Stanford School

Stanford Junior and Infant School

Living together - Learning together

Cooper Lane, Laceby, Grimsby
NE Lincolnshire DN37 7AX
Tel. 01472 318003
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Star Anise Class Blog 

On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.

Date:
9 June
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

LQ - Can I interpret symbols on an Ordnance Survey Map?

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.

Date:
9 June
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Water Safety

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.

Date:
8 May
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Radio Humberside

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!

Date:
4 May
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Our Victorian Hook Day

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.

Date:
4 May
Posted by:
Miss Lucas

Translation

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.

Date:
Thursday 27th April
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

The Humberside Fire and Rescue

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.

Date:
26 April
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Sticker Days

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!

Date:
10 April
Posted by:
Miss Lucas

Eggciting End of Term Celebrations

Star Anise won a wealth of prizes during Friday's assembly:

  • George's well-earned Polite Point was pulled out of the hat & won him a prize;
  • Isobel, Charlie, Mareen & Alfie received certificates for Perfect Attendance with Charlie's name being pulled out of the hat for a special prize;
  • Mareen & Badr gained certificates of appreciation from Mrs Cawley in recognition of their beautiful singing in church; Charlie received a certificate for personifying team spirit;
  • Many children received Certificates for Excellent Behaviour & with that a prize too and further to this
  • Lawson's name was pulled out of the hat by Mrs Groves for a significant prize!
  • We also congratulated ourselves on giving 100% with our behaviour on our visit to St Margaret's Church;

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.

Date:
Friday 7th April
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Design an Egg competition

A huge well done to our Design an Egg competition!
1st place: Abi and George
2nd Place: Mia and James
3rd Place: Charlie

Date:
6 April
Posted by:
Miss Lucas

KS2 Easter Service at St Margaret's Church, Laceby

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!

Date:
Mrs Hackfath
Posted by:
6 April

Passover

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.

Date:
Mrs Hackfath
Posted by:
6 April

Easter Service

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.

Date:
Mrs Hackfath
Posted by:
6 April

KS2 Easter Disco

Great fun was had by all – super dance moves, great choice of music, prizes, food and an Easter egg to take home. What a fantastic atmosphere!

23 March
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

After School Club

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.

Date:
21 March
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Can I notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults?
Can I describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird?

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.

Date:
21 March
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Assembly

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.

Date:
10 March
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Science Investigation:

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

Date:
8 March
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

World Book Day

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.

Date:
1 March
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

LQ: Can I learn about eating healthy eating and how to have a balanced diet? 

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!

Date:
16 February
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Internet Safety Week

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.

Date:
9 February
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Animal Encounters

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)

Bearded Dragon
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!!!

Millipede

James: - “Its legs were tickly.”
Mareen:- It was tickly and tried to crawl off.

Archie: - “The Millipede woke up and started to wiggle”

Date:
8 February
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Lorry Safety

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!!!!!

Date:
3 February
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Rainforest Instruments

Well done Charlie for super home learning designing and making rainforest instruments.

Date:
3 February
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Home Readers

Star Anises home readers for last week, we managed to achieve 88%. Lets see if we can  achieve even better results this week.

Date:
3 February
Posted by:
Miss Lucas

Star Anise RSPB BIRDWATCH 2017 - Stanford Nature Area

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.

Date:
27 January
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Carroll Diagrams

As part of our theme on Animals Including Habitats, Year 4's from Star Anise and Juniper classes sorted animals in a variety ways using Carroll Diagrams.

Date:
27 January
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Owl Day

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.

Date:
20 Janaury
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Rainforest Hook Day

Star Anise class had a fantastic Hook Day dressing up as Rainforest animals or explorers. We enjoyed making butterflies and drawing different rainforest animals to go on our class collage.

Date:
18 Janaury
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Visit to The Collection

As part of our History Focus, Class Star Anise visited The Collection in Lincoln. We had a super day re-enacting scenes of the Stone Age period, cave painting and being archaeologists digging up artefacts from the past.

Date:
18 Janaury
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Calendars

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.

Date:
18 Janaury
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Stone Age Soup

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.  

Date:
8 December
Posted by:
Mrs Hill

The Collection

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:

  • making models of Prehistoric homes
  • used pastels to make cave drawings
  • explored the museum looking at a range of artefacts
  • had a go at an archaeological dig 
  • took part in a play.

Date:
30 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Viola

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.

Date:
21 November
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Children in need

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:

Blue £61.85
Green £47.84
Yellow £56.60
Red £61 79

Altogether, £228.08 was raised to support this needy cause.  Once again, thank you to all the parents who continue to give their support

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!

Date:
21 November
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Anti bullying

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!'

Date:
15 November
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Anti Bullying Collaborative Learning

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.

Date:
11 November
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Commemorative Garden

Star Anise and Juniper Class have made their own Commemorative Garden to remember those who died a  hundred years ago at The Battle of The Somme.' Lest we Forget'

Date:
9 November
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Our Poppy Art Work

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

Date:
3 November
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Taiko Drumming

The children thoroughly enjoyed the energetic taiko drumming this afternoon.'  It  was hard work, but great fun at the same time.

Date:
21 October
Posted by:
Miss Whiting

Roald Dahl Evening

Date:
7 October
Posted by:
Mrs Hill

Sunita

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.

Date:
30 September
Posted by:
Mrs Hill

Macmillan Coffee morning

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.

Date:
22 September
Posted by:
Mrs Hill

A Health Start

Today got off to a healthy start as we ran a mile round the school field before lessons.

Date:
20 September
Posted by:
Mrs Hill

Stone Age Hook Day

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!!

Date:
13 September
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Weeding and Harvesting

Star Anise enjoyed returning to school for a fun afternoon weeding and harvesting their Summer potato crop. Time to plant Spring bulbs including Narcissi, daffodils and tulips.

Date:
13 September
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Swimming

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!!