Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
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.
All our favourite songs!
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: 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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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:
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
Lots of free fantastic nurturing activities to help children through this challenging time.
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Carol Vorderman's honline maths school:
Online Maths lessons
See also whiterosemaths.com/homelearning
Enjoy listening to lots of different stories:
Enjoy reading lots of different poems:
Enjoy reading ebooks online:
More Phonics, Reading and Spelling games to improve your skills:
Art projects inspired by famous artists: www.redtedart.com
Test your musical skills: www.musicteachers.co.uk/resources/funstuff
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)
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
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!
What an amazing day. The Sunflowers have all been very active exercising in the hall and also in the classroom. M- Jumping Jacks made me very fit.
B- The push-ups made me have strong arms.
J- I enjoyed meeting the badminton lady.
O- I really liked all the sports.
N- I enjoyed doing the exercises in the classroom, I did loads
The Sunflowers have made a great start on making their kites. They are using a great range of skills, including Maths skills.
M- We cut out a paper diamond shape.
G- We carefully measured the kite with a ruler to see how long the pieces of wood would need to be.
L- My pieces of wood were 22 cm and 17 cm.
O- I liked sawing the wood. I drew a pencil mark first when I measured, so I knew where to cut the wood.
A- Mrs. Bennett helped me join the pieces of wood together by tying some string.
A- I fixed my wooden frame on my diamond kite with sellotape.
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!
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.
The Sunflowers have been learning all about the seven continents of the world. They looked at globes and atlases and enjoyed researching lots of interesting facts.
T- We enjoy singing this song, it helps us remember all the continents.
A- The video shows you where all the continents are.
J- I'm getting better at finding all the continents on maps.
The Sunflowers enjoyed a great day of stories, book sharing and fun activities to celebrate this year's World Book Day.
O- I've had a nice book day because I love reading. My favourite book is 'Avengers.'
M- I love World Book Day because I like to see everyone dressed up. I was Dorothy from 'The Wizard of Oz.'
G- I like dressing up and my friend was the golden ticket from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.'
M- I brought a book about Elsa and enjoyed learning about the story 'Little Red Riding Hood' with Mrs. Brady.
C- I made a 'Going on a Bear Hunt' map with children from other classes.
L-Miss Wilson read a story about elephants and we drew a cake.
Sunflowers did some wonderful home learning too and made some fantastic book in a box models.
Today some of Seedlings and Pumpkin children worked together for the day with Mrs Smith.
Our whole day was about our favourite books. In Maths we made pictograms and tally charts showing the most popular book we’ve read this year.
In English we wrote about our favourite books and shared our fabulous reading together.
In art we read FUNNYBONES by Janet and Allen Ahlberg, then made skeletons out of many different pasta shapes.
What a great day we had!
The KS1 Choir gave an amazing performance of 'Sail Away' at Grimsby Auditorium. They enjoyed a full day of singing songs, learning actions and dancing. It was great to perform to such a large audience at the end of the day. Well done to everyone in the choir.
L- I used my face to make Carlos the Crab's moody face.
F- The band played rock music. I played air guitar.
L- I got to be a member of Bonny the boat's
O- I could do all the different actions.
A- I really enjoyed singing the songs.
G- Lots of people from my family came to watch me.
C- The songs were all about all the plastic that has got into the sea.
Sunflower and Pumpkin members of the choir enjoyed a fantastic workshop with the musicians and actors from MAPAS (Music and Performing Arts Service).
They have been learning lots of new songs written by local musicians Josie Moon and Pat McCarthy called 'Sail Away'. They are due to perform these songs at Grimsby Auditorium with children from many other schools.
C- I love these songs. I can't stop singing them.
A- I like the ones when we can dance like a crab or wave at a whale.
A-A real band with guitars came to our school.
S- Carrie and Cosmo were very funny.
F- I love Dance of the Dolphins because it's rock music.
J- Carlos the Crab made me laugh so much.
A- We have lots of fun in the choir.
L- I can't wait to sing at the Auditorium on the stage.
A- I just love singing with my friends.
The Sunflowers really enjoyed their visit to Laceby Library.
W- We got to look at different books.
L- I liked exploring all the areas.
J- Mrs. Wink told us all about the library.
O- I found some books that were funny.
A- I was relaxing and reading at the same time.
M- The cakes and juice made it like a party.
J- I want to bring my mummy to see the library. Keep enjoying your reading and try to continue to read 3 times or more each week at home!
The answer is yes we can! The Sunflowers all designed, made, ate and evaluated a wonderful selection of very healthy sandwiches.
T- I made a banana sandwich, it was yummy.
J- I had lots of tuna, it's healthy because it doesn't have lots of sugar.
H- My sandwich had fruit inside it. I put watermelon in it and all the bread went soggy.
W- I loved eating mine!
M- I cut my sandwich into triangles to make it look good.
O- I wouldn't put lots of pickles in it again, as it tasted very sour.
B- My sandwich wasn't very nice. I think it was because I put too much pepper in it.
J- It was fun making sandwich and I liked eating mine.
F- We used lots of skills like chopping, cutting, peeling and grating.
C- My sandwich was healthier than Paddington's because mine didn't have any sugar in it.
The Sunflowers have been learning all about how to stay safe when they go online.
W- My dad checks my games before he lets me play them.
T- Don't tell anyone on the internet your real name and where you live- they might be strangers.
G- Ask an adult to help you find the right games for your age.
C- Don't write horrible messages online.
G- If you see something scary or not very nice on the internet, tell a grown up straight away.
B- If you put your name, age, address and what your school is called on the internet, you are telling everyone in the world your personal information.
They designed some internet safety posters, which have some very important messages.
The Sunflower's have been finding out about Arcimboldo and have been fascinated with his fruit and vegetable faces.
Arcimboldo is well known today for painting portraits of people made out of different types of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. He would pick food that had a connection to whatever he was painting. For example, when creating a picture of autumn, he used fruit and vegetables that grew in autumn.
The Sunflowers have created fruit and vegetable faces of their own using oil pastels and also on the computer.
Sunflower's got some great relaxation tips through yoga exercises from Year 6 pupils.
G- It was good to learn things from Year 6 people.
F- It made me chill out.
W- I liked the finger exercise to help you breathe calmly.
M- It was a bit like when we did animal yoga in PE.
Mrs. Griffiths visited Sunflower Class and gave a very interesting and interactive talk about lots of different old toys and games. She told the children how her Grandad and Dad used to make her toys out of wood when she was little. The children had fun exploring many toys, including; a diablo, a yo-yo, tiddlywinks, jacks, a spinner, a whip and top, cats cradle, marbles and draughts. She also demonstrated how toys could be made from paper, such as a fortune teller and a paper plane.
Mrs. Brady would like to thank Mrs. Griffiths for sharing all her wonderful toys and games. Everyone learnt something new today!
B- I learnt how to play draughts today, it was fun.
J- I knew how to play draughts, so I showed everyone.
J-Marbles were fun, I rolled them.
O- They yo-yo was easy to do.
M- We used wool to play with. I had never thought that wool could be a toy.
T- Tiddlywinks are fun, I didn't know how to play that before.
F- I had seen jacks before, but I didn't know what they were called.
A-Thank you Mrs. Griffiths for a lovely afternoon!
Seedlings and Sunflower children joined together to sing songs and actions to say thank you to the volunteers and helper in our school.
The Sunflowers read instructions on how to make a Japanese carp kite. They used paper, wool, sellotape, wood, glue and tissue paper to construct their kites. M- I made my kite very colourful because the Japanese kites were very colourful too. F- I used a hole punch to make the holes where my wool would go through. L- When we rolled it up, it made a cylinder shape. They had lots of fun seeing if their kites would fly outside.
A- It flew really well in the wind.
J- I made mine fly up high in the sky.
A- It looked like a flying fish.
J- Mine wasn't very good at flying. I think it wasn't windy enough.
The children then evaluated their kite and discussed what worked well and what could have been improved.
T- I would have liked a longer string, so it could have gone up higher.
G- My fish broke a bit because I hadn't used enough glue.
O- I wish I had made mine with more colours. I think it could have looked nicer.
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.
Jenny from North East Lincolnshire Council visited Sunflowers to talk to them all about recycling. M- We found out how to sort out the rubbish into the right coloured boxes, so we can recycle. T- Jenny told us about the recycling factory and what happens to our rubbish.
A- I know now where to put my paper, glass and plastic.
B- You can re-use things too, like old boxes. I can make old boxes into new things.
W- Jenny asked us what reduce means. I think it means you buy less things or you don't waste things, like food.
Home Learning Challenge: Can you make a Paddington Bear out of things you would normally throw away?
The Sunflowers enjoyed finding out all about Paddington Bear.
F- Some people enjoyed dressing up as Paddington.
J- I loved listening to the stories. I think Paddington was quite funny.
H- I brought a map of London, so we could find Paddington Station. Paddington got his name from the train station.
A- I really liked drawing Paddington.
M- I wrote a label 'Please look after this bear thank you.'
L- I found out how to make marmalade. Mrs. Christie showed us.
O- I was very good at cutting the orange peel thinly.
A- We have started to learn a song about Paddington.
T- I made my marmalade sandwich, but it wasn't my favourite kind of sandwich, but I did try it.
G- I liked making my Paddington poster. I wanted to carry on with it even at lunchtime!
J- Our marmalade had a lovely orange smell.
O- The marmalade was yummy.
W- I am looking forward to reading more Paddington stories
The Sunflowers have had lots of fun in their lovely Christmas jumpers and they have raised money for the charity 'Save the Children.'
T- We are helping boys and girls who might not have lots of nice things like us.
A- Some children might not have a mummy and daddy and we can help them.
O- It's us giving them a Christmas present.
W- I like Christmas jumper day, it's special.
The Sunflowers said goodbye to Miss Hartley today. She has been a great student teacher and the children have really enjoyed her lessons. We wish her good luck at her new placement.
The Sunflowers have enjoyed the challenge of making a moon buggy this term.
B- The astronauts can move more quickly on the moon if they drive a moon buggy.
T- Astronauts drive around and collect moon rocks.
H- I really liked making my satellite. I wanted my moon buggy to look real.
O- I liked using real tools, like a saw. It was tricky to attach the wheels.
C- I liked using lots of different materials that I brought from home.
H- I can't wait to play with mine. The wheels really move round.
The Sunflower's had a wonderful time making their Christmas gnomes and mosaic coasters. A very special thank you goes to Mrs. Drury for all her hard work and help with these projects. The children have nearly sold them all and have made £128.00 so far!
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?
The Sunflowers competed in a very energetic session of dodge ball led by the Premier Sport's Team. They learnt some new skills and enjoyed being really active!
L- We had to throw balls at each other.
O- If the ball touched your tummy, you were out.
T- It was a hard game because everyone was really good.
W- I love competitions and the blue team won.
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.
The Sunflowers met Pippa Goodhart and enjoyed a really exciting story time.
They had the opportunity to ask her lots of questions. This is what they found out:
Pippa has been writing children's books for over 25 years!
She has written a total of 120 books so far!
She became interested in children's books when she worked in a bookshop.
Pippa told us how her books were made in a factory and how she works with different illustrators.
We really enjoyed her catalogue style book called 'You Choose.'
Winnie the Pooh needed a new umbrella. So The Sunflowers tested lots of different materials to find out which material would be the most suitable to use to make him a new umbrella.
A- We put water on to lots of different kinds of materials to see which ones were waterproof.
A- I predicted that cardboard would be waterproof because it is thick and strong. The water took a while to soak through, so I was nearly right.
L- Plastic was waterproof because the water didn't soak through.
S- The water just sat on top of the plastic, so I thought that would be the best material for Winnie's umbrella.
T- It was funny testing Miss Hartley’s waterproof things.
A- I predicted that plastic would be waterproof because when I go to Morrison’s and it’s raining, my shopping stays dry inside my plastic bag.
The Sunflowers invited their parents and grandparents in to school for a special reading breakfast. They enjoyed reading together and tucking into some lovely breakfast snacks. Some children selected books from the class book corner, some children decided to read their reading book and other children brought their favourite books in to share. We had some lovely feedback too:
'Very enjoyable. I have really enjoyed this morning and look forward to another. Thank you.'
'Fabulous. It was lovely seeing all the children excited about reading and I think everyone enjoyed all the yummy treats. Well done to all the staff.
''Very much enjoyed coming to read with my daughter and see her new classroom. Her reading has come on in leaps and bounds. Thank you for the snacks!'
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."
In Science, the Sunflowers have been learning all about seasonal changes and looking at signs of Autumn. For Golden Time today, they all made these lovely autumnal leaf hedgehogs.
W- It was the best lesson ever!
A- We collected so many leaves. I liked looking at all the different colours.
J- The Autumn leaves were everywhere outside.
Mrs. Brady- The Autumn leaves were everywhere inside too! Happy Half-Term Everyone. Don't forget to go on your own nature walk with your family to find other signs of Autumn.
Today we had a visit from a lady who works for Chartwell's School Meals. She read the story of the Hungry Caterpillar and told us all about healthy food choices.
J- I liked it when we tried all the food.
B- I tried lots of new food.
L- I tried cress.
O- I made a caterpillar, then I ate it!
O- I made a sun out of carrots, sweetcorn and a wrap.
M- I liked the grapes. I shared some of my food with my friends too.
The Sunflowers have been enjoying some yoga sessions and making African animal shapes with their bodies.
A- I liked doing the lion because I could stick out my tongue and look fierce.
M- The butterfly was a nice one to do because my legs moved like wings.
B- The snake was my favourite one.
T- I was a very strong mountain.
G- The giraffe pose was very tricky to do. I have been practicing it and can do it now.
W- I like yoga because my Grandma does yoga too.
L- I loved being a flamingo.
T- I had to concentration really hard and listen to the instructions.
Sunflower Class know how important it is to look after their mental health. They discussed the different kinds of feelings people might have. They soon realised that some feelings can make you feel good and some feelings can make you feel bad.
O- We all put on yellow clothes.
T- We collected £26.00 for the charity.
C- If you feel sad, you should talk to people.
T- If we are upset we can talk to staff, mums and dads and grandparents.
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.
Thank you for all your kind donations of food which have all gone to the Harbour Place charity. Many thanks also to Mr. Stevens and Mrs. Mawer who came along to help us celebrate.
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.
Sunflowers and Seedlings entertained their parents and friends at the Stanford Centre today.
They enjoyed singing 'If You're Happy and You Know it!' The Sunflowers also performed a new version of 'Aiken Drum' with different kinds of food for the man in the moon's clothes.
F- We wanted to sing for our parents.
W- We raised money for poorly people who need special nurses.
A- We enjoyed a drink and a cake too.
The Sunflowers enjoyed a special day where they learnt all about giraffes; where they live, what they eat and what they like doing.
They explored giraffes in lots of creative ways too. They shared stories about giraffes, played with giraffe toys, made masks, created giraffe dances, painted and collaged giraffes, as well as making dough and plasticine models.
L- I could make plasticine giraffes with black spots.
A- I loved making a giraffe out of paper. It was tricky cutting the body parts out and putting it altogether.
A- I made a giraffe drinking dance in P.E.
C- I liked looking at my friend's special giraffe toys.
O- I liked painting. I did a tall giraffe.
T- I saw giraffes have different colours and patterns when I looked in the giraffe books.
The children have been looking at the Maasi tribe in Art - at all their colourful clothing and jewellery. They wanted to have a go at making a Maasi headband- so here they are!
Look at all this wonderful home learning! We are looking forward to seeing a lot more this term!
This term, we are looking at these words.
Every day we have a spelling lesson. To help you improve at spelling, log on to The Spelling Shed and play all the exciting spelling games!
The children enjoyed exploring some of the exotic fruit from the story.
J- The pineapple was sweet and juicy.
M- The mango was slippery.
T- Mrs. Christie used a special tool to make pineapple rings.
H- There was a stone inside the avocado.
G- The passion-fruit had a nice smell.
L- The pineapple is spiky.
G- The avocado smells fresh.
A- The mango feels very heavy.
The new Sunflowers have made a super start in Year 1. Well done to everyone!