Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning. As the new term gets underway, have a look at what Juniper Class got up to last year.
We learnt in history A cartouche is a nameplate that was used by the ancient Egyptians (usually pharaohs or very rich people). A cartouche
had the person’s name written in hieroglphyics and was usually placed on a sarcophagus. The ancient Egyptians believed that it was important to have your name written down and recorded otherwise you might disappear in death and not find the underworld. The oval shape of the cartouche was important because it represented eternity - no beginning and no end.
We used pictures of these and information about hieroglyphs to design and create our own cartouches.
Today we have used our sketches to help us as we used a range of techniques to create our cartouche using clay. We had to make sure the clay had no air in it. We used wood to ensure that our cartouche was an even size. We used tools to cut out the shape (we used a template to get the correct shape). We had to roll the clay into a long worm shape for the boarder. We used slip to help stick the border round the shape.
Now they are left to dry. We can’t wait to paint them.
A member of the YMM team (Young Minds Matter) came to help us understand about worries. We now understand what worries are and realised that everyone worries. We learnt how worries can make us feel and most importantly learnt strategies to deal with our worries in a healthy way.
As part of interfaith week, we had a special visitor in school, Marcus Czernecki. He shared information about his faith Buddhism. Our class had a workshop where we listened to stories and looked at artefacts linked to the faith. We were given special bookmarks as a gift.
The children in their individual classes have been thinking about Remembrance day, what it means and why we wear poppies. Today we joined collectively for our Remembrance assembly to observe 2 minutes silence thinking about those who have sacrificed their lives for others during times of war. After this some Year 6 children shared poems they have written about the wars.
We were really excited to work with a real author today. Pippa shared a few of her stories with us. We worked with her to plan our own Winnie the Witch story. After this we used the ideas we created together to make our own story maps. Next we are going to use these to write our stories.
When Pippa visited us we got to ask her a range of questions about her writing. We found out she has been writing for 25 years. She has had 120 books published. In her house she has a room filled with books and a lovely rocking chair to sit on and read them.
In the afternoon we shared our story plans with Year 2. We can’t wait to read them our finished stories.
There were spooky spiders, ghoulish ghosts and perfect pumpkins at our Halloween activity event after school.
L.B "I made a ghost with a scary face."
A.D "I liked making a mummy with white strips. I did it by myself."
E.W "I made a spider, I had to twist its legs."
A.V "I enjoyed the hotdog."
This term we are beginning to play the Glockenspiels.
Today we are practicing reading musical notation. It takes a lot of practice and concentration but great fun.
As today was World Mental Health Day the children have been thinking about how we can promote positive mental health and what we can do to help us to control our emotions if we are experiencing negative emotions.
In Year 1 they looked at a book called Little Beauty where a gorilla goes through different emotions. The children talked about the different emotions and thought about whether the gorilla had done the right thing to help himself. In
Year 2 the children coloured in hearts and then thought about what they could do if they wanted to feel calm.
Today we are saying #HelloYellow to support children and young people’s mental health on World Mental Health Day. We have come dressed in either yellow or a bright colour.
In Juniper class we talked about different feelings. We talked about things that make us feel good and how we can get help if we need help managing our feelings.
Our Harvest Festival was a joyful celebration introduced by our head boy and girl and Star anise class performed a poem. Rev. Philip Stevens came to say a prayer and give thanks for the food at harvest time. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our celebration, the donations of food will be sent to the homeless charity, Harbour Place.
We looked at a range of sources of evidence which gave us lots of information about Ancient Egyptians.
We learnt about their writing and number system.
We translated Ancient Egyptian numbers and created our own number patterns for each other to solve.
We looked at some Egyptian dancing and in groups created our own routines?
This afternoon we loved practising our French greetings outdoors.