We're the Grizzly Bears!
Welcome to our class
We’re proud and independent, sensitive and strong.
We work hard, try our best and have lots of fun!
“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Following our book auction, our new class story will be Gangsta Granny by David Walliams.
Please note that our PE lessons will take place on Monday, Thursday and every third Tuesday this term. Our library slot will be every Thursday.
DT - Felt Decorations
Over the past few weeks, the Grizzly Bears have been hard at work designing beautiful Christmas decorations in DT. The children evaluated existing products to get an idea of different designs, fabrics and styles before designing their own product. They then looked at embellishments and sewing techniques to decide how they would construct their final piece of work.
Today, we’ve done a fantastic job of creating our final designs using felt, beading, sequins and different stitching techniques. The children thoroughly enjoyed the project and are really proud of their final designs!
Year 4 Christmas Party
On Monday, our lovely Year 4s enjoyed their annual Christmas’s party. There was dancing, party games and lots of sweet and savoury nibbles throughout the afternoon. The children enjoyed a very serious game of Musical Statues, Christmas Corners and a Pass the Parcel that seemed to have a never-ending number of layers! The children had a fantastic afternoon and the Year 3s can’t wait to enjoy their Christmas party on Wednesday too!
Christmas in the Grizzly Bears
The Grizzly Bears have been hard at work getting ready for Christmas over the last week or so. We've created a beautiful Christmas display based around an important part of the nativity story and we've made some lovely Christmas cards to take home for our families too!
This year's Christmas displays were all based around the Nativity story and were inspired by a mindfulness colouring book. Each class had a different part of the story to tell - ours was the story of the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary to tell her she would have a baby. We each decorated a flower and a feather with patterns inspired by mindfulness colouring and we took turns decorating the Angel Gabriel in a rainbow of colours and Mary using collage. We were thrilled with the result and can't wait to see what other children contribute by colouring in the gaps!
On Friday, we were thrilled to invite our families into school to watch us perform a short violin concert and showcase what we’ve been learning with Mrs Dawson this term.
We really enjoyed showing them how we’ve been learning to recognise rhythm, read different musical notes, understand musical vocabulary such as ‘pizzicato’, forte’ and ‘piano’ and how we’ve applied all of this to our violin playing.
It was a fantastic performance and we’ve loved working with Mrs Dawson each week. We’re looking forward to seeing how the Owls class get on in their performance at the end of the Spring term!
This week we held our very first book auction to decide what our next class story will be. We made a very long list of all of our recommendations and voted in order to whittle the list down to our top 4. A few very brave children then prepared a short presentation explaining why we should choose their stories. The options were as follows:
Ella M suggested ‘My Wicked Stepmother’ by Karen Langtree
Edie suggested ‘The Accidental Secret Agent’ by Tom McLaughlin
George suggested ‘The Ice Monster’ by David Walliams
Annabel and Ava suggested ‘Gangsta Granny’ by David Walliams
All of The children made fantastic presentations and did a brilliant job of selling their books to us but our winner this time was ‘Gangsta Granny’ by David Walliams!
Image Theatre - The Selfish Giant
Today, we enjoyed our annual visit from The Image Theatre and their fantastic performance of ‘A Selfish Giant’. The production told the story of a very selfish giant who was unkind and unfriendly towards the people in the nearby village and who built a big wall to keep children away from his home and out of his beautiful garden. Until, one day, Jack Frost pays him a visit and plunges his castle and all of its grounds into an everlasting Winter!
It was a very exciting story about how the selfish giant comes to realise the error of his ways and finally opens his heart to the villagers. We all played the part of the chorus in the show and did a fantastic job of helping with the signing. Some lucky children even got to try their hand at drama and take part in the show itself! All in all, a brilliant Friday afternoon and we can’t wait to see what they come up with for next year’s performance!
Children in Need
We had some very interesting outfits and faces in the Grizzly Bears class today! Much to Miss Houseman’s alarm, lots of children appeared to have sprouted ears and developed some very colourful spots all over there faces overnight! We’re pleased to report that it was all in aid of Children in Need. Not only did we spend our day sporting spotty clothes and faces but we also found out about why Children in Need is so important and how all of our very generous donations help children across the UK live a happy, safe and secure childhood. It was a fantastic day, which was enjoyed by all. We can’t wait to find out how much we’ve raised!
Eleanor McKone Visit
This week, our class was lucky enough to receive a very exciting visit from the author of Piper’s Passport, Eleanor McKone. Eleanor read us her fantastic first book all about Piper’s first adventure in Australia. We learned lots of things about famous landmarks and attractions in Australia as Piper and her family swam in the Great Barrier Reef, climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge and visited Australia Zoo. Eleanor also told us about lots of the wildlife and creepy crawlies that live in Australia; we learned about dingoes, possums, koala bears and redback spiders to name just a few!
We had a brilliant morning hearing about Piper’s travels and really enjoyed sharing our own ideas with Eleanor about where Piper should visit next!
The Power of One
On Thursday we watched the anti-bullying show ‘The Power of One’. We really enjoyed it! It talked about physical, cyber and verbal bullying. It was interesting to see that even people who seem fine on the surface could be going through bullying. Now we know that if we are ever in a situation where we are being bullied, we have people on our side. The message behind the show was that if we stand up for others rather than standing by when bullying takes place, then we all have the power to overcome bullying.
By Edie and Ella M
This week, we had our Autumn term Open Time and welcomed our adults into school to watch us take part in PE with Mrs King. We really enjoyed our Gymnastics-based Real PE lesson and, as always, we loved having our adults in school to share and support us with our learning.
This term’s Special Mentions were awarded to Olivia and Finlay. Olivia was chosen because she has been a fantastic role model to others throughout the term and always demonstrates kindness and consideration to others, making sure that everyone feels included. Finlay earned his Special Mention for his fantastic attitudes and commitment to his learning. He has made a brilliant start to Year 3 and has taken the new challenges in his stride.
Well done one to both of you!
Karate Taster Session
This week we were very lucky to have a Karate taster session with Mr Saunderson (a martial arts expert). He taught us to do the 'set stance' to show our respect to our instructors and we did the 'lock it up' position to show him that we were listening and ready to learn. We learnt to do a side kick while making sure that we had our guard up and our fiercest warrior faces on! When we'd had lots of practise side-kicking using a practise pad, we all had a go at breaking a wooden board. Thanks to our speed, strength and confidence, we were all successful in breaking the board with our brilliant side-kicks - even Miss Houseman managed it!
Violins - Autumn Term
This term, we are very lucky to have Mrs Dawson joining us from the Grammar School every Friday to teach us how to play the violin. We’re really enjoying learning to play a musical instrument as well as learning a little bit about reading music and lots of new musical vocabulary. We can’t wait to demonstrate our new skills in a violin recital for our families and friends at the end of the term!
This morning, we had the pleasure of welcoming some of our adults into the classroom to work with us during our weekly Reading Hour. We really enjoyed working together to build a character and story based on a picture that we'd chosen and then present our story in a text of our choice. We'd like to say a big thank you to all of the adults that were able to join us work with us in the classroom.
Badminton - Harrogate Racquets Club
This half term, we are very lucky to have been invited up to the Harrogate Racquets Club for weekly badminton lessons. We’ve really enjoyed our first couple of sessions; we’ve just about mastered a serve, tried to beat our personal bests in the 30 second rally challenge and some of us even got to practise returning high shots with Miss Houseman!
It’s been a brilliant first two weeks and we can’t wait to see how much we’ve improved by October half term.
Our New-and-Improved Book Corner
On Monday we arrived into school to find that a mysterious tree had grown in the corner of our Reading Area! On closer inspection, we discovered that each of its leaves are covered with the names of all of our favourite books. With all off the reading we’ve been doing, we imagine it will have grown even bigger by the end of the year. Watch this space!
Pupil Voice Groups
During our first week in class, we had the very important task of deciding who we wanted to represent our class in the various Pupil Voice Groups that we have at Oatlands Junior School. In keeping with our British Values, we staged a democratic vote in the classroom. The elected children for each group are as follows:
Our First Week
The Grizzly Bears have had a super start to the year here at Oatlands Junior School. There have been lots of new rules and routines for our Year 3s to learn but the our lovely Year 4s have been fantastic role models and we've all settled in brilliantly.
So far, we’ve been enjoying getting to know one another and practising working as part of a team both inside the classroom and during P.E. We've had class elections to decide on who we would like to represent our class in our Pupil Voice Groups, we've started our Daily Mile challenge which we will be running throughout the year and we've enjoyed starting our first English topic, looking at the picturebook 'Gorilla'.
We’re looking forward to seeing what the rest of the first term holds!