Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
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In Art we are learning about jewellery design & designers. Today we learnt about Tiffany & co who are famous for their elaborate pieces of jewellery.
A lot of their jewellery have pendants or charms on them so we tried making them for ourselves out of clay.
When they are dry we will paint them and make them beautiful.
We have been investigating the pitch of sound and how we can change it from low to high. We looked at stringed instruments, wind instruments and percussion instruments.
We discovered the shorter something was the more it vibrated sound and the higher the pitch. The longer something was it vibrated less and the pitch was lower.
We then tried to show this by making straw instruments and shortening them as we blew into them.
It was really hard, especially as we couldn’t stop laughing…… but we got there eventually!
This week some of the children had the opportunity to represent the school in an indoor athletics competition. It involves 26 schools in the area and this was the first set of heats.
The children were amazing. Their behaviour, attitude and effort was outstanding, they showed fantastic teamwork and supported their peers during the events.
At the end of the event we found out that we had come joint 4th in our heat so we have yet to find out whether we will progress further. Well done Year 3 / 4, we are very proud of you!!
We have started to read ‘Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells. The blog has told us that in the dark during the winter Starjik takes a child from the village. The children listened to the blog and the introduction and were given the task to think about how the villagers might look and feel in the summer months and how this would change in the winter. They had to use their bodies and expressions to show the difference.
Barley, Star Anise and Poppy are collaborating together each Friday morning to share their reading books. We will be listening to each other read, sharing what we enjoy about the stories and also discussing key vocabulary and themes within the different stories.
As a part of our Hook Event, the class were given an introduction to the Anglo-Saxons. They discovered where they came from and where they fit on the timeline of events in British history. We know a lot about the Anglo-Saxons through the discovery of a burial ship at Sutton Hoo. The Anglo-Saxons were experts at metal work and created some fine pieces of jewellery.
The children then learnt about Jewellery, its uses throughout history, and about the different types of gemstones and their names. We discovered that Anglo-Saxon broaches were often circular, symmetrical, and intricate. They were decorated with gemstones and enamel. The designs were usually made by embossing the metal.
The children were asked to design a broach similar to the ones we have researched. We made the designs by using thick cardboard and string to raise parts of the pattern. The children then covered their brooch with tin foil and gently pressed it down so the pattern emerged through the foil. The brooches were then painted and ‘gems’ were added.
Watch out for pictures of the finished products on this blog!
As a part of the Christmas Service the Year 4 children sang an acapella version of ‘ Love shine a light’. We hope you enjoy this
Each year the classes take part in an enterprise scheme where we design products to sell at the Christmas Fayre, to raise money for the class. This year we decided to link our products to our history and art work.
In the Victorian period the Arts and Crafts Movement started. William Morris, and others like him, didn’t approve of mass-produced art that was the result of the industrialised Victorian society. The Arts and Crafts movement favoured a return to handmade goods instead of machine-made items. He was famous for his wallpaper which he created by printing on the paper with printing blocks. As arts and crafts supplies at that time were often unavailable, creative artists made use of the simple materials they had at hand either in the home or found in surrounding nature.
To link our product with these ideas we decided to use things around us to create our items. We used some books and turned them into a beautiful Christmas ornament by folding the pages to create a Christmas tree. To link this to our learning about William Morris we created our own printing blocks and created book covers which we decorated by hand to make them look bright and cheerful. They looked really effective.
We carried our handmade theme onto our hoops. As the theme was ‘Winter Wonderland’ we made hats, scarves and snowballs out of wool. They looked really cute but they were tricky to make!
Our stall looked amazing with all the handmade goods for sale! Well done Poppy Class!!
At Stanford we have a Christmas tradition where each class makes a Christmas hoop to decorate the hall. Each year we have a different theme and this year it was ‘Winter Wonderland’. The children have worked very hard to make decorations to put on the hoops and they look fantastic….don’t you agree?
As the Year 4 children have loved learning to speak French so much, we decided to have a chance to practise our skills and open a French Café for the KS2 children to enjoy.
First we had to create a menu and add some useful phrases which would help the children to order food.
We had some French foods for the children to try – Brioche, Croissant and Baguettes with butter, cheese or jam and orange or blackcurrant to drink. Then we got our classroom ready for our clients by arranging the tables, putting on table cloths and decorating the tables with candles and decorative stones. With a bit of French music to create a cosmopolitan atmosphere we were ready for business!!
Each client was served by their own personal waiter who greeted them, guided them to their table and took their orders.
The Year 4 children were very busy taking orders, serving food and then washing up afterwards. The atmosphere was great, the children had fun practising their French and it allowed the children a chance to try different foods.
Our clients gave us lots of positive comments:-
“I thought it was lots of fun”
“I thought it was exciting to have my own personal waiter”
“The waiters were lovely and the food was great”
“I likes the restaurant because it had table cloths and decorations”
“I loved trying new foods and the role play”
“The menus were very helpful as they had pictures to help”
“Great service and loved the atmosphere”
“Year 4 tried really hard with speaking French. It was lots of fun”
“I liked having the chance to speak French and I was praised for speaking back to the waiters in French”
The Year 4 children enjoyed the experience too:-
“I felt like an actual waiter”
“I liked having more experience speaking French”
“I liked serving people”
“I liked eating the food at the end”
By the time the children had served the other Key Stage 2 classes, done 3 lots of washing up and cleared away they were exhausted…….but they weren’t so tired that they couldn’t finish off the rest of the food!! It was a lovely morning.
The children have been investigating electricity and how circuits work. After looking at insulators and conductors the children have learnt that an excellent conductor of electricity is metal. The children were set the challenge to make and evaluate their own switches for an electrical circuit using items in the classroom. The children made three switches using paperclips, bulldog clips and tinfoil. The children then thought about which switch was the easiest to use.
They thought that the bulldog clip switch was tricky to make because the sides of the clip were too close together.
The paperclip switch was tricky as the paperclip kept slipping off the connectors.
The easiest clip to make and use was the one made from cardboard and tin foil as it could be opened and closed quite easily.
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 were very lucky to have a visit from a published author called Pippa Goodhart.
Pippa spoke about her childhood, she didn’t find writing easy and her spelling was (in her words) atrocious. Pippa spoke about how she became inspired to be a writer when she was telling stories to her children and her husband encouraged her to send her ideas to a publisher. She has now written approx. 123 books under her own name and under her ‘author’ name of Laura Owen. One of the series of books she is most famous for is about Winnie the Witch and her cat Wibur.
The children loved listening to her story and how she comes up with inspiration for her writing by looking at normal items and situations and asking herself ”What if…….?”
“What if …..I was so small I could fit in a pocket?”
“What if …..I was as tall as a mountain?”
The children had lots of fun coming up with ideas for her “What if……?” game.
The children then worked together to make their own story map for an adventure for Winnie the Witch. It was lovely having Pippa in the classroom and I am sure she has inspired many children to image & write today.
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 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.
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.