Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Pupil Voice is really important to us – groups of pupils led interesting assemblies today in school. The Litter Picker team praised pupils for using the bins and encouraged them to join their team. The Play Leaders led an assembly all about the games and equipment we use at break times and introduced all the Buddies and Play Leaders by name – everyone is there to help make our playtimes fun and engaging. Well done everyone.
We had a great Halloween activity event this week – pupils enjoyed ‘Thriller’ style dancing, pumpkin biscuits, ghost bananas, ‘severed finger’ hot dogs, lego lanterns, craft and balloon games! Everyone was smiling and having fun – the behaviour and atmosphere were excellent. We also managed to raise some funds for school too!
Thank you for your support for the MacMillan Coffee Morning held at Stanford Centre today. The pupils performed lovely songs and poems. Everyone enjoyed the cakes and refreshments. Thank you for your donations towards this worthwhile cause.
Thank you Mrs Wink for leading the Summer Reading Challenge – so many pupils have impressed you with their holiday reading! The pupils received a certificate of congratulations and Juniper class received a set of books – they were the class who had the most reads. Mrs Wink says 1750 books have been read by Stanford pupils over summer from the Stanford Library - wow! Children at Stanford have a great love of reading and we are so proud of them. Well done.
Councillor Hasthorpe visited school today to lead an assembly about British Values. The pupils listened really well and discussed values, respect, tolerance and equality. Councillor Hasthorpe explained how Parliament works and the importance of us all working together as one big family to make positive changes for the world. Our pupils felt inspired and classes will be doing more follow up learning on this in their SMSC and Philosophy for Children work. Thank you Councillor Hasthorpe for your time and support.
The children were asked about how the internet works. Although most children could talk about Google and using the internet they could not explain how it works.
We looked at a video about the internet. We tried to send a message on paper and get an answer just like the internet. It took a few minutes and we were still in the same room. We then tried to search the same questions on the internet and compared the time. It is amazing how quickly the internet works when messages sometimes have to go across the world.
We have been reading the book 'The Egyptian Cinderella'. In this story the girl never meets the Pharaoh but because he gets her slipper from the Gods he decides he will marry her. He turns up and tells her she will be his wife and the story ends.
First we looked at various statements about the ending and tried to think about whether they would make the girl happy or not e.g. She will marry the pharaoh and live in a palace. We then thought about the statements and wondered if they would really make her happy - she might not like the pharaoh and she was never asked if she wanted to marry him. We realised that there were positives and negatives to a lot of the statements and it wasn't as straight forward as we originally thought.
We then split into 2 teams and discussed about whether the main character would actually be happy at the end and whether all fairy stories have a happy ending.
In PE the children were set various challenges. First they had to create balances using pointed and flat parts of their bodies. Then they had to work in groups to create balances where they supported and interacted with each other. The children had to use problem solving skills to think about how they could interact and support each other. They also needed to communicate and act as a team. Unfortunately for them every time they met the challenge Miss Perrin added people to the groups to make it more tricky but if you look at the smiles on their faces you can see that they had fun!
Steve from the County Asset Team visited us to lead an assembly all about the roof building project at school – he talked about the equipment the builders use and the importance of safety. The pupils all listened really well and it seems quite a few family members are working on the roof!
Pumpkin Class were joint winners of the Attendance Cup for the first week commencing 5th September.
Well done everyone! Let's see how many times we can win this cup during the year!!
As we are learning about Egypt we thought we would find where it is. We have a lovely world map in our corridor so we thought we would look for it there. We looked at the different continents and found out that it was in Africa on the northern coast. Azem was surprised to see that it is next to Libya!
We then looked in atlases to find out additional information about the country.
On Thursday 7th September we had a hook day to start off our learning about the Ancient Egyptians. As ever the parents were incredibly supportive and creative with the costumes based upon the theme ‘Egyptians, Mummies and Explorers’. The children looked wonderful.
(Keep the togas safe Mum and Dads as we will be ‘visiting’ the Roman Era in the summer.)
Look at Darcy’s wonderful eye make-up!
This will link into a DT project where the children will design their own canopic jar. The children used kitchen paper towels with glue to cover a plastic cup. The children were full of questions about what these jars were used for, and we will find out about the gory details of the mummification process later this term…..if they can wait that long!
The children learnt about how the Ancient Egyptians invented the earliest paper. They made it from the papyrus plant which is where the word paper comes from. Papyrus was made by splitting the stems of the plant into thin strips and soaking the strips in water. The strips were then placed onto top of each other in a criss-cross pattern. The sheet would then be hit with a mallet to bond the ﬁbres together and then left for a few days to dry with heavy weights on the top. We used strips of newspaper and placed them in a criss-cross pattern. We had to use several layers to make one piece of paper. We then had to leave it until it had thoroughly dried which took 4 days. We are going to try drawing and writing on the paper. What a lot of hard work! Let’s hope we don’t make a mistake as it took days to make 1 sheet!
The children were given a base of 10x10. The children had to first estimate how many cubes it would check. Then they had to look at the base & visualise each layer and work out how many cubes would be in each layer and find the total number of cubes. Finally the children were allowed to get the cubes and check their work. This wasn’t easy as they needed steady hands!! Luckily they had plenty of friends to help.
The children were given paper dolls for them to create Egyptian costumes. The children enjoyed getting creative.
These are just some of the activities we enjoyed. We built pyramids. We tried ‘Walking like an Egyptian’ and we have learnt some Egyptian songs which I am sure you will be hearing the children sing at home.
We had a fabulous day and we had lots of fun!
The school was involved in a project to create a piece of graffiti art promoting anti-bullying. Zoe from Firefly Ceramics worked with the school to create a design and all the children were involved in creating it. Don't you think it looks fantastic? What a wonderful thought that something we helped create will be there for many years for future pupils to see!
The children were really excited to be together as one class and are looking forward to all the wonderful activities ahead of us. We hope you enjoy watching our learning journey in the year ahead!