Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Today Pumpkin & Juniper Class were lucky to have Rachel McWilliam, a sculptor, come to school to talk about her work and her creations. She has created many sculptures and she showed us pictures of her work. Some of them the children recognised from Cleethorpes sea front.
She spoke about how she got her inspiration, how she makes mock ups of her designs with pipe cleaners and how she makes the finished product. Rachel has been making things out of metal for many years and now helps others who want to become artists.
The children had lots of questions to ask, and so did Miss Perrin.
Daisy - How many years have you been making things ?- 15 years approx
Ryan - What was the first thing you made? - a candlestick
Azem - What was your favourite piece? - a statue of the Princess and the frog
Miss P - Why metal and not wood? - I like the way it twists and turns
Tilly T - Where do you work? I used to have my own forge but now I use a friend's one if I want to make something
Miss P - How did you get into this line of work? I went to do art in college and then did a degree. I learnt about being a blacksmith there
Debbie from The Ryan Smith Foundation came to talk to pupils about the importance of wearing a helmet. She spoke about Ryan and how his life has changed dramatically, all because he didn't wear a helmet. She used eggs to demonstrate what can happen if a helmet is not worn. It was a very informative assembly and the pupils really enjoyed this.
Tangrams can teach children about spacial relationships and develop stronger problem solving skills. The children enjoyed working together to make the different shapes. They had to use teamwork and communication skills as well as problem solving to do this.
If you would like to have a go at this with your children there is a printable Tangram sheet and there are lots of puzzle ideas on the internet. Have fun!
As a part of our activities during the day we had a 'Mix it up' lunchtime. The tables were given names using words that encourage tolerance such as: peace, happiness and love.
The children had to pick a card and sit at their chosen table. This was to encourage them to socialise and share lunchtime with different children and to give them an opportunity to make new friends.
The children enjoyed this change to the normal lunchtime routine.
Charlie (Y1) 'I met a new friend called Azem. We chatted together.'
Oscar (Y1) 'It was exciting to find out which table I was going to go to.'
Betsie (Y2) 'I met a new friend and we talked about friendship.'
Anthony (Y2) 'I was excited to sit with someone new.' Ryan (Y3) ' People were nice on my table.'
Amelia (Y3) 'I enjoyed talking to someone new.'
William (Y5) 'We interacted with new people and made new friends. I think we should do this every day.'
Rebecca (Y5) 'It was really fun. It was good to sit with people we don't normally talk to.'
The children were introduced to 2 new ‘classmates’ Bramley & Russet. They were nervous because they were different to everyone else in the class. They were then put in a bag and were passed around the class. The children were told to say unkind things about them and give them a slight knock.
We looked at them when they had been around the class. Apart from a few ‘juice tears’ they looked fine. We then left them to fend for themselves for the rest of the day and ignored them.
At the end of the day we looked at Bramley and Russet again. They were still smiling and seemed the same but when we looked under their skin we could see the bruising that our knocks and unkind words had caused.
The children were able to see that although people can look OK on the outside they can secretly be hurting when others are unkind.
The children then took part in a competition. In their teams they had to see who could be the first to empty out a tube of toothpaste.
The children found this really easy and could empty out the toothpaste very quickly.
The children were then given the second part of the competition. In pairs they had to put all the toothpaste back into the tube using lolly sticks.
The children found this impossible as the toothpaste would not go back into the tubes, instead they got toothpaste everywhere.
The children were then told the names of their toothpastes - Calling Names, Unkind Comments, Unkind Laughter, Lies and Unkind Jokes.
As a class we were able to discuss how it was very easy for these to come out of the ‘mouth’ of the tube but once the toothpaste was out it couldn’t be put back and all the children were left with was a mess for them to clean up.
The children were then asked to link this with things they could say to each other.
Now the children knew what the toothpaste represented I asked them what they should do in future if they wanted to say these kinds of things and they decided that they should keep the lid on ‘the toothpaste’ and not say anything at all. Well done class!
This week we have been looking at anti-bullying with the theme "All Different, all equal". We looked at a jigsaw with some pieces missing and the children saw that every piece has to be in place for it to be complete.
They were then shown a jigsaw piece with the words 'Pumpkin class' and asked how could we complete this puzzle. The children were all given the same jigsaw piece and were asked to write on it all the things that made them unique. We put all these pieces together to show our how we all fit together to make something wonderful - our class.
The Egyptians liked to wear necklaces. We looked at examples of necklaces found from this era and discovered that most of them were collar necklaces with eagles and beadwork on them. To make them we used a paper plate to create the collar and then we cut out an eagle. We painted our designs and used pasta to represent the beadwork. When we had finished we thought about whether our finished product looked like our designs, what we liked, what we weren’t happy with and what we would change if we did this again. We were really proud of our designs.
The children have been looking at the properties of 3D shapes including pyramids and prisms. They were given a table showing how many long & short straws and pieces of blue tack they needed to make a shape. The children then had to use their knowledge of 3D shape to figure out which shape this would make, then they had to construct it. They really enjoyed this challenge.
The Egyptians used to write on paper made from papyrus. They would tear it into strips, weave it together, beat it to make it flat and leave it to dry for several days.
We tried to make our own papyrus style paper. We tore paper into strips and dipped it into glue and water so it would stick together. We laid the paper out in strips and we had to do several layers to make it thick enough to write on. We left it for 4 days to dry then we painted it so it looked like ancient papyrus.
We researched Egyptian gods and found out that they were half human and half animal. We designed our own gods and drew them on our paper. Some chose to colour theirs in felt tips and others chose paint.
Don't they look fantastic?
Today we were looking at different types of magnets. The children tested them to see which was the strongest. We decided to do this by seeing how many paperclips the magnet could attract in a chain. The children had lots of fun investigating the magnets and found out that the size of the magnet did not indicate its strength.
Our local PCSO Mark Ireland came into school to lead an assembly on respect and how the police deal with bullying behaviours in the community. The children listened to how bullying can affect the community in many different ways such as through anti-social behaviour, and how bullying can not only impact on the victim, but their friends and family too.
In RE we have been considering what Peace means and how this can be achieved.
The children were asked to design a Peace Pebble as a positive symbol that could be placed in a Peace Garden.
On Remembrance Day we had a little ceremony where we placed our pebbles around our little garden. As each child placed their pebble they said the word they had chosen and we thought about how, if we remember and use these words, we can make the world a more peaceful and positive place to live in.
When researching the mummification process we have found that the Egyptians used Natron. This is found in dry lake beds in Ancient Egypt and is not readily available. Web pages suggest different types of soda or salt as a replacement. We decided to investigate which type of readily available sodas and salts would be the best replacement for Natron.
The children were shown the equipment and were asked to discuss what they could do to investigate the salts. This meant they had to use their problem solving learning powers to think about what they could do and find all possible combinations of the salts.
The children weighed the fruits and meats first so they could see how much water had been removed from them by the salts. They plan to check on them over the next 2 weeks to see how they have changed.
To ensure it was a fair test the children decided that everything in the investigations should be the same except for the variations of salts used. They also had a control cup where the fruit and meat was left with nothing to preserve it.
The children enjoyed developing their own investigation and taking control. They even took the pictures to record this investigation.
After practising the mummification process on a doll we have moved onto mummifying creatures. Miss Perrin found Mac, the mackerel, ‘chilling’ at a local supermarket and decided to save him for posterity….or at least for the next few weeks.
We filled his inside with a combination of table salt, Epsom salt and Bicarbonate of Soda salt and covered him with the rest of the salt. He initially weighed 268g.
He will be left for 40 days and then we will see how much he has changed.
The Ancient Egyptians believed that when they died their soul went on a long journey to the Afterlife. They also believed that their soul could return to their bodies when they wanted to visit Earth. They needed to make sure that their body was preserved for their return and that it looked its best for the Gods.
Unfortunately there was a ‘death’ in the classroom.
Cleopatra needed our help to prepare her body for this great journey and as we are so helpful we just could not refuse.
First the body was washed with Palm oil and water from the Nile.
Then a metal hook was pushed up the nose into the brain and the brain was scrambled so it could be removed. The brains were thrown away as the Egyptians didn’t think that they were important. The skull was then filled with sawdust.
After that the body was cut on the left hand side so the internal organs could be removed.
...and the lungs.
All the internal organs were placed in canopic jars to be kept with the body. The heart was left inside the body as they believed that people think, feel and act through their heart.
After that the body was tilted so the liquids could drain from the body.
The cavity was packed with Natron (salt) and the body was also submerged in Natron for 40 days. This was so the body could dry out.
The body was then packed with linen, straw or grass so the body regained its shape and looked good.
Then the body was painted with resin to protect and harden the skin. Strangely enough Cleopatra’s skin was already lovely and hard.
The body had make up applied and a wig so that it represented the person in life and so the soul would recognise its body.
The body was wrapped in linen and prayers were said to help the body on the way. This would take 15 days for the Egyptians to complete this process.
Amulets were placed on the body (like good luck charms) to wish the deceased well on the journey and the body was wrapped again. The body also received a parchment called the ‘Book of the Dead’ which contained prayers and directions to help find the soul find the way to the Afterlife.
Rich people had a death mask made of gold to show what the person liked like. The body would then be put in a mummy case and be placed in a sarcophagus.
When the body arrived in the afterlife the heart was measured to see how your life had been led. If you were good and it was as light as a feather you would join the gods. If it was heavy with bad deeds the soul would be eaten by the god Ammit who looked like a crocodile!
If you would like to try the mummification process there is a great interactive game for you to play on. I am sure the children would love showing you this gruesome process.
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!
The children were shown an introduction about magnets on a video clip.
They were then given a bag of materials which they had to sort without using their eyes or their hands. The children remembered seeing a magnet being used to sort out materials in a scrap yard so they decided to do this.
The children found it tricky getting all the materials and they were surprised to find out that some things they thought would be magnetic actually weren't.
The children were confused as some coins were magnetic and others weren't. The children looked at the date they were issued and thought that that this made a difference as to whether the coins were magnetic or not. We wanted to see if our conclusion was right so we research this further to find that different materials were used to make coins after specific dates. Well done class you figured it out!!
Juniper and Pumpkin class look out onto a lovely quad area. We decided to work together to give children the chance to experience gardening and make this a lovely area for the children to learn in. The first job was cleaning the weeds that have grown. The children have loved digging and planting and our first crop of onions are starting to grow.
We have been learning about forces such as push and pull. We looked at how different surfaces can slow moving objects and found out that this is called friction.
The children were given different surfaces to feel and they thought about whether they were rough or smooth. The children were then given a piece of wood, a ruler, masking tape and a car and asked how we could test the friction of these different materials. This took a lot of thought and several different methods of testing were considered. Finally we agreed to attach the materials to a piece of wood and put the car on it. We then raised the wood to see how high it would be before the car started to move. The higher the ramp the more friction the material had caused.
The children had lots of fun investigating this!
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!