Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
First we received expert instruction. We listened very carefully.
Then we had time to practise and develop our skills.
It didn’t take long for us to become experts.
We used a different target for the competition. We worked hard and tried to get the best score we could.
We added up everyone’s score and then the winners were announced.
In 4th place was Field who scored 78 points.
In 3rd place were Knight with 88 points.
In second place with a massive score of 114 points was Whitgift.
In first place with a grand total of 121 points was Stanford. Well done.
Finley asked "What is Mental Health?"
Jacob replied "It’s how you feel inside."
Lily said "Good mental health is when you can cope with lots of different emotions."
Emotions like feeling sad, happy, angry, embarrassed, confident, nervous etc.
All of these emotions are quite normal and we all said ‘It’s OK!’
"Good Mental Health is experiencing different emotion, knowing IT’S OK!" exclaimed Anthony.
Elliott and Oscar built brilliant Lego models of the Jack and the Beanstalk story.
Mrs Hackfath was amazed at the dedication and skill shown.
Stanley said ‘There work was inspiring especially the detailed parts.’
Mental Health and Well-Being of children and staff at Stanford School is very important to us.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Day, each class participated in activities that were age appropriate to discuss how we can help to look after ourselves and each other. FS looked at people who we can talk to and look up to as role models, KS1 discussed different feelings and how 'It's Ok!' to feel certain ways. KS2 discussed different types of mental illness and how we can support one another.
We presented our work and ideas in a whole school assembly, the key theme that we are going to continue to focus on is "It's Good to Talk!".
Children have enjoyed taking part in our Friendship and Valentine after school activities. There were lots of things to do including, making friendship bracelets and drawing a row of friendship friends.
We had a lovely Community High Tea Thank You Event yesterday – we wanted to let all the volunteers who help our school know how valued and special their contributions are. Thank you to all the pupils and staff for making and serving the refreshments. All the guests enjoyed the performances and entertainment. Special thanks to the year 6 helpers -Joe, Jessica, Lucie and Harvey who helped make sure the event ran smoothly.
One visitor commented," A lovely event. Pupils were very welcoming and friendly – they entertained us with a wonderful variety of well-rehearsed, interesting and fun performances. A very special afternoon."
Premier Sports came in and delivered an assembly on tolerance and what should and shouldn't be tolerated. Pupils used different coloured cards to represent how they feel about different aspects and scenarios.
Poppy Class will be attending the Infant Singing Festival at the Auditorium this year. We have been listening to part of the story and looking at some of the songs already.
Please feel free to practise these lovely songs at home, which you can find on their YouTube Channel
There are six songs to practise and learn altogether.
When Florence Nightingale was a little girl she dreamed of becoming a nurse. She asked her Mother and Father if she could train to become a nurse.
Her parents said ‘NO!’ because in Victorian times it wasn’t seen as a job for a lady! Her Mother and Father did not approve and they thought that Florence should find a wealthy husband and run the house.
Lots of wealthy young men asked Florence to marry them.
She said ‘No thank you’ to every single one!
She kept asking her parents if she could train to be a nurse.
Eventually when she was 31 years old they agreed. Florence was very happy.
Elissa said ‘I really enjoyed being Florence and I will remember that forever.’
Jacob added ‘Acting helped me to learn about how the rich men asked her to marry them. I asked her and she was very sure when she said NO!’
In Poppy class we held our first Spelling Bee!
Lily kept score and announced the results regularly.
Lily said ‘I really enjoyed it and it made me feel very important.’
Finley added ‘I was very excited when our team captain chose me to take my turn.’
Everyone was very excited and were all encouraging their team.
Katie and Elliot exclaimed ‘We wanted Anthony to get his word right. The word was should.’
Isabella and Dexter added ‘We wanted our team mate to win!’
Louis said ‘I wished my team mate luck.’
Sam showed that he has a growth mindset by saying ‘Even though I didn’t get my word right it was still exciting and next time I will get it right.’
Poppy class know how important spelling is. We work hard every day to improve our spelling and increase the amount of words that we can spell correctly. We use lots of different strategies.
This is a Spelling Scribble. We enjoyed using spelling scribbles for Maths words.
This is the Spelling Shed app that some children enjoy to use at home.
This is a look, say, write, check sheet.
Word shapes can help some children to learn different words.
Spotting spelling mistakes is often a useful strategy.
Word searches can be fun.
Which strategy helps you to learn best?
If you have any more super spelling strategies then please share them with Miss Whiting.
We thought about the awful squalor in the hospital.
Luckily there were no rats roaming around our classroom.
We thought Isabella may have bled all over Olivia!
We are thankful that we only had to imagine the awful smell of overflowing chamber pots!
Can you spot the person who is playing the part of Florence?
Florence used her lamp to guide her around the dimly lit hospital as she checked on the soldiers and tried to make them more comfortable. She became known as the ‘Lady of the Lamp’.
We tried to imagine how crowded and unpleasant the hospital was. The actors and actresses of Poppy class did a very convincing job!
Mr Stevens came for a visit.
He talked to us about the Christmas story. If you look really carefully you might be able to see Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
We shared a song from our Christmas Play ‘How life has changed’.
Anthony said “It was lovely when we all swayed along to the song. It made me feel calm and peaceful.”
Mr Stevens reminded us to think about people who may not be quite as lucky as us.
We gave Mr Stevens some Christmas cards and thanked him for coming.
Jacob said “It was fun when we sang we wish you a Merry Christmas.”
Love has no labels.
We talked about what love is and how it made us feel.
Anthony said ‘Love makes you feel comfy inside.’
We watched the love has no labels video
We saw how inside everyone looked the same. We talked about how ‘comfy’ love feels when it is given and returned.
We agreed that love has no gender, no race, no religion, no age and no disability.
We agreed that love has no labels.
Connor said ‘We can love everyone, it doesn’t matter if their skin or religion are different.’
Anthony added ‘The most important thing in families is love. They may look similar or different.’
Poppy Class prepared and organised a fantastic Christmas party together.
Here is just some of the tasty food that we prepared.
Stanley said “There was a lot to choose from, lots of tasty food.”
We even had a very special visitor!
We played lots of traditional party games including pass the parcel, musical statues and the chocolate game.
Elliott declared “The party was ace!”
Finley added “I’m looking forward to the ice-cream tomorrow because we were too full to eat it today!”
A cracking Christmas party in Poppy Class.
Key Stage One have worked extremely hard on their Christmas Nativity Play. Miss Whiting, Mrs. Brady, Mrs. Cooke and Mrs. Graham are very proud of all the children's achievements.
Here are some photos from yesterday's dress rehearsal.
We would like to thank all the parents for their support and also for organising such lovely costumes.
Good luck everyone for the final performance today!
Mr Stevens came to Foundation and KS1 Christmas assembly.Children sang some songs from their nativity and Mr Stevens said a special prayer
Star Anise and Poppy Class joined together this afternoon for some ICT collaboration. Pupils from Poppy visited Star Anise. We worked together as buddies. Helping others to improve their editing skills.
This week Key Stage 1 have been learning all about road safety. They had a really interesting talk from Alison and Dave who explained how to keep safe and cross roads safely.
Sunflower Class made a road safety poster and shared their important messages.
Can you sing a song about road safety?
Debbie from The Ryan Smith Foundation came to talk to pupils about the importance of wearing a helmet. She spoke about Ryan and how his life has changed dramatically, all because he didn't wear a helmet. She used eggs to demonstrate what can happen if a helmet is not worn. It was a very informative assembly and the pupils really enjoyed this.
We donated some pennies and put them on our team colours Pudsey bear!
Finley:" I am really happy because I know this is going to help other people in need"
Anthony: "I like giving to charity to help people"
Bestie: "I feel good because I am giving to charity helping others"
We screwed up a piece of paper, stood on it, kicked it and said unkind words to the paper. When we then realised that we had been very unpleasant and that we had behaved in a bullying way we said sorry and tried to open the paper back up and smooth it out. We realised that it would not go back to how it used to be.
We learnt that we need to think about what we say to others.
We wrote words on the paper to describe how someone might be feeling if they were a victim of bullying.
We shared this learning with the whole school in our anti-bullying assembly.
As a part of our activities during the day we had a 'Mix it up' lunchtime. The tables were given names using words that encourage tolerance such as: peace, happiness and love.
The children had to pick a card and sit at their chosen table. This was to encourage them to socialise and share lunchtime with different children and to give them an opportunity to make new friends.
The children enjoyed this change to the normal lunchtime routine.
Charlie (Y1) 'I met a new friend called Azem. We chatted together.'
Oscar (Y1) 'It was exciting to find out which table I was going to go to.'
Betsie (Y2) 'I met a new friend and we talked about friendship.'
Anthony (Y2) 'I was excited to sit with someone new.' Ryan (Y3) ' People were nice on my table.'
Amelia (Y3) 'I enjoyed talking to someone new.'
William (Y5) 'We interacted with new people and made new friends. I think we should do this every day.'
Rebecca (Y5) 'It was really fun. It was good to sit with people we don't normally talk to.'
Sunflower and Poppy Class will be performing their exciting Christmas Nativity Play 'Lights, Camel, Action!'
Parents are invited to this extravaganza on: Thursday 14th December at 2 pm.
Our local PCSO Mark Ireland came into school to lead an assembly on respect and how the police deal with bullying behaviours in the community. The children listened to how bullying can affect the community in many different ways such as through anti-social behaviour, and how bullying can not only impact on the victim, but their friends and family too.
We thought carefully about what peace is and how it makes us feel. We realised that we are very lucky as our lives are peaceful and free from conflict.
Connor said ‘Peace is when everything is calm and friendly.’
Lily added ‘We looked at peace symbols like a dove, a cross, white poppies. I used a a love heart and a cross when I created my peace pebble design.’
We were very proud of our completed pebbles as we had thought about the designs so carefully.
We invited Mrs Wink in to be part of our peace pebble ceremony.
We walked outside calmly and thought about how we were lucky to live in peace and perhaps how everyone could work together to create a peaceful world for everyone. As we placed our pebbles in our brand new peace garden we said words that we hoped the whole world could be.
Holly said ‘My word was respect.’
Finley said ‘My word was caring.’
Today we met Poppy Class Governor.
We asked lots of different questions and noted the answers down in our notebooks. We now have a much better understanding of the school governor role. We showed Mrs Tatler our blog page and we know that she will visit it regularly, as well as popping into school whenever she can to work with us.
Pupil Voice is really important to us – groups of pupils led interesting assemblies today in school. The Litter Picker team praised pupils for using the bins and encouraged them to join their team. The Play Leaders led an assembly all about the games and equipment we use at break times and introduced all the Buddies and Play Leaders by name – everyone is there to help make our playtimes fun and engaging. Well done everyone.
We had a great Halloween activity event this week – pupils enjoyed ‘Thriller’ style dancing, pumpkin biscuits, ghost bananas, ‘severed finger’ hot dogs, lego lanterns, craft and balloon games! Everyone was smiling and having fun – the behaviour and atmosphere were excellent. We also managed to raise some funds for school too!
What a busy Wednesday morning we have had in Poppy Class this morning!
We invited all or our parents and family members to share our learning.
We shared our home learning and talked about how it made us feel really proud and helped us with classroom learning.
Lots of people worked really hard to solve our riddles using their inference skills.
Some of the tables were extremely busy! Can you work out which learning was on this table?
That’s right it was the shape table. We made different 2D and 3D shapes, thinking carefully about whether they were regular or irregular
We talked about the importance of home reading and some people simply enjoyed sharing a book.
We demonstrated how to play the one to ten game, counting in multiples of 10. We explained that we can play the game counting in every times table.
We talked about how we use our learning powers.
We really enjoyed sharing our learning and we would like to thank everyone that came.
Seedlings, Sunflower and Poppy classes joined together for our road safety assembly led by PSCO Marc Ireland. The children learnt about ways to keep safe whilst riding their bikes and scooters. PSCO also talked about the importance of wearing a helmet and what to wear to be seen by other road users.
Barley, Star Anise and Poppy Class joined together this afternoon for their reading collaboration. Pupils from Barley visited Poppy, Pupils from Poppy visited Star Anise and pupils from Star Anise visited Barley. We worked as reading buddies to inspire others and improve our reading skills but most of all because we simply love to read.
We have been busy learning about 3D shapes and their features.
We went into the playground to look at some real life shapes.
First of all we looked for edges of different 3D shapes.
Can you spot any? Were we correct?
Then we looked all around for different shaped faces.
We found curved and flat faces. Can you spot them?
Finally we looked for vertices or a single vertex. Were we right? Did we find any?
We enjoyed our outdoor maths learning. We are looking forward to our next lesson!
Thank you for your support for the MacMillan Coffee Morning held at Stanford Centre today. The pupils performed lovely songs and poems. Everyone enjoyed the cakes and refreshments. Thank you for your donations towards this worthwhile cause.
Thank you Mr Stevens, Mrs Mawer and Mr Read for welcoming our KS 1 pupils to St Margaret’s Church today for the Harvest Service. The singing was beautiful and the children listened very well to Mr Steven’s important message about sharing.
Awis said, ‘I enjoyed the singing.’
Olivia said, ‘ I will remember the chocolate cake – it taught us how important it is to share.’
Isabella said, ‘I like joining in with prayers.’
Thanks too to all the staff and Governors who helped with the trip – a very memorable first trip to Church with school for KS 1.
Thank you Mrs Wink for leading the Summer Reading Challenge – so many pupils have impressed you with their holiday reading! The pupils received a certificate of congratulations and Juniper class received a set of books – they were the class who had the most reads. Mrs Wink says 1750 books have been read by Stanford pupils over summer from the Stanford Library - wow! Children at Stanford have a great love of reading and we are so proud of them. Well done.
Councillor Hasthorpe visited school today to lead an assembly about British Values. The pupils listened really well and discussed values, respect, tolerance and equality. Councillor Hasthorpe explained how Parliament works and the importance of us all working together as one big family to make positive changes for the world. Our pupils felt inspired and classes will be doing more follow up learning on this in their SMSC and Philosophy for Children work. Thank you Councillor Hasthorpe for your time and support.
Steve from the County Asset Team visited us to lead an assembly all about the roof building project at school – he talked about the equipment the builders use and the importance of safety. The pupils all listened really well and it seems quite a few family members are working on the roof!
Welcome to Poppy Kingdom where you will find many different kinds of people who live in the castle there. There are Kings, Queens, Lords and Ladies as well as some jesters and jugglers. We interviewed each other to find out what each character was called and what their role was in castle life.
Can you design a vehicle to cross the moat?
Which material will be the most suitable?
Will it sink or float?
Can you make it travel across the moat?
We explored different materials and thought about which ones might float or sink.
Once Finley and Oscar managed to find a cup that floated but they had to think carefully about how they could make it travel across the moat.
They used light, flexible foil to make a sail and blew the boat across the moat, such super problem solving.
Holly had a different approach she decided to build her very own drawbridge.
Dexter and Anthony tested a wide variety of different materials for suitability. They were extremely good at generating different ideas and testing each of these. Such brilliant collaboration!
Millie was resilient when she said ”At first juggling was really, really tricky! But I never gave up and I kept trying really hard and then I got better!”
We used mirrors and the line of symmetry to complete these designs. At first we didn’t always get it right but Awis said “After Miss Whiting modelled some mistakes I was able to tell her how she had gone wrong!” “Then I managed to get my colours right!
Dexter and Anthony tested a wide variety of different materials for suitability. They were extremely good at generating different ideas and testing each of these. Such brilliant collaboration!
Can you decide which one is correct?
“Can you explain what I was thinking when I made my mistake?” Awis asked.
“At first I made a repeating pattern but then I completed the symmetrical pattern correctly. It made me feel happy.”
Ella and Louie labelled different parts of a medieval castle carefully.
What a brilliant start to our term’s learning we can’t wait to get started now!