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.
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 went to Normanby Hall to find out what it was like working in Victorian times.
There were lots of artefacts from the past to look at. We didn’t know what they were for but they looked interesting.
The first thing they had to do was to carry water from the pump using a yoke. This was really heavy even with the buckets empty. It was uncomfortable to carry and it hurt our necks.
After we had warmed the water we put it in a dolly tub. They used carbolic soap to wash clothes in Victorian times. It was so hard they had to grate it into the tub using a grater.
Then we had to use a dolly stick. It was called that because they thought it looked like a wooden doll with a head, 2 arms, a stick body and a wooden skirt.
We had to hold the stick in a certain way. We put one hand underneath the handle and the other hand on top. This made the stick easier to twist. We had to twist the stick as fast as we could for a minute. It was really hard and made our arms ache. We couldn’t imagine what it must be like to do this all day.
When the clothes were clean we had to take them out of the water using tong and put them into a mangle to squeeze the water out.
The clothes would then be put on a clothes horse to dry and neatly folded. The next day the clothes would be ironed. The flat irons were placed on a special stove to ‘heat’ up then we had to carry them with a cloth so we didn’t burn our hands. We would spit on the iron to see if it was hot enough and then clean the iron by running over a spare piece of cloth. Then we would iron the clothes.
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."
The children were really keen to come to school dressed in their finery.
Mistress Perrin rang the school bell and the children marched happily into school.
First we went for our morning constitutional around the playground. Then we had a ‘class portrait’ taken with a thing that takes photographs.
We marched to the head teacher’s office where the children were inspected to make sure that their fingernails were scrubbed and they had cleaned behind their ears.
To enter the classroom the children had to pay the teacher a penny to pay for their education….. well worth the money!!
In the classroom the children had to sit in rows with the girls on one side and the boys on the other.
The children were told about the school rules and the consequences for breaking these rules.
Mistress Perrin spoke about the discipline in the classroom.
Children misbehaving would wear the Dunce cap and face the wall.
Anyone really misbehaving would be given the cane or sent to the Headteacher’s room to sit in a cage.
In addition to the cane Mistress Perrin had her friend ‘Jim’ this was a knotted rope which Victorian teachers would whirl around to ensure that the children are all paying attention.
The children’s first task was to practise their handwriting. They had to write a very important phrase ‘Children should be seen and not heard’. The children had to use their best handwriting and work in silence. Then they chanted their times tables.
After they had practised their 3Rs - Reading, wRiting and aRithmatic, the children were set to work to make some Christmas crafts……but that’s all top secret until the Christmas Fayre.
For some strange reason the children loved their Victorian day…..and the staff loved getting curtseys and bows when they entered. Perhaps it should always be like this in Poppy Class??
In ‘The Street Child’ Jim has been told that his sisters have gone to a big house to live a fairy-tale life. The children discussed whether this was actually the case and whether they had a different fate. The children were set the task to create a play-script to explain what they believe actually happened. This was a difficult task as the children had to work in a large group collaboratively, ensuring that all ideas were listened to and that each person played a part in creating the script.
Now we know how a circuit works the children learnt about insulators and conductors. Insulators protect us from electricity and do not allow the flow of electricity to pass through them. Conductors direct the flow of electricity through them.
The children were given a range of materials and were asked to predict whether they would conduct the electricity through them or if they would be insulators and stop the circuit from working.
The children were really surprised by the materials which let electricity through. The materials which were the best conductors were tin foil and other metallic items.
In Science we are learning about electricity. We found out that electrical current is passed around a circuit in a continuous flow. We tried to show this by linking hands together and passing around a ‘current’ by someone squeezing their neighbours hand and passing on the hand squeeze to the next person. While our hands were joined this passed around the circuit but when someone let go of their neighbours hand the signal stopped at the break in the chain.
We found out for a circuit to work the parts of the circuit have to be joined with no breaks or gaps. There has to be a power source to provide the electricity and the circuit has to be joined to the positive and negative sides of the battery.
The children were given circuits and they had to predict whether the circuit was complete or incomplete. After the children made their predictions they tested out the circuits to see if their predictions were correct.
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.
We can learn a lot about history by using the internet and looking at books but this is only a secondary source of information. The best way about learning about our past is by touching and feeling antiques from that era and experiencing them first hand (Primary sources).
When we were at Normanby hall the children were able to investigate the different resources, handling them and thinking about what it would have been like to use them.
As a part of our trip to Normanby Hall the children looked at the fabrics used to make clothing in the Victorian times and in modern times. They looked at a variety of materials to see whether they would be suitable for different purposes.
The children were given a range of clothing which they could try on. Some were for rich people and some were for poorer people.
The children had lots of fun trying on the different outfits.
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.
The children had lots of fun today showing the value of each digit in four-digit numbers in a variety of ways. Miss Perrin set out a carousel activity with lots of different resources and the children had to use them to make four-digit numbers. We were able to make them very quickly by the time we had finished.
In Poppy class we are reading ‘The Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. Jim (the street child) and his family are living in a room and their mother is sick and is near to death. Their landlord arrives to collect his rent but he is furious when he realises that have spent their last shilling on food. He is so angry that he tells the family to leave immediately. It is snowy outside and they have nowhere to go. What will they do and how will they survive?
After each group depicted their scene the class talked about how the groups had effectively shown their emotions through their bodies alone.
Today the school children voted to decide who the new Head Boy and Head Girl would be. All the candidates were very professional and prepared a presentation about why they would be perfect for the position. When we went back to class we set us a polling station where the children could choose their candidate and cast their vote. The children enjoyed having this experience and having a say on what happens at this school.