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.
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!!
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.