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
Class Story - Summer Term
Following our class Book Auction, the children chose J K Rowling's 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' of the four book choices presented to them.
For our Spring term Special Mentions, Miss Houseman chose Lewis Paton and Emma Rogers.
Lewis received his Special Mention for showing hugely improved focus and independence throughout the last term and Emma received hers for having a truly fantastic work ethic in the classroom. Both Emma and Lewis have set a fantastic example to the class this term and should be very proud of themselves!
On the last day of term, we held a cultural event in school. All of the children got to visit different classrooms which each had their own cultural theme. We spent the morning finding out about different cultures and doing a variety of arts, crafts and dance activities relevant to our chosen country. Later, we shared what we had done with the rest of the class. This included some fantastic Bollywood dancing, a very impressive performance of the Haka as well as Hawaiian leis and Brazilian carnival headdresses!
St Marks Church Visit
As we have been looking at Lent and Easter in our RE lessons, we were lucky enough to be invited to St Marks Church last week to find out about their preparations for Easter. Reverend Dan Watts showed us around the church and told us about all of the different celebrations taking place at St Marks over Easter. He showed us some important items that will be used as part of the Easter services and then answered all of our questions about the church, Lent and Easter.
Last week, to celebrate Sports Relief, we had loads of activities in school organised by Mrs King and the Sports Crew. Each day there were different activities taking place in the playground to encourage the children to get some fresh air and stay active. The activities were Hula Monday, Skippy Tuesday, Juggling Wednesday, Boogie Thursday and Footie Friday. I took part in Footie Friday - the idea was to do as many keepy-uppies as possible in 1 minute and I managed a whopping 55!
Throughout the week, we also brought in donations to go towards the brilliant cause and help children that are less fortunate than us.
This week, we've absolutely loved taking part in Enterprise Afternoon. The aim of the day was to make as much profit as possible after having only £4 to set up our own businesses.
We tied this year's Enterprise Day in with World Book Day and each class had to create business around a particular literary theme. Our class chose The Witches of course! We had some really fantastic ideas including: a lucky dip trying to find The Grand High Witch herself; Splat the Mouse; Haunted Hairstyles; Spot the Difference and a Spooky Bowling, which involved trying to knock down as many mouse pins as possible.
Overall, our class made over £35 profit! Most of our stalls made back our £4 and made a brilliant profit and we all enjoyed working as a team to design, set up and run our stalls.
World Book Day
Last week, we celebrated a belated World Book Day with a range of activities in school as well as a very exciting visit from local author Anneliese Emmans Dean. This year, instead of dressing up as our favourite book characters, we each brought a copy of our favourite book to school to share with our class.
The day kicked off with a brilliant assembly from Anneliese who performed some of her poems to us, teaching us lots of interesting information about bugs and birds. Throughout the day we did lots of World Book Day themed activities, including designing our own book tokens for a national competition, sharing extracts from our favourite books and visiting different themed reading rooms around the school. Some lucky children even had the opportunity to do a poetry workshop with Anneliese herself!
We had a fantastic day and really enjoyed having a whole day devoted to all things books!
Foxes Violin Recital
On Monday 26th February, we had the pleasure of inviting our family and friends to school so that we could show them what we've been learning in our violin lessons with Mr Jackman.
We've absolutely loved our 10 weeks of lessons - some of us have even decided to continue our lessons outside of the classroom! As well as learning to play the violin and read music, we've also learnt all sorts of musical terms and vocabulary and can now describe music using words such as 'piano', 'forte', 'allegro' and 'adagio'.
We'd like to say a huge thank you to Mr Jackman for all of his hard work and patience with us over the last term!
Safer Internet Day
On February 23rd, we had a visit from Tim Pinto who is an E-Safety expert. Tim spent the day running workshops for each year group, teaching them the importance of being smart when using technology. We talked about different apps we might use and why we should always check our privacy settings to make sure we know who can and cannot see our personal information. We learnt about selfie wrongs and selfie rights, how to spot 'creepy chat' and why it's important to block and report people who say inappropriate or unkind things to us online.
Arts Week has well and truly begun in 3H. This year's theme is 'Contemporary Arts - What does it mean?' and in Year 3 we will be creating pieces of art by deconstructing the Union Jack. So far, we've created 'exploding' flags using red, white and blue strips of paper, we've used printing to create our own interpretations of the Union Jack and we've thoroughly enjoyed workshops with Harrogate's Mercer Gallery and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Art has also inspired our Maths this week as we've been looking at geometric and repeating patterns and we'll be writing biographies in English about Tony Cragg, who is one of the artists that we've studied with Miss Joseph.
We're looking forward to more activities throughout the week - particularly a clay workshop with local artist Anna Whitehouse.
Watch this space!
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!