Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
If you want a reminder about our Home Learning, have a look at our Explanation Sheet.
Well done everyone - beautiful readings, lovely singing and excellent class performances. Thank you to all those who supported this lovely event.
Around the globe people are remembering those who gallantly gave up their lives in the line of duty. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
At Stanford School the children have taken part in several activities to reflect on this important anniversary. Today we came together to reflect on those who gave their lives for their countries and shared the work we have prepared.
Seedlings Class Blue & Yellow
Sunflower & Pumpkin Class
Star Anise Class
In addition to this Mrs Amos has created some beautiful poppies from plastic bottles which have been placed as a stunning addition to our Peace Garden.
We had a representative from ‘Operation Christmas Child’ come to the school to talk about how we can help children less fortunate than ourselves. Some children throughout the world live in deprivation, in cold areas and have little to call their own.
The Shoebox Appeal sends a box of 'love' to these children so they can have something to open as a Christmas Gift, to make their lives a little easier and most importantly to make them smile.
The items in these boxes do not have to be brand new, as long as they are in good condition, and are a perfect opportunity to pass on 'pre-loved' toys, winter scarves & mittens.
We are hoping that we can increase the number of boxes donated last year and bring Christmas cheer to even more children.
To finish off our investigations into magnetism the children looked at how magnets are used in everyday life. They were the set a challenge to use their knowledge of magnetism to create a game. They had lots of fun creating and playing them.
A cartouche is a nameplate that was used by the ancient Egyptians. 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.
To make a cartouche first we had to find out how to write our names in hieroglyphics. We then made our cartouche out of clay, scribed our names on them and left them to dry.
When they are dry we will paint them so look out for the photos of our finished products!
In our learning we have looked at forces including magnetic forces. Today we looked at how magnets have poles called North and South. We investigated what happened when you put the different poles together and found out that if the poles are the same they will repel each other however if they are different they will attract each other.
We had lots of fun working together with magnets.
Because we have so many fantastic pieces of art we have decided to set up our own art gallery. Each child has a piece of work displayed that they are proud of. We will keep on adding to this and posting more blogs to show the different pieces that we have created. We hope you like them.
The word ‘paper’ comes from the word Papyrus. In Egyptian times the people would use the Papyrus plant for many purposes. They would tear the stem of the plant to make strips which they would lay in a criss-cross pattern. They would beat the sheets so the strands of the plant would knit together, put weights on it and leave it for several days to dry. They would then polish them with stones to make them smooth. The Egyptians were the first civilisation to develop and use a portable form of ‘paper-like’ writing materials.
To replicate this we tore strips of brown paper, dipped them in glue and laid them in a criss-cross pattern. We then left them for several days to dry. After that we used the paper to draw Egyptian Gods on them. Egyptian Gods were believed to be part animals and could transform into animal form. They were always drawn facing one side and were drawn using bright colours. We used drawings of Egyptian Gods as an inspiration for our drawings.
In our RE unit Remembering we have been looking at why different faiths have celebrations. They have them to celebrate people and remember special events. We have looked at different Islamic celebrations and have found similarities to those celebrated by Christians, as both remember Moses and Noah. We then looked in more detail about the celebration of Ramadan & Eid and found out that Eid is a lot like the Christian celebration of Christmas. Christians celebrate Christmas as God gave Jesus to the world. Muslims celebrate Ramadan & Eid as that is when they were given the Qur’an to guide them how to live their lives.
We were fortunate as some of our parents came to talk to the children about why Ramadan & Eid is important to them.
In Ramadan the Muslims fast so they can appreciate how lucky they are to have things such as food, they give money and food to others who are not as fortunate as them and they use this time to connect with Allah and their families. At the end of Ramadan they have Eid where they decorate their homes with tinsel and other decorations, they dress in their best clothes, have a feast, give presents and visit their families.
They brought a copy of the Qur’an so the children could see Arabic writing and how beautiful this book it. They also spoke about the Pillars of Islam and how they guide the Muslim people to try and live a better life. They also brought some Henna and showed the children how they decorate their hands for special celebrations. The children loved learning more about the Islamic faith and had lots of interesting questions to ask.
The children have had great fun with the enrichment activities suggested as a part of the home learning. They have been really creative. I am sure that the parents have had as much fun as the children creating some of these masterpieces. Well done!!
Key Stage 2 children enjoyed taking part in a harvest celebration in St Margaret’s Church, as ever the church looked lovely with its decorations created by the congregation.
The children enjoyed singing hymns and performing harvest poems and songs.
The children have been fantastic at learning a new language. So far they have learned how to say “Hello” and “Goodbye” in different ways. They can say what their name is, how they are feeling and how old they are. We have started looking at numbers to 31. To make it fun we had a game of Bingo so the children could practise their numbers. ‘Les yeux baissés pour une salle comble’……..eyes down for a full house!
Today the children learnt that there were different types of magnets such as bar magnets, button magnets, horseshoe magnets and cylindrical magnets. We decided to investigate which magnets had the strongest magnetic field. We did this by trying to make a chain of paperclips held together by magnetism. First the children predicted which magnet would be the strongest. Most children automatically chose the largest magnet and were surprised to find that the size of the magnet did not indicate how strong it would be.
The children have been very excited to start the Year 3 & 4 Minecraft Club. It is a great environment for the children to work together to build their own creations in a safe on-line environment.
We will post photos later in the term to show what they have made.
Over the last few weeks we have been creating our own versions of Egyptian necklaces. First we researched them and we found out that rich people had necklaces made of gold and poorer people had necklaces made of beads. They liked to have bright colours on them and they often had eagles on them to represent the God Ra. We created designs and then we made them using paper plates, cardboard, paint, pasta and beads. It was quite tricky painting the pasta & beads and getting them to stick onto the necklaces but I think we did a good job. What do you think?
We have been learning about magnetism and how magnets are used as a part of the recycling process to sort out metallic materials.
We tried to have a go at this ourselves. We had a bag of mystery objects and we had to sort them without looking in the bag or picking them up with our hands. The children were surprised as some things looked metallic but were actually plastic. We were also surprised to find that some coins were magnetic and others weren’t. We looked at the types of coins and the dates that they were issued and we concluded that the method of making coins had changed over the years as some had magnetic cores and others didn’t
Well done Poppy class!
Juniper, Seedlings (yellow) & Poppy class all had no lates and 100% attendance. Thanks to the parents & carers for helping with this and I hope we win the cup again very soon.
‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ is a version of the traditional tale Cinderella. In this version Rhodopis (Cinderella) was kidnapped as a child and sold as a slave in Egypt. An Egyptian God Horus steals her slipper and takes it to the pharaoh. He decides, as this is a gift from God Horus, he must marry the person who fits it. When he finds Rhodopis he falls in love with her and tells her that he is going to marry her.
We discussed the ending of the story. Whereas Cinderella gets her Prince Charming, Rhodopis has never met this man who is pharaoh and she is told she is going to marry him. She is not asked whether this is what she wants and is not given the opportunity to refuse.
The children were given slips of paper stating facts about the ending and Rhodopis’ s future. The children had to decide whether these were good or bad for Rhodopis. When we looked at where we had placed them half of the facts about the ending showed it was a good thing for Rhodopis but these were balanced out by counter arguments about why Rhodopis could still be unhappy.
After this we took part in a debate to see whether Rhodopis actually did live happily ever after.
As a part of our learning in Science we have been looking at forces. We have learnt that forces act on objects such as pushing and pulling things. This week we have been leaning about the force called friction. Friction is a force that holds back the movement of a sliding object. You will find friction everywhere that objects come into contact with each other. The force acts in the opposite direction to the way an object wants to slide.
To help the children understand how brushing against something can slow things down we walked through a ‘human’ corridor. It was easy until everyone put their hands out and they brushed against us as we walked.
We then conducted an investigation to see how different surfaces and friction can affect the movement of a car. We used wood, bubble wrap, a towel, a carpet and sandpaper. The children felt the different surfaces and made a prediction about which surface would stop the car from moving by causing the most friction.
Look at how high the ramp got when testing the carpet before the car actually started to move!!!
We concluded that the carpet caused the most friction as it stopped the car from moving until the ramp was 80 cm high.
Poppy class has a wonderful morning launching our learning about the Ancient Egyptians.
First the children learnt about how the Egyptians were the first civilisation to start writing on a form of paper called papyrus.
We tried making our own version of this. It was very messy!
Keep looking out on the blog for these as we have great plans for them once they are dry.
The Egyptians liked to look good and most of the wealthy people wore necklaces as they were a status symbol. They liked them to be made of gold with lots of bright colours and beads on them. The children started to design their own necklaces which we will be making shortly, so keep checking the blog to see the finished results.
The children looked fantastic dressed as Egyptians, Mummies and Explorers.
Thank you for all the effort you put into making the children look so fabulous!