Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Our annual activity day, to raise school funds, was organised by the current and new Year 6 team this year. It was a fantastic day had by all, with all the pupils enjoying the wide variety of activities and stalls, from Candy floss to Tin can alley. We are currently counting the final amount raised... keep looking to see the final total!
Congratulations to the children who have continued to read three or more times this week. We are extremely proud of you all.
Seedlings class enjoyed a fun filled ‘Pirate day’. With Captain Wilson, we set sail for treasure!
First, we built our own ship and some pirates had to ‘walk the plank!’
Next it was time for making our treasure maps, a pirates sword, a parrot and a pirates hat before setting off in search of treasure!...... Pieces of Gold.
Finally, after all our hard work we enjoyed a drink and a bite to eat before setting sail for home…. Land Ahoy!
You can see more photos on our Pirate Day page.
It was a lovely day for our school trip to Hall Farm. With packed lunches and sun hats we were ready for all the activities.
First, we went to climb the castle, then a walk in the woods to find the animals and pingles before taking a look at the goats and horses in the barn. Lunch gave us a bit of time to rest before a tractor ride and then on to walk the goats!! Finally, we headed to the soft play barn then onto the coach for home. What a fun and busy day! You can see more pictures on our Hall Farm page.
Well done to all the children who completed the home learning. There were lots of creative pieces of work including name badges, miniature gardens, bird watching and weather charts. What a fantastic effort! Miss Wilson is very proud too.
We were delighted to welcome parents and carers to our Transition Evening meeting this week. The meeting was informative and shared details about assessment, curriculum, lunches and the organisation of the day. We are also looking forward to our Home Visits later in the term as ensuring transition is a smooth and positive experience is key. Thank you to Miss Wilson who led the meeting and Mrs Groves and Mrs Christie fof supporting. Many thanks too to the year 6 pupils who attended the meeting to present their views and reflections about Stanford. A very productive meeting.
Fantastic home reading.
Children took part in lots of fun sporting activities for our school sports day. From javelin, to bean bag throwing and the egg and spoon race, there were plenty to do. Thank you to our local One Stop shop for the donations of bottled of water too. What champions we all are!
Congratulations for reading 3 or more time this week. We are very proud of you all.
Neve "I like the sack race because Katie helped me get into it really quick."
Mollie "I enjoyed working with a new partner called Millie and we shared the equipment."
Kobi "It was good working with Sunflower class because they showed us what to do.
Jack "The older children showed me how to dribble the ball."
Oliver. R "They helped me do the jumping race."
James "I met somebody new, he told me what I needed to do."
Indianna "I liked doing the sack race with Betsie because she taught me how to do it."
Amelia "I got much better at javelin because I watch the older children and then had a go."
Children from Seedlings and Barley classes worked collaboratively to play some outdoor games in preparation for our sports day. The Year 6 pupils supported the younger children by showing them good demonstrations before the younger children practised their throwing, catching and balancing skills.
Great work from the children who continued to read three or more times during the past week.
Seedlings class have been working with Amy from 'Relax Kids' to learn about ways to relax and be calm.
First, we imagined we were in a desert and walked in the sand before visiting a city and playing a game as we moved around. Next, we stretch up as high as the mountains and brought down a creature before learning how to breathe in through our nose ans slowly out through our mouths with our teddy on our tummy. Finally, we curled up with our teddies and listened to some clam, twinkling music.
What a wonderful relaxing afternoon. Thank you Amy.
Seedlings class shared their work about our school and its community during the 'Great Get Together' coffee morning. Their was singing, music , cakes and lots of fun to celebrate what unites us and all the things that we have in common.
Well done to all the children who have read 3 or more times this week.
Callum from Grimsby Aquatics Swimming School led our school assembly today on the theme of ‘Water Safety.’ Keeping yourself and other safe is very important to us at Stanford and this links with the work we do on Internet Safety, Fire Safety and Road Safety etc.
Children in Seedlings class have been learning about the General Election and how people vote. They decided to take a vote on which Outdoor Learning equipment we should buy.
Children lined up and then marked a cross in the box before posting it in the ballot box.
All the votes were counted and the winning vote, with 12 votes, was bubbles. We are looking forward to blowing, catching and chasing bubbles outdoors.
The school celebrated its 287th birthday. Children from Seedlings class and KS1 had a special assembly led by Mr Lingard and Mrs Brumfield. Children looked at a silver plate, with the Stanford crest, given to the church by Sarah Stanford. As part of tradition, children then received a 5p coin, previously 1p, to remind them of Philip Stanford’s generosity. Seedlings class then went to see the school flag.
Well done to all the children who have completed their home learning this half term.
An excellent effort from all the children who walked, biked or came on their scooter this lovely sunny morning.
A wonderful effort shown by the children who have been committed to reading at least three times this week.
"Invite them to play at my house and play with my toys." Oscar
"Invite them to my birthday party." Oliver. H
"If they hurt themselves I would help them back up." Robbie
"Buy a dinosaur for them." Mason
Why do people buy things?
"Buy food if they have non in the cupboard and they are hungry." Bella
"Toys to play with, make us happy and learn things. Flowers to make our home or garden pretty." Neve
"Buy things to help people work and do their jobs." Lily. C
"Buy shoes and clothes to keep us warm and protect us." Mollie
If you were bigger than your parents who would be in charge?
"My daddy because he tells everyone what to do at work." Indianna
"Mummy because she cooks good dinners!" Jack
"Mummy is in charge of the house because she tells you what we need to do." Lucas
"Mummy and Daddy because they are grow-up and still your mum and dad." Mollie
Another week celebrating our excellent readers who have read at least 3 times. Well done.
Children from Seedlings worked together to find out about insects and living things. We explored the outdoor area to find worms, woodlouse, spiders and snails! Children identified the different habitats and features of each living thing they observed. Back in the classroom children recorded which insect they found, its habitat and how it moved.
Fabulous readers this week, reading three or more times!
Phil White on the road with Radio Humberside visited Stanford today! Pupils sang the school song beautifully, discussed our engaging curriculum and talked about the litter picking we do! Community members met with Phil about Laceby in Bloom, the Stanford Trust, the work of the Parish Council and the history of Laceby. The pupils really enjoyed finding out more about mobile radio stations!
As we head into springtime and the warmer weather, we decided to plant some tomatoes ready for the summer. We looked at the roots hiding in the soil before planting them into a growbag. Next we gave them a good drink of water. We will look at how they change and measure how much they grow throughout the term and hope to get lots of tomatoes too!
Well done to the children who have continued to read 3 or more times this week. What commitment these children show to their reading.
An excellent effort from all the children who completed the colouring competition led by PSCO Marc to highlight the import message of 'Stranger Danger' and ways to keep ourselves safe. We especially value the support from our local communityPSCO Marc and Lindum packaging for the donation of prizes.
Today our assembly was led by Sara and Shona from the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service who talk to us about Fire Safety. We learnt about smoke alarms and which rooms to put them in around our homes. Then we were told what to do if someones clothes caught fire and to 'STOP, DROP and ROLL'. Can you tell a grown up the rhyme? 'Get out, Stay out, call 999'
A wonderful effort and well done to all the children who walked to school this morning.
At Stanford road safety and healthy choices are important to us. Pupils and community members help make our monthly ‘Sticker Days’ a real success. Well done to all the families who chose to walk, bike, or scoot to school. We really appreciate the families that choose to park safely either in the Stanford Centre or nearby car parks to ensure congestion at Stanford is reduced. Pupils really enjoy the fresh air in the morning and knowing they can come to school safely. Thank you for your support especially to the Governors, Community Members, Parish Councillors, Connor ( Head Boy,) Abi (Head Girl) and staff who give their time to support this event and help give out the stickers!
Today has been Seedlings 'Hook' day. We dressed as animals and enjoyed painting our favourite animal. We found out how to record information on a tally chart to find out our favourite class pet. We then use the tally to make a graph. In the afternoon we enjoyed listening to Mrs Harper, the veterinary nurse who talked to us about how she cares for animals. We learnt about cold blooded animals and looked at a tortoise called ‘Thomas’. We learnt about guinea pigs and looked at their long teeth! Mrs Harper showed us some of her equipment such as a stethoscope to listen to animal’s heartbeat. Finally, we bandaged pet toys using special bandages and enjoyed stroking ‘Whisper’ and 'Gizmo' the guinea pigs. You can see more pictures on our Hook Day Gallery page.
1st place: Joshua
2nd Place: Lucas
3rd Place: James
A very big 'thank you' to Mrs Bennett who knitted all the children in Seedlings class an Easter chick with a chocolate treat too!! We all wish Mrs Bennett a 'Happy Easter'.
Mrs Cockerill and Mrs Maskell, who help lead the Seekers Club in school, visited to lead an assembly about Passover. The pupils were engaged and listened well to hear all about the symbolism of different foods and objects. This helped pupils develop higher ordering thinking skills and reflected on what is important to them and reasons why.
Well done to all the pupils who took part in the Easter Service today. Thanks to Rev Stevens for visiting school to lead the service. Pupils listened well and were able to explain the story. Pupils were able to consider how spring blossom represents new life and how this links to the Easter story. Pupils sang beautifully and reflected on the importance of the Easter Story with great maturity.
Great fun was had by all at the FS and KS 1 Easter Disco – hot dogs, sweets, prizes, dancing, games and an egg to take home!
In response to our pupil voice suggestions, for an Easter egg hunt, children in Seedlings class have been so excited today following our visit from the Easter bunny!! We sang the Easter bunny song and then went in search of Easter eggs that had been hidden. We hunted high and low until all the eggs were found before enjoy a little chocolate treat from the Easter bunny!!
As we had such lovely weather today we decided it was the best time to go for a walk around school to look for signs that spring. Before we went we had a discussion about the different seasons and what we should be looking for. We found lots of flowers, buds on the trees and could see where some leaves were starting to open up and grow
Well done to all the children who completed their home learning work this term.
Congratulations to our fantastic readers in Seedlings class who have continued to read at least three times this week.
Mrs Brumfield came to talk to us about how the Governors help us at Stanford School. From helping Mrs. Hackfath make important decisions to making sure we have all the equipment we need to learn and be safe.
As part of our ‘Helping Hands’ topic the children in Seedlings class learnt about the role of the Police Officer. PCSO Marc talked about how the police help us and keep us safe. He showed us the different parts of his uniform such as his radio and high-viz jacket. We also looked at the different parts of the police van including the blue flashing light and even sat inside the police van!
What a fantastic number of children in Seedlings class who walked to school today. Well done everyone!
Well done to all the children who continue to read at least three times a week!
As part of our reading focus this term not only have we been challenged to read at least three times but we wanted to find out about reading from adults in our community. We asked Reverend Stevens and Mel Robson from our local Family Hub. Here are their responses.
What is your favourite book/author?
Wind in the willows by Kenneth Grahame is my favourite childhood story. I still have a fascination for rivers and the wildlife around the riverbanks and like nothing better than hiring a rowing boat and messing about on the river.
What do I have to read to carry out my job?
I read my calendar on my computer and other messaged to find out what I am doing. I read telephone numbers and family addresses. I read the internet to find new ideas for planning activities with children and I read catalogues to find new things for the children to play with.
I read and write daily reports on every child to find out how they are getting on. Weekly I read team meeting minutes to find out what everyone else has been doing.
What is your favourite childhood book/author?
I remember listening to my dad read ‘The Hobbit’. My favourite book now that I like to read is the Russian book ‘Anna Karenina'. It took me a long time to learn to read. I read words first then when I was older I started to enjoy reading books.
How do you use reading as part of your job?
I read stories from the Bible every day to find out what God is like and how Jesus taught us. I read hymns and words that we sing. I write preaches in church or assemblies and read it.
Reverend Philip Stevens came to talk to the children in Seedlings class about how he uses his hands to help other people. We learnt about using hands to Baptise children, marry mums and dads and help older people come and visit the church. Finally, we all used our hands to show how we might pray.
We wore our red noses and bought cakes to raise money for 'Red Nose Day'.
There has been lots of excitement in school as we have been watching our 11 eggs in the incubator. Today we there were only 2 eggs and 9 chicks had hatched over night!! We have been learning about the life cycle of an hen and some interesting facts too. Did you know.... ... a chick pecks a hole in the shell with its egg tooth. ... chickens can live between 10 and 15 years
Thank you to the members of the after-school club for donating their lovely baking to raise funds for Red Nose Day. The pupils enjoyed developing their baking skills too and there were lots of happy customers.
The school nurses Liz and Lorraine, came to talk to Seedlings class about how they use their hands to help children in our school. They showed us some glasses they might use to check our eyes. Next, they showed how they might measure our weight and height and finally, how to check our hearing using the special machine and the earphones. “What a lot of things the school nurses do!”
Another week of great readers who have read at least three times during the week.
Well done to the children in Seedlings class who have read three or more times this week. Keep up the great reading.
Children from Seedlings class have been learning about how the dentist helps us and ways to look after our teeth. Tracy, the dentist, showed us some of her tools and equipment then talked about how to brush our teeth correctly for 2 minutes. Tracy then showed us some real teeth that had not been brushed correctly and had tooth decay! Next, we played a game to find out which foods were ‘good’ and which were ‘bad’ for our teeth. Later, we dressed up as dentists, looked closely at each other’s teeth and took home a new toothbrush too!
As part of our whole school ‘Science Day’ children from Seedlings class used their hands to investigate, explore and describe different textures. We used our sense of ‘touch’ to feel lots of things and chose words such as ‘bumpy’, ‘hard’, ‘soft’, ‘slimy’, ‘smooth’ and ‘rough’. Can you think of some words to describe a jumper or a slice of toast?
Seedlings had great fun on ‘World Book Day’ dressing up as their favourite story characters. There was Batman and Harry Potter, Little Red Riding Hood the Singing Mermaid and even a new teacher for the day called Miss. Poppins! Lots of paired reading took place, before joining together to learn a new song and share our costumes in assembly.
Well done to so many children this week who managed to read three or more times in the week.
Well done to so many Seedlings children who walked to school on this lovely sunny morning.
Seedlings and Sunflower classes have worked collaboratively together this term to count in 2's, 5's and 10's. We recognised patterns on the 100 square and clapped or jumped to the beat of the music whilst counting in number patterns. Children worked together to write number patterns in 2's, 5's and 10's on the whiteboards before lining up with a partner to be counted in 2's.
"I like meeting up with other people." Millie. C
“I noticed patterns of 10's and 2's and 5's on the 100 square.” Lucas. C
“We counted forwards and backwards” Joe. B
“I liked doing actions when counting” Lacey. M
“You use your body and your brain and exercise when counting by 5's” Katie. T
“I enjoyed learning how to count in 2's, 5's and 10's with a partner” Layla. S
This week we have been celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the ‘Rooster’. 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!
Another super week reading three or more times.
Children have been responding to some higher order questions that aim to promote deeper thinking skills. The questions help children to; develop their review skills, provide opportunities for them to reflect on their learning, improve relevant vocabulary by use interesting words and create references to thoughts and feelings. Take a look at some of their thoughtful responses.
Click on any of the pictures to see the original document (pdf).
Tom from 'Animal Encounters' came to show us lots of wild animals including, a royal python, a bearded dragon, a tarantula, a hedgehog and a polecat. We learnt interesting facts such as 'the polecat has no shoulder blades and it is extremely flexible!" Mrs. Christie even held the animals too!
A Valentine's craft session after school brought children together of all ages to learn new skills and produce beautiful craft items. Many thanks to all the staff for their help and to Mrs. Drury for all her wonderful craft ideas and hard work!
Megan (age 8)- It's really good and it helped people to improve their sewing.
Betsie (age 6)- It's nice sewing.
Olivia (age 5)- I like doing lots of crafts.
Katie (age 6)- The love heart making was tricky.
Emma (age 7)- I made a Valentine's box. The cutting was hard, but the decorating was easy.
Ruby (age 9)- I was pleased with my card. I liked making the hanging heart.
Sam (age 6)- I enjoyed being with other people and having a drink and a biscuit.
It has been another busy week in Seedlings class. We shared what we have been learning about in our Parent assembly. Everyone showed their work, from pictures, masks, models and story maps. We sang songs, played instruments before finally showing our waltz dancing at the Prince’s ball! What a fabulous few weeks!
Well done to all the children who have read at home 3 times or more during the week. What super readers you all are!
On Monday 30th January, 4 children from Seedlings Class were chosen to represent Stanford School to record valuable data for this year's RSPB Big Birdwatch. We were lucky enough to have mild weather with reasonably clear skies. We were wrapped up very warmly for the hour of observation. The birds were very 'chirpy' and we were able to locate and identify them through their bird calls.
Ronnie "I liked it in here."
Dexter "This was good fun with the birds."
Amelia "I like birds and I have binoculars."
Isabelle" I am having fun and looking at birds."
Children worked in pairs to complete the counting sheet. Each pair had a bird identification sheet, a pair of binoculars, a recording chart & a comfy cushion! After half an hour Miss Lucas came round with Birdwatcher Biscuits for sustenance. The children were all very enthusiastic and observant, and they were openly grateful for the opportunity to be part of this experience.
Yet another busy week. This time the story has been all about ‘Cinderella’. We drew scenes from the story, cleaned and swept like poor Cinderella, made shiny slippers and golden carriages, before finally learning how to ballroom dance at the Prince’s ball!
Well done to the Seedlings children who have read at least three times or more this week. They are very proud of their reading sticker. Keep up the amazing reading!!
We have been making porridge and exploring oats linked to the story ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’. We thought of words to describe the porridge such as ‘lumpy, sticky and creamy’. We sewed bears and Goldilocks finger puppets then added features such as eyes and ears. We cut eye shapes to make bear masks and used fur to decorate them then used the masks to act out and retell the story
Julie and Mark came to talk to us about owls. We saw different types of owls including Barn Owls, Tawny Owls, North American Screech Owl, Eagle Owl and even an Australian Boobook Owl! We learnt that some owls who hunt during the day have orange eyes and the owls that hunt at night have black eyes
Kyra, a veterinary nurse, from the charity ‘PDSA’ came to talk to us about the ways we can care for our pets. We looked at the different toys our dogs, cats and rabbits may play with and how to keep pets healthy such as brushing their teeth or gently brushing their fur!
Seedlings class have been busy baking Gingerbread Men inspired by the story. Children counted the number of spoons, measured the ingredients and explored the mixture before eating the delicious biscuits! There has also been opportunity to act out the story, collage a large Gingerbread Man and sequence pictures from the story.
Throughout the week children from Seedlings class have been exploring 2D shapes. There have been lots of activities including, sorting shapes by their properties, making 2D shapes with sticks, painting or chalking 2D shapes and even creating pictures using 2D shapes. Can you find 2D shapes around your home, such as a ‘square’ window or a ‘circle’ plate?
This week we have been learning about the story ‘The Three Billy Goats Guff’. Take a look at the photos that show what we have been up to , including, acting out the story, drawing and writing story maps, building bridges and using materials to create masks.
Rob and Kate came to talk to us in our school 'Energy Heroes' assembly about taking care of our world and using less electricity.
There has been lots of excitement in Seedlings class for our 'Hook' day for our new topic 'Once upon a time..' We dress as our favourite traditional story character and painted a picture of our character. We then baked Prince and Princess's crown biscuits and wrote some words to describe our character such as kind, friendly, brave or helpful.
Well done to all the the children who walked to school this morning.
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 finger puppets and stickers. Take a look at the puppets we bought and how proud we all are. Well done Seedlings class!
We enjoyed dressing up in our Christmas jumpers to raise money for ‘Save the Children’ on our last day of term!
Well done to all the children who returned their home learning this term.
A very big 'Thank You' to Mrs Bennett who kindly knitted snowmen for everyone in our class.
Here are the children who walked to school today.
The children from Seedlings class performed their nativity ‘Christmas Counts’ 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!
Today our Christmas Elf 'Jingle' emptied the piggy bank. We had to count out the 1p coins and see what Jingle could spend at the sweet shop. Can you write a number sentence to show which sweets he could buy if he had 20, 1p coins?
Chocolate coin 6p
Candy cane 8p
Today, we welcomed a new member to Seedlings class. A Christmas elf arrived from the North Pole and we have to show him how to be kind and good. We named the elf 'Jingle' and hope he will report back to Santa what a wonderful class we are!
Seedlings class made reindeer food to sell at our Christmas fayre.
Children from Seedlings class encouraged others to save energy by creating a poster, at home, as part of the 'Switch Off Fortnight'.
Well done to all those who took part in our school competition.
Congratulations to Amelia who was the Seedlings class winner.
Well done to the children from Seedlings class who successfully 'walked to school' this morning and which also links with our 'Road Safety Awareness' week too.
Our Road Safety Awareness assembly lead by Mr Cullam who talked to us about the safe places to cross the road and to remember to 'Stop, Look, Listen and Think'.
Well done to all the children in Stanford for their contributions towards Children in Need day. The amounts for each team have been totalled and are as follows:
Red £61 79
A huge thanks to parents and children for supporting this event. Each class went in turn to place all their loose change onto a Pudsey Bear of their team colour. We have not, as yet, calculated the amount given, but will send a text as soon as we know. Please look at the photos. A brilliant effort!
The children had a busy week reminding them about anti-bullying, what it is and what to do about it. We shared some of the activities they were involved in in our Friday morning Assembly. Some of the activities included acting out scenarios, designing super heroes to combat bullying and a rap. All the classes collaborated with another class at some time during the week. This has really reinforced the importance of anti-bullying. Well done Stanford!'
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 collaboratively with Pumpkin class. We also recognised extra friendly children during the week.
Today we have been very busy with our needles and thread sewing bell decorations for our Enterprise craft sale. We are delighted to welcome lots of grandmas and mums for the afternoon’s activity. A very big ‘thank you’ for all your help.
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?
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 dancing with ribbons and scarves in P.E. It has been a sparkling week!
Can you tell a grown up ‘The Fire Safety Code’? Children from Seedlings class have been learning about the Gunpowder plot story and how Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder!
Congratulations to the children in Seedlings class who received their certificate for successfully taking part in the 'The Big Friendly Read' during the summer holidays at the Stanford Library. We are all very proud of you.
Remember to visit the local library to find out about their next reading challenge!
This term Seedlings and Sunflower classes have joined together to share some traditional stories with each other. Children explored the characters in the ‘Three Little Pigs’, ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and acted out their favourite part. Finally, we chose one story to retell to our partner.
“I like the scary stories. I liked it when the lady put the boy in the cage.” Taylor (F)
“The bricks were too strong for the wolf to blow down.” Lacey (Y1)
“I thought the stories had a good ending because the bad character got caught!” Finlay (Y1)
“It was nice to make new friends with children from Sunflower Class.” Neve (F)
“We could share our ideas with each other which made the story better.” Awis (Y1)
“I liked acting out the stories and being a 'scary' wolf. I blew the houses down!” Oliver. R (F)
Zoe, from 'Firefly Ceramics' came with our clay seedlings that had been ‘fired’ in the kiln. The clay had changed colour and hardened. We ‘glazed’ the seedling and the leaf with a special paint ready for Zoe to take back to be fired once again. We look forward to seeing the finished seedling with a ‘shiny’ glaze
This week children have had busy fingers working with clay to make a house. They pressed, patted and rolled the clay flat before using the square and triangle shapes to cut around. They finished their clay tile house by drawing features such as windows and a door.
This week the children in Seedlings class have been very busy in maths, learning all about patterns. From making patterns in the sand and using paint to print repeating patterns with the shapes and colours. There has been lots of fun with patterns. It's been a very busy week!
This week we have been learning about Diwali. Sunita came to tell us a story about ‘Rama and Sita’ in our assembly. Sunita then helped us to make big rangoli patterns that Hindu's use to decorate their door step. We did lots more fun activities including making playdoh diva lamps, singing songs, drawing Mehndi patterns, using tile to make more rangoli patterns and writing Diwali cards!!
"Happy Diwali everyone!"
Our Harvest Festival was a great success, with everyone joining in to sing songs, read poems and dance. Reverend Stevens came to say a prayer and give thanks for the food at harvest time. Thank you to everyone who contributed and joined us in our celebration
Today we have been learning about a famous author who was born 100 years ago called ‘Roald Dahl’. We focused on the stories ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’, ‘The Twits’ and ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ which were quite funny. We made chocolate crispy cakes from Charlie’s chocolate factory. Then used collage materials to make funny ‘Mr and Mrs Twit’ faces. Finally we explored the gloop and jelly to represent some things George might add to his Grandma’s medicine!!
Today, we have had an exciting afternoon working with Zoe, the pottery specialist, who has shown us how to make clay seedlings! With busy fingers we rolled the clay into a ball to make the base then used a rolling pin to roll the clay flat before cutting out leaves and a seedling. Finally, we joined it all together using a mix of water and clay called 'slip'. Zoe will then fire the seedlings in the kiln before she brings them back for us to paint. We look forward to seeing what they look like and how they have changed!
In preparation for our Harvest Festival we have been inspired to make some bread. Our hands and fingers were very busy kneading and rolling the dough. We looked at the ingredients needed and though 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!! Perhaps you could try baking fresh bread at home?
The weather stayed fine as we put on our wellies and coats and set off in search for autumn animals. We looked in trees and on the ground to find a spider, owl, hedgehog, squirrel, fox and bat! After that we looked for things that matched the colours on our card. Next, we worked in teams to sort the animal pictures to find their correct homes. Finally, after lunch we sat down to look closely at out autumn leaf and drew what we could see.
We have celebrated Eid-Al-Adha this week. Mrs. Feghia and Mrs. Harib came to talk to Seedlings class. We were shown a prayer mat and how to kneel and pray. Mrs. Feghia showed us the writing in a special book called ‘The Quran’ and how to wear a hijab. They like to decorate their homes and enjoy nice foods with their families. ‘Happy Eid’ everyone.
This week Seedlings Class have been busy outdoors planting new winter flowers. Once we had managed to put on our gardening gloves, we dug a hole and gently placed the flowers into the soil. We look forward to watching then change and grow.
Take a look at what the children have been up to on their first few days at school. From playing with the cars, animals and dolls to mixing in the mud kitchen there has been lots of things to do and explore and plenty of new friends to meet!