Welcome to Hercules Class!
Welcome to the Hercules Home Page!
We have lots of wonderful Year 2 and 3 children in our class. To support us within the classroom we have the fantastic Mrs Williams.
We 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 us too!) and this is OK! We need to learn from our mistakes and develop our knowledge to a greater depth.
We encourage the children in the class to speak out. If there are any concerns or successes, we want to know! And this is the same for parents. Please feel free to talk to us 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 we will always make time for you. We are in a partnership to help develop your child’s independence, learning and happiness.
We look forward to what lies ahead these coming terms. We have many exciting things planned and we are looking forward to the Hercules class continuing to grow together.
Mrs Catherine Hunter and Miss Emma Cuthbertson
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!
Forest School Fun!
Hawkings Class have been enjoying exploring the Forest School site; bug hunting, pond clearing - and then dipping, using a flint and steel to start small fires, helping to prepare food for the campfire, using loppers, sawing and whittling and having fun in the mud kitchen. Each week, the children have gone off and have been absorbed in their various activities; working together, persevering and having fun. We have enjoyed each week and look forward to the rest of the term with them!