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Year 3 Owls

We're the Owls!


We're freewheeling flyers, hard working and wise. We aim high and believe we can achieve!


"You have brains in you head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." 

Oh the Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss

Class information


  • Change home reading books every Monday & Friday

  • PE days - Thursday & Friday (come in PE kits)

  • Spelling test & diaries signed every Friday

Hello, My name is Mrs McNerney and I am the Owls' class teacher. What a fabulous start to the Junior School all the children have made! It's been lovely to have fewer COVID restrictions in the classroom for our start of year, being able to sit in groups and work with partners and play with other children outside at breaktimes! The children are enjoying having their lunch at OJS, choosing and ordering every morning what they would like via CYPAD then collecting their choice in the dining room and eating in the main hall. 

I am excited and looking forward to the year ahead! 



Autumn term class novel

We have finished reading 'Danny, the Champion of the World' by Roald Dahl. As a Christmas treat, we watched the film version and noticed that some parts were different to the book. 

Pupil Voice Groups

Following class elections, the following children were voted by their peers to represent our different pupil voice groups. These groups are led by teachers and will involve meetings and projects across the year for the children to be involved in. 


School Council - Hana 


Arts Committee - Fernanda


Librarian - Sophie


Digital Leader - Elliott


Eco-committee - Amelia


French Ambassador - Allegra


Sports Crew - Oscar F

End of autumn 1 achievements

Congratulations to Izzy and Wilf who were awarded a 'Special Mention' certificate for being fabulous roles models and settling into Year 3 so fabulously! 


Well done to Clara, Fletcher and Wilf for being our top three highest Oatlands points earners this half term. To celebrate, they have enjoyed a bonfire/firework themed craft afternoon with Miss McNamara! 

Harvest assembly with Reverend Kim

It was lovely to welcome Reverend Kim from St. Mark's Church back into school and listen to her special harvest assembly. She thanked everyone for the fantastic contributions of food, which will be given to the Harrogate Homeless Project. 

Fire Service Assembly

Harrogate firefighters Ian and Mark visited school to speak to us all about how they help people and how we can keep safe at home. They asked us all to:

  • Check that we have smoke alarms on each floor at home
  • Press the button to check they work, once a week
  • Be aware of how fire can start e.g. appliances in the kitchen, candles, matches, lighters, discarded cigarettes and overloaded electrical devices. 

National Poetry Day

This week we decided to extend National Poetry Day so that it lasted all week! In year 3, everyone enjoyed reading 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright. We enjoyed illustrating his poem and then added another verse with our own ideas, using the power of three to describe more vividly. Below are some examples of our work: 

End of autumn 2 achievements

Congratulations to Frankie and Sophia who were awarded a 'Special Mention' certificate for thoughtful contributions in class and being a kind and caring friend.  


Well done to Sophia, Allegra and Sophia for being our top three highest Oatlands points earners this half term. To celebrate, they have enjoyed a Christmas-themed craft afternoon with Miss McNamara! 

Flamingo Land visit

We all had a brilliant time at Flamingo Land, to support the learning for our geography unit on rainforests.


In the rainforest classroom, we saw some typical rainforest animals up close, including: a tenrec; a hissing cockroach; a Burmese python and a Lau Banded Iguana. Those of us that were feeling brave either touched, stroked or held the animals, reptiles and insects. 


We had a tour of the zoo and saw many different animals, some of which would not be found in a rainforest but were still exciting to see. These included: tigers; macaws; giraffes; zebra; camels; hippopotamus; cheetahs; rhinoceros; baboons; lemurs; meerkats; kangaroos; flamingos and penguins. 


It was fun to watch the sea lion show and we saw what an expert ball-catcher Marvin was! 



NSPCC Number Day!

Today we have raised money for the charity NSPCC and had fun taking part in different number activities and quizzes. 


Our class number was 2022. We had to answer questions about our number and write create a list of our own number facts. We then had a quiz and the winners were Clara and Fernanda.

What is Safer Internet Day 2022?


This was celebrated on the Tuesday 8th of February.

This year the theme is: 'All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online.'


From gaming and chat, to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of.

Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.


About Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively.  Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.


Follow the link to find out more:


End of spring 1 achievements

Congratulations to Fernanda and Lily who were awarded a 'Special Mention' certificate for sharing thoughtful ideas in class discussions, being caring friends and having a super attitude towards their learning! 


Well done to Elliott, Izzy and Fernanda for being our top three highest Oatlands points earners this half term. To celebrate, they have enjoyed a designing and making their own bespoke hot chocolate drink with Miss McNamara this afternoon!  

End of term House Team quiz!

The first OJS House Team event happened at the end of spring term one - a house quiz! Each house team tried to answer and earn as many points as possible in the 5 rounds:

1. Music quiz

2. Book quiz

3. 'Kahoot' general knowledge

4. Food tasting quiz


The children really enjoyed taking part in the quiz and working together as a team. Scores were presented in the celebration assembly and the winners were... REDS! Well done! 

World Book Day!

There was a different group of children this morning in the owl's classroom: Cruella de Vil, Harry Potter, Iron Man, fairy, Katie from the Water Lily Pond, Bat Girl, Wonder Woman, Elsa and many different footballers! 


The children have enjoyed making their 'Reading River' collages, which show all the different types of reading we do every day. We also had a class swap with Year 5 macaws, whereby we were able to share and talk about our favourite books! 


To top the morning off, we then had a delicious lunch of either 'Cheese & Tomato Toadstool' pizza or 'Turned out Toes' chicken burger followed by 'Knobbly Knees' chocolate cornflake cakes or 'Gruffalo' apple crumble with custard! Delicious!

Red Nose Day!

We celebrated 'Red Nose Day' by coming to school wearing red clothes or dressed as a superhero. Look at our photos below:

Fill the bottle with 5ps competition

The PTA announced a new competition earlier this half term; which class can fill the bottle with 5ps first. Well done to the foxes who came first. However, the owls came second but raised the most money after the rules changed and we were allowed to add any other silver coins. We were given a £40 Amazon voucher to buy games for indoor breaktimes. Look at what we got in the photo below!

End of spring 2 achievements

Congratulations to Henry and Jamie who were awarded a 'Special Mention' certificate for making super contributions when 'chotting' in English lessons and for confidently and accurately using efficient mental strategies in maths!


Well done to Jamie, Lily and Sophie for being our top three highest Oatlands points earners this half term. To celebrate, they have enjoyed a designing and making their own Easter bunny with Miss McNamara and the Y6 house captains!

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