Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
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.