Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
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?