Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Today we made pancakes ahead of Pancake Day next week. We talked about why some people celebrate this day and that it is known a 'Shrove Tuesday'. What is your favourite pancake topping? What shall you 'give up' for Lent?
This week we have been celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the ‘Dog’. There have been lots of different activities including, listening to the Chinese Zodiac story and sequencing the animals, tasting Chinese food, serving customers in the Chinese restaurant and using chopsticks! Next, we learnt some Chinese words, sang songs, made and performed a dragon dance around school and wrote in Chinese too!
Wonderful home learning returned. Well done Seedlings!
Mental Health and Well-Being of children and staff at Stanford School is very important to us.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Day, each class participated in activities that were age appropriate to discuss how we can help to look after ourselves and each other. FS looked at people who we can talk to and look up to as role models, KS1 discussed different feelings and how 'It's Ok!' to feel certain ways. KS2 discussed different types of mental illness and how we can support one another.
We presented our work and ideas in a whole school assembly, the key theme that we are going to continue to focus on is "It's Good to Talk!".
Children have enjoyed taking part in our Friendship and Valentine after school activities. There were lots of things to do including, making friendship bracelets and drawing a row of friendship friends.
As part of Internet Safety Day children listened to a story about Smartie the Penguin and ways to keep safe when using the internet. We then talked about who we could talk to if there was something on the internet that we didn't like. Finally, we looked at the Internet Safety display and 'SMART' ways to stay safe. Can you tell a grown up some ways to keep yourself safe when using the internet?
Yet another busy week in Seedlings class. Today we shared what we have been learning about to our family and friends at the Stanford centre. Everyone showed their work from paintings, masks, models and maps. We sang songs with actions and even danced like bears. We also raised money for our outdoor play area.
A very ‘big thank’ you to Mrs Brumfield, and helpers for providing the wonderful refreshments. What a fabulous learning share it has been.
You can see more pictures on our Gallery page
Take a look at all the creative things children have been making for our ‘Toy Town’ theme this half term. From using shiny things to collage a robot to making sock puppets and even decorating the dolls house, not forgetting a toy box for all our toys! There’s always plenty of things to do in Seedlings class.
Our Higher Order questions have developed our thinking skills linked to our 'Toy Town' themed work.
As part of the RSPB "Big School Birdwatch" Seedlings class went outside to the school’s nature area to observe all the different birds that were coming into our school grounds. We talked about the different types and colours of birds and recorded some birds we saw on our sheet. There were some nests and bird boxes, where birds might live and spotted some bird food on the table! Can you talk to a grown up about ways to help care for the birds?
As a big 'thank you' to the governors, volunteer helpers and members of the community, who support our school, we performed songs at our 'Community High Tea'. We all very much appreciate your time in supporting children at Stanford School.
Premier Sports came in and delivered an assembly on tolerance and what should and shouldn't be tolerated. Pupils used different coloured cards to represent how they feel about different aspects and scenarios.
It was a cold day so we wrapped up warm, took our woodland maps we had drawn and set off to the nature area for our teddy bears picnic. We sang songs, ate teddy bear biscuits and had a drink of milk. We took care of our teddy bears and made sure they had a little bite to eat too! Next we acted out the story ‘Were going on a bear hunt’ and squelched through the mud! Finally, we journeyed back to the classroom with our tired little teddy bears….
To develop 'Pupil Voice' children talked about how they would like to spend the money raised from our Christmas craft sale. Children agreed they would like Lego, woodland fairies, cars and stickers. Take a look at the toys we bought and how proud we all are. Well done Seedlings class!
“I like the Lego and can make things with my friends.” Freddie
“We can use the cars at the garage and make them go down the ramp very fast.” Bale and Radian
“We can make a tea party for the fairies at the table and make them dance around the bridge.” Florence and Ella.
“We can use the stickers to decorate our toy boxes.” Lewis and Poppy. R
Seedlings class have been busy baking Teddy Bear biscuits inspired by our toys themed work which has focused this week on teddies. Children counted the number of spoons, measured the ingredients and explored the mixture, describing words for both before and after they had been cooked. We will then take them on our teddy bear picnic later this week.
There has been lots of excitement in Seedlings class for our ‘Hook’ day. We brought our favourite toy to school and wrote a poem about it. We shared our toys with others, used the iPad to take a photograph of our toy and painted a picture of our toy.
A very big ‘Thank You’ to Mrs Bennett for knitted all the Seedlings children a winter snowman.
We all enjoyed the school cinema trip to see 'Ferdinand' today. Our favourite part of the film was....
"When Ferdinand brought the little rabbit back to life." Harrison
"When the bulls were fighting and the brown bull lost his horn." Oliver. L
"When the goat met Ferdinand for the first time." Olivia
"When the horses and the bulls all danced." Avery and Charlie. J
"When the girls saw Ferdinand again at the end." Poppy. R
We enjoyed dressing up in our Christmas jumpers to raise money for ‘Save the Children’.
Congratulations to all the children who complete and returned their home learning this half term. Amazing effort everyone!
Mr Stevens came to Foundation and KS1 Christmas assembly.Children sang some songs from their nativity and Mr Stevens said a special prayer
This week we have been taking care of the winter birds by making bird cakes. We used lard and seeds to make into Christmas shapes. We then went to place them in the nature area. Can you spot any winter birds outside? Can you name any winter birds?
The children from Seedlings class performed their nativity with great success. Wonderful speaking, singing, dancing and actions. Thank you to parents, governors, helpers and residents from Cloverdale who came to watch our show. What an amazing performance, enjoyed by everyone!
When the children in Seedlings class arrived today, the first day of advent, there was a new member of the class……
Santa has sent an elf to watch the children in our class and learn how to be kind, helpful and caring. We decided to name the elf ‘Candy Cane the Elf’ and hope we will be on Santa’s ‘Good’ list!!!
We have had lots of fun playing in the cold winter snow. We described what the snow looked and felt like and found ice on the bark pit cover. What a special day!
You can see more pictures on our Snowy Gallery Page.
Many children have learnt lots of sounds and are beginning to learn how to use these sounds to read some simple words. Can you ‘Fred Talk’ and blend these words?
Debbie from The Ryan Smith Foundation came to talk to pupils about the importance of wearing a helmet. She spoke about Ryan and how his life has changed dramatically, all because he didn't wear a helmet. She used eggs to demonstrate what can happen if a helmet is not worn. It was a very informative assembly and the pupils really enjoyed this.
This week Seedlings class have been learning about ways to keep safe when near traffic. We listened to Alison and Dave who taught us how to cross the road safely and safe places to cross a road, such as a zebra crossing.
Can you tell a grown up how to safely cross a road?
Take a look at the wonderful activities we have been doing to raise money for Children in Need. From counting cakes to give to teddy on the computer and playing ‘pin the patch on Pudsey’ to making Pudsey ears we have had lots of fun working together.
This week our focus has been about ‘Anti-bullying’. During the week children from Seedlings class thought about who they might talk to if they felt sad, talked about 'top tips for a happy school' and played with a new or different friend. We also recognised extra friendly children during the week.
Our local PCSO Mark Ireland came into school to lead an assembly on respect and how the police deal with bullying behaviours in the community. The children listened to how bullying can affect the community in many different ways such as through anti-social behaviour, and how bullying can not only impact on the victim, but their friends and family too.
Well done and a big ‘thank you’ to the children in Seedlings class for their Christmas shoe boxes that will now be sent to many needy children around the world.
To mark ‘Remembrance Day’ this weekend we have been learning about why people wear poppies. We made a poppy wreath, created clay poppies and wrote about poppy day. We talked about a Remembrance service and how people stand silently for 2 minutes to remember the soldiers who have died in the war.
As part of a whole school project Seedlings class drew a peace symbol designs onto a white pebble. We laid the pebbles among the flowers whilst being quiet, peaceful and still. We shared thoughts of being peaceful and happy in our world, our homes and our school. Thank you to Mrs Brumfield and Mrs Wink who came along to support.
We have been learning about how we celebrate birthdays and decided to plan a party for m Mrs Hackfath’s birthday! We made a list of things we needed such as music, balloons, banners and candles. All the children were busy making cards, party hats and wrapping the present. We then played pass the parcel, danced to music and sang a birthday son.
“Happy Birthday Mrs Hackfath”
We have been celebrating Bonfire Night and learning all about the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. Children have been sequencing pictures of ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ story, splattering paint to represent fireworks and making toffee apples with the play dough. We used our maths knowledge and cutting skills to make 2D shaped rockets and in P.E we have been dancing with ribbons and scarves to both classical and pop music. It has been a sparkling week!
Can you tell a grown up the 'Fire Safety Code’?
As part of our collaboration this term Seedlings and Sunflower classes have joined together to develop different styles of learning.
Children shared communication skills and knowledge through some of the KAGAN activities such as; ‘Pair and Share’ when children work with a partner to take turns to count to 20. ‘Mix, Pair, Share’ when the classes mix until a given signal and then talk about a subject such as the signs of autumn.
Lily "I talk about autumn leaves and flowers."
Elizabeth “I like shaking hands and meeting new friends.”
Sonny “I wanted to see what Year 1 was like.”
Poppy B “I learnt to count to 20 with a Year 1.”
Amelia “It was like being a teacher helping the Seedling to get better and they did!”
James “It was good to take turns. It was tricky to do the alphabet with the Seedlings.”
Mollie “If we didn’t know somebody we get to say ‘hello’ and meet new people.”
Evie C “It’s important to all be friends together.”
Congratulations to all the children who have read 3 or more times during the week.
Pupil Voice is really important to us – groups of pupils led interesting assemblies today in school. The Litter Picker team praised pupils for using the bins and encouraged them to join their team. The Play Leaders led an assembly all about the games and equipment we use at break times and introduced all the Buddies and Play Leaders by name – everyone is there to help make our playtimes fun and engaging. Well done everyone.
Children who completed excellent home learning this term. Well done everyone!
Today we have been learning about Diwali. We listened to the story about ‘Rama and Sita’. There were lots of fun activities too including songs, making Rangoli patterns on the floor, Mehndi patterns, Diva lamps and Diwali cards!! Can you sing the song to a grown-up?
Little lamps are burning bright,
Burning bright, burning bright.
Little lamps are burning bright.
Seedlings, Sunflower and Poppy classes joined together for our road safety assembly led by PSCO Marc Ireland. The children learnt about ways to keep safe whilst riding their bikes and scooters. PSCO also talked about the importance of wearing a helmet and what to wear to be seen by other road users.
The sun was between the clouds as we put on our wellies and coats and set off in search of autumn animals. We looked in the trees and on the ground to find a spider, owl, squirrel, hedgehog, fox and a bat. Then, we all searched for autumn colours that were brown, yellow, orange and white in colour. Next, we worked in teams to sort the animal pictures to find their correct homes. After lunch we then looked for an autumn leaf before finally sitting down to look closely at our leaf to draw what we could see.
You can see more pictures on our Autumn Walk page.
This week the children in Seedlings class have been very busy in maths learning all about patterns. From making patterns with the shapes in the rice crispies tray and using paint to create repeating patterns with the bricks, beads and Numicon shapes! There has been lots of fun with patterns
Thank you for your support for the MacMillan Coffee Morning held at Stanford Centre today. The pupils performed lovely songs and poems. Everyone enjoyed the cakes and refreshments. Thank you for your donations towards this worthwhile cause.
Following our Harvest Festival we were inspired to make some bread. Our hands and fingers were very busy kneading and rolling the dough. We looked at the ingredients needed and thought of lots of words to describe the dough including ‘squidgy’, ‘soft’ and ‘stretchy’ and how the bread changed once cooked. Of course the best bit was eating our fresh bread and enjoying the delicious smell!
A big ‘thank you’ to Mrs Wink and Mrs Christie, our expert bakers.
Our Harvest Festival was a great success, with everyone joining in to sing songs and actions. Reverend Stevens came to say a prayer and give thanks for the food at harvest time. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our celebration, the donations of food will be sent to the homeless charity, Harbour Place.
This week we have been reading, counting and writing numbers. From counting candles on the cakes at the dough table, exploring Numicon shapes and cubes to counting the pebbles in the water tray. Outdoors there was lots of opportunity to count and work with number too. We counted the bean bags we could throw in a hoop and went on a number hunt to search for numbers around the Seedlings playground. Can you tell a grown-up some numbers you know?
Thank you Mrs Wink for leading the Summer Reading Challenge – so many pupils have impressed you with their holiday reading! The pupils received a certificate of congratulations and Juniper class received a set of books – they were the class who had the most reads. Mrs Wink says 1750 books have been read by Stanford pupils over summer from the Stanford Library - wow! Children at Stanford have a great love of reading and we are so proud of them. Well done.
Seedlings class have been outside creating lots of big and little waves with the parachute this week and especially enjoyed going under the parachute.
Councillor Hasthorpe visited school today to lead an assembly about British Values. The pupils listened really well and discussed values, respect, tolerance and equality. Councillor Hasthorpe explained how Parliament works and the importance of us all working together as one big family to make positive changes for the world. Our pupils felt inspired and classes will be doing more follow up learning on this in their SMSC and Philosophy for Children work. Thank you Councillor Hasthorpe for your time and support.
Today the children have been busy planting winter flowers in the Seedlings outdoor area. They did lots of digging and looked at the roots on the plants too. We then drew pictures and made marks and letter shapes about what we did. Thank you to Mrs Wink who came to help us.
Steve from the County Asset Team visited us to lead an assembly all about the roof building project at school – he talked about the equipment the builders use and the importance of safety. The pupils all listened really well and it seems quite a few family members are working on the roof!