topic (the water cycle) we did some rainy day pictures using mixed media. The children used wax crayons to create a simple picture with rain and puddles before painting over the top with watercolours. The children experimented with colour mixing and we talked about the wax crayons being water resistant. We had some fab pieces of art produced, which some children chose to add their photo to.
Wand whittling and s’mores!
The children have been really inspired by the activities this half term - and this week was no exception! They loved following the Halloween trail to find and tick off the pictures - but most popular was the wand whittling. After carefully using a knife to strip the bark, they independently decorated the handle with string and added magic jewels and colour.
The final snack of the half term was the much awaited s’more - which went down a treat! 🎃