Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Sunflower class wrote formal letters to St James Rotary for support with our Friendship Art project. The Rotary Club donated £100 to the school during our Sunflower Class assembly. Many thanks to Mrs Vaughan and President, Mr Duckworth, for attending and for the generous donation.
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!
Sunflower Class designed and made castanets. They researched ideas and were inspired to make them like animals. They planned and improved their designs. They tested materials and made prototypes. Finally they performed with them in their end of year assembly!
Olivia- I had to change my design. I did the flamingo's whole body and then realised I was supposed to just do the head.
Jayden- I wasn't happy at first with my castanet, as the coins inside fell out.
Ella R.- I think bigger coins inside the mouth would've made a louder sound.
Alfie- I loved playing my castanet. It was good fun.
Sunflowers had lots of fun in the sun at Victoria Park in Laceby. Everyone enjoyed playing on the equipment and buying a special 'Traction Man Rocket Ice Lolly'. Mrs. Brady and Mrs. Lawson would like to say: 'Well done to everyone for working so hard on their phonics this year!
Well done Sunflower Class for working so hard and performing so well in your class assembly today. Mrs. Vaughan and Rotary President Mr. Duckworth said that you had put a smile on their faces for the rest of the day.
Mrs. Brady thanked St. James Rotary Club for their kind donation of £100 towards our graffiti friendship mural. The class received some lovely feedback from the audience too:
'Beautiful singing from the children. Lovely to see everyone involved and having fun.'
'Excellent, a lot of hard work by the teacher and pupils, plus it showed the children enjoyed it so much.
' 'Amazing end of year assembly. Lovely to see what the children have learnt.'
'Very good- lovely art work, the children have obviously enjoyed themselves.'
'It was the most wonderful, interesting, fun and exciting assembly. Well done to everyone.'
Sunflower Class were invited to hear a professional band play. The band featured local musicians, including our visiting drum teacher; Mr. Cook.
Elliott- Mrs. Brady explained what the different guitars were doing. Harrison played the lead guitar and the man in the band played the rhythm guitar. I have seen the bass player before. He plays in Cleethorpes a lot.
Sam- The bass looked a lot like a big violin. Mrs. Brady explained that it has a much lower sound and is part of the string family in an orchestra.
Finley- Some instruments were plugged in and they were electric.
Ella R- The sound came out of big speakers. Mrs. Brady told me they were called amplifiers.
Millie- It was very loud, but I enjoyed it.
Lily- I liked listening to Harrison, he was really good.
Olivia- I had a lovely surprise because the band sang 'Happy Birthday' to me. I chose the pop music style. Mrs. Brady wanted it in the rock style!
Mrs. Brady- It was great to hear live music in our school. The children have learnt a lot about acoustic and electric instruments and they have also experienced listening to different genres of music.
Sunflower Class have been writing letters to Caistor Lions and the St. James Rotary Club asking for donations towards an exciting Art project.
Finley- We will be making a special friendship wall in the playground.
Oscar- We will be working with Zoe the artist again.
Cerys- It will make the playground nicer and there will be a place for us to stop and make friends. Elissa- The children will paint designs with Zoe.
Today Mr. Kemp from The Caistor Lions visited Sunflower Class and kindly presented a cheque for £480. Mrs. Brady would like to thank Caistor Lions for this very generous donation and would also like to congratulate the children for writing such wonderful letters. Mr. Kemp is looking forward to returning to school to see the finished project.
Sunflower Class really enjoyed exploring the longer number lines, Numicon shapes, Numicon pegs and Cuisenaire rods. Jacob- I put the Numicon in order from 10 to 1. Holly- I made 12 and worked out how many 4s would fit on top of it. It was 3. Oscar- I used the Cuisenaire rods and put them in order from the shortest to the tallest. Anthony- I covered my board in Numicon. There were 100 holes. Connor- I made different rods all the same length.
Everyone in Sunflower Class tried their hardest to improve their sports skills. Many were awarded 'personal best' stickers and some children even broke Year 1 records! Great throwing, skipping and running skills from everyone. Well done
Sunflower Class had a surprise visit from Farmer Pete (aka Mr. Godfrey). He taught them his number bond song and everyone joined in. Then he told the story of how Farmer Pete lost all of his sheep. The children had to work out how many sheep were left, using their number bond facts to 10.
Mrs. Brady- It was a great experience for the class, as Farmer Pete (Mr. Godfrey) is a Maths expert, a story writer and a composer of more than 100 songs. The children were really inspired by him.
Stanley- I liked the story when the farmer fell into the horse poo! Ella M- I liked the sheep going out of the pen. Katie- I liked the way the story and the song went together.
Jacob- I liked doing the binocular actions.
Mrs. Bennett- When he made the dog noise, it made me jump!
Elliott- I liked the mechanic in the story because he surprised the farmer at the end.
Sam- I noticed the numbers changing on the board as the sheep went missing: they became less.
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."
A lovely group of Sunflowers presented photographs and information about their church visit to all our friends and community members. The whole class entertained the visitors with their famous 'Sunflower Class Song' and a new Science action song which was all about trees.
Jayden- I told visitors what we were doing and showed them our pictures.
Oscar- My grandma came and she saw my church information and listened to me singing.
Betsie- We had a get together to remember the MP who died called Jo Cox.
Jacob- We decided to change our Great Fire of London song to a new song about trees because we felt sad for the people in London this week.
Mrs. Brady- The children quickly learnt a new song. I have been really impressed with both their singing and actions. Why not sing along at home!
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.
Sunflower Class found out how to vote today. They discussed what was happening in the General Election and participated in the voting process themselves. They each cast their vote in order to choose a charity that the school would raise funds for.
Before they visited the polling station (school library) they listened carefully and discussed information about each charity. The charities were: Unicef, Blue Cross, Teenage Cancer Trust, Manchester One Love and St. Andrew's Hospice.
Jacob- I put an X in the box next to my favourite charity.
Lily- I had to fold up my voting slip and put it in a box.
Dexter- I really hope my charity wins.
Sam- It was fair because everyone could vote.
For our class assembly the children sat in mixed groups and thought about teamwork. We discussed specifically ‘teams’, ‘teams of adults’, ‘teams in school’, ‘teams of children’, ‘team roles’ and ‘how does a team work?’.
Jacob: Paramedics work as a team.
Cerys: Firemen work as a team to put out fires because they can’t carry the hosepipe on their own.
Ross: Football players have to work together as a team because you can’t score goals all by yourself.
Abi: The dinner ladies work together as a team because they have lots of dinners to cook and lots of children to feed.
It's nearly time for the real phonics test (next week!)
Try this great game at home. We have enjoyed playing it at school.
Can you reach the 'really hard' level?
We learned about Sarah and Philip Stanford who are very significant people in our school’s history.
We listened to Mrs Brumfield and Mr Lingard who are part of the Stanford Trust.
We were all ready to listen and learn.
Mrs Brumfield and Mr Lingard were very impressed with our learning behaviour.
We looked at the original school building.
We compared it to our newer school building.
We looked at artefacts linked to our community and made links with other dates and times in History.
We were proud to sing our school song and to say our school prayer. We celebrated the anniversary of our school and even sang Happy Birthday.
At the end of the assembly we received a very special gift! Every child in our school received a shiny five pence piece which is from the Stanford Trust. It made us think about Sarah and Philip Stanford.
Sunflower Class went on an R.E. visit to St. Margaret's Church, Laceby. We had lots of learning questions:
What is worship? What happens in a church? Who goes to church? Why do they go? Who looks after the church? Who leads the worship? What do they wear? What do they do? What special objects do you find in a church?
Anthony: Mr. Stevens and Mrs. Mawer were very nice people. They answered all of our questions.
Jacob: I was 'Star of the Day' because I asked lots of interesting questions!
Finley: I saw a golden cross and a lectern and a stained glass window. Mr. Stevens told me he does weddings, funerals and Christenings. I sang the school song and I joined in with the prayer. The church also gets used for Sunday worship.
Ella M: I showed Mr. Stevens my little Bible. His Bible was bigger than mine.
Alfie: Mrs. Brady played the organ for us.
Dexter: We know lots about the special things inside the church.
Ella R.: I saw the Stanford badge on a window, on a wall and on a cushion!
Joe: Mrs. Mawer showed me Lincoln Cathedral. It was a tiny picture on the window!
Mrs. Wink (School Governor), had this to say: Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the trip with Sunflower Class. Their behaviour, singing and listening skills were outstanding. I was so impressed with their knowledge about the church and worship. Well done Mrs Brady you should be applauded for having such a wonderful class.
Mrs. Brady: Well done Sunflowers! You were all WAGOLLs at the church!
We have been planting radish seeds with Mrs. Warton.
Holly: We will soon see leaves and radishes.
Stanley: I am going to taste and eat the radishes.
Millie: I think the radishes will be ready in two weeks.
Elliott: The plants will need water and sun light.
Can you click on the right flying saucer? Find the correct two numbers that make the total.Arcademic Skill Builders - Alien Addition
Alien Addition is a math game that helps students with learning addition using an alien invasion theme. Invading spaceships with addition problems move down from the ...
Look at all our successful Sunflowers who scored 32 or more this term!
It's not long now before the real phonics test in June.
Keep learning your phonics. Watch Mr. Phonics and Geraldine the Giraffe on YouTube.
You could spell words with these sounds: ar, th, or, igh, ir, ai, u-e, oi, aw, air, oa, sh, ur, ai, o-e, a-e and i-e.
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!
Sunflower class are proud of their classroom. Just look at their displays and working walls!
Dexter- I've been reading information about the Killer Cat on the English wall.
Joe- I'm really interested in The Great Fire of London. I can see Samuel Pepys on our History wall.
Lily- I've got some really good Maths work on the wall.
Sam- We did a book review about Beegu and that's on our Reading wall.
Olivia- I drew a deciduous tree for our Science display. We are learning all about plants this term.
Louis- We've been learning about Healthy Eating. I've been looking at the Eat well plate on the wall. It tells you about healthy food and what you should eat.
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'
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!
Ryan: It all started in a bakery down Pudding Lane in London.
Finlay H: The Great Fire of London started in September 1666.
Cerys: The fire lasted for 4 days.
Bailey: The fire spread because the wind blew the flames.
Maisy: The houses caught fire easily because they were made of wood.
Joe: The houses were too close together. I know that lots of people were injured.
Leo: They used leather buckets and water from the River Thames to put the fire out.
Charlie W: They used big long hooks to pull the houses down.
Joshua: They ended up blowing the houses up with gunpowder to stop the fire spreading.
Gracie: I was surprised that only 16 people died.
Darcy: People escaped in boats on the River Thames.
Katie T: We looked at how people dressed in the 1600s.
Jacob: I designed some clothes like the people wore in 1666.
Maisy: I liked designing the dresses for the dolls.
Tilly T: Samuel Pepys was famous for writing about The Great Fire of London in his diary in 1666.
Monty: Samuel Pepys used a quill which was a feather and he dipped it in the ink.
Olivia H: I enjoyed writing with a feather.
Kajithra: We coloured in a portrait of Samuel Pepys and wrote like him with a feather. I liked doing this.
Tilly T: I liked learning about Samuel Pepys because he hid his cheese in the garden.
Beau: My bread was soft and it was easy to make.
Cole: We used flour, water and yeast.
Elissa: We baked the dough in the oven.
Bailey: I liked baking, especially kneading the bread.
Maddie: I liked learning how to make bread from all the ingredients.
Olivia H: We made houses that looked like the houses in 1666.
Anthony: We painted cereal boxes.
Azem: Flour and sugar went into the paint to make it lumpy.
William: The roof was made out of straw.
Daisy: I liked making the houses because we had to do lots of different things to make it.
Mrs. Brady would like to say well done to everyone who took part in the Easter parade. The hats looked amazing! Mrs. Lawson said she really enjoyed the music you were making with your instruments! Thank you to Mrs. Bennett for making the lovely Easter chicks for the class. Happy Easter Everyone!
A huge well done to our Design an Egg competition!
1st place: Finlay
2nd Place: Sam
3rd Place: Joseph
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!
Sunflower Class designed and prepared sandwiches which were healthier than Paddington's marmalade sandwiches. Everyone enjoyed making and eating their food.
Elissa- My ingredients were; brown bread, margarine, chicken, cheese and ham. I liked how it looked and it tasted really good. I wouldn't want to change it. It was my favourite!
Connor- I've been looking at all the food packets and checking how much salt and sugar is in the food. The stripes on the packet told me how healthy it was. Green is really good, amber is ok, but red really isn't good.
Dexter- I made my sandwich carefully. I cut it into halves and it didn't look messy. It tasted really nice.
Louie- My sandwich wasn't easy to make. I found cutting the cheese hard.
Well done to all these children who scored 32 or more in this term's phonics test. Sunflower class are getting on!
Sunflower class have decided to start planting our crops for this year. Our first crop is beetroot. In class we used our phonic's knowledge and sound buttons to read about the variety we have chosen. We also read the instructions carefully before going out side. As you can see we were very busy indeed. We worked together as a team. In the middle we had a two minute break and whilst we were sitting on the picnic benches we observed two magpies in the wildlife area. We were amazed at their long tails. At the end of the morning we returned all the equipment and we still had big smiles on our faces.
Sunflower Class Assembly rehearsals have been underway this week.
The children are looking forward to entertaining the school and their parents on Friday 31st March at 2.45 pm.
Oscar- We are reading out information.
Betsie- We are showing things we have made.
Sam- We are singing songs.
Cerys- We have written a new song.
Jayden- We have a rhyme and we want everyone to join in.
The Sunflowers discussed how important it is to look after each other and enjoy good health. They agreed that healthy eating and exercise are important ways to look after our bodies. Then they thought about looking after our mental health. If someone was feeling unhappy, how could we help them?
Stanley- Give them a card to cheer them up.
Holly- Talk to them and ask what's wrong.
Finley- Listen carefully to them. It might help them to just talk about their problems.
Ella- Let Mrs. Cawley talk to them. She helps people when they are worried.
Awis- I would help someone who was upset by putting their things away for them.
They emailed their questions to Mr. Callan. Mr. Callan is a Secondary School Science Teacher, a Church Minister and a Musician.
When you were five, what stories did you like?
I liked Mr. Men. My favourites were Mr. Bump and Mr. Uppity. Also Mr. Snow, he was nice because he reminded me of Christmas.
What kind of things do you read when you are at school?
I read Science books at school, children’s work and information on the internet.
Can you read music notes?
Yes, I can play a church organ. I began learning when I was seven. I also sang in a Cathedral choir.
Do you enjoy reading?
Yes, I like to read the news and know what’s going on in the world every day. I have two little nephews and I love to read bedtime stories to them.
Do you get much time to look at books?
Yes, particularly when I’m on holiday and then I have time to relax and enjoy a good book.
How did you learn to read?
I had reading books and I read every night to my parents.
Are you a good reader?
I have to be a good reader to be a teacher. I spend evenings marking school books and reading all the children’s work. When I’m in church I have to be able to read tricky words in the Bible.
What do you read when you are in church?
I read the New Testament in the Bible. I read the Gospel’s of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They tell you all about Jesus and how he helped people.
Sunflower Class raised a total of £27.35 on Red Nose Day for Comic Relief. Well done everyone!
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 KS1 Choir performed at Grimsby Auditorium for the Infant Singing Festival. The concert was led by members of The Garsington Opera Company and many of the children's parents and family members came to watch. The songs were centred around and enchanted fairy story.
Katie- I liked singing. My mum came to watch.
Angel- I liked singing on the big stage.
Amelia- I really liked the 'I am looking for a witch' song.
Lacey- I loved singing the butterfly song.
Alfie- All the costumes were great.
Lily- I danced with the butterfly and the opera man came to look at the butterfly.
Mrs. Brady- The children were mesmerized when they heard the opera singers singing their arias.
Mrs. Groves- It's not every day the children get to perform with a professional opera company. I think they did very well to learn the songs.
Mrs. Wink- The behaviour of all the children was absolutely superb!
Mrs. Brady and Mrs. Groves would like to thank Mrs. Drury for making the beautiful butterfly prop, the children's parents for organising the wonderful costumes and for Mrs. Wink for her help throughout the day
Do taller people have bigger feet than smaller people? Sunflower and Star Anise children joined forces to carry out a Scientific investigation. Here are some comments from the Year 1 children:
Oscar- We had to use a metre stick and measure people's feet and see how tall they were.
Sam- I liked working with another class. I measured taller people.
Ella M- I wrote down everyone's name and their shoe size.
Lily- A boy in my group had the biggest feet and he wasn't the tallest!
Anthony- It was fair because we measured everything with centimetres. I used a tape measure
Sunflowers listened to some Peruvian Pan Pipe music and drew pictures as the listened. Mrs. Brady wondered if they would all like the music and they all did.
Anthony- It reminded me of going into a jungle.
Ella M- It was lovely.
Olivia- It was cheerful and relaxing.
Cerys- It reminded me of playing with my friends and dancing.
This week we have been learning how to read 'half past' and 'make 'half past' on different clocks. We have also been learning to draw 'half past' accurately on to blank clocks.
We have a game that we are learning to play to help us read 'o'clock' and 'half past' which starts with GREEN for GO on the traffic lights. We are improving at playing the game but we need more practise.
In the classroom we have had a talking (analogue) clock on the Interactive Whiteboard. The clock says the time every 15 minutes and we have been listening to what the clock says and checking where the hands are.
Today it was fabulous to see that all the children had taken on a character from one of their favourite books. The children introduced their character to the rest of the class. Their costumes were amazing as were the props and accessories that they had. Each child brought their book in and we shared the stories. They could all tell everyone about their favourite thing their character did in the book.
What an exciting day we've had.
Our Time Investigators:Alfie & Dexter are searching for 5 o'clock; Olivia's group have found the first seven clocks correctly - better check that next one again; the proud half-past investigators completed the task as a team; Ella's team are searching for half past 9; & Oscar's team have completed the investigation but there seems to be some clocks left over - What does that mean? We better check our clocks and times.
Well done to all our time investigators
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
Our learning question: What do we use the internet for and how can we stay safe?
Sam- I look on Google for games.
Jamie- I like playing XBox games.
Dexter- You can watch videos of YouTube.
Finley- Some people do shopping online.
Louis- You can order a take away.
Anthony- I do homework; I look for information.
Jacob- I like to look at the school blog.
Cerys- You can talk to people, like using Snapchat. We discussed how the internet can be good fun and really useful. Then we thought about how anyone can use it and that anyone in the world can put things online. We wondered how safe the internet was.
Katie- We wouldn't talk to a stranger outside, so we shouldn't talk to people on the internet. We don't know them.
Jayden- We shouldn't tell people where we live. They might not be nice people.
Anthony- Don't click messages that you are not sure about. It could be a trick. Someone might be trying to get your money.
Stanley- Nasty people might put scary pictures online.
Sam- Horrible people might put a virus on that might break your tablet.
Louie- If you are worried, you should ask your mum or dad to help.
Ella R- Tell a grown-up and don't click anything you are not sure about.
Jacob- Only go on websites you are allowed, like cbeebies.
We made E-Safety posters. Here are a few we would like to share.
Well done to all these children who could read 32 or more words in this term's phonics check! We are seeing more winners each time! Keep it up Sunflowers.
To improve your phonics, watch Mr. Thorne's phonics videos on YouTube.
Our learning question in PE was: Can I develop some new skills and learn to use the equipment with better control?
Jamie- I loved the archery!
Isabella- I could hit the target with my bow and arrow.
Ella M- I liked the soft sword fighting, it was fun.
Our Science learning question: Can I identify and name a variety of animals? Tony Butler from Exotic Encounters showed us a variety of animals. He told us lots of interesting facts and we asked and answered lots of questions. Mrs. Brady said it was a really good talk because it was introducing the children to carnivores, herbivores and omnivores- which they will be learning more about in their Science lessons soon
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.
Sunflowers learnt about keeping themselves safe around trucks and lorries and how drivers cannot always see all around their lorry.
Sam- It had big wheels and the back-loader was moving.
Lily- It had six big wheels. On the back there was a camera.
Oscar- My favourite bit was to hear the horn!
Sunflowers have been investigating quarters of shapes and numbers.
Betsie- Quarters are when you split a shape into four parts. Katie- Quarters are the same size and shape. They must be equal.
Anthony- I found out that I could cut a square into diagonal quarters.
Jayden- I can count in tens, so it was easy to find a quarter of 40!
Joe- I just share out into four groups
Sunflowers have had great fun exploring fractions. They found half of a shape, half of a number and half of 28 bags of crisps! They estimated where the half mark would go on their drink cups and shared out their own crisps into two even piles. Sam- We all got different answers because some crisps had been squashed. Louie- Every bag has different shaped crisps inside. Finley- All the bags were the same size; but the crisps inside were different. Awis- I found where half would be on my cup. Lacey- I folded lots of shapes and cut them. Ella- I went straight down the middle. Lily- Two halves makes a whole one. Anthony- I found a different way to fold a rectangle. Connor- I know about doubles and this helped me find half
On Monday 30th January, 4 children from Sunflower 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.
Jacob "I am struggling to see the birds but the binoculars are really helping me."
Dexter "I have been looking in my bird book at home so that I know what all the birds look like. I want to see a robin."
Lily "This is fun because I am really excited about birds."
Katie " I can hear the birds but I can't really see them very well."
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.
A veterinary nurse from the PDSA came to talk to us today.
Holly- I found out that rabbits shouldn't eat carrots because they are too sweet.
Katie- If rabbits don't eat hay, their teeth will grow too long.
Louie- I found out how to look after animals.
Lacey- I liked the kitten. I bought a cat badge and a pencil
We enjoy singing in Sunflower Class and today we sang to some special visitors who came to our school. Can you sing the Paddington Bear Song to an audience at home? The YouTube clip below can be your band!
Who has a battered old hat and a suitcase? (do-do-do-do)
Who has his own individual stare? (It must be somebody rare!)
Who is always completely disarming? (And charming)
It’s surely a rare kind of bear.
Who’s untidy and gets in a muddle?
Who loves a marmalade sandwich or two to munch, for his lunch?
Who is sticky and always in trouble?
Who’s the unusual bear, with his own special stare?
It must be Paddington bear from Peru; the rare bear from Peru!
Sunflowers have started doing some Peruvian weaving with wool. Thank you to Mrs. Bennett for showing us how to use a cardboard loom.
Oscar- I like it; it's easy.
Cerys- It's hard and you have to concentrate.
Jayden- It's a challenge and I can do it a bit.
Katie- It goes in a pattern; over, under, over, under...
We had a great Paddington Hook day! Look at all our wonderful costumes! We wrote 'Please look after this bear' labels, drew pictures of Paddington and listened to stories. We found out some facts about Paddington and began making cardboard suitcases with Mrs. Drury. We wrote about him and imagined what he might have inside his suitcase. We made marmalade sandwiches with Mrs. Bennett- some of us enjoyed eating them! We followed instructions to help us make our sandwiches and then we cut them into halves, then quarters. Mrs. Brady has also started teaching us a special Paddington Song. We are hoping to do a Paddington Class assembly this term, so we will be able to dress up again! Mrs. Brady would like to thank all the parents for the lovely costumes and Mrs. Lawson, Mrs. Drury and Mrs. Bennett for all their help in making this a fun day!
Sunflower Class investigated their favourite fruit and made a human graph to show how many people liked each one. Then they worked independently; carrying out a survey to collect information. They recorded using tally marks and then transferred their information on to a block graph.The challenge was then to interpret the information to find out which was the most popular fruit and which was the least popular fruit. Some people even thought of an extra challenge by asking deeper questions such as: 'If more people like oranges than bananas, how many more?'
We had great fun at our Christmas party and a surprise visit from Santa! Thank you to Mrs. Bennett for all her help. Thank you to Elliott for the wonderful crackers and Elissa for the delicious cakes! Mrs. Brady would also like to thank Mrs. Lawson and Mrs. Cooke for the party hat making and food preparations.
Mrs. Brady is very proud to announce that everyone in Sunflower class has improved their phonic's score this term Look at all the children who scored 32 or more this time! Well done to everyone!
To improve your phonics remember to watch Geraldine the Giraffe videos on YouTube.
Look at these lovely knitted snowmen that Louis' grandma Mrs. Bennett has kindly made for everyone. Inside there is a chocolate surprise! Many thanks to Mrs. Bennett for this lovely gift.
We tested different materials to find out which material would be best for making an umbrella. Dexter- It was a fair test because we measured the water with spoons. Finely- All the pieces we tested were the same size. Betsie- I tested Mrs. Brady's umbrella and it was waterproof! Sam- There was only one waterproof material and that was plastic. Lily- All the other materials went soggy.
Sunflower Class have enjoyed sewing felt to make their winter robins. Many thanks to Mrs. Warton for all her help with this. They look beautiful.
Sunflower Class are very proud of their photo calendars. They are hoping to sell them all on at the Christmas Fair.
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!'
Sunflower Class kindly donated lots of money for Children in Need and Elliott baked special Pudsey cakes for everyone! Bestsie- It was very kind of Elliott to bring them in. Jamie- The money will help children who haven't got many things. Millie- The money will help poorly children get better.
We have been learning yoga in PE. We explored African animal poses. Can you demonstrate the different animals at home?
Ella M- It helps you to balance.
Stanley- We all had to concentrate and we all did it!
Joe- Every single person was very very good. Everybody was quiet.
Alfie- It was hard at first, but I got better.
Dexter- My favourite one was the flamingo.
Oscar- I enjoyed doing the snake pose.
Jayden- Everybody did a good job and everybody got better. We all got a team point for good work.
We are learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. Have a go at your number exercises at home too!
Sunflower class and Mustard class worked together during Anti-Bullying Week. They made wreaths out of their hands and wrote down the qualities of a good friend. They acted out scenarios to show what a good friend would do if they saw someone who was injured or who felt lonely. This collaboration enabled the children to make new friends with someone from a different class. The children sang a rap together and taught each other games outside to develop all the positive friendship messages further.
Awis- I liked playing with Brandon. We played tig.
Thomas- I enjoyed making new friends and playing with them.
Louis- I enjoyed playing with new friends. We played 'Piggy in the Middle.'
Charlie- I liked teaching Connor how to balance.
Jess K- It was good to make new friends.
Brandon- I liked learning the rap. It was about good anti-bullying messages.
Olivia- I liked playing with Jasmine and Jorja outside.
Holly- I liked making my hand for the wreath. I wrote kind things on it.
In RE, we have been learning about christenings in the Christian faith.
We could explain what happens at a christening and label these pictures.
The class representatives displayed the school’s poppy art work at The Knoll, Cleethorpes as part of the Armed Forces Events locally. Remembrance Day is a thought provoking time and the pupils have shown great reflection and maturity
Sunflower Class have enjoyed finding out about The Gunpowder Plot.
Can you remember what happened? When it happened? Who the people were? The place where it happened? Do you know any other interesting facts?
The Sunflowers learnt a special rhyme, drew pictures of The Houses of Parliament and King James and wrote an account of what happened. They looked at different sources of information; on the internet, in books and on fact cards and postcards.
Sam- Mrs. Brady even showed us Guy Fawkes' real writing. He wrote with a feather.
Jamie- We saw drawings of the plotters. Cameras hadn't been made then.
Awis- King James wouldn't let people pray in their churches. We are allowed to pray where we like. I go to Arabic school and I pray there.
Connor- If Guy Fawkes hadn't been stopped, there would have been a big explosion.
Elliott- Guy Fawkes died because he tried to kill King James.
Anthony- They had 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellar underneath the Houses of Parliament.
Finley- I have visited the Houses of Parliament, it's in London.
In History, we have been learning all about Christopher Columbus. We found out that he used a compass. We decided we would like to navigate our way around the playground using a compass too. Which way did you go; North, South, East or West?
Can you learn this famous poem about Christopher Columbus ready for our next lesson?
We are learning numbers 1-100. We exercise and say the numbers together.
We cut up 100 squares for our partners to put back together. Can you count forwards and backwards?
This 100 square has lots of missing numbers. Can you work out which ones?
We were all sad to say goodbye to our friend today who is moving to a new school after half term. We wish him well!
Well done to these children for scoring 32 or more out of 40 in this term's phonics test!
If you have a look at the test from last year that Mrs. Brady has sent home, and start watching the Geraldine the Giraffe videos on YouTube, you will soon be really good at phonics.
Can you name the letters of the alphabet and say them in the right order? Remember H is pronounced 'aitch'.
We have some brand new play equipment in our playground. We already love having fun with our friends but now we will be even happier.
We have a soft new surface that will protect us if we fall and it will also help to keep us cleaner. Did you know it is made from recycled tyres?
We had a great time at the Central Hall today.
Ella M- I liked the Central Hall.
Joe- I liked playing all the instruments.
Awis- I played a shaker. Louie E- I liked the singing. I learnt new songs.
Cerys- The factory song made me move my hands and legs.
Betsie- The clapping songs were really good.
Katie- The man on the drums was good.
Mrs. Wink (Governor for Music)- The children were amazing and it was super to see such enthusiastic singing, instrument playing and total involvement.
Mrs. Brady- Well done to everyone, including all the helpers. It was great to make music with professional musicians and sing with all the children from other schools
Sunita came to talk to us about her religion. She told us lots of stories about her Hindu gods.
Elissa- I enjoyed making a mask of a god.
Holly- I liked the pretty stickers Sunita brought.
Cloe-Ella- Sunita had very colourful clothes.
Isabella- I loved seeing the Indian dancing.
We have been reading the story of Handa's Surprise. Can you put your pictures in the right order? Some of the animals are missing, do you know which ones? Perhaps you could draw them.
Millie- We sang Harvest Samba and I danced.
Oscar- Sunflower Class sang Harvest Time.
Finley- I brought a pumpkin and a pineapple.
Louis- We were all saying thank you to God.
Lily- The food will all go to Harbour Place to help people.
Mrs. Brady- Thank you to everyone who brought in donations of food. The Harvest table looked lovely.
Frank from Andrew's Hedgehog Hospital brought a hedgehog called Sabrina to show everyone. The children learnt lots of interesting facts. Frank and his team look after poorly and orphaned hedgehogs. Find out more about the hedgehog hospital at: www.andrewshedgehoghospital.org.uk
Mrs. Brady would like to thank Miss Lucas for organising this special visit and to everyone who sent donations to help the hedgehogs.
Lily- Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets.
Jamie- They come out at night; they are nocturnal.
Alfie- They can climb up walls.
Sam- They roll up in a ball.
Lacey- They eat earwigs.
Anthony- They sleep for a long time; they hibernate.
Ella R.- Hedgehogs can even swim. Mrs. Warton- I have learnt lots of things I didn't know about hedgehog
For the Macmillan Coffee morning, Sunflower Class sang their favourite songs to their parents, friends and community members. It was the first time they had performed their very own class song which had been written by Mrs. Brady.
She said: 'The children love having their own special Sunflower song. They enjoy singing together and have been really looking forward to this event.'
The children sang 'How Do You Feel Today?' and 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.'
It was great to see the audience joining in with the actions too! Many thanks to Mrs. Wink and all the helpers at the Stanford Centre.
We all wrote Sunflower Calligrams today. Stanley explained: 'You write words in a shape.' Isabella added: 'You make the words into a picture.' Do you like these? Perhaps you could try some other ideas out at home. Have a look at some on the internet.
We have been learning about subtraction and challenging our partners to solve problems. Can you challenge yourself to take away from 20 next?
Roll a dice to find out how many to take away each time.
20 - 6=
20 - 5=
20 - 4=
You could draw a number line to help you count back.
...Subtraction song for kids! Enjoy!
Q: Can my class perform...?
Our hook day this term is linked to our Science learning investigating different materials.
We worked in mixed age groups as we love to learn from one another.
Our first stop was Poppy Class.
We listened to a story called the ‘Paper Bag Princess’.
Some children acted the story out. Azim was a nasty Prince. Miss Whiting said that his acting was so good that he might choose to be an actor when he is older!
We felt so sorry for the Princess that we thought we ought to teach the Prince a lesson. We decided to dress her beautifully in a dress made from just paper.
The Prince would want to marry the Princess now, however she quite rightly decided to find someone who would be much kinder to her.
We enjoyed making her dress and had a go at making different types of clothes from paper.
We thought about what was good about paper clothes and we also thought about why this material wasn’t usually used.
This is what some of the children had to say;
‘If you put water on paper clothes they go all soggy.’ Said Gracie H.
Finley G. added ‘if you put it in the washer they would get all ripped.’
Alfie V said ‘the clothes were comfortable because they were flexible however if you wear them you may get ichy or you might even get paper cuts.
Bailey M. added ‘If your Mum and Dad made a fire then you might catch fire.’
Azem thought about the positive saying ‘It wouldn’t be expensive if you used recycled newspapers because they are free.’
In Pumpkin classroom we investigated which materials float and which materials sink.
We decided to investigate whether materials float and how strong they are when they are wet.
We decided on 3 investigations.
We tested whether materials floated when they were placed on the surface of the water.
Emma said ‘Some of my predictions weren’t right and that made me feel surprised.’
We looked at whether they were buoyant and floated to the top when submerged.
We put materials on the water and investigated how many cubes they could hold to see how strong they were.
We discovered that you could not look at the material alone and judge whether it would float and that a lot of factors were involved. Such as the weight, the size and the combinations of materials in an item e.g. a feather would float but a pipe cleaner wouldn’t as it had metal in it. We also found out that air had a huge part to play in whether items could float or not.
After we had investigated out materials we looked at the material we had collected and tried to make boats out of them. Kajithra made a boat just out of one sheet of paper by folding it.
It was great fun investigating the water and materials, and as it was so hot we didn’t mind getting wet at all!
Mrs Brady helped us to investigate magnets.
We put them together to see what happened
Jayden said ‘I found out that a blue and a red end of a magnet attract.
Beau added ‘When you put two red ends of a magnet together, they repel.’
Mrs Brady helped us to make fish using lots of different materials. We then tested each of these materials to see if they were magnetic.
These children explained their learning.
Olivia H. said ‘We stuck different materials on to a fish.’
Holly added ‘We had a fishing rod and we put it over our fish and if a material was magnetic, it would stick (attract).’
Leo had worked really hard, he said ‘I found out that a 1p wasn’t magnetic because it didn’t have the right kind of metal in it. A paper clip was magnetic though.’
Mrs Brady was astounded! Then we investigated all sorts of items from around the room.
Daisy said ‘The metal part of the scissors was magnetic.’
Joshua added ‘I found a 2p was magnetic.’
Theo was surprised when his prediction was wrong. ‘I thought the plastic glue stick pot would be magnetic and when I tested it, it wasn’t.’
Mrs Graham worked really hard with a group of children who used their sense of touch to describe different materials. Mrs Graham helped us to think carefully about the scientific words. In the afternoon our brand new Head Boy and Head Girl came along to help with our learning too. They were very good at explaining things. We enjoyed learning with them and getting to know them.
We had great fun at our hook day and can’t wait to carry on learning even more about Materials.
In Maths, we have been adding two numbers together. Some of us like adding, using our fingers, some people like using a number line and some people like to draw spots to count. Today, we played an adding dice game with a partner. Everyone was able to take turns and challenge their partner. For home learning; perhaps you could try adding some more numbers together, maybe trying out larger numbers. E.g. 18 + 6 =
In Maths today, each person was given a number and everyone had to line up in order. Can you remember how many people are in our class? Everyone had fun working in small groups making sunflowers that we could eat. We had to chop, cut and arrange the food to make it look like a sunflower. Then we shared our sunflower and ate it! Everyone enjoyed trying the very healthy food.
Lacey- The peppers are a bit sweet.
Anthony- I know I don't like celery, but I will try it again.
Finley- We used a knife to share out the cucumber.
Jacob- That food is smashing!
Millie- I tried the cucumber. D
exter- I love all the food!
Mrs. Brady - All the sunflowers looked amazing and everyone worked very cooperatively.
Well done everyone!