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Year 3 Foxes

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.

  • PE lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Library lesson is on alternate Fridays
  • Spellings are given out on Monday, Spelling Test is on Friday
  • Homework Diary checked on Friday
  • Reading Books can be changed on any day - please ask

World Book Day

The children enjoyed a variety of different activities on World Book Day, including sharing their favourite book with their peers. It was lovely to see lots of parents and grandparents join us in the afternoon, sharing and reading their favourite books too. 

Special Mention Certificates

Congratulations to Noah and Isla for receiving a 'Special Mention' certificate in assembly today. Both children are always happy in the classroom and give 100% effort with all of their school work. 

Health Week - Judo taster session

Master Fidgeons came to school this afternoon to teach us some basic judo moves against our partner. We learned that judo is a great sport to help protect yourself and it's great fun too!

Health Week - Zumba dancing

This week is Health Week in school. We are going to keep a diary recording the physical activities we take part in and record the foods that we eat. Everyone took part in a Zumba class this morning, which was great fun! We all got very hot and sweaty, which proved it was good exercise!

National Number Day - 150!

Today we have celebrated National Number Day by doing lots of activities around our class number - 150. We have brought in silver coins to help raise money for NSPCC. We have: explored how to represent the number 150; written the number backwards; showed the number using different resources and equipment and found factors. 

January 2019


Happy New Year! It has been lovely to welcome everyone back after the Christmas break. This term our class novel is The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson. The theme for our reading corner is Woodland Animals and children are welcome to bring in a woodland soft animal toy to sit in our reading corner for the next few weeks. See our picture below to see how this is currently looking! On Monday pupils were given their Spring Term Homework Menu to take home. Please contact me at school if this has gone astray.


Mrs Phillips



This half term's Special Mentions were awarded to Ellie and Harvey. They have both been excellent role models within the class, and around school, and have shown great perseverance with their work, particularly in writing. Well done!

I would like to thank Emilia's grandma for giving up an afternoon of her time to come into school and teach the Foxes class how to make a card ginger bread house. The designs were pre-cut with a special machine, which she demonstrated to us, and the individual pieces had to be decorated, folded and glued together. Everyone had a very enjoyable afternoon. Thank you!

DT Project - Design and make a Christmas tree decoration

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This term pupils have researched, designed and created their own Christmas tree decoration. They have learned sewing techniques such as threading a needle, tying a knot, running stitch, back stitch and whip stitch. They employed these techniques to create their final piece of work. It was quite tricky going but the final decorations look fantastic. Well done Foxes class!
The final badminton session of the term was held on Monday 10th December and pupils played a series of short games that really show cased how far they have come in developing their skills. The focus this term has been on serving, being prepared and stance, playing controlled shots and hitting long shots. If pupils are interested in taking their badminton further, contact details for Harrogate Racquets Club are available from Mrs Phillips or Mrs King. 

15th November


Local author Eleanor McKone visited school to read her children's book Piper's Passport - First Stop Australia to Year 3 pupils, and to answer any questions they had about writing a novel and being an author. Everyone enjoyed the story and loads of fantastic questions were asked. Eleanor gave pupils the opportunity to give suggestions of where Piper could visit in the future. We look forward to seeing Eleanor again next year to find out where Piper goes!

9th November 2018


This morning pupils watched a moving assembly led by Colonel Crossland in which he explained why WW1 broke out, who was on which side, and why Armistice Day is observed each year since the end of the war. Foxes class would like to extend their thanks to Colonel Crossland for this important lesson that was put across in such a child-friendly way.


This week we have also looked at Remembrance in our PSHE lesson, learning more about the work of the British Legion and why the poppy is so symbolic. We read the poem In Flanders Field written in 1915 by John McCrea and the poem written in response to this by Moina Michael in 1918. This led on to some poetry writing that pupils undertook during Open Time.


Many thanks to the parents and grandparents that joined us during Open Time and helped children to create some really emotive and eye-catching acrostic poems. 


5th November 2018


Here are some photos from our recent Badminton lesson!

26th October 2018



Congratulations to Lucy and Mikael who were awarded a Special Mention Certificate in today's Celebration Assembly. Both pupils have been commended for their effort and behaviour in lessons and around school.

Great job!

19th October 2018


This morning the whole school gathered together for a special Harvest Assembly led by Reverend Kim from St Marks. She explained why harvest is an important time of year and gave the children an understanding of the foods and products we produce as the result of harvesting crops in the Autumn. In PSHE lessons the Foxes Class have considered what it would be like to be homeless and found out more about the work of Harrogate Homeless Project. Pupils gave thoughtful responses to the questions posed such as, what might you wish for if you were homeless? The Harvest collection this year was in aid of Harrogate Homeless Project and school would like to thank families for their generous donations to this cause.

18th October 2018


Here are some photos of our recent karate taster session!

Some photos of our history lesson!


Working in groups, pupils were challenged to gain as much information as they could from a historical source. This could have been a photo, diary entry, newspaper cover or history textbook. We shared the information as a class and used it to help us write our own recount of the moment Harold Carter discovered Tutankhamun's tomb. 

Having decided to save the Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark until later in the year, we have begun a new class novel this week, The Twits. The Foxes class have studied the characters of Mr and Mrs Twit and written a character description of Mr Twit. We’ve also learned about using the prefix ‘un’ to change a positive adjective into a negative one e.g. clean/unclean, wise/unwise, to aid our descriptions.


12th October 2018


The last 2 weeks have been very busy here in School. We have enjoyed a visit from Brian who led the Ancient Egypt workshop. Pupils had the opportunity to role play different aspects of life in ancient Egyptian times and they found out lots of interesting facts about pyramids, Tutankhamen, Harold Carter and how mummies are made!


National Poetry Day on 4th October gave us the opportunity to explore reading and writing nonsense poems. The class wrote fantastic poetry about an imaginary trip to the zoo where they saw (amongst other things) ‘a bear with pink hair, a llama in pyjamas, a lion with an iron and a panda called Amanda.’ We had a good giggle at the numerous funny rhymes the children made!


This week has been Walk to School Week. Thank you to everyone who supported that by walking to school, and to our Sports Crew members, Archie and William, for promoting this in class. We have supported it in the Foxes class by completing the daily mile twice this week. Phew!


Congratulations to last week’s Writer of the Week, Naomi, and Mathematician of the Week, Beck. Also, well done to Sula for being invited to Weir’s Weekly Review and to Luke for being given the honour of First Into Lunch on Friday for displaying lovely manners in the dining hall. Great job all of you!


This week’s Mathematican of the Week is Emme, and the Writer of the Week is Sadie. Very well done for all your hard work this week too. Weir’s weekly Review will take place on Monday due to the East Barnby trip.


Wishing everyone an enjoyable weekend!

Mrs Phillips

28th September 2018


Today has been super exciting for the pupils with Macmillan Coffee Morning and Open Time earlier today and an author talk by Piers Torday this afternoon.

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents that came to visit Foxes today - we have lots of lovely pyramids to put on our display now!


Amongst many other things, this week the pupils have also enjoyed a taster session in yoga, used iPads to research the pyramids, conducted a science experiment on the temperature that ice melts at, learned about adding and subtracting 10 and 100 and discovered about the observance of Shabbat in Judaism.


Congratulations to our Writer of the Week, Lauren, and our Mathematician of the Week, Finlay. Also congratulations to Will for being invited to Weir’s Weekly Review.


I have added another activity to My Maths and please encourage your child to give Times Table Rockstars a go if they haven't already. We have moved on to practising the 2 and 5 times tables on there. 

21st September 2018


This week the Foxes class have enjoyed learning about the properties of solids, liquids and gases in Science. It was fun to pretend to be molecules in the lesson!

We have learned why the river Nile was so important in ancient Egyptian times, created a timeline of the major events in ancient Egyptian history and learned how to write our names in hierogyphics.

In Maths we have been practicing writing numbers in words and digits, and in English we have designed an outfit for Traction Man to wear on a new adventure.


Congratulations to our Mathematician and Writer of the week, Harvey and Ava, and to Isla who was invited to Weir's Weekly Review. Well done also to Bethany who was given the honour of being 'First into Lunch' for outstanding behaviour in the dining hall. Also a special mention to Thomas who was awarded a certificate by the Red Kites Vice Captain for being so helpful in the classroom, particularly at wet break.


Pupils visited the Library today and were able to take out books. Please ensure they bring them in every Friday to return or renew. Finally, we have finished our class book, The Worst Witch, so next week we will start our new novel.


Mrs Phillips

14th September 2018

Welcome to the Foxes' page. Apologies for the slow start in updating this page.


The Foxes Class have made an excellent start to their journey through Oatlands Junior School. This week we have had a number of firsts for our class:


First visit to the School Library to learn how to locate the books children want to read

First PE lesson with Mrs King

First Art lesson with Mrs Joseph

First French, Computing and RE lessons with Mrs Phillips

First Mathematician and Writer of the Week (congratulations to Lucy and Luke)

First invitation to Weir's Weekly Review (congratulations Ellie)

First time the Oatland's points were collected in

First Parent's Information Evening for many parents (it was great to see you all)


...and first post on the Class Page!


The pupils have worked really hard this week and taken up the challenge of learning so many new routines very successfully. Well done to you all and have a lovely weekend!


Mrs Phillips



Class Novel - to celebrate starting at a new school we are reading about Mildred Hubble's new start at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches

Maths Websites

Pupil Voice Groups


Today we congratulated our elected Pupil Voice representatives.


Foxes Class representatives are as follows:


Arts Committee: Naomi

Digital Leaders: Beck and Lauren

Eco Committee: Lucy

French Ambassadors: Imogen and Isla

Librarians: Sadie and Sula

School Council: Bethany and William

Sports Crew: Archie and Thomas

We also have 4 Class Monitors for this term and they are: Ava, Jay, Nathan and Sam.


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