Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
We researched the different masks that were discovered from the Ancient Mayans. We used this as a stimulus to create our own mask designs. We are using a variety of different media to complete our masks.
Some of our designs:
Today we started to create our masks from our designs.
Juniper class are learning about logo- a programme that uses algorithms to follow instructions. We used 2loho to Learn about the many commands which can be used in order to explore shapes, programming and algorithms.
Another interactive and informative assembly at Stanford.
Our guests gave the children of Stanford a very important message with lots of ‘Top Tips’ and important safety information. Learning about water safety and what we can do to stay safe.
Moving someone into the recovery position.
Laying down flat on the river bank or side of the swimming pool so that we don’t get pulled into the water.
We looked at how many accidents happen in different bodies of water and voted by sitting or standing to predict which place was more or less dangerous.
Look out for your certificate and information sheet and discuss it together as a family.
Have a fantastic and safe summer.
We were fortunate enough to have James Kirton visit our school to lead a sponsored circuit training event and an inspirational assembly. James is an Olympic swimmer who represented GB in the Beijing Olympics. As you can see from the photographs, we all had a fantastic time and felt truly inspired listening to James’ assembly about overcoming injury and never giving up on your dreams. Thank you ‘Sports for Schools’ and to James for the amazing event!
Juniper class started their investigation on the effects different liquids have on our teeth. We have used five different liquids and will be monitoring the shell of the egg over 7 days. We will be recording our results and then explaining what we have found out, using scientific language about the teeth.
Well done to Daisy and Scarlett – they have raised funds for the Little Princess Trust. Lots of family and friends gathered in the Stanford Library to support them as they had their special hair-cuts.
Juniper class have been busy learning about the teeth and tooth decay. We have started to plan an investigation on how different liquids affect our teeth using boiled eggs. Keep looking on our blog to see our investigation.
We also looked at the effects food has on our teeth if we do not brush them. We used toothbrushes to try to remove plaque that had built up on our teeth.
Many of the class researched the types of clothing and headwear that the Ancient Maya wore.
We started the day listening to A Mayan Folktale called “The Chocolate Tree” by L Lowery and R Keep. The story told us that the king Kukulkan, who was also a God, gave the Cacao tree to the Maya as a gift from paradise.
We enjoyed re-acting the folktale in groups:
The Maya used cocoa beans to make a frothy drink using spices. It was quite bitter. However when the Spanish explorers came they added sugar. We all tried a version of Maya Hot Chocolate. The chilli and cinnamon gave it a slightly spicy flavour which many of us enjoyed. Some of us were less keen.
We were introduced to a range of Mayan Gods and used our observation skills to sketch then paint using cocoa as paint. Our paintings smell delicious!
Chocolate today is very different to the drink that the Ancient Maya enjoyed. This afternoon we had the opportunity to sample a range of chocolate and made observations of the different appearance, textures, smells and tastes. We graded each criteria. We will collate the data to find out which is the most popular brand. We will use the knowledge we gain from this research to help us create popular recipes for our Bake off.
PCSO Marc Island and his colleague came in to talk about hate crime to Key Stage 2. They discussed how we should respect everybody is different and treat everyone the same no matter what their gender, disability, religion or race.
During our science morning this week we investigated Sound.
We explored how sounds are made because of vibrations.
We explored pitch.
We learnt that on a glockenspiel the smaller notes have a higher pitch.
We explored that the amount of water in the glass affects the sound. The more water the lower the note.
When we twanged elastic bands we noticed that the more stretched the band the higher the note. We connected this to the viola that we are learning in school.
As part of our continuous drive to raise awareness of diversity at Stanford, we held an assembly to support World Down Syndrome Day.
We enjoyed this video clip of some children singing with their parents.
They are singing alongside using Makaton, we had a try at following the Makaton signs too.
We learned that Makaton is sometimes used to help people with Down Syndrome to develop their communication skills alongside their development of speech.
At Stanford we believe that this image illustrates our attitude to diversity very well.
One pupil was already supporting World Down Syndrome Day by wearing a pair of odd socks in recognition.
Juniper and Star Anise Class had a real treat with their learning this afternoon. We went in the hall and were greeted by Fun into Food team who explained the cooking event. They were 2 pupils and a teacher in each team and the rest of us were the audience. Each team had 15 minutes to prepare a healthy meal. Green team cooked Mexican bean Burrito with a Tomato and Cucumber Salsa. Red team cooked Thai Green Curry and Aromatic rice.
We were reminded about healthy eating and the main food groups.
After the cooking we all got to sample the food. Following this everyone voted. The Green team’s recipe was most popular.
This week in science Juniper class are taking part in an investigation called “Escape from the Ice.
A plastic adventurer got themselves stuck in ice! It’s up Juniper class to explore how best to get them out.
First they thought of methods to help the lego person escape. Then they discussed which ideas would be practical in a classroom. From this they devised an experiment to see which method is most successful. They had to organise what equipment would be needed, how to ensure the test is fair and how to measure success.
The most effective way was throwing the ice. The lego was free after 10 seconds! The least effective way was wrapping foil round the ice and there was still ice at the end of the school day!
We presented our results using bar charts.
We transformed a plain white paper bag into an exciting bag showing our favourite books. Many of us included objects inside the bag about the book. As a class we shared our bags with each other explaining about our choices and reviewing the texts we had chosen. Many of us were inspired to have a read of the books shared. A really popular choice was books by David Walliams.
Some judges came round to look closely at our design. The winner for our class was Sophie with her bag about “The Magic Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton. The three runners up were Ashley with “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson, Lilly J with “Dork Diaries” by Rachel Renee Russell and Emma J with “Billionaire Boy” by David Walliams In the afternoon we paired up with Sunflower class and shared stories with them.
We had a fantastic history trip to Scunthorpe museum to take part in some exciting workshops about the Anglo-Saxons.
We got to handle real life artefacts from Anglo Saxon times like their spoon made from antlers , bits of pottery, stone tools. We had to guess what mysterious objects were and how the Anglo Saxons used them.
We used quills and ink to practice writing runes and illuminated letters. “Most people found this tricky but fun” Holly.
We got the opportunity to dress up in clothes similar to Anglo Saxons and learn about what garments would have been made out of and what colours. We learnt that fabric was dyed using things like onion skills. “My clothes were quite rough and itchy” Cameron
We learnt about the difference between Anglo Saxon armies and Viking armies.
It was a fantastic opportunity to view real life artefacts that have been discoveried locally that date from around the Anglo-Saxon period. Our local area had lots of Anglo Saxon settlements and we had the opportunity to learn about some of these.
What an interesting, memorable day!
Well done to Stanford house who managed to score a tremendous 562 points across the different year groups!
Mental Health and Well-Being of children and staff at Stanford School is very important to us.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Day, each class participated in activities that were age appropriate to discuss how we can help to look after ourselves and each other. FS looked at people who we can talk to and look up to as role models, KS1 discussed different feelings and how 'It's Ok!' to feel certain ways. KS2 discussed different types of mental illness and how we can support one another.
We presented our work and ideas in a whole school assembly, the key theme that we are going to continue to focus on is "It's Good to Talk!".
Today we have all been learning about how to be safe on the internet and most importantly to be SMART
PCSO Marc Ireland came into school and lead an assembly about being SMART, social media and the sites that we should be very careful of using. It is really important that we take care when using the internet and it is used sensibly and responsibly.
Carl Wheatley from Radio Humberside visited school to speak with the pupils about all the exciting learning that goes on at Stanford. As always, the pupils did us proud and were very articulate, as you can hear in the radio broadcast:
We had a lovely Community High Tea Thank You Event yesterday – we wanted to let all the volunteers who help our school know how valued and special their contributions are. Thank you to all the pupils and staff for making and serving the refreshments. All the guests enjoyed the performances and entertainment. Special thanks to the year 6 helpers -Joe, Jessica, Lucie and Harvey who helped make sure the event ran smoothly.
One visitor commented," A lovely event. Pupils were very welcoming and friendly – they entertained us with a wonderful variety of well-rehearsed, interesting and fun performances. A very special afternoon."
Premier Sports came in and delivered an assembly on tolerance and what should and shouldn't be tolerated. Pupils used different coloured cards to represent how they feel about different aspects and scenarios.
In groups we worked together to create an oral performance of our Class Kennings poem about the character Starjik.
In English we explored in depth the opening of the story “Ice Palace. We considered the contrast in feelings between the seasons and the reasons for this. We used freeze frames to show the difference between the villagers lives in summer and winter.
Here in summer the village children are playing hand games and tig and the adults are singing joyfully.
Here in Summer children are playing throw and catch, football and hopscotch. Look how happy and content the children are.
In groups we shared our ideas of what the villagers would do in winter and how they would feel. We used the ipads and tablets to take photos of our freeze frames then evaluated them. We tried to show the different characters feelings by use of appropriate face expression and bodylanguage. We also worked on our postioning so that different heights and spaces were used effectively.
When we were happy with our freeze frame we used the stage to photograph our final freeze frame. Here they are:
At lunchtimes Miss Cullen leads (along with her trusty assistants) a fun dance routine on the KS1 playground to keep everyone active.
Mrs Groves gave us our first lesson on how to play the Djembe drum. They learnt about the technique of holding the drum and importance of keeping a steady rhythm . We also practiced taking turns and team work.
In English we have been inspired to improve our descriptive language by describing a snowy landscape. This is in preparation for this term's main fiction texts, "The Ice Palace" and "The Princess' Blankets".
Here is our shared poem that we created as a class:
Alongside this in Art we have created Winter forest artwork. We have been exploring different effects using paint. We mixed salt and glitter with paint to create a frosty effect. We made tree branch stencils which we carefully placed on white cartridge paper then colour washed over. After this we removed our stencils which left white tree branches with a cold shimmery blue sky. When dry we added details to the branches and added a silver moon.
We used a mixture of water colour paint, chalk pastels, pencil crayon and glitter to create our wintery scenes. Many of us used our artwork to make a Christmas card.
Well done to our class finalists…
…Also to this group who helped toorganise the whole event.
We used watercolour paint to effect a winter night sky. We will be using multimedia to create our Christmas card designs.
We researched which plants and flowers were around in different seasons. We each chose a plant or flower for each season to carefully sketch then add colour using pencil crayons to shade.
Many of us remembered that our marshmallow snowmen sold out last year at the Christmas Fair and made the class a healthy profit so we decided to do something similar. We melted some chocolate and then dipped giant marshmallows in the chocolate and then either hundreds and thousands, crushed flake or grated white chocolate. They were fun to make and many of us are really tempted to eat them! We resisted as we didn’t want to eat into our profit.
Our gingerbread houses are now complete too. We are proud of the finished results and feel that they will be good sellers at the Fair. As we used empty cereal packets and donated pieces of wallpaper and paper we already had our profits should be high on this product too.
Wow look at our fabulous models of Air raid Shelters we made this term as part of our home learning.
Isobel brought in some posters to share from Laceby history society to share. We discussed these sources of evidence thinking about what information they gave and why. We compared them with how information is shared from the government today.
We have been learning about the experiences of Jewish children during World War 2. We were all very shocked at how people were treated so badly just because they had a different faith. We used our “making links” learning power to relate back to our previous work looking at tolerance and how we all felt it was important to value and respect everyone.
We looked at the overview of the Life of Anne Frank and in groups freeze framed part of her story. We used our class tablets to photograph each other’s freeze frames. Here are a selection:
This afternoon we met Rachel McWilliam, a local Blacksmith Artist who shared her expertise as designing and making sculpture. We were wowed by her pieces of work and really interested in hearing about the design process. During our question and answer session we found our her favourite piece, the largest piece and the smallest. Many of us were surprised we have seen some of Rachel's work on the sea front at Cleethorpes.
We have been working very hard designing and making our gingerbread house boxes for our enterprise project. We are hoping to sell them at the Christmas Fair and raise lots of money.
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.
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.'
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.
We have been exploring whether using a computer is always the best and simplest method to create and draw in 3D. We used online software called Voxel Builder to create simple 3D models. We then turned them into 2D nets which we cut out and folded into 3D.
It was really tricky to do and some of the nets worked better than others, depending on how complicated the design was. We discussed what we had found out and concluded that, in this case, using Lego or similar to build simple 3D models would probably be the best way to do it!
Year 4 (Group 2) are enjoying learning the viola with Mrs. Brady. They have learnt the names of the open strings (CGDA) and can pizzicato (pluck) simple pieces. They have made a great start!
We all shared our poem Peace is around our 3/4 garden. As we said our line we placed our peace pebble around the edge. We had a few moments quiet reflection thinking about the importance of peace within our own lives, in the community, in the country and in the world.
Peace is a feeling like love and no harm to anything that is alive or dead. Sophie
Peace is stroking my kitten or reading a book – calm, loved, loving, happy. Nour
Peace is harmony and happiness. It can’t be bought from a supermarket, you have to earn it. Keira
Peace is a feeling when you have friends that make you laugh, cheer you up, be kind, caring and share.
Peace is a feeling, feel it and believe in it always no matter what. Always believe in peace. Maddi
Peace is love and kindness so we have to be it to one another always. Auden
Peace is a harmony within the world. Freddie P
Peace is when you have friends that make you laugh, cheer you up, are kind, caring and share. Ewan
Peace is being a part of peace. You need to make a start and practise it. Olli
Peace is when everyone gets along and has fun. No wars. Lily J
Peace is love. Don’t fight. Make friends with enemies. Freddie G
Peace is when people are at one with each other. The power of love can conquer all. Peace will always win. Lucy
Peace is to me quiet and calm time alone with your thoughts. Isobel
Peace is light and love and dark is misery and hate. Always choose Peace. Daisylou
Peace means accepting, understanding, respecting all difference. Never be mean. Sam.
Peace is achieved by facing your enemies to solve problems. Emma D
Peace is a feeling you can’t buy. You must earn it. Lily MM
Peace is harmony. Its calm. It’s amazing. Don’t fight enemies. Be kind Ashton
Peace is when everyone gets along, no fighting and no nastiness. Lauren
Peace is quiet and calm. No fighting or arguing. Jacob
Peace is when you make a new best friend. Alfie H
Peace is calm and sharing. Scarlett
Peace is not in the air. You can’t just grab it. You need to earn it. Daisy B
Peace is love . Think of all the loved ones that died in the war. Holly W
Peace is harmony. Relaxing and enjoying. Mac
Peace is love and kindness. Grace
Peace is a feeling that is relaxing and being peaceful. Charlotte
Peace is harmony. Be friendly without enemies. Thomas
Peace is a feeling inside that makes you feel calm. Alfie D
Peace is a warm beach with waves splashing. Everyone smiling Evan
Peace is a quiet beach by myself in the sun. Cameron
Peace is harmony. A warm feeling and being balanced Emma J
Peace is something in your heart not what you can get from other people Rebecca
Peace is hugging my dog Roxy. AJ
Peace is the beach. Ashley
By Juniper Class
We have been exploring the concept of Peace during our RE lessons.
We shared our thoughts and ideas of what images we thought of when we think of peace. We used these to design our own peace pebble.
Today we reflected on what peace means by listening to a variety of famous quotes about peace. We then shared our own thoughts on what peace means.
We collaborated all our ideas to create a class poem which we will share in our Remembrance service tomorrow.
Year 4 (Group 1) are enjoying learning the viola with Mrs. Brady. They have learnt the names of the open strings (CGDA) and can pizzicato (pluck) simple pieces. They have made a great start!
Look at our fantastic pieces of artwork depicting the city skyline during the Blitz.
We used a mixed media approach including paint, pencil crayon and collage.
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!
During golden time some of us planted the rest of the pansies, planted garlic bulbs and watered our onion patch.
We think our Year 3 and 4 collaboration gardening project is going really well and our quad allotment is looking fantastic. We cant wait to see the onions and garlic grow.
We wonder what we will be planting next...
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 evaluated our finished result against our designs.
In Juniper class we have been looking at how we can build 3D models with computers. To start with though we have been planning each step without a computer to help us appreciate how computers really make our lives easier!
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.
Juniper class that participated and completed the reading challenge at Stanford Library over the Summer. As we were the class with the most participants we won a fabulous prize of a set of David Walliams books. We can't wait to read them.
We imagined we work for a company who designs and makes bespoke gas masks for customers who don’t like the dull and boring design and colour of the standard issue gas masks.
We chose a client to design and make a gas mask suitable for.
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.
Wow! What a fantastic day. Everyone made a fantastic effort to come dressed in World War 2 attire.
We learnt that many children were evacuated from the towns and cities and went to live in the countryside, often with complete strangers. We reflected on what that would have been like. We thought about what we would take with us if we had to be evacuated and give reasons.
In addition we were lucky enough to examine some real life artefacts including photos, metals, ration books.
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!
Harvesting our crop of beetroot that we planted last term. Next tasks are to research recipes and the weeding of course…