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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Mustard Class Blog 

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

Date:
Friday 21st July
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Activity Day 2017

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!

Date:
12 July
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Singing Festival

Mustard class had an exhilarating day at the Singing festival, yesterday

Thomas said: 'I really enjoyed singing with a live band and hundreds of other children. It was nerve racking, but I enjoyed it.'

Matthew: ' I really loved the Singing Festival because we got to perform in front of lots of parents. It made me nervous, but I loved it anyway.'

Grace: 'The Singing Festival was amazing! I enjoyed being accompanied by a professional band and performing in front of an audience.'

Date:
3 July
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Music Workshop

We learned about different styles of music from the 1940s up to 2017, from a professional band. The band also backed us as we sang 'Summer Holidays' - it was a fantastic day full of learning opportunities.

Harrison played 'Apache' on his guitar: 'I was overjoyed and really excited to be performing with an actual professional band. It was awesome!'

Olivia and Thomas were able to play the cowbell and the tambourine too: 'I loved learning about the different styles of music and about the different instruments. It was great to join in and play ' Play that Funky Music' with the band.'

Lucie: 'I enjoyed listening to the band, especially learning about the different styles of music and how much music has changed over the decades. They were fantastic!'

Date:
16 June
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Learning about Islam

Jeanette came in to talk to Mustard Class about her religion (Islam) and to explain what Muslims believe.  We learnt about the importance of Ramadan and the Eid celebrations.  We asked some great questions like: 'Do children fast during Ramadan?  Do you have to pray 5 times a day?

Date:
13 june
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

LQ: Can I recognise the main features of a river?

'We were excited to get out into the fresh air on our field trip to Laceby Beck yesterday. We were specifically looking for river features as part of our Geography learning.'

Jorja said: "I enjoyed the experience of learning about rivers."

Brandon commented: "I loved finding out all about river features and it was good to get out into the fresh air for the morning!"

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 June
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Voting

Mustard class worked in groups to research information about a variety of charities and then gave a presentation back to the rest of the class, so that they all understood what each charity represented. They then all took part in a secret vote using ballot papers and posted their votes in a ballot box.

This was all very exciting and allowed them to vote like adults.

Date:
19 May
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I appreciate and understand a range of high-quality live music drawn from different traditions? Can I perform using my voice with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression?

Mrs. Brady surprised Mustard Class with a Friday afternoon of singing and learning new songs with a live band. The class met three local professional musicians; Josie Moon (singer/composer), Pat McCarthy (guitarist/composer) and Warren Jolly (bassist). The band played live music in the hall all afternoon. The class were learning new songs in preparation for a special performance in July at Grimsby Auditorium where they will perform 'A Sea Story' with songs about Grimsby's fishing heritage and Grimsby's future.

Simon- I liked all the songs because they made me think of Grimsby.

Thomas- I liked the idea of thinking what the future might be like in Grimsby.

Dale- I liked seeing the real musicians. I even got their autographs! Evie- The rock song was my favourite because it was enjoyable and energetic.

Olivia- I enjoyed meeting the band.

Mrs. Hackfath- It was truly wonderful to hear live music in our school. I have really enjoyed listening to both the band and the children singing.

Mrs. Brady- The children experienced many different genres of music, including reggae, folk, rock and gospel. They will be looking forward to performing on the stage in the summer.

Date:
19 May
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

NEL Key Stage 2 Singing Festival group

Mustard enjoyed the visit and live music from NEL Key Stage 2 Singing Festival group. The pupils enjoyed learning new songs from the songbook, ‘A Fishy Tale.’ Many thanks to the group for helping us learn the songs. We are looking forward to developing our performance skills soon when we join with pupils from other schools to perform at the Grimsby Auditorium.

Date:
9 May
Posted by:
Miss Lucas

Reading and Recognising Roman Numerals

This week in Maths we have been combining our craft skills with learning our Roman Numerals. We have worked with precision and accuracy to produce our date of birth in Roman Numerals. Using photographs of the whole class we then tried to work out everyone's date of birth. Thomas: From this activity I have learnt to read and write different Roman Numerals; Jessica: In these lessons I have learnt many more Roman Numerals and how to read and write them;

Harrison: I have enjoyed writing using Roman Numerals because it is different;
Grace: Learning about Roman Numerals has been fun and interesting.

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 Groves

Mustard Hook Day

Mustard enjoyed their hook day yesterday and the music was brilliant.

Harrison said: 'I absolutely loved learning about the Beatles and singing their songs, because I love 60s music.'
Jorja: 'I think playing the glocks was cool and I enjoyed learning how to play 'Yellow submarine.'

Mustard also produced their own artistic patterns of everyday objects in the style of Andy Warhol.

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:
Friday 7th April
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Design an Egg competition

A huge well done to our Design an Egg competition!

1st place: Harry and Elouise
2nd Place: Alysia and Bradley
3rd Place: Jayden and Joseph

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!

Date:
4 April
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Baking and Gardening

We have been enjoying baking and gardening activities whilst our friends have been at Kingswood.  We have made Easter nests and fairy cakes which were delicious, as well as tidied up the outdoor areas on the field and in the quad.  We designed Easter Gardens and some of us created our own Easter Garden which will be presented to the church as part of our Easter celebrations tomorrow.

Date:
28 March
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Mustard Class: Mental Health

We were asked to consider what is meant by Mental health as part of our SMSC (Social, moral, spiritual and cultural) learning.

We talked with partners and in small groups to discuss positive and negative mental health and thought of strategies to help us when we have negative feelings.  Some of the responses were recorded on the interactive white board.

Most of us had a clearer insight as to what mental health meant by the end of the lesson.
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:
Tuesday 21st March
Posted by:
Mrs Jones

LQ: Can I set up an experiment to find out the two forces needed to raise the treasure out of the water?

Mustard were being scientists carrying out an investigation- to find out how to lift a weight from the bottom of a water filled container- using air as the force. We had lots of fun- we also noticed a pattern when we used different weights... Ask them to tell you about it!

Date:
2 March
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

World Book Day

We have enjoyed taking part in World book day.  The costumes were fantastic with all the class getting into their character's role.  We have shared our favourite books and characters and really enjoyed the day.

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:
17 February
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Morrisons

Thanks to Morrisons  for inviting us to tour the store, enjoy the pizzas and learn how to use the tills! We really enjoyed developing our life skills.

Date:
17 February
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Sticker Day Campaign

Stanford takes road safety very seriously. Pupils, Parish Councillors, Governors, staff and parents support our Sticker Day’  campaign. Pupils are encouraged to make healthy choices to walk, ride a bike or scoot to school every day. This help develop a healthier life style and also helps reduce traffic congestion in and around school. Pupils receive a sticker in recognition of their support. Today  207/234 pupils chose to support the event – our highest number yet!  A big thank you to all involved.

Date:
17 February
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Safer Internet Day

Mr Nicholls from Halifax led safer internet use workshops for Year 5 and 6 pupil on Safer Internet Day.

Date:
16 February
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

How safe is the internet?

Mustard Class were involved in a debate relating to 'How safe is the internet?'  There were some very interesting and profound questions posed by the children, which were then answered by some of their peers.  The children definitely showed their understanding of using the Internet safely.  Well done Mustard Class!

Date:
7 February
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Road Safety

Mustard Class learnt about blind spots in lorries and the importance of keeping their distance from large, heavy vehicles, in order to keep themselves safe on the road.

Date:
3 February
Posted by:
Miss Lucas

Mustard RSPB BIRDWATCH 2017 - Stanford Nature Area

On Monday 30th January, 4 children from Mustard 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.

Evie "This is such a good thing to do and I have seen a lot of birds. It's a bit tricky to work out what they are but I think I've seen 3 blackbirds at the same time."
Joe "I have seen a few birds and I have seen a robin and this is so much fun but you have to look everywhere. It's a good thing we're doing and thank you for the Birdwatcher Biscuits. Thank you for organising this Birdwatching because I love nature."

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 Groves

Owls visit

Mustard Class really enjoyed meeting the different types of owls that made a flying visit to Stanford today.  They (the children) were very inquisitive and asked several profound questions about our visitors.

Date:
27 January
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Year 5 and 6 Collaboration

Mustard and Barley Classes worked together to find a Newspaper clip to analyse and label  with the features of a newspaper.  The children enjoyed supporting one another with their learning.

Date:
20 Janaury
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Greek sculptures

Mustard Class enjoyed a lesson carving Ancient Greek-inspired sculptures using soap. They were surprised how difficult it was, and discussed how skilled the artisans of Greece must have been to sculpt in marble and bronze.

Date:
17 January
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Virginia McLean

Visiting author Virginia McLean shared her book ‘Journey to the Beginning of the World’ with Mustard and Barley. The pupils developed their deeper thinking skills and posed thoughtful philosophical questions. Many thanks to Virginia for visiting our school. Many pupils enjoyed receiving signed copies!

Date:
13 Janaury
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Hook Day

Mustard class had a super day pretending to be Greeks.

Harrison said, 'It was brilliant!'

Joseph loved the hook day and said, 'It was very good.'

Grace enjoyed sculpting soap.

Thank you to the whole class for an enjoyable day with excellent behaviour.

Date:
15 December
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Christmas Party

Mustard Class all enjoyed the Christmas party - we had lots of fun and lots to eat...

Date:
14 December
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

KS2 Carol Concert

The KS2 carol concert was amazing.  Mustard Class thoroughly enjoyed singing, dancing and bell ringing to Jingle Bell Rock.  Well done, Mustard Class!

Date:
1 December
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Viola

Well done to Year 5 Group 2, who are learning lots of new pieces and are enjoying carrying on with the viola.

Date:
24 Novmber
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Viola

Mrs. Brady is delighted that so many Year 5 children have chosen to continue learning the viola. Here are Group 1 who are all very keen and have just started to read musical notation.

Date:
24 November
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Times Tables Collaboration

Mustard and Pumpkin enjoyed singing their times tables together this afternoon to rock music.

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:
16 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Anti-Bullying Week

Sunflower class and Mustard class worked together during Anti-Bullying Week. They made wreaths out of their hands and wrote down the qualities of a good friend. They acted out scenarios to show what a good friend would do if they saw someone who was injured or who felt lonely. This collaboration enabled the children to make new friends with someone from a different class. The children sang a rap together and taught each other games outside to develop all the positive friendship messages further.

Awis- I liked playing with Brandon. We played tig.

Thomas- I enjoyed making new friends and playing with them.

Louis- I enjoyed playing with new friends. We played 'Piggy in the Middle.'

Charlie- I liked teaching Connor how to balance.

Jess K- It was good to make new friends.

Brandon- I liked learning the rap. It was about good anti-bullying messages.

Olivia- I liked playing with Jasmine and Jorja outside.

Holly- I liked making my hand for the wreath. I wrote kind things on it.

Date:
15 November
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Year 5 Dissolving Investigation

In Mustard Class we have been investigating the different variables that can affect materials and the rate that they will dissolve. We used our Scientific Enquiry knowledge to predict, plan, implement and analyse our results. We independently conducted the investigation in pairs and discussed how we ensured it was a fair test. We used a range of scientific vocabulary such as soluble, insoluble, translucent, independent variables, controlled variables and anomaly, to conclude and evaluate our investigation.

Harrison said, "This was such a fun lesson, I really liked using the equipment and measuring accurately."

Simon said, "I learnt all about dissolving and how it doesn't mean disappear, it's still there even if you can't see it."

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:
9 November
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Caythorpe Assembly

The pupils in Mustard Class took charge in planning and performing an entertaining assembly for friends and family with raps ,poems, artwork and recounts of just some of the exciting learning that they have taken part in this term. 

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:
3 November
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Gardening and Tidying

Year 5 had an enjoyable time gardening and tidying up the front of the School with Mrs Amos, in preparation for some Autumn planting.

Date:
21 October
Posted by:
Miss Whiting

Roald Dahl Evening

Date:
20 October
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Cherry Garth

Mustard Class had a fantastic day learning about survival techniques.  They were active in archery, built diabolical dens and made fantastic fires.  Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day at Cherry Garth.

Date:
12 October
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

British Values

Mustard Class worked in groups to discuss various aspects of British Values, which they then presented back to the class. Some of the children were surprised that most of these values are followed through in school! They all shared some brilliant explanations. Well done Mustard Class!

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Date:
10 October
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Painting Mustard Leaves and Flowers

Mustard Class have been busy decorating their mustard flowers and leaves this afternoon.  Toby said: 'I think my painting has gone really well.  I also enjoyed watching other people getting on.'

Owen commented: 'I really liked decorating my leaf in different colours.  I covered it in Smiley faces!'

Date:
7 October
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Hindu Day

The whole school really enjoyed participating In the interactive story of Rama and Sita, led very enthusiastically by Sunita in our Assembly on Wednesday morning.

In Mustard class, we compared life in india to life in England, and the children became aware that, although  there are many differences in the culture of the two countries, there are also lots of similarities.

Some of the things the children learned were that Hindus are vegetarians, as they value all life; and that India also has Ferraris and very expensive buildings! 

Date:
Thursday 29 September
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

PGL: This afternoon has been a glorious afternoon....

Kayaking on the lake!! Everyone really enjoying themselves!!! 

Date:
Thursday 29 September
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

PGL: Another fab morning at Caythorpe Court....

We all enjoyed the problem solving games and giant swing!!! 

Date:
Thursday 29 September
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Day 2 of PGL....

we are doing Giant Swing and Problem solving and crawling through tunnels!!! 

Date:
Wednesday 28th September
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

PGL Day 1: Celebrating Jake and Evie's birthday

Date:
Wednesday 28th September
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

PGL Day 1: We've arrived safely!!

Date:
26 September
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Science Investigation

This week Mustard Class have investigated which materials make the best insulators. They conducted an experiment with 6 different materials (tin foil, bubble wrap, thin cloth, paper, plastic bags and wadding). By taking the temperature in pots of ice cubes at 2 minute intervals, and recording the information, they were able to find the best material to make a cool bag for their packed lunches.

Date:
23 September
Posted by:
Mrs Groves

Bikeability

The lucky Year 5 class have enjoyed 2 days out in the Autumn sunshine learning about bike and road safety.  Instructors from Bikeability gave a short talk in the classroom about safety , then spent a morning on the playground showing the children how to check their bikes for safe brakes, aligned handlebars, oiled chains, tyre pressure and correct seat height. Then it was off to the open road!

There was plenty to learn-the children had to complete three levels to achieve their full certificate.  An enjoyable time was had by all, whilst learning some valuable life skills.

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:
13 September
Posted by:
Mrs Groves 

Litter Picking

Some of our Year 5 children led an assembly relating to keeping our school environment litter free.  These children give up playtimes and lunch times to pick up litter around the school.  They do a wonderful job!

Date:
13 September
Posted by:
Mrs Groves 

Playleaders

The majority of the children in Mustard Class have volunteered to be 'Play leaders' to support KS1 children at playtimes.  They all produced Powerpoints and voted for the best one to be presented in an Assembly.