Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Our annual activity day, to raise school funds, was organised by the current and new Year 6 team this year. It was a fantastic day had by all, with all the pupils enjoying the wide variety of activities and stalls, from Candy floss to Tin can alley. We are currently counting the final amount raised... keep looking to see the final total!
Year 4s visited the Mosque this morning to learn about Muslim worship and some of their religious festivals, as part of their RE learning.
Mia: 'It was fun and interesting to learn about a different religion and the Arabic language.
James: I enjoyed learning about the leader of the Mosque (Imam) and about the Qur'an (written in Arabic)
We welcome Jacob back to Stanford School. He will now be part of Star Anise Class. Jake (preferred name) had a great first day rekindling friendships and was even chosen for Star of the Day because of his fantastic answers during ‘Street Child’. Jake fitted straight in and even signed up to go to cricket after school on his very first day.
Welcome to Stanford Jake.
Jo Cox's legacy has left us with her very important words (first speech to parliament) :
“We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”
Star Anise enjoyed taking part in The GREAT Get Together today. We took it in turns to run the cake stall.
Jack W & Charlie E: The cake sale is going really well, everyone is asking us about our cakes. We are selling them at 25p and some people are buying one pounds worth.
Abi, Darcy & Issy: We have done such a good job today. We only have 28 cakes left.
We mixed and mingled with our guests (people we didn’t necessarily know) finding out about them as we played Human Bingo.
Scarlett: Human Bingo was really exciting. I really enjoyed talking to people and they were really happy to speak to us.
We entertained the guests with our Railway Song (using our instruments), we sang Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do with our four lead singers boldly singing the verses. We also played three songs on our violas.
Alfie: I really enjoy playing the Viola. Everybody enjoyed watching us and we made people smile.
James: I am so proud to sing in front of my mum. I think everyone enjoyed our singing because they were all smiling and I don’t think that they have heard the words to all of the verses before.
Do you know the words to the verses?
We have had Reading Generals patrolling the classroom during the mornings and supporting their individual teams in their reading – well done generals. Many different children have taken on the role of General for a week.
Week One we won with 91.6%; Week Two we won with % 90.7%; and Week Three we got the hat trick and won for a third time with 91.6%. Congratulations to all our readers, all the support from home and Thank You to our Generals.
Human Bingo is a quick and quirky way to get to know people that you may not have met before. It often throws up a few surprises. It’s great for breaking the ice and getting conversations going, because the whole idea is simply to chat with people to find out more about them.
How to play: mix and mingle with everyone and by talking to people try to find out who can put their name next to the statements on your sheet.
Every box should have a different person’s name in it. Star Anise thought that this would be a fantastic idea to use at the Great Get Together morning.
Star Anise worked in groups to think of statements that we might like to find out about people of Laceby when we speak to them at The GREAT Get Together on Friday.
We have been solving money problems in our Maths lessons and then we came across this question:
I run a cake stall and sell 16 cakes for 10p each. I have £2.20 in the pot at the end of the sale. With how much float did I start the sale? We read the question three times but we still didn’t really know what it meant because we didn’t understand ‘float’. Children came up with various ideas but it was Mrs Daulton that saved the day! She asked us how much float we required for our cake sale on Friday. Through a discussion with Mrs Daulton we discovered that a float is the money that you begin your cake sale with so that you can give change to the customers. So what’s the answer to this sum? 16 cakes x 10p = £1.60 £2.20 - £1.60 = ??? How much was the float?
Mrs Daulton also pointed out that we would need to give this money back to her at the end of the cake sale. Miss Lucas said that we would also need to pay for the ingredients that we had used ! How much was that ? So many calculations ! Let’s start solving these sums !
In preparation for The GREAT get together on Friday Mrs Kelly has been baking cakes with groups of children in Star Anise. The children had to calculate their ingredients by doubling the recipe. Each group made 30 individual cakes topped with marshmallows. Bring you pennies and come and join us on Friday.
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.
Star Anise found out how to vote today. As a school pupil voice decided to have a vote on which charity we would like to support in school this year. We discussed what was happening in the General Election and then we participated in the voting process ourselves. Each child cast their vote in order to choose a charity that the school would raise funds for.
Before they visited the polling station (school library) they listened to information about each charity. The charities were: Unicef, Blue Cross, Teenage Cancer Trust, Manchester One Love and St. Andrew's Hospice.
Charlie W: I put an X in the box next to my favourite charity – there was only one I wanted to choose.
Scarlett: I had to fold up my voting slip before I put it in the box.
Issy: This was all very exciting as we are allowed to vote like adults.
Alfie: It was hard not to tell anyone which one I was going to vote for.
The votes were counted and verified with the winner being... Blue Cross!
For our class assembly the children sat in mixed groups and thought about teamwork. We discussed specifically ‘teams’, ‘teams of adults’, ‘teams in school’, ‘teams of children’, ‘team roles’ and ‘how does a team work?’.
Jacob: Paramedics work as a team.
Cerys: Firemen work as a team to put out fires because they can’t carry the hosepipe on their own.
Ross: Football players have to work together as a team because you can’t score goals all by yourself.
Abi: The dinner ladies work together as a team because they have lots of dinners to cook and lots of children to feed.
This morning just before school a pair of Mallard Ducks were padding around on the school field. We put out a tray of water for them. They were clearly quite thirsty despite the wet weather. We have also seen a flock of around twenty swallows swooping around on the field, under and over the Oak tree. The pheasant has also been spotted recently.
In Star Anise we have been using and applying our calculation skills in our maths lesson by trying to solve money problems. We have been reading the question three times to help us work out what calculation we need to perform. We have been checking our answers with the inverse operations.
During Walk to School Week two of our Star Anise mathematicians were challenged to work out the percentages for each day. They were enthusiastic about doing this even though it was tricky at first. It was a perfect opportunity for real-life mathematics and using and applying their mathematics skills.
Josef: It was tricky at first and we had to make sure we added up the totals correctly and took away the number of children that were not at school.
Charlie E: When we got the number on the calculator we had to round the number up or down depending on what it said after the decimal point.
Our percentages for the week were: Monday 69%; Tuesday 70%; Wednesday 75%; Thursday 88%; Friday 91%.
Challenge: What was our average percentage ?
This week we are really proud to have won the reading challenge – having the highest percentage of readers in the class with 3 reads or more during a week. It was a real team effort both at school and at home. We are all really proud of ourselves – can we keep it going?
What an amazing day and what a wonderful church service. A very big thank you to James Marsden who stood in to read Mia’s part in her absence on the day. All of our speakers: James, Frankie, Scarlett & Abi read audibly, clearly and thoughtfully.
Sarah Stanford’s interest in education came from family connections and an appreciation that education ‘for all’ was important. She was born Sarah Fountain and married Philip. Philip & Sarah were farmers in Laceby. It was in his will dated 1712 that Philip left all his lands and all his money to Sarah. Whilst he stipulated it should be used “To settle upon such poor widows or other charitable causes she thought fit”. After careful consideration Sarah set up the charitable trust and named it The Stanford Trust.
One of the five main causes of The Stanford Trust was that a school was to be founded. This was to educate children from Laceby, Barnoldby-le-Beck and Bradley. Sarah further insisted the subjects that were to be taught.
The most interesting subject named was ‘that girls should be taught to cast accounts”. This means they needed to taught, and able to do mathematics. If you were a girl in Laceby, Barnoldby-le-Beck or Bradley this would have been fantastic news – you were going to get an education.
Many members of Star Anise also sang with the choir. They sang a beautiful rendition of ‘Butterfly’.
For our class assembly today we shared our thoughts with the people of Manchester. We sent them our love and asked them to stay strong and united. We wrote our thoughts and messages on hearts. We decided to learn the words to Arianna Grande’s song ‘One More Time’ as a way to support the victims.
William Morris didn’t like the mass produced art of the industrialised Victorian society. He began the Arts and Crafts movement which favoured a return to skilled workmanship and high quality goods. His work was heavily influenced by and featured designs based on nature. We studied his artwork and then collected different leaves from the nature area to inspire our own individual designs.
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!!