Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
We were all very excited as we travelled to Normanby Hall. We passed Humberside Airport and the Humber bridge on our journey. We made learning connections and linked this to our building bridges learning.
On our arrival we were happy to be greeted by a rather glorious looking creature! It’s easy to spot.
Our guide told us that there were two male peacocks and one female walking around the grounds. The male is brightly coloured and he was calling loudly. This was all to attract the female. The female bird looks very different and is not brightly coloured. If you’d like to find out more about peacocks then follow this link.
We listened carefully to some safety advice before we entered the laundry room. We learned that it could be a very dangerous place indeed!
First we needed to fetch the water. It was extremely heavy! It’s much easier these days to turn on the tap.
Once the cold water had been heated then we could grate in the soap. The soap would dissolve in the warm water. Not everyone was keen on the smell, especially when we found out that we would have to wash our hair and bodies with it as well.
The work still wasn’t over!
Some of our laundry assistants look a little happier than the Victorian ones.
We learned that some laundry assistants lost their jobs because of injuries caused by the mangle!
Even the ironing was hard work!
Then it was time to lead our own learning trough role-play, making comparisons and looking at real artefacts.
Look who we spotted having a bite to eat on our way to lunch.
We decided to see if we could find a better job in the hall.
Sarah met us and at first glance she seemed really happy.
Sarah gave Cameron the job of butler. He suddenly became very serious and we had to be very smart and polite before he would even let us through the door!
We learned about what the rich and poor people did inside the hall.
We found a new lord and lady of the house.
Sarah put on her housekeepers gloves and her whole personality changed! We made sure that we tried to impress her.
Inside the drawing room Fred got new job, unfortunately it wasn’t a very good one!
He had some rather nasty jobs to do!
Mrs Harding the housekeeper made him sweep the chimney! In Victorian times boys just like him even had to climd up inside the chimney!
Poor Edith had to clean and blacken the fireplaces in every room of the house!
She didn’t really do a good enough job so she was sacked immediately!
In the dining room the lord and lady appeared to be having a grand time. They ate and drank lots and lots.
We even discovered how they went to the toilet which was quite shocking!
Upstairs in the master’s bedroom he got dressed ready for boarding school. We prefer the Stanford uniform.
Can you work out what this was used for?
Year 3 laughed, learned and loved Normanby Hall. When you see us ask us all about our brilliant trip.
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.
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.
In science Year 3 explored our strawberry patch. We examined the flowers which would eventually turn into strawberries. We looked for the runners from the parent plant and how that is another way to grow new plants instead of using the seeds from the strawberries. Through our research we learnt that this was a quicker way than growing from seed and how the farmers tend to do it on UK strawberry farms. We estimated how many strawberries our patch would produce.
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!
We really enjoyed experiencing would it would have been like in a Victorian Classroom.
We lined up outside the classroom – girls and boys had to enter from a different door.
As we entered the room we had to pay our teacher a penny as school wasn’t free until towards the end of the Victorian period. We had to take our caps off in the classroom. We had to stand behind our desks until we were asked to sit down.
It was very strict. We weren’t allowed to speak until we were spoken to.
Our work was done with chalk on slate. We tried to write in Victorian script. It was really difficult if we were left handed because we had to try with our right hands.Speaking of hands our teacher did a hand inspection. We had to sit up straight too. Also we recited our 3 times table. We were given a real Victorian poem to learn off by heart.
The Humberside Fire and Rescue team came to speak to Key Stage 2 pupils about the dangers of fires, what to do in an emergency and also what to do if there is a fire. Pupils asked some excellent questions and learnt about fire safety.
Today we had a visit from the Humberside Fire service. They shared important advice about keeping ourselves safe and what to do if there is a fire in our home.
Here are a few things we learnt:
"If your clothes are on Fire then you have to stay calm, stop, drop to the floor and roll about to put the fire out." Daisy Lou
"Remember to unplug your electrical equipment before you go to bed" Charlotte
"Test your smoke detector once a week for example Check it Tuesday" Ollie
"If you discover a fire you need to get out the building as quickly as possible because fire gets big really quickly. Ring 999 and ask for the fire service. You need to say your address. It is helpful to know our Postcode." Lauren
"Don't have phone chargers in your bedroom or on your bed" Emma
If you are trapped in your bedroom stand by your window, open it so you don't breathe in smoke and shout for help. The Fire people will be able to see you and rescue you." Freddie
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.
A huge well done to our Design an Egg competition!
1st place: Charlie
2nd Place: Daisy
3rd Place: Amelia
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.
Well done – the Easter Service today at St Margaret’s Church was excellent and showed great maturity in the way the pupils told the Easter Story through bible readings, songs and art work. Thanks to Rev Stevens and Mrs Mawer for making us so welcome.
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!
Look at how our chicks have grown!
They have changed colour slightly and they are certainly much more active.
The chicks have heat from their heat lamp. We have also provided food and water for them. The children in Star Anise help to keep their boxes clean and tidy too. We think that the chicks are well cared for and happy.
Poppy Class listened to a special piece of classical music. They discussed how it made them feel and drew pictures to show what they imagined.
Alfie- It reminded me of a parade.
Sam- It sounded a bit stormy when it became loud in the middle.
Kye- I imagined a concert.
Daisy- I would listen to it again. If I was drawing, I might put it on to relax me.
Mrs. Brady explained that the music was from Haydn's Clock Symphony. The children answered questions about the music and listened carefully to identify the instruments.
Have a listen to this piece. Can you explain why it's called The Clock Symphony? What can you hear?
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.
One of the eggs had a tiny crack. The chick is using its beak tooth to break the egg open. We wondered how long it would take?
If you look carefully, then you will see a camera that is recording any changes in the eggs. What a useful piece of scientific equipment!
In Science Year 3 pupils worked in teams to investigate how the amount of water, soil or light affects the growth of plants.
We had to ensure that the test was fair and to only change one thing.
We made predictions and gave reasons for them.
Year 3 set up an experiment to see if water dyed with food colouring would change the colour of the petals.
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
All Year 3 spent time with each other sharing their favourite stories.
We thought carefully about questions that we could ask, just like real scientists.
We were very excited to meet the animals.
Year 2 scientists have excellent listening skills.
The first animal that we encountered was the African tortoise.
We observed carefully.
Some children were even brave enough to touch.
The next animal was an African pygmy hedgehog.
This animal is a nocturnal carnivore.
Hedgehogs have spines or quills. When they are handled carefully they don’t spike or hurt you.
Then it was time to meet the bearded dragon who comes from Australia. Their habitat is hot. Their thick skin protects them from the strong sunlight. When they are threatened by predators they blow up to three times the size and their spines stick out.
We met an African millipede which is the biggest millipede in the world. They are herbivores and they have no bite of sting. They suck rotten fruit and leaves.
Some of the children were extremely brave and and handled a Mexican redrub trantula. They are carnivores. They eat insects and small mice. They kill their prey with venom that comes out of fangs that measure more than half a centimeter.
Pole cats are carnivorous creatures. They are very flexible so that they can move quickly around their burrows. They live in a temperate climate.
The monitor lizard has hard skin. It uses its tongue to smell and taste the air. They are carnivores and have sharp claws to tear meat apart. They eat rats, mice, chicks and other small animals.
West African python is a constrictor and has more than 10 000 muscles. They swallow their food whole.
Our finished leaves have finally arrived in school. Each of them is absolutely unique, just like us!
We were delighted with our leaves and we will treasure them forever.
Poppy class would like to thank Zoe from Firefly Ceramics for all of her hard work.
All of the children and staff enjoyed themselves thoroughly on World Book Day.
Do you recognise any of the characters?
Poppy class would like to thank their families for their support and hard work creating these outstanding costumes. Miss Whiting and Miss Peck were simply overwhelmed!
The whole class used their design technology skills to create some magnificent design sheets that explained how their costumes were created. Miss Whiting covered up all of the names and then gave Miss Peck the tricky task of choosing four winners. Miss Peck really struggled as all of the competition entries were exceptional.
We created book marks for our friends.
Has anyone spotted Wenda?
As part of our on-going internet safety work we asked a really big question.
We used our P4C skills to listen and respond respectfully to each other.
Every member of the class had something very useful to say.
After considering everyone’s views and ideas we had a very balanced view. Here is just one example.
We invited some PE specialists into school. It looks like Poppy Class is listening very carefully.
Archery was a brand new experience for many of us.
Supporting our friends.
Even though Holly had an injury she was able to get involved in the action.
We all really enjoyed working with the PE specialists and we are hoping that they will return very soon.
The sorting hat started the fun.
Even the teachers got involved.
Reading by candlelight was quite magical.
Quiz booklets at the ready we thought very carefully.
There were witches and wizards everywhere!
Key Stage 2 pupils had a fantastic afternoon, learning how to have a balanced diet and learning about the key food groups. A 'Ready, Steady, Cook' Interactive Challenge was created with Chartwells. Four pupils worked in two separate teams to create two healthy and nutritious meals... in 15 minutes! It was a great afternoon with critiques from our audience members and tasters as well!
What an amazing learning experience it was this morning when we came face to face with a variety of rainforest creatures.
We learnt about a wide range of facts about the different creatures including diet and whereabouts in the rainforests they would live.
Lily, “I thought was a fun enjoyable time. The creatures weren’t all what I expected. I thought that the tarantula was going to be large but it wasn’t so scary when I held it.”
Lucy, “ I really liked learning about the millipede and the tarantula. The millipede is a creature that cleans the rainforest floor by eating all the rotten fruit and dead leaves. The bald patch on the tarantula is because it has flung its fur to blind the predator that had tried to attack it.”
Mac, ”I liked learning about the different rainforest animals. I loved the white hedgehog but if it was frightened it would turn into a sharp spikey ball. It is a carnivore.”
Jacob, “ I didn’t know tortoises could live in the rainforest. I really liked the tortoise. Some of the creatures were scary but I was brave and touched some of them.”
Here are some of the creatures we encountered:
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.
On Monday 30th January, 4 children from Poppy 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.
Isabella "This is so much fun because I am like learning about nature and birds."
Ruby " I can hear lots of birds in the nature area but I can't see them without the binoculars."
Leo "The binoculars are helping me try to find the birds up in the trees and I have seen a blackbird."
Kye "I have seen a robin and 2 blackbirds."
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.
These children have all read at least three times this week. They are very proud of their hard earned stickers. Well done everyone.
We used our wonderful outdoor area to help us learn.
We looked for different living things and evidence that animals had been in the area.
Look carefully at the pictures. What can you find? Can you explain your thinking?
Who might this home belong to?
Can you see signs of life?
Which creatures might you find here?
We all looked very carefully and recorded our findings.
We think that this is an animal home. What do you think.
Poppy class enjoyed a fun packed hook day that was themed ‘Explorers and Animals’.
None of the regular Poppy class children arrived in school. Instead a group of colourful animals and fearless explorers descended upon Poppy classroom. However Miss Whiting and Mrs Cooke thought that some of them looked a little familiar! Do you recognise anyone?
We looked carefully at rainforest art created by the famous artist Henri Rousseau.
We used our sketching, ICT and collage skills to create art that was in the same style.
We followed a recipe to make some rainforest cookies. All of the ingredients originated from the rainforest!
Can you guess what any of the ingredients were?
It looks like these animals and explorers are having fun!
Isobel doesn’t want the cookies to stick to the baking trays.
Almost ready for the oven.
Someone always has to tidy up. Isn’t it good that we all helped.
Our favourite part was the taste test mmm.
Explorer Jack came into school to share his experiences with us. Jack had travelled to Borneo. It took him 26 hours to travel there! We listened carefully to Jack and decided to compare life in the rainforest with our lives. We thought about the environment, homes, animals in the local habitat, food and weather.
This is Jack’s water bottle. He needed to drink 8 litres of water ever single day.
Can you guess what is in this very small bag?
We couldn’t believe it when Jack told us that this was his sleeping bag! The sleeping bag was made out of very light fabric that can be rolled into this tiny pouch!
Poppy class would like to thank all of their parents who helped to create their brilliant costumes for our hook day.
This is just one example of the fabulous home learning that takes place in Poppy Class. I wonder which creatures will decide to make their home in this fantastic ‘Bug Hotel’?
We were lucky enough to hold our Christmas service at our local church.
All of the children gathered together and were supported by parents and the local community to celebrate Christmas.
A small group of children read from Matthew 2:1-6
They look as though they enjoyed themselves thoroughly.
Poppy Class Year 3 children performed the Christmas Alphabet with Makaton signs.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Today lots of lucky children supported Poppy Class enterprise by buying a pebble pal.
Take a look at some of their adventures around school today.
Pebble admiring some fabulous pop art creation!
A trio of pebbles learn how to improve their writing. Isobel and Emma are fantastic teachers.
Thinking about helping with the washing up! Unfortunately he didn’t hang around for too long!
He popped in to see Mrs Hackfath instead! She looks very pleased to see him.
Back to the classroom to learn some times tables! The four times table was his favourite.
Please feel free to send in pictures of your pebble pal and their exciting adventures.
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Today we had the Key Stage 1 Christmas performance. The children have worked really hard for weeks to make this a special event!
The children were amazing. They were word perfect, loud, clear and thoroughly entertaining! The singing, dancing and musical accompaniment were outstanding. What a performance!
We would like to thank all the parents for their help and support with the fabulous costumes and with helping the children to learn their lines. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and here are some photos to remind you of this wonderful performance!
Introducing the ‘Pebble Pal’
A tough reliable friend who is looking for adventures with you!
We set to work writing our business plans.
We decided to have some regular pebble pals and some rare pebble pals! So each time that you buy a pebble you have a small chance of buying a rare or exceptional pebble pal. We made far fewer of these so they really are collectors pieces! Will you be lucky? Each pebble will be wrapped in our personally designed wrapping paper. Imagine the excitement as you open the parcel to meet your new pal!
Miss Whiting bought a large bag of pebbles for us. Unfortunately they were extremely dusty and dirty so our team cave them a very good wash.
After they were washed and dried it was time for the design team to create the pebble faces.
It looks like they are enjoying their work!
Our Pebble Pal collection is growing. Which one will be your friend?
Almost ready for public sale! Will you manage to buy one?
Year 3 and 4 had a fantastic day at The Collection Museum in Lincoln today. It really supported our learning about Prehistoric Britain.
We had a funfilled day:
One of the many highlights of this week was the Stanford Talent Show.
Our class were delighted to have four fabulous finalists!
All of the talented finalists performed confidently but the winners were Holly and Lucy from Poppy Class. They really do have stars in their eyes!
We managed to catch up with this talented duo and ask them how winning the Stanford Talent show had made them feel.
Holly stated “I was excited to take part. When I found out I had won I couldn’t wait to perform!”
Lucy added “At first I was really scared but as I got through each round I became more confident. When we won I was over-whelmed!”
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!'
Poppy and Barley class joined together to create 'Power For Good' Superheroes. We worked together to name the qualities a power for good superhero would have to help others. We had great fun together... keep a look out for our superheors and their qualities around school!
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
Lauren wrote a super letter to Mrs Hackfath.
Mrs Hackfath was so very impressed that she has decided to employ Lauren and a team of her friends to help the younger children with their Maths.
Year 3 were all very excited when Sunita came to teach us all about Indian dress and dance.
Grace couldn’t wait to get dressed in Indian clothes. Emma was very happy to be working with all of her Year 3 friends.
We looked at a very long piece of fabric. “It felt very smooth and expensive” Auden said.
Daisy-Lou added “Sunita needed to choose a King, Queen, Prince and Princess for our afternoon dance lesson.”
Miss Whiting was the Queen and Sam was the King.Sam was very proud to be chosen.
Cameron said “I felt happy to be chosen and enjoyed wearing special clothes.
Finally Lucy was chosen to be the beautiful Princess.
Ashley was happy to meet the King and Prince.
Thomas enjoyed dancing.
Freddie said “I had to really concentrate.”
“I really enjoyed the dancing and getting dressed up. I wore a bindi on my forehead that was just like a sticker.”
“I compared our usual dancing to Indian dancing and it was very different” said Olli.
Princess Lucy danced beautifully.
We even joined in with meditation at the end.
We were delighted that Sunita came to teach us all about Indian dress and dance.
We were really lucky to have Sunita come into school to help us make rangoli patterns. It is used in Diwali to make homes look bright, cheerful and welcoming. Rangoli patterns use bright colours and are symmetrical.
We used stencils and coloured in the gaps using chalks. We had to make sure that we talked to each other to make sure that we were all using the same colours. As we had worked so hard Sunita suggested we use glitter to make them even more fabulous. Look how much fun we had making them!
Look how beautiful the rangoli patterns are!!
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?
Key Stage One children joined together to celebrate the Harvest in the school hall.
Lots of parents came to join us.
Year 2 in Poppy Class may be a small group but we worked as a brilliant team on our choral speaking. Everyone was very impressed.
Look at all of the fabulous produce that was collected. This year our Harvest gifts will be given to Harbour Place in Grimsby. We thanked our parents for their generosity.
Key Stage Two children joined together to celebrate the Harvest at the St. Margaret’s Church.
Year 3 in Poppy Class may be a slightly smaller group but we worked as a brilliant team on our choral speaking. Everyone was very impressed.
This year our Harvest gifts will be given to Harbour Place in Grimsby. We thanked our parents for their generosity.
Poppy Class worked super hard and were very excited to perform.
After all of that hard work we were able to buy a cake so that we could raise money for Macmillan. We thanked our parents for their very generous donations.
Year 3 and 4 had a fabulous day learning out the stone age.
In groups they had to work together to find the food out in the wild ... They discovered Woolly mammoths, and Sabre tooth tigers. Also they found roots, seeds and berries. What a feast. On a map of the school grounds they marked where they found their tasty meals ... ready for they need their next feast!
We also learnt about how prehistoric man drew and painted on cave walls. We had a go at painting our own rocks in the same style. It was quite tricky.
Using clay we started making stone age jewellery or clay pots.
We imagined what it would be like to life in a cave. We designed and started to make our own cave designs thinking about the materials the prehistoric people would have to use.
What a fantastic day!!
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.
On our first day back at school Poppy Class like nothing better than getting stuck into a good book!