Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
This week we were being ‘crafty’ and catching up on various projects. Some children were working on their Anglo-Saxon brooches; others were painting their salt dough sculpture from last week. Today we looked at making bracelets from weaving pieces of wool. The children loved watching their bracelet grow and found it quite relaxing.
Here is a presentation showing the entries from Poppy Class
Children both at home and at school have been celebrating World Book Day. We have had lots of fun activities today like our toilet roll character competition, an ‘Author and Illustrator’ masterclass by Henry White and Humza Arshad and we have taken part in a design a book token & a David Walliams draw a book character competition. The children have been really excited to dress up as their favourite book characters, some of them even matched their toilet roll characters. Don’t they look great?
We have some very exciting news, we have a new adult coming into our class. Her name is Miss Jaques and she is a student teacher. She will be supporting myself in the classroom and learning what it is like to be a teacher. She is really looking forward to meeting you all and has sent a message to you.
Hello Poppy Class.
My name is Miss Jaques and I will be joining you in class a couple of days a week. I am here to learn from Miss Perrin about how to be a great teacher and to help you with your learning.
I would like to share a little information about myself so you can get to know me better. I grew up in Grimsby then moved to Lincoln, just an hour away, to go to University and study how to become a teacher. I have four dogs and love all animals except spiders. I love arts, crafts, and music. I spend a lot of time reading fiction books, my favourite book is called Percy Jackson.
I have looked online and read some of your blog including pictures from your ‘Well-being Wednesday’ activities. I am very excited to meet you all and feel free to ask me for help in class if you need some.
See you soon
In Art we have been learning about jewellery. Today we learnt about Tiffany & Co. We looked at the pendants & charms that they have on necklaces & bracelets. The children were tasked to design a pendant/charm and then make a large scale model using salt dough. They loved moulding and sculpting the dough to bring their creations to life. We can’t wait to paint them !!
Today we have been looking at how land is used within settlements. We discovered that land can be used for different purposes: business, retail, industry; leisure, housing & agriculture. We decided to take a closer look at our village so we used Google Maps to have a tour of our community. After that we looked at a map of the village and colour coded our village map to show how the land has been used. The children were really excited to look at their homes from an aerial view. We could tell that most of the area is used for housing in Laceby.
As we made something very healthy last week we thought we would make something naughty this week as a treat. It’s called ‘Fridge Cake’. It consists of digestive biscuit, melted chocolate, butter, golden syrup and anything else you want to add to it!. The children really enjoyed smashing the biscuits to bits and mixing it with the melted chocolate. They were then allowed to choose a few treats to add to the mixture. They were told to take them home and leave them in the fridge overnight to set……..but from what I gathered some didn’t make it that long!!! Yum! Yum!
We have been learning the names of classroom items. After that we had lots of fun playing a matching game where we had to match the French words with the pictures.
As a well-being task we had a go at making things out of paper. First we made a dog then Miss Perrin showed everyone how to make a ‘fortune teller’ which she used to make when she was a girl. The children really enjoyed making these. Who knew paper could be such fun??
As a part of our ‘Well-being Wednesday’ tasks the children had the opportunity to make themselves a pasta salad with their favourite ingredients in them. They enjoyed the preparation chopping & slicing everything and best of all they were able to take them home to eat. Yum!
We have been learning about how sound travels through vibrations. In this lessons we wanted to know how we can reduce sound by soundproofing it with different materials. We played a track on a loop so the song was consistent. Then we wrapped the tech playing the music with different materials such as tin foil, newspaper, thick fabric and sponge.
We found out that it was very difficult to judge which material was the best. Sometimes we learn more by things not working well and we used our problem solving skills to think why the investigation was not accurate and how it could be improved next time. We researched further and found that items with air in them, such as bubble wrap or sponge are the best materials to use as the air particles are further apart to pass on the vibrations.
It was nice to see some of the children at home joining in too.
As it Children’s Mental Health week we watched a video from ‘Place to Be’ and ‘Oak National Academy’ about expressing ourselves. We also watched a video from the Duchess of Cambridge. After that we filled in a ‘My Well-being Challenge Booklet’ and thought about all the positive things in our lives.
In science we have looked at how sound gets quieter the further we move from it. First Miss Perrin set off a timer and each time we moved further away from the sound if got quieter and quieter. We then tried making string telephones. The children were amazed at how loud their voices were through a paper cup and a piece of string. It was lovely to see that others at home have been having fun trying this too.
In our music lesson we watched a MAPAS video about Samba percussion. It showed clips for the children at home so that they could make different musical instruments and join in the fun. The children had lots of fun and it was really tricky as they were playing 3 different rhythms at the same time. Samba, Samba, we love the Samba!!!!
In our computer lessons we have been learning about spreadsheets. Today we looked at converting spreadsheets into line graphs. This is an important skill we can use as adults.
The children in school have been learning about a different religion each day this week. When we were learning about Buddhism we learnt about how Buddhists use meditation to try an reach ‘enlightenment’. We tried meditating and listened to a meditation track called ‘The Gratitude Tree’ which involved thinking about all the positive things in our life.
After we finished meditating we were given a picture of a tree and were asked to fill the tree with everything in our lives which is good. We then looked at our trees to see how full our lives are and how there is so much positivity in our lives when it is such a troubling time.
In history we have been learning about the Picts and the Scots who tried to invade England.
The Picts used Ogham to write their names on stones, this involved a central line where they made diagonal and horizontal lines to spell out letters.
First we figures out how to write our names using Ogham then we made a design to go around the edge of the stones. We made the stones using salt dough and after they were baked we painted them so they looked like old stones.
Some of the children made theirs at home and either sent in pictures or brought them in with them when they were in school. They all look great.
Really lovely curriculum, well done everyone!
Look out for Mental Wellbeing week and Inter Faith week coming up!
Keep up the excellent work, we are very proud of you all.
A big thank you to Parents/Carers for your continued support, have a lovely weekend!
In maths we have been looking at the area and perimeter of shapes. We have learnt that the inside of the shape is the area and we can calculate it by counting the squares used to make a shape. We were then set a challenge to make different shapes with the same area.
In science we have been learning about how sounds can be made louder & quieter. Today we were investigating the pitch of sound. The children were allowed to play different ‘instruments’ to see why sound changed from high pitched to low pitched sounds. We found out that smaller items, or items which were stretched tightly made a high sound and larger items made a lower sound. It was great getting some home learning to show the children joining in too.
The rain can't stop us from having fun! As we couldn't go out to play today we decided to brighten our spirits and get some exercise by dancing. There are so many resources online you can use to keep you moving when you can't go out. We hope you enjoy it and here is official evidence that Miss Perrin can't floss!!!!.
A huge well done to our behaviour and attendance winners this term! 100% attendance with 3 winners and 2 behaviour winners
We have had such fun today!!
First we played a strategy game ( a bit like battleships) called The Christmas game which got very competitive!!!
After that we had a snowball fight in the hall. We then played a class favourite called ‘Flap the fish’ where the children have to get the fish back to the pond by flapping the fish with a newspaper and creating a draft.
After all this excitement we enjoyed our party bags in the classroom and had a rest.
Poppy class have done really well with the reading challenges each week. There have been many weeks where our class has had the highest percentage of readers in the school!
Most of the class managed to pass the reading challenge and chose to play Bingo as their reward. It was a very exciting game with a lot of the children only needing a few numbers to win. Miss Perrin did get a little carried away with giving out prizes so there were many very happy players.
We have been very creative with our Christmas cards this year. The children created a snow scene where a snowman is watching TV….but… there is a hidden surprise on the TV. When you scan it with your camera on your phone you can see what the snowman is watching! How clever!!!
We linked several aspects of our learning to create a moving picture. In Art we have been learning about how the Victorian’s believed in hand-made crafts rather than mass produced items. We have also researched the toys & games that Victorian children liked to play with and we decided to make a ‘toy’ with moving parts. We found some templates online and we used them to make templates. We cut out the shapes in card and used split pins to put the parts together. We then mounted them so they looked like toys in a nursery. As they looked so great we chose to use them as our calendars for next year. Don’t they look fabulous?
We were looking really festive today. The children really got in the Christmas spirit with our Christmas jumpers and we worked on a secret project which you will soon see!!
Today we looked at spreadsheets and how they are used to store information. We used them to make calculations and then we learnt how to add colour and images to them.
We were asked to create our own zoo with enclosures and animals in them. It was lots of fun!
That festive feeling is in the air! The tree has arrived and has been beautifully decorated. The children have worked hard to make their class hoop to decorate the hall and everyone is feeling very Christmassy.
Don’t the decorations look amazing?
The children have been very busy making crafts to sell as a part of our Enterprise scheme.
To go with our Victorian theme we made a Christmas book ornament. The Victorians liked to make things by hand so we hand printed our book covers and folded the pages to make Christmas trees which we decorated.
Mrs Drury came and helped us to make Victorian Lanterns as they used them in the streets and in their homes.
We also made Sock snowmen …..just because we thought they looked very cute!
Don’t they look great?
This week we have been learning about different electrical switches that are used around our homes and on electrical appliances.
We then tried to make our own switches using paperclips, bulldog clips and tin foil. They were quite tricky to make!
In Science we have been learning about electrical circuits. Today we have investigated conductors and insulators. Insulators are materials which do not allow electrical charge to go through them and conductors are materials which allow electrical charge to pass through them. We found out that most of the materials we tested are insulators and that metallic items are conductors.
In Computer studies we looked at plagiarism. This is where you presenting someone else's work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement.
We looked at 2 pieces of ‘homework’ and the children had to guess what was wrong with it. They could see that one child had clearly copied their work off the internet and had put no effort into it. There was blue text for names (which were internet links) and numbers which referred to references from the original article. The children noticed that the size of the font changed and there was a fact file copied into one box. The children took part in a quiz to see if they could identify where someone had
plagiarised themselves.They then discussed why plagiarism was a bad thing they decided it was wrong because we are taking credit for someone else’s hard work.
In science we have been learning about electrical circuits and how they work.
For electricity to work the circuit must have a power source, the circuit must be complete and have no gaps and the wires must go to the positive and negative sides of a battery or cell.
We tried acting this out in person- one person was a cell and sent off a pulse around the circuit and when it reached the ‘bulb’ she went “shine”. We then looked at what happens when the circuit is broken, when someone wasn’t connected to both sides of the cell, when there was no cell and when the bulb was removed.
We looked at different circuits and we predicted if they would work, then we made the circuits to see if our predictions were right. How illuminating!!!
As it was anti-bullying week we have been looking at what bullying means. Sometimes people can be rude or mean to you…..but there is a difference between this and bullying. Bullying is where it is not a one off event but happens constantly over a length of time. The children then looked at the different ways that people can bully others and reasons why someone might feel the need to be unkind to others by bullying them.
Lastly we thought about what we should do if we are being bullied, we see our friends being bullied or we see our friends bullying others.
We made posters to show what we have learnt. Are they great?
As it has been road safety week we have been looking at how we can stay safe when the nights are getting darker. We played an online game where we looked at whether the people could be seen or not.
After that we made our own posters about how we should be fluorescent in the day and reflective at night.
We were very lucky as we were able to take things home with us to help us stay bright and be seen.
As it was parliament week, Bonfire week and the current government have recently been in the news about the new Covid restrictions this was an ideal time to learn about the Government.
The children learnt how Parliament is split into 3 – The Monarch, The House of Lords and The House of Commons. They then found out about the difference between Parliament and the Government. To show this we looked at which house had the most seats taken in the classroom. We then chose a Party Leader who chose people to help him make decisions. Each person was given an area to be in charge of: education; health; finance; employment; transport etc. We then thought about what the real Government would be discussing and which of our ministers would be responsible for this.
We have been learning some of the names for the different types of pets we may have.
We had lots of fun learning the names with actions to help us remember them.
The children then played a matching game where they had to match the pictures with the correct words in French.
On Bonfire day KS2 had a zoom conference with the Fire service to talk about how we can keep safe. They children enjoyed talking to the ladies from the fire service and had lots of questions to ask them.
On Monday we had visitors from Big Talk Education who came to educate the children about our growing bodies, puberty, pregnancy, babies and belly buttons.
The children were very well behaved and had lots of questions to ask. They were very sensible and were very good at using scientific words for our bodies and the processes we go through when we grow.
Here are some of the facts that the children gave after the talk.
In French we have been learning about the names of pieces of clothing. We then drew pictures of ourselves and wrote about what we were wearing in French. Tres bien!!
The children are really excited to be coming into school in their Halloween costumes. It’s amazing how much of an effort you have put into their costumes!!
Happy Halloween everyone!!
Today the children who have passed the reading reward challenge were allowed to have a little treat for their continuous reading at home. The children chose to play games.
First we played Bingo which got the children really excited, we had a drink & a biscuit and then we played ‘Flap the fish’ where the children raced fish across the finishing line.
We had lots of fun!!
In science have been looking at how water changes state through freezing, melting, evaporation & condensation, We applied this knowledge to the world in general and looked at how water goes through these processes in the water cycle.
To show this process in the classroom we made ‘Rain in a bag’. We labelled a bag with the processes and put some coloured water in the bottom of the bag then we taped it to the window. Each child was given their own bag of ‘rain’ so they can observe the science at home.
We have already been learning about how materials have a melting and a freezing point. Today we developed our understanding of changing states of matter by looking at how liquids change into gases and reverse back to liquids. These processes are called evaporation and condensation.
We investigated how hot water and ice affect each other.
We filled a bowl with hot water and covered it with cling film. We then placed an ice cube on the top.
The hot water turned into water vapour. When the water vapour particles came into contact with the cold ice cube through the cling film they formed water particles. We call this process condensation.
The hot water vapour particles affected the ice cube. The heat made the ice cube melt and water pooled on top of the cling film.
Miss Perrin said that she could move water from the kettle to the bowl without picking up the kettle. We didn’t think she could.
She turned the kettle on which heated up the water and turned the water into water vapour. Miss Perrin then held a plate near the steam from the kettle. When the water vapour particles hit the plate they cooled down which formed water droplets. These dripped down off the plate and into the bowl….. so Miss Perrin was right!
We investigated the effect of adding salt to ice cubes. We left one as a control with nothing added to it then we put salt on the second one. The ice cube started to melt immediately. This is because the salt particles mix between the water particles. They make the water particles break away from the solid ice cube and form a liquid. It is because of this that salt is useful in icy weather on paths and roads.
In science we have been looking at how materials melt and freeze at different temperatures. We know that water freezes and melts at 0 degrees C. We thought we would look at chocolate to see at what temperature it starts to melt. We used 3 bowls of water at different temperatures (5, 30 & 40 degrees C) to place our chocolate in then we observed them closely. We discovered that the chocolate melts between 30 and 40 degrees C.
This is why chocolate will melt in our hand as our body temperature is higher than the melting point of chocolate.
Our Head Boy and Head Girl delivered our virtual assembly on Friday for Macmillan Coffee morning. They shared with the whole school how Macmillan came about and how the donations received from families help those that are currently suffering with cancer- Well done for delivering a fantastic 'virtual' assembly!
As ever we are being resourceful and thinking about how we can adapt our lives and carry on regardless. Normally we would be performing in person but this year we will be celebrating this wonderful organisation virtually. We can’t sing but we can definitely sign, so grab a coffee, get a cake and “you’re gonna hear us roar”.
We have been learning about solids, liquids and gases. We know that solids and liquids have weight but we wanted to see if it was the same for gas. To prove that gas has weight we thought about where we could easily find a source of gas and we decided to use fizzy drinks for our investigation.
First we weighed the sealed bottle to find the weight of the bottle, liquid & gas. Then we shook the bottle to release the gas. We continued to do this until the liquid was flat then we weighed the bottle again. The bottle was lighter so this proved that the gas in the liquid had weight.
We looked at the different brands of fizzy drinks to see which brand was the fizziest, it was Tango. We then placed the bottles in order of fizziness. We had lots of fun completing this investigation.
We have been learning about the lives of Victorian children. Poor children were expected to work from the age of 3 in harsh and dangerous circumstances.
As we do not have any actual Victorian artefacts (Primary Resources) to look at we used computers to find information & images of the different jobs they had to do (Secondary Resources).
It was very scary what the poor children had to do and a lot of children got hurt or died working in factories, in mines and up chimneys. It made us think about how lucky we are having good lives.
We had lots of fun on our hook day pretending to be Victorians. Miss Perrin greeted us at the door ringing her school bell to say that our school day had begun.
First we were given rags and we had to work to make the building clean.
Then we lined up outside the classroom and we paid Miss Perrin a penny for our education.
In the classroom we practised handwriting and practised out times tables. We then went for our morning constitutional.
The boys had to march like soldiers and the girls had to walk with ‘like ladies’.
Then we went out to play. Victorian children liked to play with hoops and sticks, they also liked to skip. We had a go at both of these but it wasn’t easy!
Life was so bad for Victorian children you can understand why they looked miserable as their lives were so bad.
It’s a good thing that we were only pretending to be Victorians because we had lots of fun!!
In ‘The Street Child’ Jim Jarvis and his family are living in a tiny room in the slums. Their mum is very sick and cannot work. Jim spends their last shilling on a pie so they can eat. The next morning their evil landlord arrives demanding his rent……. and the drama unfolds!
Mr Spink arrives and wakes the sleeping family.
The children try and protect their mum as Mr Spink asks “Is she dead?”
Mr Spink notices the pie crumbs and demands “Have you eaten pie?”
He demands to see their purse and asks “Where is your money?”
He points to the door and says “No money, no rent…….no rent no room!” and tells the children to leave.
Mr Spink leaves with the family in tears.
In Poppy Class we have been learning about different states of matter. Materials are either solids, liquids or gases.
First we sorted objects into these categories. Then we learnt that materials are made from particles which are so tiny they can’t be seen even with a microscope!
In solids the particles are packed together and just vibrate on the spot. In liquids they are close together and move with each other and in gases the particles spread out quickly in different directions. We then went outside to show this in practice. The children loved this activity.
Here are some of their comments:
“I thought it was really fun.”
“It was fun in a working way.”
“It helped me to understand solids, gases & liquids.”
“It was fun learning about it like this.”
Who knew science could be such fun and so energetic?