Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
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