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
Cotswold Wildlife Park
We had such a good time at Cotswold Wildlife Park today!
We saw lots of different animals and learnt lots of interesting and cool facts about them.
We had a talk with one of the keepers about Predators and Prey and how different animals protect themselves from harm.
Although we didn't manage to see everything, we had a great time and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Fun in the sun
After the recent cold and wet weather, it was lovely to have a warm, sunny afternoon at Forest School. The children went their different ways, enjoying the particularly muddy Mud Kitchen (!), whittling, creating dragons and make Elder pencils. We even had our very own viewing of the Falcons when they 'dropped in' to a field nearby!
It has been lovely to see the children develop over the term and becoming increasingly creative and confident in all that they do.
Our Music Wall
The Hawkings Class had a great time testing different objects for sounds, making tin can shakers and rhythm sticks last week. We were also fortunate enough to have a volunteer, Mr Blake, to help us create a 'music wall' for all the classes to enjoy.
Multi Skills Festival
We had a fab time at Burford this morning. We did different activities in groups with other children from different schools.
The students a Burford planned the activities that we did and made the whole morning lovely.
Class full of musicians
The children have been learning about staff notation and learning what different notes sound like when they are played.
The children have been writing their own music and today they finally got to perform they pieces in front of the whole class.
The children have really enjoyed playing the boomwackers I can’t imagine why...
We watched a video of children performing different songs using the boomwackers and now we want to learn a song as a class and perform it, we can’t wait!!