3F - Miss Fairbrother's Class
The final day of home learning!
March 2021: We have done it! We have reached the final day of home/remote learning. Myself and Mrs.Markham would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to the children for being so brilliant throughout the whole experience. Also, we would like to say a HUGE thank you to the parents/carers for your support and patience, especially whilst we were getting to grips with the technology and when we encountered those naughty 'tech speed bumps' along the way. We are thrilled to be welcoming the children back on Monday, we cannot wait to see all of their faces.
We reached 500 class treat points!
Through lots of hard work and determination we have reached our target of 500 class treat points! We are super excited in 3F, as this meant we earned a class treat. In the style of The Great British Bake Off, we decided to get baking! Chocolate cookies were on the menu alongside baking style word searches and colouring pages. We had a great afternoon full of fun and the cookies were scrumptious! Now on to the next 500 class treat points...
As we approach the end of our first half term together in 3F, myself and Mrs. Markham wanted to take the opportunity to express how wonderfully the children have settled into Junior School life. Although school life may feel a little different, the children have shown a zest for learning and a passion to succeed.
We have had lots of fun looking at place value in Maths and writing simple sentences in Literacy. We have started to write a story opening in our literacy lessons based on the beautiful book; The Storm Whale by Benji Davies.
The sea-side/Whale theme has been extended across other subjects with the children creating some fabulous nautical inspired art. We have followed tutorials and learnt how to draw a cartoon whale and have explored various ways of decorating our masterpieces.
The children have been working hard in all lessons and have pulled together as a team, competing for 500 'class treat points'. Once the children receive 500 points they will be rewarded with a whole class treat. We are hoping to get to 500 points by half term, we are currently on 410...so fingers and toes crossed!
It goes without saying that it has been an unusual few weeks not only in our community but throughout the UK. In 3F we have been working hard to maintain routine and reassure children in times of uncertainty. We have answered questions from the children to the best of our ability and have strived to project a sense of well being and calm in our class.
We have spoken a lot about which members of the community would be effected the most and we put our brains together to see how we could help people whilst maintaining our distance and thinking of others.
The class decided they would like to send letters to elderly residents in care homes not only in our village but in Northampton too. They thought carefully about the content that would put a smile on someones face and brighten their day.
The letters include some of the children's favourite jokes and poems along with bright and colourful drawings. The letters are bursting with positivity and I am incredibly proud of the class and their efforts. I will drop these to two different care homes this weekend and I am sure the recipients will take much pleasure in receiving them.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all well and thank you for your support.
Miss Fairbrother and Mrs O'Callaghan.
Spring Term - Our American Adventure!
Arriving at school after Christmas holidays, the children were greeted by LBJS airline staff instead of their teachers (although the pilots did look very similar to Mr. Sharman and Mr Ellison!) The children were told they would be going on an adventure!
But to where? What could our new topic be?
The children were provided with a luggage tag for their bags and asked to fill it out. Then, they were given a passport and a boarding card...to JFK New York!
Soon after our luggage had been safely stowed away, we had to make our way through security. Our boarding passes were stamped and our passports carefully checked.
After boarding the plane we were instructed on the safety measures and prepared for take off.
In flight we were provided with pictures of our destination and were even given an in flight meal (who needs Easy Jet!)
Once our flight had landed at our destination we were split into 3 groups to do some American themed activities!
In one group we learnt how to draw Disney characters in the style of Walt Disney himself. In the second group we heard about Pochahontas' story and we made some beautiful dream catchers. In the third group we baked yummy American style cookies and designed an envelope to take them home in.
Overall we had a wonderful day launching our new topic! This is what some of the children of 3F thought of their day...
"I liked everything we did." - Oliver
"I liked it from the beginning to the end." - Freddie
"I loved it all but my favourite was making the dream catchers." - Jaiden
"I was speechless!" - Olivia
Our Marvellous Middle!!!
The mid way point of our topic was celebrated by a very special visitor coming to LBJS. No other than, the fierce yet very regal, Queen Cleopatra graced our school for one day only.
Cleopatra, yes we are on first name terms now, spoke to us about her reign in Ancient Egypt and what life was like for her. She told us stories about her family and her people, she helped us understand what life would have been like for her and she even let us join in with the mummification process (don't worry, we're pretty sure it was just a pretend person! Actually, wait...we haven't seen Mr Sharman for a while...) Some children were even asked to help the great Pharaoh remove some organs and place them into Canopic Jars, the children did this wonderfully (and eagerly!)
Later that day we got the opportunity to play some Ancient Egyptian games. One of the games was called Senet, which was very popular in its day. However we're not sure we would swap it for our tablets, x-boxes or play stations...
In year 3 the school year kicked off with bundles of Egyptian themed fun!
We started our day by being given a very important challenge by our resident detective, Detective Dash. Dash asked us to crack a special code and if we could manage it our new topic would soon be revealed...
Full of excitement we headed outside to the playground and found what looked like strange shapes drawn on to clue cards, (we later discovered that these were called hieroglyphics!) Using our team building skills we managed to find all of the clues and realised each symbol spelt out the words; Ancient Egypt - our new topic!
The fun continued after break time when we found out that the Ancient Egyptians invented lots of things we still use today such as paper and pens (and even toothpaste!)
With our new found knowledge we decided to make some paper, or papyrus, Ancient Egyptian style!
What a wonderful start of term for 3F. Not only are we excited about discovering more of our terrific topic, we are also excited about discovering our new school together, as a class.