Stanford School

Stanford Junior and Infant School

Living together - Learning together

Cooper Lane, Laceby, Grimsby
NE Lincolnshire DN37 7AX
Tel. 01472 318003
E. office@stanfordschool.co.uk
Contact. Miss King (Business Manager)

Star Anise Class Blog 

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

Home Learning Weekly Essentials

Reading

Read your reading book at least 3 times a week. Write a written response to the text you are reading once a week. Hand in Day: THURSDAY.

Maths

TT Rockstars Weekly Challenges! Your login details are in your reading records. Completed by: FRIDAY. www.ttrockstars.com

Spelling

Weekly spelling focus is on our class blog. Look at our Spelling strategies to help you learn them.

Home Learning

Date:
7 April
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Easter Egg Designers

Well done to the winners of the Star Anise Class 'Design an Easter Egg' competition. All the eggs looked wonderful.

Thank you to Mr Read for judging and for Miss Wilson for organising the eggs with the Easter Bunny.

Date:
29 March
Posted by:
Mr Middleton

Swimming Gala

Children from key stage two recently took part in a Junior Swimming Gala at Grimsby Leisure Centre. It was a fantastic afternoon and a great experience for all of the children. They were strong participants and showed great sportsmanship and teamwork skills. They represented the school proudly and all received a medal and certificate.

Date:
29 March
Posted by:
Mr Middleton

Diversity Workshop

Special visitors were recently invited into school, to talk to the children about inclusiveness, diversity and treating each other with respect. Children were encouraged, as always, to embrace each others differences and celebrate what makes each of us unique and special.

Date:
29 March
Posted by:
Mr Middleton

Buddhism Workshop

Year 5 and 6 were treated to special visitors recently, when we invited in Marcus and Fumiko, who practise the Buddhist faith.

We learned a lot about the origins of Buddhism, as well as the core beliefs and morals. It was a very calming and enlightening afternoon, where lots of deep questions were asked and considered. We also all got to have a go at some Buddhist chanting and all children received a bookmark as a souvenir of the visit.

Date:
27 March
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Reading Collaboration

At Stanford we promote a love for reading! Year 5 have teamed up with Year 6 and Year 3 recently to listen to each other read and discuss our favourite books.

We also shared our class novel 'The 1,000 Year Old Boy' and as a class discussed what we predict might happen next...

Date:
21 March
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Chalk Stream

Star Anise really enjoyed the visit from Will from the Chalk Stream Association. The pupils learnt lots of new things about water life and have been tasked to draw an image for the ‘Community Bug Board’ to be displayed near Laceby beck. Thank you too to Mrs Griffiths, Geography Link Governor, for helping organise this visit.

Date:
21 March
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Yoga Namaste!

Mental Health and Well-Being are an integral part of our curriculum at Stanford. One way to promote this is to take part in whole class yoga sessions!

Year 5 have been enjoying their Friday afternoon yoga sessions, here is a link if you would like to continue your yoga sessions at home www.cosmickids.com

Date:
12 March
Posted by:
Miss Perrin

Chick, chick, chick, chick chickens!!

We are very fortunate to have some new arrivals expected at school in the very near future. A hatching station has been delivered to school with 10 eggs that are expected to hatch within the next 2 days and they will be with us for the next 10 days. We will post updates on their progress on the science blog for you to check on. We can’t wait to see them and some children are already thinking of names to call them.

Keep an eye on our Science page for updates!

Date:
12 March
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Newton

Star Anise had a fabulous Science Day on the 12th March. It was fantastic seeing so many scientists dressed up for the occasion and taking part in the exciting workshop on Newton.

Date:
12 March
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Science Boffins

On the 12 March, as part of Science Week, Stanford School had the wonderful “Science Boffins” visit our school. The assemblies and workshops were brilliant and the staff and children loved them. The slime making was a great hit and in Key Stage 2 the children found out about one of the greatest scientists in human history our own local Lincolnshire superstar Sir Isaac Newton. Gravity, rockets and balloons galore !!

Date:
8 March
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Estimating Volume

Year 5 have been looking at finding the volume of different cubes and rectangular prisms. It was a little tricky to start, but using the unifix really helped to visualise the volume and check our answers.

Date:
Thursday 7th March
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

World Book Day 2019

Stanford School had a fantastic day for World Book Day! From amazing, creative costumes to designing and creating their favourite character onto a wooden spoon- well done to you all!

Well done to all our winners- Best Spoon Design and Best Costume!

Date:
Thursday 7th March
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

World Book Day 2019

Star Anise dressed as various characters from some of their favourite books- from The Borrowers to Harry Potter, the list was endless!

Date:
Thursday 7th March
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

World Book Day 2019

Key Stage 2 completed some reading collaboration with their peers and shared their favourite books with each other

Date:
Thursday 7th March
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

World Book Day 2019

A fantastic day was had by all pupils in Key Stage 2! They worked collaboratively with their peers and rotated around the four different activities in the morning. From creating positions, to using drama skills all linked to a variety of different books.

Star Anise’s activities were based on ‘Voices in the Park’ by Anthony Browne. The book is based on a story told from four different perspectives. We read the story, questioned the different voices and then worked in small groups to create freeze frames as one of the perspectives from the characters in the books.

Date:
Friday 8th February
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Gymnastics competition

Pupils from Key Stage took part in our first Gymnastics competition with other local schools. The pupils performed brilliantly with fantastic routines, skills and confidence to impress the judging panel.

Overall we had one of the year 5/6 team place 4th… a fantastic achievement at our first event! Well done to all the pupils who took part, they all have fantastic gymnastics skills where we hope they can showcase these off further in the future, Well done!

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Date:
1 February
Posted by:
Miss Perrin

Visit from Matt Goodfellow, an inspirational poet

We were really lucky to have a poet come to school to share his work.

He spoke to us about why he decided to be a poet and where he gets his inspiration from. He was really funny and we had a lot of fun joining in. After that he went into the classrooms and helped us to write poems.


Date:
31 January
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

NSPCC - Speak Out. Stay Safe.

As part of our 'Speak Out. Stay Safe.' learning this term, we participated in a special assembly with Emma from the NSPCC. We discussed what sort of behaviours are okay, and who we can talk to if we are worried, concerned, or just need someone to have a chat with!

To say thank you for the assembly and workshops, we used our Pupil Voice teams to discuss what type of fundraiser we would like to do to help raise money to support the super work that the NSPCC do.

We decided on a Stanford School Golden Mile Colour Run - it was great fun!

Childline - 0800 1111

NSPCC

Date:
21 January
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Individual Liberty

In Key Stage 2 we have been discussing Fundamental British Values and what it means to us. This week we focused on 'Individual Liberty'. 

We ranked different statements about Our Rights in order of importance;

  • Freedom to have our own opinions, thoughts, beliefs and religions
  • Right to liberty and to be safe
  • Right to an education
  • Respect for your private life and family
  • Protection from discrimination 
  • Freedom from slavery

'This was a really difficult task - how can you say one is more important? They are all important and everyone will have a different idea of what to put first' - Charlie, Year 6

'My group all disagreed, we couldn't decide so had to have quite a debate about it' - Lucy, Year 5 

'Every group had a different idea of what order they should be in. None of us agreed, all of them are really important' - Finley, Year 3

Children enjoyed their debates, giving reasons for their opinions and understanding that there was no right or wrong answer, everyone has their own opinion, which are all respected.

Date:
17 January
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

The Anglo-Saxons vs The Vikings

  

This terms topic is about the Viking invasion of Britain. We learnt about how England looked before The Vikings invaded, located where The Vikings came from, completed some Viking artwork, took part in an Anglo-Saxon vs Viking Rap Battle and began reading this terms class novel - Viking Boy!

We also dressed up as Viking warriors - don't you think we looked fantastic?! We can not wait to find out more about this period of history. We will keep you posted with regular blog updates.

Date:
21 December
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Year 5 Heritage Centre Trip

Year 5 visited the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre as part of out history topic 'Local Area Study'. We have been learning all about how Grimsby has changed in the past 100 years, particularly focusing on how fishing impacted the local area and how lifestyles have changed.

We had a fantastic time touring the museum taking us back to Grimsby in the early-mid 1900s, learning about how people lived, the role of trawlerman and other crew members and also how the local communities benefited from living in a busy fishing area.

As you can see from the photographs, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would like to say a big thank you to David for our museum tour and Ron for our superb tour of the Ross Tiger! We learnt so much and enjoyed every second of the day!

Date:
18 December
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Cinderella

Stanford School have enjoyed their Christmas trip, watching Cinderella! A great time was had by all

Date:
13 December
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Fantastic Christmas Carol Concerts at St Margaret’s

Well done everyone - beautiful readings, lovely singing and excellent class performances. Thank you to all those who supported this lovely event.

Date:
5 December
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Christmas Fayre

What a fantastic Christmas Fayre - thank you to all those who supported it and to the pupils for showing their enterprise skills through designing, making, evaluating and selling their products. Well done everyone.

Date:
19 November
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Show Organisers

Thank you to the year 5 team who organised the ‘Stanford’s Got Talent Show’ which was a brilliant event in school. Special mention to all the contestants and to L who was placed in first position for outstanding piano playing.

Date:
9 November
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Lest We Forget

As part of commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1 some members of Star Anise and Barley helped make poppies as part of a display in the KS2 playground. "Lest We Forget"

Date:
15 October
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Year 5 Viola

Mrs. Brady is delighted that 36 Year 5 children have chosen to continue learning the viola. She is looking forward to extending their playing skills and the repertoire of pieces they will play this year.

Date:
5 October
Posted by:
Miss Perrin

Harvest Festival Celebrations

Key Stage 2 children enjoyed taking part in a harvest celebration in St Margaret’s Church, as ever the church looked lovely with its decorations created by the congregation.

The children enjoyed singing hymns and performing harvest poems and songs.

Date:
5 October
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Bikeability

Well done to the pupils involved in Bikeability. There has been positive feedback from all the coaches and the pupils have impressed the staff with their positive attitudes too.

Date:
27 September
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Natural Disaster Composition

As part of our music curriculum, and linked with our ‘Extreme Earth’ topic, we have composed a piece of natural disaster music using a range of percussion instruments.

Date:
19 September
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Explosive Home Learning!

As part of our Home Learning we set the task to create a 3D volcano. Well done Cameron for creating a spectacular model – and then making it erupt using sodium bicarbonate and vinegar! We really enjoyed your demonstration and can’t wait to find out more in our Extreme Earth topic.

Date:
19 September
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Roman Numerals

In Year 5 we have been reading Roman Numerals to 1000 and exploring years written in different Roman Numerals.

Date:
10 September
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

EXTREME EARTH HOOK DAY

We survived! On Friday, Star Anise class had their hook day for their new topic ‘Extreme Earth’. We took on the role of natural disaster survivors and enjoyed an introduction to learning about the effects of earthquakes, tornadoes, typhoons, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions on the local and worldwide communities – physically, mentally and emotionally.

We asked ourselves the following questions;
Can I use survival instincts to explore my local environment for resources after a natural disaster?
Can I explore how people around the world respond to natural disasters?
Can I discuss how a community can be rebuilt after a natural disaster?

Mrs Marsden was very impressed with our mature understanding and reasoning behind our discussions and of course our foraging skills in our Outdoor Learning area! We can not wait to get stuck in to our new topic! Keep checking our Star Anise Class Blog for updates on how our learning progresses with this topic.