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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 Webb, 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

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Oxenwood

We're here! Everyone is incredibly happy and excited. Let's get this adventure started! 

Book Swap

Mrs Mills organised our first ever book cafe and swap as part of our Book Week. Children brought in unwanted books from home, took a new book home and enjoyed sharing books over a drink and a biscuit. Thanks to families' generosity there were lots of books left over to enhance our class book corners! Thank you to Mrs Mills and to all the families who brought books in!

Going potty...

On the last day before half term, all of the children in KS2 created their own Greek pot using a balloon, cardboard and PVA soaked paper - very traditional Ancient Greek techniques indeed! It was a lovely morning, and a welcome end to assessment week. We are looking forward to getting the paint out to finish them off in the next week or two..

Sky TV

Here is our movie! The Writing Club had a fantastic experience at Sky TV! For Safer Internet Day, we produced a TV news programme about keeping safe online. The children had to work in teams to come up with ideas, write the script, select costumes and backgrounds, film and edit. It was amazing to use Sky's professional-quality equipment! (When you watch, you can click "no thanks" when it asks you to log in or register.)

Ashmolean Trip

Years 3 to 6 had a fantastic day at the Ashmolean Museum learning all about the Ancient Greeks. Thank you to Miss Kerr for organising the trip. 

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