We’re the Foxes!
Welcome to our class
We’re alert and adventurous, cool and keen.
We explore, create, learn and succeed.
“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden
in the most unlikely places”.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Following our first class Book Auction, the children chose Roald Dahl's 'The Witches' of the three book choices presented to them.
As a school, we have agreed that our New Year's Resolution should be to keep our playground a fun, happy and, most importantly, safe place to be.
Miss Weir ran a whole-school competition to design a Playtime Rules poster to help remind all of the children what we can do to ensure we are playing sensibly and safely outside. The two winners from the Foxes class were Ava Rodham and Bria Webb - well done!
Christmas in 3H
As well as creating our lovely Christmas display, we've enjoyed taking part in some other Christmassy activities in the final weeks of term. In R.E we've been researching how Christmas is celebrated in other countries and cultures, finding out some very interesting facts! Did you know that in Finland Santa is known as Joulupukki?
We've also enjoyed taking part in a picture book study of The Jolly Christmas Postman; we created maps of the Jolly Postman's journey (complete with Red Riding Hood's playhouse and Humpty Dumpty's hospital), wrote letters to Santa and designed our own special gifts for fairytale characters.
Finally, we've painted Christmas cards for our nearest and dearest and celebrated in style at our Year 3 Christmas party. It's been a fantastic final week of school but we're definitely all looking forward to a break and hopefully a visit from Santa too!
This year, Foxes class were tasked with creating a Christmas display about presents from the past, present and future. For the past, we looked at presents from decades gone by and were quite surprised to see a lot of familiar toys including the Rubiks cube, Furbys and Mr Potato Head! To represent the present, we drew pictures of gifts from our own Christmas lists this year and wrote a letter to Santa with some of our requests. Finally, for the future, we decorated and constructed our own miniature Christmas gift boxes and used the gift tags to write about our wishes for future Christmases.
Over the last few weeks, we have been spending our Monday afternoons learning to play the violin with Mr Jackman from Harrogate Grammar School.
We've not only enjoyed learning to play the instruments, but we've also been learning musical vocabulary and a little bit about reading music too. We're really looking forward to continuing our lessons in the Spring term and performing in a violin recital for our families and friends!
We recently marked Anti-Bullying Week at Oatlands Junior School and this year's theme was 'All different, all equal'. We had an odd-sock day to celebrate the fact that we are all unique and a variety of other activities taking place within school. In 3H, we spent an afternoon exploring what bullying actually looks like and how we can take care of ourselves and each other to help prevent bullying. The children created freeze-frames of different scenarios as a basis for class discussions.
Last week, our class performed a brilliant class assembly all about Remembrance. We enjoyed finding out more about how and why we mark Remembrance Day each year and why we use the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. We spent our week designing our own poppies for a competition, finding out about family members who were involved in the World Wars and some of us wrote acrostic poems about what remembrance means to us. Ava and Oli had their poems featured in the school’s weekly newsletter but you can read them below if you missed them!
The Foxes have had a brilliant start to the year here at Oatlands Junior School. There are lots of new rules and routines to learn in Year 3 but we’ve taken to Junior school life like ducks to water.
So far, we’ve been enjoying getting to know one another and practising working as part of a team both inside the classroom and outside during P.E. Our favourite challenge, however, was during our picture book study of Traction Man is Here; we planned a secret mission for Traction Man and designed outfits complete with gadgets and gizmos to help him on his adventure.
We’re looking forward to seeing what the rest of the first term holds!