Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Juniper class impressed the audience during their class assembly today – they spoke eloquently about their history curriculum. The pupils shared reports about the workhouse, information about Normandy Hall, feedback on gruel (!) and shared stunning William Morris inspired designs. The role play all about Victorian education was particularly well-received as was the Victorian song that the class shared as their finale. Well done Juniper. Many thanks too to the parents, grandparents and community members who came along to support the event.
In Juniper class we have been thinking about the meaning of Community. We considered the benefits of the different communities we each belong to. We thought about how this related to Jo Cox's Quote, " We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us."
Together we created a poster with what community means to us. We used the symbol of a tree.
We thought how are communities like trees? Here are some of our ideas:
Rebecca, " Roots hold the community strong for lots of Years."
Auden "The branches are like the different community groups. Some are long and some short. All different but all part of a larger group. "
Sophie, "The leaves like people are all different. They may have different patterns, shades, sizes, textures but they are all leaves and do the same jobs - shelter and make food. People are all different shapes and sizes and have different things they like but every one is human and lots of the same things we need are the same. We need family and shelter and food and friends. Also everyone likes to have fun."
James, "The tree is home to lots of different species all different but in harmony with each other."
Jacob, "Each tree is individual but everyone does a similar jobs with the same parts."
George, "The bark protects the tree and communities support and protect people."
Esmae, "The leaves make oxygen which we all need to live and people need communities."
We shared our ideas during todays Great Get together event.
During the week some of us made cakes and biscuits for the event which we shared together - our own Juniper Class community
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.
We researched information about the workhouse. We wondered what the food tasted like so we sampled some gruel and broth. Also we shared an extract from "Street Child" which described Jim Jarvis being sent to the workhouse and the conditions there. These are helping to inspire us to create diary entries that describe a day in the life of a child in the Workhouse.
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.
Wow! The fruit is now growing and beginning to ripen. Some of us picked the first strawberries of the year. We all got a chance to taste one. School grown freshly picked strawberries – Yum!
Wow what a healthy class. All these pupils either walked, scooted or biked to school every day as part of Walk to School week.
Juniper class practised some yoga moves under the shade of our wonderful Oak tree.
“I had to really concentrate to keep my balance.” Rebecca
“I loved being outside especially near this tree on a hot day.” Owyn
“I felt lovely and relaxed and calm afterwards.” Auden
Juniper and Barley class have started their collaboration this term linked with Outdoor learning. Their challenge is to work in groups to create and then present a presentation on what they would like to see in our nature area- Dragon Den style! This afternoon they worked together to create their team name, logo and ideas of what they may like in this outdoor area.
Year 3 prepared and made a healthy and tasty meal using tomatoes and herbs as the main ingredients. They made pasta with tomato and basil sauce with herby garlic bread. This involved ensuring hygiene procedures were used, following a recipe, and evaluating the finished dish. Most agreed it was delicious! Many were inspired to want to cook this recipe using fresh ingredients at home. We also identified which part of the Eat well plate each of the ingredients belonged to applying our previous learning on healthy eating.
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!
A huge well done to our Design an Egg competition!
1st place: Abi and George
2nd Place: Mia and James
3rd Place: Charlie
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 – 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.
Juniper class explored a range of feelings how they affect our mood. We discussed ideas to support each other and ourselves to tackle more tricky feelings and came up with some strategies:
When you're Feeling Blue?
What can you do?
Juniper Class knew....
If someone is sad do something funny to make them laugh.
Look out for people - if no-one is playing with them then ask them if they would like to play. Be kind and caring and listen to them.Sometimes you just need a hug (we agreed to ask first as not everyone is keen!)
Think happy thoughts. Think of a happy memory or something you are proud of.
Do something you enjoy and have fun like dancing or singing or playing.
Smile at people.
Talk to someone about how you are feeling. Don't keep it inside.
Respect that sometimes people might want to spend a bit of time on their own and have some peace or thinking time.
Tell an adult if you are worried.
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.
Juniper Class were proud to be awarded first place as “Energy Heroes".
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.
Juniper Class did an excellent job of showcasing their fantastic learning about the rainforest.
Our assembly including sharing our English persuasive writing, our understanding of deforestation, our report writing skills, performance poetry including music and sharing our poisoned dart frog designs, finished products and evaluations. Well done Juniper Class!
All Juniper class dressed up as characters from their favourite stories. They shared their favourite stories with each other.
All year 3s and all year 4s spent time together sharing each other’s favourite books
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!
In groups we composed music to add to our class rainforest poem. We practised our parts developing an increased accuracy, fluency, control and expression. We look forward to sharing this poem with the school and parents in our class assembly on Friday 3rd March.
We were all delighted to receive our clay leaves we made.
Our challenge is to read with an adult a minimum of 3 times per week. We received a special sticker for each week we completed. Everyone that had a full set of stickers received a prize.
During our internet Safety week, as part of our P4C we considered different views on how safe the internet is.
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:
We got the opportunity to try some new skills this morning including fencing and archery. Learning new things is such fun. We all showed good cooperation and team work and were resilient when it was a bit tricky. We certainly improved with practice.
Today we were lucky enough to see for ourselves how well drivers can see when they are in a large vehicle. It was so exciting to climb inside the cab and take a look inside. When we were inside the truck we simply couldn't see our class mates that were stood close to the vehicle. Now we understand how important it is to stand quite far away from large vehicles to ensure we are safe.
We loved our maths learning today outdoors. We when on a right angle, acute angle and obtuse angle hunt and took photos which we later peer assessed to ensure accuracy. Following this we had a challenge to make a shape/pattern with the most right angles. One group made a pattern with over 60 right angles!
We created a sequence of dance moves imagining we were Rainforest explorers. We thought about height, space, and included a range of fast/slow moves. We thought about how we moved our whole bodies. We evaluated each others performance and from listening to feedback and taking ideas from other groups made improvements to our dance.
On Monday 30th January, 4 children from Juniper 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.
Frankie "I am loving what we are doing this morning because I just love nature and I love birds and it is important that we are counting them."
Sophie "I was a bit worried but I like working together and I am having a good time and I want to see a robin."
William "This is fun because I am really excited about birds and me and Joe are working together."
Grace " I can hear the birds but I can't really see them very well but it's good I have binoculars and thank you for the birdwatcher biscuits."
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.
Today, our school field has some special visitors -
Julie and Mark from Lincoln Owl Rescue. They have brought with them an European Eagle Owl, Tawny Owl , Barn Owl, North American Screech & Australian Boobook for the pupils to see and learn about.
"I liked Jesse the Eagle owl the best because of his massive orange eyes." Owyn
"I loved seeing Sunbeam the tawny owl. His feathers looked so soft." Archie
Everyone was a creature that lived in the Kapok tree apart from AJ who was the tree. We learnt how all the creatures lived in the tree and how they all depend on the tree.
“The animals will have nowhere to live if the tree is chopped down” Rebecca
"All animals have a special connection to their home and each other. Without the smaller animals the jaguar would have no food.” Lily
"The porcupines explained how the trees produce oxygen which we need to breathe!" George
"The bees have their hive in the tree. They pollinate the flowers so if they die the flowers will die.” Franki
"We thought about what the Sloth questioned - how much beauty is worth?" James
Juniper had a fabulous day exploring the rainforest.
We researched some of the creatures you might find there and learnt to draw them.
We had a special visitor Jack Douglass who came to share his experience of trekking through the rainforest. We learnt about the equipment you need to survive a trek in the rainforest and how it felt.
As part of Design Technology, Star Anise and Juniper Year 4's enjoyed researching, designing and making their own Stone Age Soup. Some of the soups were e a very interesting colour and had some strange flavours. Everyone worked together in groups and it was lovely seeing all the children praising each other, even when the soup didn't taste that nice. Mrs Hackfath came and sampled the soups and scored them on flavour, colour and appearance.
Juniper Class enjoyed taking part in The Christmas Carol Service at St Margaret's Church this week.
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:
Year 4 Group 1 are enjoying learning the viola. Here they are learning the names of the open strings. Their challenge is to think of a phrase to help them remember CGDA, e.g. Can Granny Do Aerobics?!
We made marshmallow snowmen to sell at the Christmas Fayre to day.
We donated any cuddly toys that we had that we no longer loved. We sold them as a part of our enterprise project at the Christmas Fayre.
At the Christmas fayre Juniper class raised an amazing £78:50. Many thanks to the Year 4 team who helped at the stall.
Year 4 Group 1 are enjoying learning the viola. Here they are learning the names of the open strings. Their challenge is to think of a phrase to help them remember CGDA, e.g. Can Granny Do Aerobics?!
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!'
Owyn shared his fantastic story that he wrote as part of his home learning. What a Brilliant Effort!
This week Juniper and Star Anise joined together to take part in Anti Bullying Week. The collaborative learning included discussing what the four types of bullying are, how it can make people feel and most importantly, how we can help to stop bullying and work towards the 'Power for Good'. We discussed different scenarios and used role play to show how we would act in the different situations.
In Juniper Class we have been using atlases and maps of The UK and The World to locate different countries, oceans, seas and counties. We enjoyed using these resources and finding out about all of the different pieces of information you can find on different types of maps.
William H says, "I liked using the big World map to find out names of different places and I even noticed a scale to show how big countries are."
Jacob M says, "I found out about longitude and latitude. I already knew about The Equator and I told the rest of the class.
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
Some of our class enjoy participating in gardening club. This week they brought Juniper class some of the pumpkins that have been growing.
In groups we researched different recipes using our new class tablets. We made a list of popular recipes and did a survey to see which recipe was the most popular.
The most popular recipe was Chocolate and Pumpkin Cookies.
On Thursday we had to make pumpkin puree. We had to scrape the seeds and stringy bits out of the middle of the pumpkins and then put them in the oven to soften. When cooked and cooled Mrs Allen kindly blended them ready for our cookie making.
On Friday we got to make batches of cookies in groups - following the recipe, taking turns to measure the ingredients out carefully.
The best bit was the eating! 100% of the class thought they were delicious even Archie who said he didn't like pumpkin or chocolate!
Many agreed that they were the best cookies they had tasted.
"You couldn't taste the pumpkin. They are so fluffy and sweet. I'd give them 10/10" reported Charlotte.
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.
Year 4s listened carefully to Sinetta talk about traditional clothing
Mrs Hill was dressed in a sari and she was our Queen for the dance. Adam in his special hat and outfit was the King. Jim was the Prince and Abbi was the princess.
We learnt how much fabric was in each sari and how to transform it into a dress. Mrs Hill and Mrs Amos were our fabulous models!
The girls loved dressing up ready for their Indian dancing.
We all wore a bindi as a part of our Indian costume.
Check out Mrs Amos and Mrs Hill’s dance moves.
Excellent participation from all the Year 4s.
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!!
Yesterday Year 4's enjoyed their first swimming session. Here are some of the children's comments.
Josef Plaskitt- Exciting, although I was initially a little worried.
Mia Gorton- Enjoyable
Rio Daodu- Epic, I love to swim!!
William Collins- Fun, although a little nervous.
Rebecca Payling Great Fun
James Barrass- Amazing, Exciting!!