Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Mustard Class and Star Anise worked together to find out about symbols on an OS map. They also made up their own symbols to represent different features that could be found on an OS map.
Harrison said he had thoroughly enjoyed the activity.
Callum from Grimsby Aquatics Swimming School led our school assembly today on the theme of ‘Water Safety.’ Keeping yourself and other safe is very important to us at Stanford and this links with the work we do on Internet Safety, Fire Safety and Road Safety etc.
Phil White on the road with Radio Humberside visited Stanford today! Pupils sang the school song beautifully, discussed our engaging curriculum and talked about the litter picking we do! Community members met with Phil about Laceby in Bloom, the Stanford Trust, the work of the Parish Council and the history of Laceby. The pupils really enjoyed finding out more about mobile radio stations!
Today Star Anise and Juniper Year 4s had a wonderful Hook Day linked to their History Theme "Children In Victorian Britain". The children had the opportunity to experience what it would have been like to be a child at school during this period of time, including writing lines, sitting in the corner with a Dunce hat on, an object lesson painting flowers, reciting The National Anthem and The Lord's Prayer. making balsa boats and making peg dolls. All the children chose a Victorian name for the day and wrote in Copperplate writing on a slate board.
In Mathematics this week we have been learning about translation. We have been learning how to translate a 2D shape on a grid. We used skipping ropes & quoits to understand how to translate it in a practical way - this was fun.
In our books we were using the co-ordinates of the original shape and were then writing the co-ordinates of the translated shape. We must remember to put the left/right co-ordinate first and the up down co-ordinate second.
The Humberside Fire and Rescue team came to speak to Key Stage 2 pupils about the dangers of fires, what to do in an emergency and also what to do if there is a fire. Pupils asked some excellent questions and learnt about fire safety.
At Stanford road safety and healthy choices are important to us. Pupils and community members help make our monthly ‘Sticker Days’ a real success. Well done to all the families who chose to walk, bike, or scoot to school. We really appreciate the families that choose to park safely either in the Stanford Centre or nearby car parks to ensure congestion at Stanford is reduced. Pupils really enjoy the fresh air in the morning and knowing they can come to school safely. Thank you for your support especially to the Governors, Community Members, Parish Councillors, Connor ( Head Boy,) Abi (Head Girl) and staff who give their time to support this event and help give out the stickers!
Star Anise won a wealth of prizes during Friday's assembly:
Most Eggciting of all was the Design an Egg competition.
Charlie 3rd place, James & Mia 2nd place and George & Abigail first place.
Here we are carrying our Easter baskets - many thanks to Mrs Kelly for helping us to make these delicious treats. We would also like to thank Mrs Watson for her lovely Easter treats - we enjoyed them before going home on Friday.
A huge well done to our Design an Egg competition!
1st place: Abi and George
2nd Place: Mia and James
3rd Place: Charlie
Isobel, Scarlett and James (standing in for Ross) read from Luke 23: 13-25, they read their words at a steady pace with clear pronunciation and good expression.
Mia explained the meaning behind her piece of artwork depicting Jesus being sentenced to death. Children sang enthusiastically with members of the congregation making positive comments about the joyful and confident way that George & Thomas were singing. One gentleman said the children had made his day by singing his favourite song so well 'There is a Green Hill'. Mr Stevens handed each child a cross as they left. We were all very appreciative of this thoughtful gift.
Well done to all the members of Star Anise on your excellent (100%) behaviour today!
Mrs Cockerill and Mrs Maskell, who help lead the Seekers Club in school, visited to lead an assembly about Passover. The pupils were engaged and listened well to hear all about the symbolism of different foods and objects. This helped pupils develop higher ordering thinking skills and reflected on what is important to them and reasons why.
Well done – the Easter Service today at St Margaret’s Church was excellent and showed great maturity in the way the pupils told the Easter Story through bible readings, songs and art work. Thanks to Rev Stevens and Mrs Mawer for making us so welcome.
Thank you to the members of the after-school club for donating their lovely baking to raise funds for Red Nose Day. The pupils enjoyed developing their baking skills too and there were lots of happy customers.
Star Anise were very excited by the arrival of the chick eggs today, which they will be looking after in their class. Eleven eggs are in the incubator and have to be kept at 37 degrees Celsius. Classes throughout the school will be coming to observe and monitor what happens during the week.
A very well done to all of Star Anise for a wonderful assembly. I am very proud of you all. Great confidence in your reading, with clear loud voices. Also a big thank you to all of those who came to watch, the children love to show case all their hard work.
Do taller people have bigger feet than smaller people? Sunflower and Star Anise children joined forces to carry out a Scientific investigation. Here are some comments from the Year 1 children:
Oscar- We had to use a metre stick and measure people's feet and see how tall they were.
Sam- I liked working with another class. I measured taller people.
Ella M- I wrote down everyone's name and their shoe size.
Lily- A boy in my group had the biggest feet and he wasn't the tallest!
Anthony- It was fair because we measured everything with centimetres. I used a tape measure
Star Anise class had a wonderful World Book Day on the 2nd March. We all came dressed as a character from our favourite book.
Our four winners of the character study writing competition are Mia , Abigail , Thomas and Isobel. Well done everyone who took part.
Key Stage 2 pupils had a fantastic afternoon, learning how to have a balanced diet and learning about the key food groups. A 'Ready, Steady, Cook' Interactive Challenge was created with Chartwells. Four pupils worked in two separate teams to create two healthy and nutritious meals... in 15 minutes! It was a great afternoon with critiques from our audience members and tasters as well!
As part of Internet Safety Week we are developing our deeper thinking skills. We posed the question "Is the Internet Safe?" We discussed as a class the positives and negatives of the Internet and chose the ones we thought were the best.
Today on the 9th of February Year 4’s from Star Anise and Juniper class had an exotic animal visit from Tony Butler and his many unusual animals, including a polecat and a Komodo dragon. This was to help us understand and classify animal groups which we have been learning about in Science. “Living Things and their Habitats”.
Charlie : “The Spikes felt soft and it’ cute.“ (Africa Pigmy Hedehog)
Owyn;- “I thought it was a bit scary.”
Isobel ;- “It had sharp claws and its skin was hard.”
Rebecca :- “I thought his spikes were sharp and went into my fingers.”
Esmae:- I liked the bearded dragon , I wasn’t scared!!!
James: - “Its legs were tickly.”
Mareen:- It was tickly and tried to crawl off.
Archie: - “The Millipede woke up and started to wiggle”
Today the 8th of February we had a visit from Hargreaves Industrial Services who distribute bio fuel. They came to inform us about Road Safety concerning their huge lorries.
Scarlett:- The lorries have many blind spots, which means they can't see small children at the side and at the front.
George:- When I sat in the lorry it was very difficult to see any of my class mates. I could only see in the distance.
James:-Inside there is a camera to help with reversing.
Mrs Amos made us all jump beeping the horn!!!!!
Well done Charlie for super home learning designing and making rainforest instruments.
Star Anises home readers for last week, we managed to achieve 88%. Lets see if we can achieve even better results this week.
On Monday 30th January, 4 children from Star Anise Class were chosen to represent Stanford School to record valuable data for this year's RSPB Big Birdwatch. We were lucky enough to have mild weather with reasonably clear skies. We were wrapped up very warmly for the hour of observation. The birds were very 'chirpy' and we were able to locate and identify them through their bird calls.
Children worked in pairs to complete the counting sheet. Each pair had a bird identification sheet, a pair of binoculars, a recording chart & a comfy cushion! After half an hour Miss Lucas came round with Birdwatcher Biscuits for sustenance. The children were all very enthusiastic and observant, and they were openly grateful for the opportunity to be part of this experience.
Today 27th Jan we had a busy day with visits from PDSA People's Dispensary for Sick Animals. They told us all about the good work they do supporting sick animals and how we need to care for our pets. We also had a display of beautiful owls.
Mia- not all owls are nocturnal
James- owls can't rotate their heads all the way around.
As part of our enterprise we made calendars to sell at the Christmas Fayre. Star Anise wish to buy games for golden time and craft equipment with the money they raised.
As part of Design Technology, Star Anise and Juniper Year 4's enjoyed researching, designing and making their own Stone Age Soup. Some of the soups were e a very interesting colour and had some strange flavours. Everyone worked together in groups and it was lovely seeing all the children praising each other, even when the soup didn't taste that nice. Mrs Hackfath came and sampled the soups and scored them on flavour, colour and appearance.
Year 3 and 4 had a fantastic day at The Collection Museum in Lincoln today. It really supported our learning about Prehistoric Britain.
We had a funfilled day:
Year 4 Group 1 are enjoying learning the viola. Here they are learning the names of the open strings. Their challenge is to think of a phrase to help them remember CGDA, e.g. Can Granny Do Aerobics?!
Year 4 Group 2 are enjoying learning the viola. They are able to pizzicato the open strings.
Well done to all the children in Stanford for their contributions towards Children in Need day. The amounts for each team have been totalled and are as follows:
Red £61 79
A huge thanks to parents and children for supporting this event. Each class went in turn to place all their loose change onto a Pudsey Bear of their team colour. We have not, as yet, calculated the amount given, but will send a text as soon as we know. Please look at the photos. A brilliant effort!
The children had a busy week reminding them about anti-bullying, what it is and what to do about it. We shared some of the activities they were involved in in our Friday morning Assembly. Some of the activities included acting out scenarios, designing super heroes to combat bullying and a rap. All the classes collaborated with another class at some time during the week. This has really reinforced the importance of anti-bullying. Well done Stanford!'
This week Juniper and Star Anise joined together to take part in Anti Bullying Week. The collaborative learning included discussing what the four types of bullying are, how it can make people feel and most importantly, how we can help to stop bullying and work towards the 'Power for Good'. We discussed different scenarios and used role play to show how we would act in the different situations.
The class representatives displayed the school’s poppy art work at The Knoll, Cleethorpes as part of the Armed Forces Events locally. Remembrance Day is a thought provoking time and the pupils have shown great reflection and maturity
Year 4s listened carefully to Sinetta talk about traditional clothing
Mrs Hill was dressed in a sari and she was our Queen for the dance. Adam in his special hat and outfit was the King. Jim was the Prince and Abbi was the princess.
We learnt how much fabric was in each sari and how to transform it into a dress. Mrs Hill and Mrs Amos were our fabulous models!
The girls loved dressing up ready for their Indian dancing.
We all wore a bindi as a part of our Indian costume.
Check out Mrs Amos and Mrs Hill’s dance moves.
Excellent participation from all the Year 4s.
Star Anise Class enjoyed sharing their class poem linked to the test "The Pebble in My Pocket" during the Macmillan Coffee morning held at The Stanford Centre. Lots of donations given for a tasty cake and a refreshing drink.
Year 3 and 4 had a fabulous day learning out the stone age.
In groups they had to work together to find the food out in the wild ... They discovered Woolly mammoths, and Sabre tooth tigers. Also they found roots, seeds and berries. What a feast. On a map of the school grounds they marked where they found their tasty meals ... ready for they need their next feast!
We also learnt about how prehistoric man drew and painted on cave walls. We had a go at painting our own rocks in the same style. It was quite tricky.
Using clay we started making stone age jewellery or clay pots.
We imagined what it would be like to life in a cave. We designed and started to make our own cave designs thinking about the materials the prehistoric people would have to use.
What a fantastic day!!
Yesterday Year 4's enjoyed their first swimming session. Here are some of the children's comments.
Josef Plaskitt- Exciting, although I was initially a little worried.
Mia Gorton- Enjoyable
Rio Daodu- Epic, I love to swim!!
William Collins- Fun, although a little nervous.
Rebecca Payling Great Fun
James Barrass- Amazing, Exciting!!