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.
Hello Juniper Class
I hope that you are keeping fit and healthy and all staying safe at home during the school closure. It’s great to see that many of you been keeping up-to-date with spelling shed and tt rockstars practise, or submitting tasks on Purple Mash. Well done for working hard even in extraordinary circumstances!
I have come up with some more ideas, tasks and activities for learning that you can access at home. Some of these are interactive tasks that you can access on websites; others are practical tasks or activities you can complete on paper/in a notepad (don't worry about printing things out if you can't).
Try whichever activities you can, but remember that the most important thing is to look after your mental well-being and keeping happy and active.
Will be in touch soon
This is a fun you tube channel linked to Science. It is live everyday at 11.00 and this week is about 'Brilliant Bodies' it is called Science with Maddie Moate
Mrs Amos ( Science Co-ordinator)
A great idea for a fun activity at home - grow your own Rainbow! With just felt tip pens, kitchen roll and water!
It's more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised and more optimistic. Here are some suggested websites to access at home;
Cosmic Kids Yoga (Youtube)
Joe Wicks BodyCoach Sessions (Youtube)
Just Dance (Youtube)
Create a time capsule of memories during our time away from school, using these templates record key moments and information to look back on in years to come.
Music Express has a Song Bank of over 400 songs in an array of styles. You can sing songs from around the world, in parts of unison, as a round, with actions or with instruments. You can filter songs by year (age), theme, musical style or season. To access these songs log in: firstname.lastname@example.org password: Parents20!
Welcome to the Great Indoors: www.scouts.org.uk
100 + fun activities to help you learn new skills.
Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
Complete the fun challenges and learn about plant and fungal science.
For the latest news about online learning visit: stayhome.academy
David Hockney, a famous British artist has created these colourful Spring pictures in his garden. Can you draw or paint pictures like him?
With the increasing use of smartphones and internet ready devices during this challenging period, it is important to still remain vigilant in how our children are using their devices, what they are accessing, and who they are communicating with and how. It is also important to put some limit on their devices to give them time away from the screens, to spend quality time with their family and pursue other activities.
As parents we can find this challenging and difficult to manage. Google have released FAMILY LINK - a fabulous app that allows parents to monitor and manage devices set up with a Google account and Android devices. The following is a guide on how to access to set up this app.
I would also like to remind you of the parent guides to the many popular apps children will be using to keep in contact with their friends, such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and gaming platforms on the web. Whilst social contact is important during this time, it is vital that we ensure our children are using these safely with the correct privacy settings.
Lots of free fantastic nurturing activities to help children through this challenging time.
Nutrition Diary (WORD Document)
Skeleton Cut Out and Label Home Learning Task (WORD Document)
Activity Sheet Roll and Draw Plant Game (WORD document)
Activity Sheet The Life Cycle of Flowering Plants (WORD document)
Our documents are in PDF format, unless otherwise stated. If you are unable to open them then you can download a free PDF reader from Adobe.
Sing Here Comes the Sun
Sing and dance along to Walking on Sunshine
Learn scientific facts about the sun
Learn how to draw a cute sun
Make a 3D paper sun
Do an online sunflower jigsaw
Read the story The Wind and the Sun and answer the questions
Times Tables set: www.ttrockstars.com
Weekly spelling patterns and Common Exception Words activities set: www.spellingshed.co.uk
Maths, SPaG and reading tasks set: www.purplemash.com
www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
White Rose Maths - the curriculum scheme that we follow at Stanford: White Rose Maths
Click on the unit to see an overview and example questions.
See also whiterosemaths.com/homelearning
Maths games and revision: www.topmarks.co.uk
Maths mastery resources : www.ncetm.org.uk
Maths Mansion – play games to improve your mathematical knowledge: Maths Mansion
BBC bitesize covers the key aspects of the curriculum using fun games and quizzes!
Maths is fun is really handy for tips on how to complete arithmetic – it’s a very useful guide for revision if you can’t remember how to do something! www.mathsisfun.com
Choose any aspect of Year 6 maths to practise by playing games! www.topmarks.co.uk
Art projects inspired by famous artists: www.redtedart.com
Test your musical skills: www.musicteachers.co.uk/resources/funstuff
View art work in the museum: https://www.getty.edu/art/collection/
Can you recreate an artwork with items around your house?
Here are some created by other people to inspire you: https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-artworks-recreated-with-household-items-by-creative-geniuses-the-world-over/
Learn amazing facts about The Human body
Find out about Electrical Conductors
Look at properties of materials
Find out about reversible and irreversible changes
Learn about magnets
Play The Rollercoaster Game to learn about Forces
Send animated Easter ecards: www.doozycards.com/ecards/easter/animated
Make greetings cards for people at home: www.dltk-cards.com/custom.htm
Do the Easter Hokey Cokey:
Sing an Easter hymn:
Learn a fun Easter action song:
Sing Chick Chick Chick Chicken:
Decorate an interactive Easter egg:
Meet Chipper the puppy here to help entertain you at home!
The Grimsby Telegraph are launching Chipper Club with exciting home learning projects.
The projects are all about friendship, helping others, being cheerful and showing kindness to animals.
Your parent/carer will need to Sign You Up
Once each project is done, your parent/carer can submit a photo of your work to the Chipper Club for publication online. At the end of all the projects, they will send you a certificate.
We recently had our second intra school competition, led by Premier Sports, on Archery and Dodgeball. Please see the overall winners…. Well done to Red team!
We explored some flower paintings by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe to look as how she made them look 3D.
We then tried really hard to add tints and shades to our flower paintings.
This morning we enjoyed taking part in teams playing dodge ball and archery. Super effort and great enthusiasm along with good sportsmanship was evident throughout. Well done Juniper Class.
As part of Sports Relief, Year 5 pupils designed and created a range of sports circuits for the pupils to complete. They had one minute to complete the exercises- great fun was had by all!
Pupils in Juniper class have been learning about communication and how we can communicate using email. They opened an email sent by Mrs Smith and learnt how to respond to emails using Purple Mash.
We have been exploring botanical studies in art. We took samples of plants from our playground and had ago at improving our observational skills to create our own botanical illustrations.
Lots of us really enjoy our home learning challenges. Here are some of our examples.
It was inspiring to hear how drawing a poster about saving the environment earnt a class member a special Green Blue Peter Badge. Did you know they are made from recycled plastic!
The Reading challenge home learning this half term was to complete a written reading response weekly. Well done to our champion readers that completed 5 or more tasks.
The Reading challenge home learning this half term was to complete a written reading response weekly. Well done to our champion readers that completed 5 or more tasks.
Many children in KS2 had fun exploring a range of exciting activities including designing and eating their own biscuit, painting salt dough hearts, friendship bracelets, friendly fox papercraft, Love airplanes with friendly messages inside.
Juniper and Pumpkin class reading collaboration this week was all about sharing their opinions of their books. Not only did children read some of their books to their collaboration partner but they also spoke about their views of the text; the characters; their choice of book; and author.
Children were also asked about their thoughts on the reading collaboration this term. These were comments shared:
“I think it’s great to share stories with each other.”
“I like getting to know the children in Year 2.”
“I think it’s a good idea to listen to others read and share our thoughts.”
“I look forward to Friday’s collaboration time because we can enjoy reading.”
This week some of the children had the opportunity to represent the school in an indoor athletics competition. It involves 26 schools in the area and this was the first set of heats.
The children were amazing. Their behaviour, attitude and effort was outstanding, they showed fantastic teamwork and supported their peers during the events.
At the end of the event we found out that we had come joint 4th in our heat so we have yet to find out whether we will progress further. Well done Year 3 / 4, we are very proud of you!!
In Science, we have been investigating properties of different rocks.
Is it permerable?
Is it durable?
Is it high density (sinks) or low density (floats)?
Is it igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic?
We started the day learning that the early stone age people were hunters and gatherers. We enjoyed searching for food on KS1 playground. We learnt the sorts of foods that they might find to eat and that they would have to move places throughout the year to find food.
We thought about how Stone age Hunter-gathers survived by thinking about Assets and threats in the environment.
We researched the sorts of creatures that were alive in the Stone age that the people would hunt. Also we looked at how they made their weapons.
Juniper class have started to learn how to touch type in Computing. In this lesson we learnt how to use the home, top and bottom row keys. We completed a range of challenges that enabled us to use these keys.
OS: "At the beginning I was only getting 7, now I pressed 51 keys in 2 minutes"
LC: " I really like learning how to type properly. I am becoming faster each time."
Juniper enjoyed an exciting drama element in their English class. They have been working on the book: Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf. They have been getting to the know the story and the characters in the book.
To show their understanding, they practiced, rehearsed and performed their own rendition of the characters in the book creating a mouse, bird, snake and wolf to fill the gaps and spaces in a half-finished world.
Here are our class Reading champions completing at least 3 reads every week over the term.
We took part in a wonderfully festive service this week.
At Stanford we have a Christmas tradition where each class makes a Christmas hoop to decorate the hall. Each year we have a different theme and this year it was ‘Winter Wonderland’. The children have worked very hard to make decorations to put on the hoops and they look fantastic….don’t you agree?
We were proud of the produce we made for our Christmas Fayre sale.
Our Clay Egyptian Cartouches
Our Wooden Tree decorations
Our Teddy rehoming service
Juniper class used the story plan created with our visiting author Pippa Goodhart to write our own stories. We edited our drafts and then presented our finished versions in little story books along with illustrations.
This morning Juniper class were proud to share their stories with Pumpkin class.
As the Year 4 children have loved learning to speak French so much, we decided to have a chance to practise our skills and open a French Café for the KS2 children to enjoy.
First we had to create a menu and add some useful phrases which would help the children to order food.
We had some French foods for the children to try – Brioche, Croissant and Baguettes with butter, cheese or jam and orange or blackcurrant to drink. Then we got our classroom ready for our clients by arranging the tables, putting on table cloths and decorating the tables with candles and decorative stones. With a bit of French music to create a cosmopolitan atmosphere we were ready for business!!
Each client was served by their own personal waiter who greeted them, guided them to their table and took their orders.
The Year 4 children were very busy taking orders, serving food and then washing up afterwards. The atmosphere was great, the children had fun practising their French and it allowed the children a chance to try different foods.
Our clients gave us lots of positive comments:-
“I thought it was lots of fun”
“I thought it was exciting to have my own personal waiter”
“The waiters were lovely and the food was great”
“I likes the restaurant because it had table cloths and decorations”
“I loved trying new foods and the role play”
“The menus were very helpful as they had pictures to help”
“Great service and loved the atmosphere”
“Year 4 tried really hard with speaking French. It was lots of fun”
“I liked having the chance to speak French and I was praised for speaking back to the waiters in French”
The Year 4 children enjoyed the experience too:-
“I felt like an actual waiter”
“I liked having more experience speaking French”
“I liked serving people”
“I liked eating the food at the end”
By the time the children had served the other Key Stage 2 classes, done 3 lots of washing up and cleared away they were exhausted…….but they weren’t so tired that they couldn’t finish off the rest of the food!! It was a lovely morning.
In science we discovered that when you shine a light on an object on it sometimes makes a shadow. We investigated different objects. We learnt new vocabulary translucent, transparent and opaque. We now know that light cannot pass through opaque objects this is what causes the shadow.
So proud of our Year 3 pupil who supported the Little Princess Trust.
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.