Welcome to Class 3 (Foxes Class)

Class Teacher:  Fiona Mordecai, Sarah Metcalf

Learning Support Assistant:  Rebecca Slater

Class Letters

You can download any of the class letters listed below:

Foxes Smashing Saxons homework

Foxes Topic Overview Spring 1 2019


(Multiplication table testing sheets to help you practise at home!)


Happy new year to you all, and welcome back to the Spring Term! Thanks to everyone for your very generous gifts and lovely messages at Christmas – we hope you had a rejuvenating break!

We are already getting ‘stuck in’ to our new topic, and below you can see some pictures of some RE Epiphany learning (with spiritual tealights…) and a Science experimental session around magnets.






Our RE learning is about the Trinity – this is a difficult concept (literally ‘three in one’) and we have explored it from different directions and through different texts / activities / songs / videos / images etc. I challenged the children to work in threes to create a human symbol for the Trinity…



We do concentrate quietly a lot of the time… Here we are editing a long piece of writing and responding to teacher marking.

… but we value our active learning with an element of choice – Electricity in this case:


16.11.18 Homework! What can I say?

14.10.18    For the last couple of weeks we have been working on Measures in Maths – this involved some practical work first, closely followed by baking (using weighing and measuring) with kind Mrs Knight. As a result we are getting pretty proficient at reading scale and recognising where the correct unit of measurement is being used. And it was fun!!


9.11.18 More fabulous homework! What a week it’s been! Do ask your child to talk to you about our new Recognition Board – we have all (adults included) been trying hard to develop and maintain positive learning behaviours!


31.10.18          Welcome back after the half term break! This week we were visited by Chris Lloyd, chair of Education Uganda, who carried out a day of workshops about our twinned school, Katiri Primary, in Uganda. You may remember that we have done some fund raising over the last few years for them to purchase library books and slates. We all had a fabulous day, learning lots about ways in which we are the same, but different. One of the most important things the children picked up was that Ugandan culture is not as wasteful and environmentally unsound as ours, but rather people make the most of what they have. On Friday, Mrs Stepney kindly came in to present a slideshow about neo-natal care in Africa, and the children were able to pick up many similarities of theme.


12.10.18    A few weeks of really good homework – we have loved sharing in all the different activities, which have included Powerpoints, models, pictures, algebra, stories and edible delicacies! Thank you to all concerned. Our next topic will be called Location, Location, Location –  a Geography-led study of the cities in the UK –  and new topic / homework sheets will come home to you after the half term holiday, as well as being available on this website.

8.10.18                  A big THANK YOU to all staff and volunteers who accompanied the class on their very successful trip to Harold Hillier Gardens – the children learnt masses and were, as always, a credit to you and to the school. We would also like to thank all parents for funding the trip! You can see the results of their day in the classroom and below:


1.10.18  We are delighted to welcome Mrs Rebecca Slater to Class 3 as our new LSA (to replace the irreplaceable Mrs Fisher) for 4 mornings per week – do pop in and meet her on Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday.

24.9.18       Mrs Snowden worked with us to plant bulbs for spring around the school, as well as tidy the pots ready for autumn.

20.9.18     We really enjoyed re-creating Stonehenge out of plasticine! Some of us also made different versions out of a variety of materials for homework.


Welcome back to the Autumn Term 2018, and an especially warm welcome to our new families – it’s lovely to have you with us.

17.9.18 The children have made a really good start settling into school, and we are already well into our topic, with some super homework! Thank you so much for joining in so enthusiastically

We have launched into our Science learning about Rocks too, and have enjoyed a range of practical learning activities already

Investigating the properties of rocks

We are also finding our History learning (Stone Age / Iron Age) really fascinating!

Cave Art


Our book study text, The Iron Man, has already involved some very entertaining drama together with expressive reading aloud.

Drama and reading aloud in pairs





A big THANK YOU for all the lovely cards and gifts your children have given us this week, we are very grateful to have such supportive and generous parents and carers.

Over the last couple of weeks we have had fun designing and creating felt sea creatures:


Well done to everyone who brought in their costume for the upcoming school play this morning. If yours has not yet come in then don’t worry – your child is bringing home the letter explaining what we would like today, and here’s a photo of the costumes so far to inspire you:

We greatly appreciate your support in providing your child with  a costume to wear, thank you!



We had a very exciting morning today: a visit from the author Ali Sparkes (ask your child to explain how Ali hypnotised us to go back in time, and what happened to her head). We were all inspired to hear how she has succeeded despite many difficulties and setbacks.

We still found time to look at each other’s homework though, and the quality reflected the extra time we’ve had to complete it – absolutely brilliant.


Here we are already, the last half term of the year. Even though there is no expectation of homework this week, we were lucky to receive three pieces of outstanding home learning. We had some fun testing out the slime, and as you can see it did stretch the entire length of the classroom, a brilliant free choice:


Here are some lovely photos highlighting how great Foxes are at showing their homework and looking at other peoples’:

Today we also enjoyed a new play celebrating Queen Elizabeth (script is on display on the board with the name of this upcoming playwright responsible):


This week we made our delicious, healthy sandwiches and took them home in our individually designed bags and boxes:




We enjoyed a very special homework morning today – sharing our two week poster project all about St Cross Hospital. All the posters were on display in the hall and Ms Driver came along to admire each one. She was very impressed with the quality of presentation, and the detailed information not available in books or the internet. Clearly, everyone had remembered and included lots of facts we had learned during our visit to the Hospital – well done all!

These posters are now on display in Foxes class – please do come in and have a look.




Last week we began thinking about the major food groups to introduce our healthy eating topic. This week we tasted some different foods that we might like to include in our own balanced meals:

On 3rd May we enjoyed a fantastic day out at St Cross Hospital to support our ‘Local Area’ topic learning. After receiving the dole we were met by Brother George, who gave us a fascinating introduction to the hospital and his life as a brother. There were lots of activities to help us explore the hospital, and during lunch we were able to soak up the atmosphere in the Master’s  garden. Thank you to everyone who helped all of us get the most out of the day.



Welcome to the Summer term, isn’t it lovely to begin the term with some sunshine?

We have a Kings PE teacher who works with us every Tuesday. We have just ended a Gymnastics Module with a sequence competition, which gave all the children a chance to showcase their talents. Pictured below are the winning team. Well done!


Best wishes for a Happy Easter from everyone in Foxes class; we hope you enjoy the festival and the two week holiday.

Later on this week we will be bringing home 3D Easter baskets that we’ve made from 2D nets (and they may have a small treat inside too!).



Welcome to Sports Relief Friday:

We celebrated with some extremely high quality homework:


If you come in to see our lovely homework wall, please have a good look out for a beautifully presented SpongeBob story; in fact ALL the stories are well worth a read. Also, we have a new record for our South American Adventure – 403 words!


What a fantastic array of of 2D, 3D, and computer based homework for us all to enjoy this morning.


It’s too much to list here, so here’s some photos to give you a flavour of our collective creative genius, and please do have a look at the homework wall whenever you’re in class.



In Lower KS2 we need to get used to reading silently to ourselves for longer periods of time:



Our homework display from the last half term is now so chocca block it has spread to another table – well done Foxes.



This week homework was purely voluntary – but we had some amazing presentations to enjoy:


We had a clearly set out Viking algebra problem sheet to finish off that topic brilliantly.

Then we began South America with a bang.

The bar has been set very high with ‘South America Adventure’ – 177 words already! Good luck trying to beat that. We also enjoyed looking at: a fantastic 3D Lego model of a rainforest, a beautiful playdough red-eyed frog, an informative South America leaflet, a flag of Ecuador, a South America acrostic poem, and two exciting Power Points about ski holiday adventures.

Finally. we got out our ‘shiny’ eyes for a sparkly piece of art, and our ‘amazed’ faces were needed for a Costa Rica book presentation by the author’s niece.





Welcome to the Spring term!

You may think that the homework wall looks a little sparse – but in fact all homework was entirely voluntary (for this week only), and we were actually thrilled to receive such a wide variety of well presented, thoughtful, and creative contributions. Everybody presenting their homework to the class this week did a fantastic job delivering: a poem, an information list, a word search, an algebra problem, a PowerPoint, a bookmark an illustration, AND a replica Viking shield. What a fun start to a Friday.




We are enjoying an exciting and creative week before Christmas in Foxes, especially today when (as you can see) we are sporting festive jumpers and looking forward to our whole school Christmas meal.

A HUGE thank you to all the generous parents and carers who have clubbed together to send in vouchers; we are very grateful (and already planning our Marks and Spencer’s shopping trips).



It was very exciting to see everyone in their home clothes for Children in Need, and even more exciting to see all the home learning ready to share and display (please do come and have a look at our board in class):


Volcanoes seem to have really captured everyone’s imaginations, check out this ingenious survival kit:


We also enjoyed exciting eruptions, demonstrations and presentations:




Welcome back after the half term break.

What a amazing array of different types of home learning we got this week; we could really tell that the extra time and new topic options had been made the most of.

Some very detailed and well presented 2D work was shared first:

Followed by 3D models:


Two of the model volcanos erupted! This caused so much excitement that  Mrs Monro popped in to have a look.


It was very inspirational to see some fantastic gymnastics, clearly a lot of productive practise has been dedicated to getting this good:


Finally a Warhammer Powerpoint: well put together and presented in a lively and interesting way – we were spellbound.

We were very excited to receive Powerpoints about Vesuvius and decided to save them for topic lessons to get us thinking – thanks for saving Mrs Mordecai some planning!



For the last week’s homework we decided to add to our gorgeous display rather than replace it:

As usual we began by sharing amongst ourselves:


Then EVERYBODY had the chance to talk to the whole class about their home learning:

With a bow or curtsey to finish!






The pictures say it all, what a great home learning week!


We all showed our work (using the well known ‘Mexican wave’ technique), and then the rest of the class had the opportunity to ask questions.


Excitingly, Ms Driver joined us for homework sharing; I wonder who can remember what questions she asked?



What are we so amazed about?

Our fantastic cumulative poetry, of course!

Here’s just a few examples – can you see what craftily creative characteristics they all have in common?



We have enjoyed an exciting week of peer coaching and feedback this week; everyone has stepped up to the challenge of thinking in a positive, specific and constructive way to support each other with our learning.

As we came to the end of our Math’s focus on ‘addition and subtraction’ we each thought carefully about what we still found challenging, and wrote this on post-it notes.

Then classmates who felt confident in each particular area (like vertical partitioning, counting backwards, or ordering) spent time coaching others to help them overcome their area of difficulty.


As you can see the discussions were lively and constructive, with those being coached reporting back that they felt more confident, picked up some useful tips, and had enjoyed getting support from a classmate who really understood what their problem was.

We also changed our homework time this week.

We began with everybody sharing with each other as usual.


Then 10 pupils were nominated by their peers to present their homework to the class.


Each person nominating explained what it was that struck them in particular; we heard lots about ‘creativity’, ‘independence’, ‘attention to detail’, ‘presentation’, and ‘taking time’. What great home learning characteristics – well spotted!



Thank you for the fantastic homework that came in on Friday – please do have a look at our BRAND NEW homework display on the Foxes class wall:

Friday mornings are always a highlight of the week; first thing we all get to wander around and see the creative fruits of each other’s labours  – we never know what will be sprung out of the bag!:




Welcome back to Foxes class – we have been very impressed with the enthusiastic way in which the children have got stuck in to all our exciting learning, right from the get-go.

A big thank you to all parents who bought their child a copy of Andy Stanton’s ‘Mr Gum and the Goblins’. It’s been lovely for them to have a copy to look at while we read the book aloud. Next week we will begin a two week guided reading focus on this book, so it’s not too late to invest in a copy!



Thank you very much for all the kind and generous cards and presents that the children have brought in this week, they are much appreciated by all the staff. We’ve had a brilliant year in Foxes this year, and are grateful to all the children and their families who work so hard to support everything we do.

We’ve had a lovely last couple of days in Foxes; celebrating our many achievements from this year and saying goodbye to our lovely year 4s who are moving on to Falcons – we will miss you all.

On Monday year 3 and 4s received end of year certificates and presents from Mrs Mordecai:



Today we enjoyed a bit of R & R, and got a last photo with our year 4’s before they move on:


We hope you all have a lovely summer holiday and look forward to welcoming back our fantastic year 3s when they will be grown up year 4s, and welcoming  new year 3s into Foxes for a great year in 2017/18!



We have been working on peer assessment – sharing our opinions of each others’ work based on our ‘non-negotiables’ of writing. Ask your child what these are!




A fantastic array of home learning this week: information posters, activity sheets, quizzes, baking, PowerPoint talks, scientific muscle demonstrations, a verbal report and a play script!

(The PowerPoints are really becoming very impressive, here’s one from last week: Pokemon_Henry Wrighty1)



We were proud of the class this week – everybody brought in some home learning, even if it was still ‘work in progress’.


As usual everybody had the opportunity to stand up in front of the class and present their home learning, it’s great to experience speaking in front of an audience when it’s made up of classmates!:




Before looking at homework, we just wanted to show you some great work we did creating tetrahedrons as part of our 3D shape Maths focus last week:



We received more fantastic 2D & 3D homework for display this week, as well as an unusual drama presentation and two incredibly informative PowerPoint presentations. Not to forget some bonus baking, and more ‘guess the name of the teddy’ fun!






Welcome to the Summer term!

This week we have loved looking at the new home learning activities; especially those chosen by the children themselves.

It was great fun guessing the name of the cuddly toy:


Lots of maps, games, charts and ideas to improve Compton also came in for us to put on display, please come in and have a look:


Finally, we enjoyed two brilliant PowerPoint presentations, and a thrilling sing-a-long to the periodic table (this really has to be seen to be believed, so we will attempt to get a video clip up on to the website).





Here we are, with the last homework of the Spring term. The standard produced has been so high this term; Friday mornings have become a real treat and exciting weekly event. Keep up the good work!:





We’ve been looking at the Easter story in English over the last couple of weeks. Today we began the lesson acting and creating ‘freeze frames’ of different parts of the story. It was great fun; we focussed on what people said, and how to include speech in our own written versions of the Easter story:



Lots of homework to show you this week; as well as all the lovely ‘2D’ stuff that you can come in and have a look at, we were treated to Powerpoint presentations, gymnastic displays, baked goods (yum), and a brilliant pitch from two budding politicians keen to get our vote to be president!




Also this week a MASSIVE well done to the year 4 tag rugby team that went to Kings on Thursday. Mrs Snowdon and Miss Walkinshaw are incredibly proud of you all: you worked together, tried your hardest and remained focussed and positive throughout the tournament:



Here’s this week’s homework update (see further down for photographs of our trip to the Weald and Downland museum last Friday).

We had lots of written work to celebrate as usual, please pop in to see it ‘live’ in the classroom:


We also had talks about a solar powered toy, and using Mathletics:


Some more delicious baking, and a great PowerPoint on New York:


And homework morning wouldn’t be complete without a few impressive gymnastics moves:


We had no homework last week (17.3.17) because we went on a fascinating trip to the Weald and Downland Museum in Sussex:



The first week of homework this half term, and lots of the children have enthusiastically got stuck in to the new topics.

We began with delicious looking American biscuits (greeted with delight and excitement):

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and continued on with some fantastic posters about the United States, French and Polish language translations, maths reasoning, and observational drawings. Please come in and have a look at our homework board:

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The fun didn’t stop there though.

Then we listened to two speeches about very different aspects of the United States (which we all found interesting and thought provoking):

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And watched some skilful gymnastics demonstrations:

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We have been investigating invisible forces – using magnets to experiment with how forces work:

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This week we made maths games to reinforce our understanding of analogue and digital time:

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The standard of homework coming in today was very high – well done to Foxes for taking care with presentation and not rushing. As always new homework is up on display in the classroom for us and our visitors to enjoy:


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6.1.17 Welcome back to the Spring Term and a Happy New Year!

As you can see, Foxes Class have come in ready to learn!

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16.12.16 It’s the last day of term and we’re all looking forward to Christmas!

Thank you to the pupils who brought in surprise homework, what a dedicated lot you are:

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This morning we enjoyed some Christmassy games:

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Thought about what part of Christmas is important to us, and what things we’re grateful for:

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And finished the morning with some creative Christmas activities:

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Thank you very much for the kind and generous gifts that came in for the adults in class, it really is much appreciated. We hope you have a merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year, and look forward to seeing you all back in a couple of weeks.


9.12.16 What a busy two weeks we have had!

Miss Metcalf’s first full day back in Foxes class yesterday was a hive of activity. We made some beautiful Christmas tree decorations that will be available for sale at the Christmas Fayre on Sunday. We practised our instruction writing first, and then used our accurate measuring skills to make sure they will hang at just the right height on your tree:

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As we were so busy last Friday (see below) we now have a homework display jam packed with two weeks all put up this week, please do come and have a look!



Again, lots of practical homework to tempt and delight:

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Last Friday we went on a brilliant whole school trip to see ‘The Fantastic Mr Fox’. We were very lucky to go – the show was great, and we loved being altogether:

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25.11.16 Foxes have been learning all about electricity this week.

We had lots of different workstations, where we independently made circuits with buzzers, lights, batteries and switches; found out new scientific knowledge; looked up definitions for electrical words; wrote fascinating facts…

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Well done inventive Foxes, a bumper crop of homework this week (25.11.16).

Look how many people brought homework in for our class display – it is packed! :

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Also the edible homework was particularly impressive, so much thought about including our coeliac pupils in the fun:

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And the practical electricity demonstrations were fascinating:

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We even had a quick Makaton coaching session:






Yum Yum! Thank you for the delicious and very thoughtful edible creations that have been coming in to school throughout this week:

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18.11.16 – another week, another collection of creative and impressive homework.

Here we are getting ready to share what we’ve made, before it goes up on our homework wall for class visitors to see:


Also we were lucky to see some other things that we couldn’t get on the board –

Some delicious food we’re looking forward to eating:


A fascinating electricity experiment for our science topic display:


And a great homework idea for our geography topic that we were able to have a go at:

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WOW! A big thank you to everyone for the brilliant homework that came flooding in on 11th November 2016 – clearly a lot of time and effort has been put in, as you can see:


Lots of interactive science demonstrations got us thinking first thing:

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Some delicious food made our mouths water:

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Homework even improved the hygiene in our classroom:







We photocopied some fiendish homework worksheets (tricky French word searches and Maths problems) to create a fun early morning activity:








More homework came in than we can show you here. Have a look at our homework wall next time you’re in the classroom:






We did some brilliant homework during the first half term (Autumn 2016):

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The artefacts we made were fantastic, so we created our own Stone Age Museum in the hall:




Here are some other things we got up to before the half term break:


 Iron Age role play
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 Making metal collages
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 Writing compliments on each others’ backs