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
World Book Day!!
The children have had a fab day today! We've had lots of different costumes and characters.
Even I've learnt some new books to add to my reading list. It's lovely to see the children dressing up and enjoying reading. They even shared why they chose to come to school as that character.
Our class prize went to Freya for her fab mad hatter outfit, but it was very difficult for me to choose as they were all brilliant!
Today we had Les and Wendy come and visit our classroom to see what we have been up to with our Neighbour Hood Plan. We showed them our models, designs and questionnaires. We then presented our findings and why we have chosen to improve the village.
They were so interested with our ideas and loved our models that we created. They even bought sweets into the class as prizes for our hard work. Les and Wendy had a tricky decision to make in choosing which group had the best ideas and presented well.
They couldn't make a decision between them so they awarded a mini trophy to the whole class for their hard work and lovely ideas. They praised some of the groups who had though out of the box with their designs.
I'm so proud of the hard work the children have put into this topic and how fab they were today. Well Done Everyone!!!
'The best day ever!'
After an amazing talk and book signing with Jay Jay Burridge, the children were organised into groups and spent the rest of their day moving around the school to take part in activities led by staff. The children were absorbed in making dinosaur inspired iMovie trailers, painting, looking at fossils, creating play dough/pasta dinosaurs and uncovering bones. It was so lovely to hear them talk about their creations, and explain what they had made, why they had come up with the idea and the name they were going to give it. The children worked so well together and it was wonderful to hear one Year 6 say, 'This is the best day ever!'
Dinotastic Author Visit
We were so lucky to have local author, Jay Jay Burridge, visit us today to talk about his amazing Supersaurs books. The children were privileged to spend over an hour with him as he explained how his series of books came about in which humans live alongside dinosaurs. It was fascinating to discover how he used real life events and pictures to help conjure up images of humans riding dinosaurs or working alongside them. Gradually his pictures evolved and along came this amazing idea on which his Supersaurs books are based. It was a story of creativity, overcoming difficulties and perseverance; a truly inspiring talk...you can do anything if you put your mind to it!
Models of the village
I’m so pleased to come back this week and find some amazing models of the village. The children were set homework over Christmas to build a model of part of the village and they could get as creative as they wanted. Here are a select few of some of them. They are on display in the hall, on the windowsill so take a look if you have a chance!
We are now building models in class on the changes that we would make to the village. We’ve taken a small part of the village and designs improvements based on questionnaires that we also wrote and we can’t wait to show them!