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Welcome to Voyager Class!

Hello and welcome to the Voyagers' Home Page! We have lots of lovely Year 4 and 5 children in our class this year. The wonderful Mrs Williams, Mrs Edmunds and Mrs Mulcahy 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 that they can access too easily 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 that 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

Mon 16 Nov

(provisional) Y3/4 and Y5/6 football tournament

Mon 30 Nov

Pantomime trip for Years 2 - 6

See the full diary...

Junior Citizens

The Junior Citizens Trust has been in existence since 1991 and is offered free of charge to every year 6 state pupil in Oxfordshire. Each year approximately 5000 children take part in the safety activities provided by the Junior Citizens Trust and partners.

On Tuesday morning the Falcons travelled to Oxford to take part in the Junior Citizens experience. They thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hour visit which placed them in 8 interactive scenarios dealing with a variety of situations from a river rescue and internet safety to recognising potential dangers in their own homes.

They were all encouraged to make decisions, learning a range of life skills along the way, which focussed upon how to keep themselves safe whilst potentially helping others who may be in difficulty or distress. They were all given the opportunity to make a 999 call. They were a credit to the school!

Up,up and away!

The Falcons and Voyagers have started a new Design and Technology topic this term. Linked to the RAF 100 celebrations, they have been investigating aircraft using the iPads, painting some of their favourites and researching form and materials. they then took on a mini challenge to design and make a paper aeroplane using just an A4 piece of paper which would travel furthest from a given point. They experimented with size and shape and enjoyed trying out different ideas.

On a VERY blustery Friday, they challenged each other to flight duels! They are looking forward to the next stage in the project...watch this space! 

Mr Wright's PE Lesson

At the recent Summer Fete, Ollie Wright won the chance to plan and teach his own lesson!  

He took great care to split our class - plus the Year 5's - into groups and then gave each group an activity; rounders, football, cricket and dodgeball.  Both he and Owen watched over two of the activities and made sure that there was fair play - and he delegated his teaching assistant (me!) to have another activity!

It was  a fab morning and all of the children enjoyed taking part - well done Mr. Wright!

Unwinding

We had a lovely morning at Forest School on Friday.  After a few weeks of assessments and concert practices, it was just what the doctor ordered!  It was a chance for the children to get outdoors, be free, relax, come together and be children.  We played games and they were able to get creative and teach each other new skills - such as lighting fires.  We all came together around the fire for chimichangas (very popular!!) and were able to chat and laugh together.  A perfect end to the week!

Key Stage 2 Concert

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