Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
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?
'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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Mr Nicholls from Halifax led safer internet use workshops for Year 5 and 6 pupil on Safer Internet Day.
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!
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.
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!
Well done to Year 5 Group 2, who are learning lots of new pieces and are enjoying carrying on with the 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.
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!'
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.
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."
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
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!
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!'
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!
We all enjoyed the problem solving games and giant swing!!!
we are doing Giant Swing and Problem solving and crawling through tunnels!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.