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
We had great fun making cushions in our sewing machine workshop.
Book Week Dance Workshops
We all had great fun in our dance workshops based on "Where the Wild Things Are" and "The BFG". Thank you very much to the School Association for paying for them!
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow
It has been a pleasure to have Class 3 at Forest School so far this year; to watch them learn, grow in confidence, solve problems together and come up with new ideas from week to week.
Every week, they go off in separate ways, knowing what it is that they want to achieve; whether it is going down to the pond to see if anything has changed, using every bit of rope to create a seat in a tree, building a den with mates, starting small fires or using the tools. The other week, a small group of children decided to make a zip wire; they found the resources they needed, and worked together to make it. However, they decided that it was too loose. This week, they used some different knots and a stronger rope - but there was too much friction for anything to slide along! So much team work, language, communicating and problem solving; I wonder what they'll do next week!!
Year 3 Multi Skills morning
Today (Tuesday 7th February) all of the Year 3 children visited Buford Secondary School to participate in a multi skills activity morning with our partnership primary schools.
Everybody really enjoyed the games and races that were organised and we also caught up with some old friends, current friends from Brownies and made some new friends too.
Well done to everybody who participated with enthusiasm. The Buford PE teacher even singled out one of our children as a model of initiative and helpfulness!
Forest School Fun!
Class 3 loved their first week back out at Forest School. The children that came last year, noticed lots of changes. After doing a tour of the site and talking about how we can keep ourselves safe, the children were able to go off and explore.
Some children chose to use the flint and steel to try and start their own miniature fires in a shell, whilst others chose to use a knife to whittle a stick. There was plenty of 'cooking' in the mud kitchen, with some elaborate meals being planned and made. A small group of boys played with a rope for the whole afternoon...the problem solving and learning that went on was immense as they had to work out how to reach the branch with it, how to tie it, how to make it throw further etc.
It was good to sit around the fire together with a hot dog at the end, and hear about what they would like to do over the rest of the term.