Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
The Sunflowers had a busy time and lots of fun creating wonderful space art. They made aliens flying colourful spaceships, they baked and iced constellation cookies and used chalk to create a solar eclipse. They used wax and paint to create the milky way and explored the technique of marbling with amazing results. In addition to all of this, lots of children brought interesting space items and information from home.
Taylor- I liked colouring a star. I did a repeating pattern.
Joshua- I used loads of chalk to make a solar eclipse. I used a brush to spread the chalk.
Libby- I liked seeing what happened on my paper when I did marbling.
Bella- I did lots and lots of home learning. I made the Earth, wrote about the sun and drew big posters of the whole solar system.
Lily W- My biscuit was nice.
Sunflower Class would like to say a big thank you and goodbye to Miss Clarke for all her hard work this term. They have enjoyed her interesting lessons and learnt lots of new things.
Well done to everyone who improved their score this term. Sunflower Class are getting really good at their phonics.
To improve your phonics, play games on this great website: Phonics Bloom
Sunflower Class investigated an experiment called 'Plastic Milk.' They listed their equipment and ingredients and then made a prediction about what might happen.
James- I think the milk will stay the same, but the colour will change to yellow.
Isla- It might go frozen.
Harvey- It might go bubbly. During the experiment everyone observed closely, as milk was warmed, white vinegar and yellow food colouring were added.
Mollie- When we stirred it, it started to change. It looked like scrambled eggs.
Libby- I squeezed it through the sieve to get the liquid out.
Oliver- It was rubbery and squishy to touch. Lucas- I think this is how they make cottage cheese.
Lily W- I liked it.
Sunflower Class found out how people communicated with each other in the past. James- We found out about Morse Code. People communicated with dots and dashes.
Joshua- The Egyptians drew hieroglyphics which were pictures on the wall or on tablets to send messages to each other.
Summer- I found out that Alexander Graham Bell was the first person to invent the telephone.
Mason- We had a telephone museum in our classroom. I brought in an old dial phone that my grandad used to use.
Sunflower Class enjoyed an energetic dodge ball session led by Premier Sports. They took part in a competition. Evie- I had to move fast to dodge being hit by the squishy ball. Oscar- I got 'star of the game' for my good team work. Harvey- I enjoyed playing the game, it was fun!
Everyone enjoyed the super dancing and hotdog at the Easter disco followed by an Easter egg at home time.
As part of our continuous drive to raise awareness of diversity at Stanford, we held an assembly to support World Down Syndrome Day.
We enjoyed this video clip of some children singing with their parents.
They are singing alongside using Makaton, we had a try at following the Makaton signs too.
We learned that Makaton is sometimes used to help people with Down Syndrome to develop their communication skills alongside their development of speech.
At Stanford we believe that this image illustrates our attitude to diversity very well.
One pupil was already supporting World Down Syndrome Day by wearing a pair of odd socks in recognition.
This term we will be learning about the Easter story. We had a fantastic start to this learning when Mr Stevens came into school and delivered an assembly all about Palm Sunday.
We sang Easter Jubilation and waved our palm crosses.
Whilst Mr Stevens was talking we were very respectful and sensible and we put our crosses down carefully in front of us.
Now we really are ready to learn more about the Easter story.
Sunflower Class have been learning about directional language and how to read a map. Oliver H- I enjoyed finding all of the crayons using my map. Mollie- I liked learning how to read a map. Jamie- We've learnt about compass directions. Isla- I liked going outside to use the maps. Joshua- We found things using maps to help us.
Sunflower Class shared their lovely singing and recorder playing with their parents and friends during their Musical Learning Share afternoon. They have worked hard learning action songs, learning about rhythm and reading musical notation with Emma Middleton from the local Music and Performing Arts Service. Many thanks to Emma for her wonderful lessons.
Sunflower Class have enjoyed sharing their favourite books and special story bags with children in other classes.
Amelia- The Seedlings liked looking at my bag. I had done The Little Mermaid.
Summer- We have enjoyed reading Roald Dahl's Magic Finger. We read together and look at the story on the board.
Isla- When we read, we like to talk about the story too. The girl in the story didn't like hunting, so that's why she put the magic finger on people.
Lily C- The girl in the story wanted to stop people hunting animals.
Harvey- I like reading books in the book corner. I looked at The Magic Finger book on my own and found my favourite bit when the Gregg family grew wings!
Oliver R- I enjoyed showing my story bag. It was a marvellous effort from everyone. All the bags were different and there was a wide range of stories chosen.
Taylor- I did The Gruffalo. I like the bit where the mouse is hungry for Gruffalo crumble.
Kobi- My book is about telling the time. I have to move the clock hands to the right time.
Oliver H- In my book you have to find the Ninjago weapons.
Well done Sunflowers, everyone won a special sticker for their lovely story bags. A team of judges chose Oscar as the overall winner for his wonderful Stick Man bag. His prize was the book 'Spook School.' Amelia, Ronnie and Oliver were runners up with The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Mr. Messy story bags.
Well done to all the Sunflowers for improving their scores in this term's phonics check. Congratulations to all the children in the photo who scored 32 or more!
To improve your phonics watch 'Mr Thorne' on YouTube and look at these particular sounds: ew, air, ow, u-e, igh, ai, ar, oy, oo, a-e, i-e, oi and or.
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!".
Sunflower class took part in our school's archery competition.
James: I noticed that people were improving their archery skills.
Oscar: I was hitting the target.
Mollie: I scored 5 twice.
Libby: I thought it was good fun.
Here are our scores. Well done everyone!
4th place: Blue Team with 23 points
3rd place: Yellow Team with 29 points
2nd place: Green Team with 35 points
1st place: Red Team with 38 points
Well done to Stanford house who managed to score a tremendous 562 points across the different year groups!
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.
Today we have all been learning about how to be safe on the internet and most importantly to be SMART
PCSO Marc Ireland came into school and lead an assembly about being SMART, social media and the sites that we should be very careful of using. It is really important that we take care when using the internet and it is used sensibly and responsibly.
Carl Wheatley from Radio Humberside visited school to speak with the pupils about all the exciting learning that goes on at Stanford. As always, the pupils did us proud and were very articulate, as you can hear in the radio broadcast:
In sunflower Class, we think it is important to talk about our feelings.
Neve: I cry when I am hurt.
Harry: I worry about other people. I hope they are playing safely outside.
Summer: I feel sad when my friends leave me out. I can feel very, very sad then.
James: I can feel OK when I am playing with my friends.
Taylor: I feel happy when my friends let me play.
Oliver H: If somebody scared me, it would make me shocked!
Lucas: I feel embarrassed when I don't know what to say.
We had a lovely Community High Tea Thank You Event yesterday – we wanted to let all the volunteers who help our school know how valued and special their contributions are. Thank you to all the pupils and staff for making and serving the refreshments. All the guests enjoyed the performances and entertainment. Special thanks to the year 6 helpers -Joe, Jessica, Lucie and Harvey who helped make sure the event ran smoothly.
One visitor commented," A lovely event. Pupils were very welcoming and friendly – they entertained us with a wonderful variety of well-rehearsed, interesting and fun performances. A very special afternoon."
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.
Sunflower Class carefully observed this illustration from the story and recalled facts about how the Gregg family had changed since Girl put the magic finger on them. They discussed what the giant ducks might be doing in the Gregg's house.
Then the children role-played this scene, playing the parts of Mr. Gregg, Mrs. Gregg, Philip and William. They sat on the wall and expressed how their character was feeling and what their character might be saying.
Bella- I feel hungry and sad, as I have no home to go to.
Taylor- I'm feeling so emotional, that I am crying.
Oliver H- I'm so frustrated because I am too small to fight the giant ducks and get them out of my house.
Kobi- I'm really worried that the ducks are making a mess in our lovely house.
James- Being half human, half duck is not fun. It makes me so sad.
Indianna- I want my bed to sleep in. A nest is not very comfy.
Isabelle B- I'm really worried about having nowhere to live.
Libby- Let's make a plan. We can fly down the chimney and get out house back!
What a great surprise Sunflowers had today, when Emma brought a big bag full of brand new recorders. The children played a follow my leader game, where they copied the rhythms Emma played on her recorder.
Eliza- I wanted to say thank you. I loved it!
Mason- I enjoyed playing.
Oliver H- You had to listen carefully. Joshua We learnt how to play the note B.
Amelia- We had to copy Emma's tune.
Sunflower Class enjoyed showing their moving toys from home. They sorted their toys into groups, explaining how they move.
Oscar- Some you can pull and some you can push.
Rylea- Lots of toys have batteries or a remote control.
Harry- Some toys you can wind up.
The children were challenged to read and follow instructions. They made; paper snails, flapping birds, circus riders, pecking birds and a paper helicopter. Throughout the day, the children used a wide range of skills; cutting, colouring and drawing, folding, rolling up paper, gluing, using a ruler, assembling and joining parts with split pins, sellotape, staples and string.
Harvey- I liked following the instructions to make a paper snail.
Libby- I drew patterns on the pecking birds.
Ronnie- Folding the card on my bird was tricky.
Isla- My helicopter flew well.
Amelia- I liked colouring in and putting my bird together.
James- It was the best Hook Day ever!
Mrs. Brady and Mrs. Graham would like to thank all the wonderful helpers; Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Drury and Mrs. Warton for helping the children develop and improve their Design and Technology skills.
This week we have started to learn how to code by playing fun games online. Why not have a go at home?
Very well done to Oliver and Millie who performed on the stage today in front of the whole school.
They came 2nd in the competition with their beautiful singing of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and The Alphabet Song.
What a busy time Sunflowers have had. They have made glistening winter trees for their hoop decoration, sewn beautiful felt winter robins with Mrs. Warton and made wonderful decorations at home to decorate our class Christmas tree
Key Stage One have worked extremely hard on their Christmas Nativity Play. Miss Whiting, Mrs. Brady, Mrs. Cooke and Mrs. Graham are very proud of all the children's achievements.
Here are some photos from yesterday's dress rehearsal.
We would like to thank all the parents for their support and also for organising such lovely costumes.
Good luck everyone for the final performance today!
Mr Stevens came to Foundation and KS1 Christmas assembly.Children sang some songs from their nativity and Mr Stevens said a special prayer
What a challenge for Sunflower Class! They all enjoyed making their calendars with Mrs. Drury. It was tricky working out the maths, but they used 100 squares to help them find their profit. They were very excited when they realised they could make £32 if all the calendars were sold.
Mrs. Brady would like to thank Mrs. Drury for all her hard work. The calendars look great!
Sunflower Class enjoyed making these lovely Rudolph cards. Some great colouring, cutting and sticking. Well done everyone.
Sunflower Class placed paperclips under the following materials: card, fabric, foil, water, paper and cardboard. They held their magnets over the top and observed what happened.
Evie 'I found out that my magnet could attract the paperclip through all those materials.'
Oliver R 'Mrs. Brady tried thicker materials, like wood and the magnet couldn't attract the paperclip.'
Harry 'It only works if your materials are thin.'
James 'I know what magnets do, they attract metal and also magnets can attract each other.'
Mollie 'You need a blue and a red for them to attract.'
Neve 'Two red ends and two blue ends push away, they repel.'
Congratulations to all these children who could read 32 or more words in this term's phonics check.
It is so exciting to see everyone's scores going up. If you would like to improve your phonics, remember to watch Geraldine the Giraffe on YouTube. Just type in the sounds you are unsure of.
Sunflowers decided that Winnie the Pooh needed a new umbrella. They wondered what his new umbrella could be made out of. Could they use tissue paper, a plastic bag, kitchen roll, cardboard or fabric?
They predicted which material might be waterproof and tested all the materials. They were really good at explaining their ideas and their results. Their conclusion was that the plastic bag would be the best material for Winnie's umbrella, as it is waterproof. They also had fun testing Mrs. Brady's plastic umbrella to see if that was waterproof too!
Today we discussed how to look after ourselves. We talked about exercise, healthy eating, drinking water and getting enough sleep. We also talked about medicine and how some medicine can help to stop us becoming poorly. Lots of Sunflowers were very brave and had their flu vaccine today.
This week Key Stage 1 have been learning all about road safety. They had a really interesting talk from Alison and Dave who explained how to keep safe and cross roads safely.
Sunflower Class made a road safety poster and shared their important messages.
Can you sing a song about road safety?
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.
As a part of our activities during the day we had a 'Mix it up' lunchtime. The tables were given names using words that encourage tolerance such as: peace, happiness and love.
The children had to pick a card and sit at their chosen table. This was to encourage them to socialise and share lunchtime with different children and to give them an opportunity to make new friends.
The children enjoyed this change to the normal lunchtime routine.
Charlie (Y1) 'I met a new friend called Azem. We chatted together.'
Oscar (Y1) 'It was exciting to find out which table I was going to go to.'
Betsie (Y2) 'I met a new friend and we talked about friendship.'
Anthony (Y2) 'I was excited to sit with someone new.' Ryan (Y3) ' People were nice on my table.'
Amelia (Y3) 'I enjoyed talking to someone new.'
William (Y5) 'We interacted with new people and made new friends. I think we should do this every day.'
Rebecca (Y5) 'It was really fun. It was good to sit with people we don't normally talk to.'
Sunflower and Poppy Class will be performing their exciting Christmas Nativity Play 'Lights, Camel, Action!'
Parents are invited to this extravaganza on: Thursday 14th December at 2 pm.
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.
The answer to all those questions was yes for Sunflower Class who went to the Central Hall in Grimsby to perform with other schools. Crash Bang Wallop was led by local professional musicians; Tim Brain and Sue Baker.
Bella- I liked learning new songs.
Kobi- I liked the biscuit and lemonade treat!
Lily C- I liked playing different instruments.
Isabelle B- I liked listening to the other school's play. Mollie- I liked watching Tim playing the piano and the djembe drum.
Robbie- I liked singing the songs and doing all the actions.
Sunflower Class designed a peace pebble. They thought carefully about their design. They transferred their design on to a white pebble and respectfully laid it in the Key Stage One Peace Garden. Prayers, thoughts and words of reflection were said to mark Remembrance Day.
Oliver H: I drew nice flowers because they make me feel peaceful.
Isabelle S: I chose stars for my peace pebble because I like to sit and watch the stars at night. It is relaxing.
Charlie: I drew a sunflower because it is calm and peaceful like our class.
Well done to the 22 children who achieved their reading challenge sticker this week. It would be wonderful to see every Sunflower with a reading sticker next week.
Keep enjoying sharing books and stories at home. Reading can be; sharing school reading books, library books, practicing phonics and tricky words, reading ebooks online, reading signs and food packets in the supermarket etc. Remember to tell us about your reading and hand in your books each morning.
In Sunflower class we enjoy improving our reading skills!
Sunflower Class are enjoying learning about pulse and rhythm with Emma Middleton from MAPAS. They use buckets as drums, clap rhythms, say rhymes and sing songs.
Sunflower Class have been very busy learning all about the Gunpowder Plot. They have drawn pictures and written detailed accounts of what happened in 1605. Watch their video clip. Can you join in with the 'Remember Remember' rhyme?
We enjoy learning outdoors and every Thursday morning we put our wellies on and go exploring! Today we looked for signs of Autumn and then drew pictures outside.
James- I liked drawing the tree because it was losing leaves.
Ronnie- I drew all the leaves on the ground.
Indianna- I drew a decidious tree. It was losing leaves.
Mrs. Wink came to talk to us about her childhood. She showed us old photographs, books and items from her past. We asked questions to find out more and thought about how aspects of her childhood were the same as ours and how some things had changed a lot.
Mollie- Mrs. Wink's photos were brown and black, but ours are bright and we can look at ours on a computer.
Libby- Mrs. Wink showed us her school books and she had writing inside them, just like ours.
Oscar- Mrs. Wink said she liked gardening when she was little and that's the same as me, I like gardening too.
Neve- Mrs. Wink enjoyed skipping when she was a girl and I like skipping too.
Eliza- Mrs. Wink said she had to get eggs from her chickens and food from her garden when she was little. She said her mum cooked roast dinners and there were no places to eat out, like McDonalds. I think we have a lot more food to choose from.
We will be interviewing our parents and grandparents to find out about their childhoods. We will want to know about the toys and games they played with, their hobbies and what they did when they were at school.
Many thanks to Mrs. Wink for such an interesting talk.
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.”
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.
We had a great Halloween activity event this week – pupils enjoyed ‘Thriller’ style dancing, pumpkin biscuits, ghost bananas, ‘severed finger’ hot dogs, lego lanterns, craft and balloon games! Everyone was smiling and having fun – the behaviour and atmosphere were excellent. We also managed to raise some funds for school too!
Well done to all these children who could read 32 or more words in this term's phonics check.
To help you improve your phonics watch lots of Geraldine the Giraffe videos on YouTube.
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.
In Year 1 we use sound buttons to help us see the letter sounds in words. This really helps us to read, write and spell words.
Sunflower Class investigated materials in Science with magnets. They learnt these challenge words: force, metal, attract, repel and magnetic. James- Somethings are magnetic and somethings are not.
Jamie- Metal things attract on my fish and other materials don't.
Indianna- Some money will stick to the magnet, but some won't.
Lucas- Some metals are not magnetic, this happened when we tested money.
Ronnie- I enjoyed testing the materials on my fish.
Lily W- My magnet went on the radiator.
Harry- I liked the feel of the magnet's force.
Robbie- The black railings outside were magnetic. Oliver R.- When you put two red ends of a magnet together, they repel. You have to have a red end and a blue end.
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.
Taylor: I brought some money to buy a cake.
Bella: We sang 'One Potato' and everyone joined in.
Evie: I know someone with cancer and I want to help.
James: We sang our class song again.
Rylea: We got a biscuit, a drink and a cake. It was good there!
Mrs. Wilkinson (visitor): The children were so well behaved and they all sang so well. They all knew what to do. Mrs. Dabb (visitor): Mrs. Brady's class sang beautifully.
Many thanks to all those who kindly donated gifts of food or money to the Harbour Place Charity. We had a wonderful Harvest display. Thank you everyone!
Sunflowers are getting really confident at subtraction and have been learning some new vocabulary. Listen out for these words: less, minus, subtract, take away, equals and difference.
Thank you Mr Stevens, Mrs Mawer and Mr Read for welcoming our KS 1 pupils to St Margaret’s Church today for the Harvest Service. The singing was beautiful and the children listened very well to Mr Steven’s important message about sharing.
Awis said, ‘I enjoyed the singing.’
Olivia said, ‘ I will remember the chocolate cake – it taught us how important it is to share.’
Isabella said, ‘I like joining in with prayers.’
Thanks too to all the staff and Governors who helped with the trip – a very memorable first trip to Church with school for KS 1.
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.
This week in Sunflower Class we have been learning how to subtract.
The children have worked hard and can subtract with their fingers, cubes and Numicon equipment. Everyone has begun to record number sentences and solve tricky problems.
Sing this song at home and subtract with your fingers? Can you write down the number sentences? Start with 10-1=
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.
Mrs. Warton demonstrated her amazing pineapple cutting device to the class today. Mrs. Graham thought it was great and she had a go too!
James- She pushed the tool in and then turned it.
Ronnie- It made the pineapple come out as rings.
Rylea- I liked eating the pineapple.
Evie- When all the pineapple came out, we were left with a shape like a shell. "
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!
For their Hook Day, the Year 1 children learnt all about Arcimboldo and were inspired to create exciting fruit faces using both art materials and real fruit. James- Arcimboldo was born in Italy and he was an artist when the years started with 15 (1500s). Oscar- I enjoyed painting fruit faces and liked to put a face on a pineapple shape. Jack- I made a face with real fruit and I ate it all up! Millie- I made a fruit face. I did some cutting and sticking. Mason- I could make a fruit face on the laptop. I played a game. Indianna- My group worked together to make a big fruit face. We had black cherries, watermelon and grapes. Isabelle B- We used apples, blueberries, strawberries and we had cherries. It was nice to eat. Neve- I really enjoyed making a big fruit face on the carpet with pineapples and lots of bananas. Taylor- I found out that Arcimboldo made faces with vegetables too