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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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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!

Young Voices 2018

A concert of over 6000 children, including us. Amazing atmosphere!

It's getting busy behind the scenes...

School is a hive of activity at the moment with preparations for the Christmas performances.  But it isn't just the children having to learn lines and songs; adults behind the scenes are working really hard to tweak costumes, create 'growing' beanstalks and paint props!

Cogges Manor Farm

We really enjoyed going to Cogges Manor Farm last week.We were able to travel through time and experience Christmas in different time periods. We made christmas wreath in Pagan times. We made gingerbread pigs in a Tudor kitchen. We made do and mend in WW1 using newspaper to make paper chains and we made Christmas crackers in the victorian period. We even had a puppet show at the end of the day. We had so much fun and lovely getting into the christmas spirit.
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