Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Pumpkin Class have been looking closely at froglets this week. We drew the life cycle of the frog and labelled it using our science vocabulary. We can talk about: frog spawn; tadpoles; changes to their bodies; what they eat; how they live firstly in water and then on land (amphibians); their skin and finally how they mate and lay eggs.
We released them into the school pond and will keep going back to watch them grow. Some of us decided to make the life cycle using play doh!
As part of our celebrations for Founders Day we enjoyed an assembly in our bubble with Mrs Brady. She told us all about why we were celebrating. Then we went outside to see the Founders Day flag. Happy Founders Day everyone.
On Friday, Pumpkin Class created collages with felt to show our knowledge of parts of a plant. In Science we have learnt about the different parts of a plant and their purpose. We used our art skills of collage to cut felt and create our masterpieces. What do you think?
We enjoyed our running challenge this week as part of the Race 4 Life charity work. We all received medals for our achievements.
Pumpkin Class had such a great day yesterday doing their super sports day. The morning was great weather so it was games on the field and the afternoon was just as fun in the hall despite the rain outside. This is what the children had to say:
JJ – “It was fun and my favourite day ever! I liked batting and catching balls.”
DI – “ I loved the dance floor game, you had to copy each other’s dances and then freeze.”
AB – “My favourite was rounders.”
JR – “Sports day was brilliant and I sweated a bit!”
CP – “I worked hard.”
GR – “It was a fun and exciting day.”
TS – “It was really good and I enjoyed working at it. It was the best ever sports day!”
Over the past three weeks Pumpkin Class have been creating tree collages using pumpkin seeds. We have already looked at why trees were important to humans, animals and the environment so we decided some art work would go nicely with this work. It took several weeks to design, create and paint the pieces. Here are some of our finished pieces:
Today Pumpkin Class have been looking at their plants to make scientific observations. Two weeks ago, on our Hook Day, we planted lots of seeds and today, two weeks later, we are looking to see what differences there are.
Wow! In two weeks this is what we noticed:
“I can see a root growing through the bottom of the pot!”
“The seed coat of the sunflower is stuck to a leaf”
“My sunflower has a stem which is tall.”
“The shoot is reaching for the sun and the root is going down.”
Our beans are planted in plastic bags so we can easily see the changes. This is what we observed:
“Some beans have grown more than others.”
“Most have cracked open.”
“One bean is growing smaller roots on the large root!”
We made some great observational drawings too.
As part of our Intra-sport activities on Friday last week, Pumpkin Class took part in an amazing event! The Cricket tournament was between our four Teams at Stanford and we had semi-finals and Finals. We all had a great time learning a new PE skill; working as part of a team; encouraging and supporting our friends and having lots of fun!
Here are some pictures we’d like to share.
Today we enjoyed a whole day of gardening and planting as an introduction to our work on Growing and Changing.
We started the day by following instructions on seed packets to plant leeks and carrots. We made labels so that we remembered where we planted them. We used our maths skills to make 1cm holes in the compost. Next we planted sunflowers for our height competition. We are going to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. Watering the seeds once they were planted was very important. We also put them in the sun.
We are also growing beans but we want to see how the beans change so we have put them on wet paper towels, inside plastic bags and hung them in the sun. Each week, as part of our science work, we will make observational drawings and record the changes we see.
Finally we all took part in a big tidy up around our playground and peace garden. This involved raking and sweeping dead leaves; pulling up weeds; gathering sticks and twigs and generally clearing up!
A great day was had by all and we can’t wait to see our seeds and beans grow. Keep watching our page to find out what happens.
The children have been learning about the Easter Story and finding out ways Christian people celebrate Easter at this time. Here is a song that those who believe might sing in their special place of worship.
Year 2 are hoping to achieve the Golden Mile award with Mr Page. Every Friday morning we are walking or running as many times as we can around the playground. We are counting our miles as we go. This is good for our HEARTS, good for our HEADS, great for our WELLBEING and LOTS OF FUN!! Here we are running and walking in the sunshine.
In Pumpkin Class this week we are learning about fractions and what better way to do this than eating them!
We learnt that two halves is the same as one whole and four quarters is also the same as one whole. We also learnt how to represent halves and quarters in words, pictures and numerals. Look at our delicious pancake and waffle cutting!
“It was a Yummy maths lesson!”
“It was hard to cut the pancakes because they were circles.”
“The waffles were easier to cut equally because we could count the squares!”
“To see if the pieces were equal we put one on top of the other and mine was spot on!”
In Pumpkin Class today we are preparing to write poems. We have read a story about seasons changing and how different the same place can look in the Winter and in the Summer. We have worked in pairs today to come up with some really good vocabulary to use in our poems. We can’t wait to share them with you but for now here’s our work in progress:
‘beautiful, fluttering butterflies’; ‘crisp frozen lake’; ‘bright dazzling sun’; ‘trees as still as statues’; ‘bare and bony trees’; ‘spiders spinning webs’; ‘rabbits hopping playfully’.
Today has been an amazing day where we welcomed back all pupils!!! We celebrated with music blasting from the hall as the pupils arrived and decorated classrooms to welcome the pupils back! Each class celebrated with a small party too! 🎊 🎈 We are so pleased to see our Stanford Family back together! 😀
In Pumpkin Class today we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes. We have taken apart cuboids to investigate how many faces they have. Some of us even got inside the big ones!
Then we started making many different 2D shapes.
Finally we made 3D shapes in different ways.
We had so much fun and learnt so much at the same time. Our new vocabulary is: cube, cuboid, 3 -dimensional, 2-dimensional, faces, edges, vertices and corners. We look forward to sharing more shape work soon.
It was so lovely today to go out and see our Year 1 and Year 2 home learners. I went on a mission to deliver new resources to help our pupils with their on-line learning and I was met with so many smiles, excited squeals and virtual hugs! It was great to see everyone and hear the many positive comments about the work being set by teachers for children at home.
The learning packs were welcomed by parents as well as pupils, many thanking us for the kindness shown in creating them and the thoughtfulness in delivering them in person. One parent commented, “We will absolutely love sitting down together and sharing these games and activities, thank you so much.”
Here are some of the children we visited.
As part of our history theme this term we have been learning all about the life and work of Florence Nightingale and what a significant person she was. The soldiers called her 'The lady with the Lamp' and the children at home and in school enjoyed making their own lamps as well as other events in Florences life.
Grace was celebrating today because she has used her learning power – Perseverance – to stick at something and eventually achieve it! Well done Grace.
Pumpkin class have all made a thank you card to send to our Library.
Do you like it?
We miss the library and Miss Wink.
This week we watched a video story and learnt new ways of being safe on the internet. This is what we found out:
As part of our work about germs, we have learnt how Louis Pasteur discovered that pasteurization kills germs in our drinks. We watched a video all about the journey of milk from a farm to the shops. In the video it showed a machine that pasteurized the milk. We know that what a scientist did a long time ago is still being used today! Look at our journey maps with an explanation of what Louis did.
With the theme of ‘I believe’, we have been looking at the way three different religious groups believe that The World was created.
First we looked at the Christian Story of Creation and made story wheels to show this.
Secondly we compared it to the Islamic Story of Creation and noted the similarities and differences. This is what we thought:
OW: ‘Both stories have their God making the sky and land and seas.’
DI: ‘In the Islamic story they believe Allah made angels.’
TS: ‘In the Christian story God just made man and woman but in the other one Allah modelled it first then breathed on it to make it alive.’
OH: ‘Both stories start with nothing and end up with the living things on the World.’
Finally we looked at the Hindu Story of Creation and noticed how very much different this one was. We liked the part where Vishnu grew a lotus flower out of his navel. We also liked how Brahma used petals of the flower to make things. We got creative and made our own lotus flowers:
Really lovely curriculum, well done everyone!
Look out for Mental Wellbeing week and Inter Faith week coming up!
Keep up the excellent work, we are very proud of you all.
A big thank you to Parents/Carers for your continued support, have a lovely weekend!
A huge well done to our behaviour and attendance winners this term! 100% attendance with 3 winners and 2 behaviour winners
That festive feeling is in the air! The tree has arrived and has been beautifully decorated. The children have worked hard to make their class hoop to decorate the hall and everyone is feeling very Christmassy.
Don’t the decorations look amazing?
Here we are enjoying our delicious Christmas dinner to day.
Children in Year 2 love to ‘choose their challenges’ and they are always keen to learn in different ways. This year we have extended continuous provision into the Year 2 classroom so that children can lead their own learning by completing challenges of their choice around the room. Here are just some challenges completed this week.
Today we had a live, streamed assembly from the local Fire Fighters. We learnt a lot about Bonfire and Firework safety and also about Fire Safety.
We made sparkler poster to show the 5 rules of using sparklers safely: One at a time; with an adult; wearing gloves; put used ones in a bucket of water (not on the ground) and be sensible. Do you like our posters?
We also practised what to do if a spark of fire lands on us:
STOP, DROP, ROLL.
Here’s some of our questions answered by the fire team:
A and S asked: How does smoke hurt us?
Answer: If we breathe it in, it can really hurt us. That’s why firefighters wear special masks.
B asked: How can we stay safe near bonfires?
Answer: By being with an adult and staying a good distance away. Also never throwing anything into a fire.
We really enjoyed our virtual assembly.
Our Head Boy and Head Girl delivered our virtual assembly on Friday for Macmillan Coffee morning. They shared with the whole school how Macmillan came about and how the donations received from families help those that are currently suffering with cancer- Well done for delivering a fantastic 'virtual' assembly!
Recently, we spent our activity day designing, making and decorating models of castles.
We used recycled materials and began the day by sorting these into different areas of the classroom. After drawing our designs, we learnt how to choose suitable materials and tools for the making process. We had a lot of fun making and painting our models. Now we need to evaluate our models. Do you think we did a good job?
This week in Pumpkin class we have been representing numbers in different ways and comparing numbers. We love to work with a ‘Maths Buddy’ using practical equipment.
We have learnt to identify how many tens and ones in a 2-digit number! We can also compare these numbers using the words: greater than, less than and equal to. Next we are going to use symbols instead of words (>, < and =).
What do you think of our work?
Well, Pumpkin class had a fabulous first day back in school. We enjoyed seeing our friends again, exploring our new classroom and taking part in some great learning experiences. It’s so good to be back. Here are some photos of us enjoying our day. PICS
Keep visiting this page each day for updates about our new journey.