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
When I'm feeling a bit sad, thinking about my favourite things can often cheer me up. (Chocolate, walking my dogs and dancing would have to be on my list!)
This afternoon, I came across these picture on the internet and they inspired me to set you another Literacy/Art task. Have a little look at them. What do you see?
Perhaps, a young girl has drawn herself and then filled the empty space with images of the things she likes the most. The pictures give us little clues that reveal more about her. Which country do you think she is from? What do you think she wants to be when she is older?
Your job is to do the same. Draw an outline of yourself or a thought bubble and fill it with clues about your personality, character, ambitions, likes/dislikes, future goals... the list is endless! Once you have finished your drawing, it is time to start writing. Please describe what you have drawn and more importantly, why you have chosen to draw certain things. What do they mean to you? Don't forget to use adventurous vocabulary, correct spelling and accurate punctuation.
Email photos of your pictures and writing to me so I can put them on the website. I can't wait to see them! Mrs Mills x
Today's Literacy Task has been inspired by Millie...
Please create a poster or write a letter to a Key Worker thanking them for everything they are doing during this tricky time. (House points for those who manage to do both!) Key workers include NHS staff, shop assistants, waste collectors, lorry drivers, teachers, post office staff, etc. (The list is very long indeed!)
Once your letter and/or poster is completed, you may wish to display it in your window for everyone to see. Don't forget to email me a picture so that I can put it on the website.
Mrs Mills x
Well done to Kasey and Tilly who are giving the MyMaths challenges a really good go!
If any of you need help logging in, please send me an email and I will guide you through it. Good luck! Mrs M x
Hercules Home Learning Photos- Week One
Wow! You lot have been rather busy! Thank you so much for emailing me with photos of your work- they really do brighten my day. Please keep them coming and I will continue to add them to the school's website. Who knows... you may inspire someone else to try and create a similar piece of art. How exciting! Mrs Mills x
Please see attached Well-being journal created by Nuffield Health which you may find useful to share with your children at this time.