Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
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We are busy making our Roman wallets, we are sewing our initials at the bottom of the wallet and then experimenting with how to tie the wallet together.
We looked carefully at a range of artefacts from Roman times including coins. We decided to design and create our own coin in Art and design. We experimented with using different tools to shape the clay and carve in our designs. We included our year of birth which we wrote in Roman numerals. We used a range of metallic paints to complete our coins.
Juniper class were keen to read the responses to the questions they asked Sophie Pickerden (NELC-Environment department) after our recent virtual visit where we learnt about recycling in North East Lincolnshire. In her email she also gave information for a competition to design a poster about Littering. We explored the effects that rubbish has on the environment and then created our own posters.
In Science we worked as teams to act out the life cycle of a flowering part. We tried to include the scientific vocabulary: germination, growing and flowering, pollination, fertilization and seed formation and seed dispersal.
We have been inspired by our English text “One Plastic bag” by Isatou Ceesay. We designed and created our own plastic, recycled bracelets from used carrier bags. We are reusing plastic bags because a lot of the time they just get thrown away so we thought we would create something from it. We learnt previously that plastic bags can’t be placed in the blue plastic recycle bins.
Sophie Pickerden (Environmental Education Officer from North East Lincolnshire Council) joined Juniper Class this afternoon to tell us about recycling with a focus on plastics.
We learnt all about how our waste is managed in North East Lincolnshire. Did you know that black plastic cannot be placed in the blue recycle bins?
Juniper class really enjoyed taking part in the intra school sport event today playing 3 Tee cricket. Ist place in our class was Yellow team. Some great team work skills.
Today we had our PE wow day, we played lots of different games that needed many skills. We had to use communication to our teammates, learn how to play fairly and work as a team. We really enjoyed the variety of games and had great fun! We also created a poster to show all of the benefits of sports and what we think when we think of sports! We have had a great day and hope we can do it again soon.
We played some warm up games, archery, cops and robbers and lastly dodgeball which was really fun!
For our Hook Day many of us enjoyed dressing up as Romans. We learnt that Romans sometimes wore laurel wreaths as a sign of victory or triumph. We made our own.
In maths we learnt about Roman Numerals.
In the afternoon we looked at Roman life and how the Roman children lived. We found it strange how the Romans shared toilets! We looked at some of the games that the children would have played and enjoyed them ourselves. We played dice guessing, tic-tac-toe and marbles.
We next looked at what mosaics are and how they are created. We investigated some examples of the different Roman patterns and then had a go at creating some of our own. We used squared paper with colouring pencils to practice our design and then we used foam squares to fill our pattern in. We really enjoyed this!
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.
After listening to the Easter story we working in teams to design and create our Easter gardens to represent the Easter story. It was so lovely to make use of our outdoor classroom space on such a sunny afternoon. We also enjoyed searching our outdoor space for resources for our gardens including our home grown daffodils.
This week Juniper class having been exploring the Easter story. We have created stain glass windows of the Christian symbol the cross.
We played Jenga to learn about herd immunity.
On our tower of Jenga each block represented a group of people.
We put stickers on 10 blocks. The stickers represented groups of people that have been vaccinated.
Unmarked blocks were removed as they were infected with the virus. After a while the blocks collapsed.
Next we put stickers on 20 blocks. Unmarked blocks were again removed. This time the tower stayed up. This is because more people in the community are protected by the vaccine.
This is called Herd immunity.
We investigated different types of plastics by testing some for their properties. We learnt about the problems with single use plastics and ways these can be reused.
It has been fantastic to welcome back the whole of Juniper class this week. Everyone has settled well and have been enjoying getting back into the school routine, working hard and catching up with their friends.
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! 😀
On World Book Day we all shared our favourite books and looked at the authors ‘Jonny Duddle’. He wrote the ‘Giganotosaurus’ books and this relates to our topic this term. We all loved making dinosaur drawings and researching different facts about them and we also loved making our own dinosaurs up to fill our own ‘Dino- Spot’ book and having them named after our names.
Juniper Class and Barley class collaborated to send messages and gifts to people in our community to let them know that we are thinking of them even though we may not see them in school.
Juniper class planted bulbs in December.
Barley Class designed and decorated the plant pots.
Juniper Class created pictures and wrote letters.
The gifts and cards are now being delivered.
In Geography our theme has been the UK. We used an atlas to identify which countries make up the Uk and the major cities. We used the eight compass points to describe the location of the countries and cities of the UK. We also identified the seas and Oceans that surround the UK and the rivers.
This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. We looked at what is means to have healthy mental health and our key theme of ‘Express yourself’. We thought about what this means and the different ways how we can express ourselves. We drew a picture on how to express ourselves and the things we like doing.
We took part in some breathing exercises and began to think of our happy place. We started by making sure we were calm and taking deep breaths. Then we began to think of a place that makes us happy and what we can see, hear and smell when we imagine we are there. This place could either be real or made up.
We celebrated how we are all unique and special. We looked at different things that make everyone individual and special. We thought about everything positive about ourselves and drew a thumbprint to represent this. We started with a similar outline and just how everyone thumbprints are different all of our drawings are too. In each space we put something positive about ourselves.
Following our “Colour the World with kindness” assembly we thought about what 5 acts of kindness we could each try.
Here are some examples of how Juniper class have responded to the first lockdown Taskmaster challenges:
Look Out For The Next Challenge
This week for interfaith week we have been learning about many different religions around the world. To help us understand some of the places that they pray we have done some drawings of the Buddhist temple.
Next, we learned about Judaism and how Jewish people follow the religion with the place that they worship, sacred items to them and the events that they attend to celebrate Judaism. We did an activity labelling the different parts of a Jewish synagogue.
We have looked at Sikhism and the various things that they belief. After we looked at what the Sikh religion believes we were able to create a mind map of different drawings and key words of what the Sikhs belief in their religion.
Reflections on interfaith week
As part of Inter faith week in Juniper class , we looked at the faith Buddhism and how they use meditation. Meditation is a very important part of Buddhism. Through meditation, Buddhists believe they can calm and clear the mind, making it peaceful. We thought this was a good way to start our day. Well done those at home who joined in.
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!
We have been keeping fit in different ways. Some of us enjoy Joe Wicks workouts. We have improved our flexibility and core strength with yoga. Many of us have enjoyed lots of walks.
In English we have created story maps so we can compose our own story about the journey of a pebble.
Many of us have written letters to the class this week. Mrs Hill has put them altogether in a powerpoint and shared over Teams. In this way our class can connect with each other and share our news. Here are a selection of the letters:
Today we learnt about people survived in the Stone age looking at threats and assets.
Here are some of the posters that were created:
Juniper class are doing a fantastic job learning remotely. We are really proud of their effort and hard work so far. Her are a few examples of their learning that have been uploaded…
Here a pupil has completed science learning on the powerpoint shared and then taken a screen shot and uploaded it.
Another pupil used an excel document to record their science understanding.
Here is a photograph of English work completed. Pupils read a part of “A pebble in my pocket” then listened to a section of music. After this they created movements/dance to imagine the journey of the pebble. This was then recorded:
Many class members are feeding back their understanding by giving maths scores and recording their learning either by writing in a notebook or using a Word document:
Some Fantastic poems created and shared via Teams last week too:
A huge well done to our behaviour and attendance winners this term! 100% attendance with 3 winners and 2 behaviour winners
Have a peaceful holiday everyone
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?
Juniper class are feeling all festive now our robins are displayed in the classroom and hall.
Juniper class have really enjoyed creating and painting their cartouches, picking the right colours to make them really stand out. Once they are all finished they will be selling them as our enterprise project. We have made posters to advertise these
Juniper Class really enjoyed creating cartouches. They followed their plans carefully. The next step will be painting them. The finished product will be sold as part of our enterprise project.
As part of Road safety awareness Juniper class designed posters.
Prizes were awarded.
Juniper class celebrating the fact we are all individuals and unique during “Odd sock day”
This week we have been doing five to thrive in support of Children in Need
We enjoyed taking part in the Get Active activities with Joe Wickes.
We listened to different video clips that explored Connect and Be Curious throughout the week and discussed the ideas they raised.
We enjoyed the colour my feelings mindfulness activity.
Juniper class learnt about why people wear poppies today.
We created our own poppy wreaths.
In English we have started to explore the text "Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf" by David Almond. In the story the Gods created a world that they were really pleased with.
We thought about the conversations they might have with each other. Here are our ideas:
Following watching The big anti bullying assembly, we explored who we could ask for help from. As a class we came up with lots of ideas. Everyone then identified their own top five people they could turn to if they need help or advice.
We enjoyed reciting and performing a variety of spooky poems.
The children enjoyed celebrating this special event. They made bunting to decorate the front of the school, watched a special video message from Mr. Lingard, and enjoyed a Birthday cake. It was great to see the school flag flying. They were all so excited to receive their 50p coins and commemorative mugs! Some children used their mugs straight away where as many others have put them in a special place to keep them safe. Most children have saved their 50ps.
We enjoyed looking at how iron filings are attracted to the magnet. The magnetic force pulls them towards the magnet.
We enjoyed investigating which objects are attracted to the magnets in our classroom.
Can you spot our special Macmillan badges we designed?
We signed a song for you to enjoy too!
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!
We have learnt that the Ancinet Egyptians made their own version of paper using pressed reeds from the side of the River Nile. We have been creating our own mock Paprus. We stained our paper with cold tea to get the right colour. We cut some of our dried stained paper into strips and pasted them on another piece. When they are dry we will create a piece of ancient Egyptian art.
We travelled back in time to the Ancient Egyptian Era. There we explored ancient Egyptian writing and numbers. We wrote our names using hieroglyphs and enjoyed exploring the number system.
We explored part of the British Museum website to see and learn about the Rosetta stone. We also looked at some examples of Papyrus paper showing examples of hieroglyphics and paintings of gods and goddesses, objects and humans. We explored the style of painting and then had a go at sketching a range of Gods and Goddesses. We will be creating our own piece of papyrus art using hieroglyphs and drawings of our chosen God or Goddess.
In maths we are exploring place value up to one thousand using a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to ensure our understanding becomes embedded.