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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

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'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!

Paired Reading

Book week got off to a great start with some lovely paired reading during snack and story time.  It was the perfect opportunity for older children to get together with younger ones, relax and share a book.  All of the children seemed to love it, and are looking forward to moving around the other classes during the week.

We the Curious

What a fantastic day we had in Bristol at We the Curious! We zoomed off into space in the planetarium, created our own stop motion animations, made giant bubbles, tested parachutes, explored virtual reality and made music - all topped off with a trip to the gift shop of course! We would like to say a big thank you to all of the children for their enthusiasm, excitement and delightful behaviour. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

Y5 Indoor Athletics

Another great partnership sporting event at Burford School. Well done to all our amazing Year 5s.

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