Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Thank you for the wonderful home learning that has been shared on Tapestry. It is lovely to see so many creative ways you are all learning during these uncertain times. From Joe Wicks, learning to ride bikes, baking and lots of craft ideas too, they are all amazing and well done😊
Keep up to date via our school website and class blog. Keep well, at home and safe everyone.
See also whiterosemaths.com/homelearning
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David Hockney, a famous British artist has created these colourful Spring pictures in his garden. Can you draw or paint pictures like him?
A great idea for a fun activity at home - grow your own Rainbow! With just felt tip pens, kitchen roll and water!
With the increasing use of smartphones and internet ready devices during this challenging period, it is important to still remain vigilant in how our children are using their devices, what they are accessing, and who they are communicating with and how. It is also important to put some limit on their devices to give them time away from the screens, to spend quality time with their family and pursue other activities.
As parents we can find this challenging and difficult to manage. Google have released FAMILY LINK - a fabulous app that allows parents to monitor and manage devices set up with a Google account and Android devices. The following is a guide on how to access to set up this app.
I would also like to remind you of the parent guides to the many popular apps children will be using to keep in contact with their friends, such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and gaming platforms on the web. Whilst social contact is important during this time, it is vital that we ensure our children are using these safely with the correct privacy settings.
Metal or cloth? www.atschool.co.uk/activity-type4.asp?display=13140
Properties of materials: www.atschool.co.uk/activity-type4.asp?display=23492
Changing the shape of materials: www.atschool.co.uk/activity-type4.asp?display=23490
Art projects inspired by famous artists: www.redtedart.com
Test your musical skills: www.musicteachers.co.uk/resources/funstuff
Phonics Play Interactive phonics, printable resources and advice for parents. A resource our children are familiar with.
Letters and Sounds Lots of free resources for parents who are following the Letters and Sounds programme, created within themes which will engage all children.
Little Owl Resources Lots of free downloadable resources.
Cbeebies Games, activities and puzzles.
Numberblocks A resource to support the learning of numbers.
Do a daily jigsaw: www.dailyjigsawpuzzles.net/easter-jigsaws/
Colour an Easter picture: www.thecolor.com/Category/Coloring/Easter.aspx
Play an Easter game: www.squiglysplayhouse.com/Games/Holidays/EasterGames.php
Easter word search: thewordsearch.com/puzzle/261/easter/
Send animated Easter ecards: www.doozycards.com/ecards/easter/animated
Make greetings cards for people at home: www.dltk-cards.com/custom.htm
Do the Easter Hokey Cokey:
Sing an Easter hymn:
Learn a fun Easter action song:
Sing Chick Chick Chick Chicken:
Decorate an interactive Easter egg:
Create a time capsule of memories during our time away from school, using these templates record key moments and information to look back on in years to come
Meet Chipper the puppy here to help entertain you at home!
The Grimsby Telegraph are launching Chipper Club with exciting home learning projects.
The projects are all about friendship, helping others, being cheerful and showing kindness to animals.
Your parent/carer will need to Sign You Up
Once each project is done, your parent/carer can submit a photo of your work to the Chipper Club for publication online. At the end of all the projects, they will send you a certificate.
View art work in the museum: https://www.getty.edu/art/collection/
Can you recreate an artwork with items around your house?
Here are some created by other people to inspire you: https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-artworks-recreated-with-household-items-by-creative-geniuses-the-world-over/
Sing a rainbow song
Do the rainbow dance
Read a rainbow poem: A Rainbow of Colours
Listen to a rainbow story
Do rainbow exercises
Learn how rainbows are formed
Look at beautiful rainbows
Learn how to draw a rainbow
Write a rainbow poem
Describe Yourself on the All About Me Rainbow
Make a rainbow collage with objects you can find at home
Sing Here Comes the Sun
Sing and dance along to Walking on Sunshine
Learn scientific facts about the sun
Learn how to draw a cute sun
Make a 3D paper sun
Do an online sunflower jigsaw
Read the story The Wind and the Sun and answer the questions.
Music Express has a Song Bank of over 400 songs in an array of styles. You can sing songs from around the world, in parts of unison, as a round, with actions or with instruments. You can filter songs by year (age), theme, musical style or season. To access these songs log in: email@example.com password: Parents20!
Welcome to the Great Indoors: www.scouts.org.uk
100 + fun activities to help you learn new skills.
Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
Complete the fun challenges and learn about plant and fungal science.
For the latest news about online learning visit: stayhome.academy
It's more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised and more optimistic. Here are some suggested websites to access at home;
Cosmic Kids Yoga (Youtube)
Joe Wicks BodyCoach Sessions (Youtube)
Just Dance (Youtube)
We recently had our second intra school competition, led by Premier Sports, on Archery and Dodgeball. Please see the overall winners…. Well done to Red team!
On Tuesday we learnt about ‘Chromatography’ and investigated how colours can be ‘separated’, looking at which colours made each felt pen! We drew a coloured spot using a felt pen onto filter paper and carefully put the bottom of the paper into water. Then we watched the colours separate. Look at what we found out.
For our themed work ‘Over the Rainbow’ we have been very creative using all the various colours. From using one colour in the sand or water, making rainbow coloured bottles and streamers, plus mixing paint to create new colours in a rainbow.
Can you name all the colours in the rainbow?
Can you sing a song about a rainbow?
Children have been embedding their hand washing skills outdoors to try and wash the germs from the rubber gloves hands. We certainly had lots of bubbles and did a great job remembering how to wash our hands.
On Tuesday’s Science Day Seedlings, Sunflower and Pumpkin classes all joined together to investigate 3 different things. In this group we made boats that were all the same and tried to keep them afloat with different objects. We counted how many cubes, stones or counters we could put into the boats without them sinking. We had lots of fun investigating in the water!
As part of our Science week, we have been scientist learning about our diverse planet. Children have worked collaboratively with Year 1 and 2 to find out about native animals, our bodies and objects that float or sink.
The children played 'Simon Says' to learn the different parts of the body. They compared their bodies with others: looking at eye colour, hair colour, height, size of their hands and feet and length of their arms and legs.
J- I looked in the mirror and I could see that I have blue eyes.
J- My hand was bigger than a Year 2 boy's. I was surprised because I'm in a little class and he is older than me.
C and T- We found out that we have the same sized hands.
A- Mrs. Brady's hand was almost the same size as mine!
B and E- We are what we thought: the older person is taller.
W and J- We had the same sized feet, even though we are not the same age.
T- Everyone in our group has two arms, two hands, two eyes- but some things look different. There might be different colours and different sizes and shapes.
F- I enjoyed drawing around a person and making the picture look just like them.
Seedlings children have been learning a catchy song to help them to remember how to wash their hands!
Seedlings had great fun on ‘World Book Day’ dressing up as their favourite story characters. There was The The Hungry Caterpillar Butterfly, The BFG, Alice in Wonderland, a Wolf and even a new teacher for the day called Miss. Poppins! Lots of paired reading took place too before joining together to share our costumes and announce the book in a box winners in assembly.
Our class story this term is ‘Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister. It is about a fish who doesn’t want to share his shiny scales with the other fish. Here are some suggestions why we would recommend this book to others.
W.C – “This story is good to read because, when Rainbow Fish shares his scales at the end of the story it makes everyone feel happy.”
MH – “Rainbow Fish went to the deep, dark cave to see the wise Octopus. Octopus helped Rainbow Fish to do the right thing.”
E.E – “We lent about what happens when you don’t share – you don’t have friends.”
C.M “Little blue fish asked nicely and said ‘please’.”
H.W “The shiny scales shimmer on the page in the book.”
This week children have been programming the Beebots to move in different directions including forwards, backwards and turning around.
Seedlings class have been investigated what would happen when we put snowdrops in different coloured water. Can you tell a grown up what happened?
This half term Seedlings are learning all about colours and using these words to talk like an expert. Can you use these words to describe the different colours and how colours change?
Today is Pancake day and children have been learning about why people celebrate this day. We learnt that pancake day is also called Shrove Tuesday and that it is celebrated on the Tuesday before Lent. Christians celebrate this time of year and might promise to give something up, such as chocolate or sweets for 40 days until Easter.
Children made pancakes with the playdoh and wrote a pancake promises.
Seedlings class have invited family members to come and share their learning with them at our learning share this afternoon. Children showed their grow up their phonics, maths and toy town themed skills, which was truly enjoyed by everyone.
“A brilliant idea, really enjoyed sharing what the children had learnt.”
“Fantastic examples of how the children are learning and having fun!”
As part of mental health week Seedlings class have been talking about when they have 'felt brave', following the story 'Be Brave Little Penguin'.
Seedlings children then joined together with pupils for Year 6 to relax, be calm and learn some yoga moves!
This week we have been celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the ‘Rat’. There have been lots of different activities including, listening to the Chinese Zodiac story and sequencing the animals, tasting Chinese food, using chop sticks to pick up small objects and writing Chinese symbols too!
Seedlings and Sunflower children joined together to sing songs and actions to say thank you to the volunteers and helper in our school.
This term we have been visiting the Stanford library and listening to stories read by Mrs Wink, the librarian. Mrs Wink talked to us about what happens at a library, before we then went to look for a book we would like to take home and share with a grown up.
We are very proud and excited to have received the Mobilo, which the Seedlings children decided to buy using our Christmas enterprise money. Take a look at some of the models we have made.
As part of the RSPB ‘Big School Birdwatch’ we 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 counted the birds we spotted using our binoculars! 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?
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 and ate teddy bear biscuits. 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….
In preparation for our teddy bear's picnic tomorrow, Seedlings class have been busy baking teddy bear biscuits inspired by our toys themed work. Children counted the number of spoons, measured the ingredients and explored the mixture both before and after they had been cooked. We have also drawn maps that we will follow to help us find our way there. Children learned about the different features on a map, such as a path, bridge, stream and woods. All we need now are our wellies and teddy bears!
Seedlings and Sunflowers are joining together on Friday mornings to read to each other. Children will talk about the types of characters within the story and suggesting other possible endings too.
WV: The Seedlings like to listen to us read.
DI: It gives me practice to get better at my own reading.
JM: My reading book makes me laugh.
EE: I can't wait to share my new book next time.
EA: I liked look at the pictures. The story was funny.
AV: I like stories
You can see more pictures on our Gallery page.
Today we listened to Jenny from North East Lincs Council, talk about recycling. First we learnt about the words 'Reuse', 'Reduce' and 'Recycle' and what each of them mean before finding out which things can be recycled around our classroom and at home. Then we sorted some items into the correct recycling boxes and bins.
Can you tell a grown up which things can be recycled?
Can you find things you could reuse at home?
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.
Take a look at our fabulous Christmas tree full of decoration made by Seedlings class. Happy Christmas everyone!
There has been lots of fun and games at our Christmas party. We danced to music with the children from Sunflower class. Santa then came to visit us with an early present to put under our Christmas tree and we sang a Christmas song together. There was more fun enjoying party food and playing pass the parcel. What an exciting day!
Children enjoyed wearing their Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children. We then enjoyed our Christmas lunch with party hats and crackers too!
Today has been the General Election and Seedlings class have learnt about different party leaders, houses of parliament and how different party leaders might decide how to spend the country's money!
We linked this with the our Christmas enterprise and decided to vote on how best to spend the money!
A very big ‘Thank You’ to Mrs Bennett for knitted all the Seedlings children a winter snowman, we all love them!
The children in Seedlings class arrived to find a new member of the class……
Santa has sent an elf to watch the children in our class being kind, helpful and caring and will give the children a challenge each day to complete. Today our challenge was join paper together to make a paper chain. We decided to name the elf ‘Sparkle’ and hope we will be on Santa’s ‘Good’ list!!!
Seedlings children have enjoyed working with pupils from Barley class to show their maths skills. From reading, ordering and counting numbers to playing simple adding games it has been lots of fun.
At Stanford we have a Christmas tradition where each class makes a Christmas hoop to decorate the hall. Each year we have a different theme and this year it was ‘Winter Wonderland’. The children have worked very hard to make decorations to put on the hoops and they look fantastic….don’t you agree?
Seedlings children have been working together, learning words, actions and songs, to perform their Christmas nativity A King is Born'. A tremendous thank you to parents, governors, helpers and residents from Cloverdale who came to watch our show. What an amazing performance, enjoyed by everyone!
K.R "I liked that last song ‘Thanks and Praise’, it makes me feel happy."
L.B "My best part is when we all stand on the stage to sing at the end."
D.G "I like doing the actions to the songs, my favourite it rocking baby Jesus."
M.H "I like it when I say my words “Give thanks and praise to baby Jesus!"
You can see more pictures on our Nativity Gallery page.
Seedlings class made festive reindeer decorations to sell at our school's Christmas fayre.
Take a look at a selection of the maths work Seedlings class have been enjoying this term. Ordering familiar events, sorting and grouping objects, matching Numicon to its number and making ‘1 less’ than a number.
Seedlings class have been learning about ways to keep safe when near traffic. In assembly, Mark, Kieran and Alison talked about road safety, safe places to cross a road, such as a zebra crossing and the importance of wearing hi viz jackets and seat belts in a car.
Can you tell a grown up how to safely cross a road?
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 class and school' and played with a new or different friend. We also recognised extra friendly children during the week.
Well done and a very big ‘thank you’ to the children in Seedlings class for rising £24.70 for the local Diabetes NE Lincolnshire Support Group. Children enjoyed dressing up in as many different colours as they could and decorating a gingerbread biscuit.
You can see more pictures on our Gallery page.
Today we have been very busy with our needle and thread sewing tree decorations for our enterprise craft sale. We were delighted to welcome lots of grandmas, granddads and mums for the afternoon’s activity. We also managed to practise our cutting skills and find time to read a story too. A very big ‘thank you’ for all your help.
Children from Seedlings class recognised ways to help take care of themselves by having the flu vaccination by the NHS School Nurses Team at school today.
We thoroughly enjoyed the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ performed through music by MAPAS. There were lots of actions and we learnt all about the different types of musical instruments including ‘percussion’ and ‘string’ instruments.
R.M “The shakers were a percussion instrument.”
O.B “I liked the big taiko drums.”
E.S “I liked the giraffe song when he learnt to dance.”
S.C “I was chosen to play a percussion apple, I had to shake it in time with the music.”
J.M “A bow is made from a horse’s tail!.”
The children in their individual classes have been thinking about Remembrance day, what it means and why we wear poppies. Today we joined collectively for our Remembrance assembly to observe 2 minutes silence thinking about those who have sacrificed their lives for others during times of war. After this some Year 6 children shared poems they have written about the wars.
Today is ‘Remembrance Day’ and we have been learning about why people wear poppies. We made a created clay poppies and wrote about poppy day and learnt about Miss Wilson's grandad who was a solider in WW2. We looked at artefacts such as his uniform and medals. In our assembly we sat silently for 2 minutes to remember the soldiers in the war.
Children investigated different materials that would help to be seen in the dark. We stuck different materials onto a black T-shirt before shining a torch light onto it to see which one we could then see the best. We learnt about a new word 'reflect' and that the Hi Viz jacket was the best thing to wear to be seen at night. We then sorted pictures into those things that give light and those that don't.
Seedlings class were very excited to welcome the author Pippa Goodheart. Pippa talked about what the author and illustrator do. She shared some of her books with the class including 'Nelly paints a monster' and 'You Choose'.
M.H "I liked the monsters!."
C.M "It was nice to see Pippa Goodheart. I liked her book You Choose!"
W.C "I liked seeing what was under the flap!"
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 and learning how Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder!,
We also had fun splattering painting to represent fireworks in the night sky and making making a Guy Fawkes too. It has been a sparkling week!
Can you tell a grown up the 'Fire Safety Code’?
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?
Today Mrs Robinson came to talk to the class about our school stick insects, which we have been responsible for this week. We all held a stick insect and learnt all about what they eat, how many legs they have and looked at the eggs too. A big thank you to Mrs Robinson for helping care for them too.
There were spooky spiders, ghoulish ghosts and perfect pumpkins at our Halloween activity event after school.
L.B "I made a ghost with a scary face."
A.D "I liked making a mummy with white strips. I did it by myself."
E.W "I made a spider, I had to twist its legs."
A.V "I enjoyed the hotdog."
This week 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, and Diva lamps!! Can you sing the song to a grown-up? Little lamps are burning bright, Burning bright, burning bright. Little lamps are burning bright. It's Diwali
As part of World Mental Health day, Seedlings class wore yellow. We talked about things that help us to feel happy and calm and learnt some yoga moves too!
Being with friends - L.B
Watch TV, I feel happy - W.C G
oing to the park with my family - P.D
Special times like birthday parties - E.R
Holding 'Avra' my favourite toy - H.G
As today was World Mental Health Day the children have been thinking about how we can promote positive mental health and what we can do to help us to control our emotions if we are experiencing negative emotions.
In Year 1 they looked at a book called Little Beauty where a gorilla goes through different emotions. The children talked about the different emotions and thought about whether the gorilla had done the right thing to help himself. In
Year 2 the children coloured in hearts and then thought about what they could do if they wanted to feel calm.
The sun shone 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.
We then looked for an autumn leaf to bring back to the classroom and look closely at and draw what we see.
You cann see more pictures on our Gallery page.
Our Harvest Festival was a joyful celebration introduced by our head boy and girl and Star anise class performed a poem. Rev. Philip 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.
Children joined together to sing songs to family and friends at the Stanford library as part of the Macmillan coffee morning. We all enjoyed our cake and drink too.
Following the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ and in preparation for 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!
C.M-S: We put warn water in so it didn't kill the yeast.
J.M: We put bread flour in. We mixed it with our hands - it was messy!
A.V: We used our hands to squeeze the dough.
E.A: We stretched the dough.
C.M: We put the tray on top of the oven where it was warm. This made the dough grow
You can see more picture on our Gallery page.
Take a look at our responses to our Higher Order Questions about families, which aim to deepen our thinking and reasoning skills.
Today the children have been busy planting winter flowers in the Seedlings outdoor area. They did lots of digging with the trowel and looked at the roots on the plants too. We then drew pictures and made marks and letter shapes about what we did.
You can see more picture on our Gallery page.
Take a look at what the children have been up to on their first few days at school. From balancing on the trim trail to digging in the sand tray there has been lots of things to do and explore and plenty of new friends to meet!
You can see more picture on our Gallery page.