Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
In Computing Star Anise have been learning about databases. In this lesson we were using a flight database to search then filter our results to find the cheapest flights, quickest flights and also filter the results to find a flight that landed in the morning- great work Star Anise!!! ✈️
Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in the Live Premier Education session today and completed some short exercises that get the heart racing!
This week lots of the children have shared what they chose to do for their well-being Wednesday. We had a wide variety of activities submitted for you to have a look at. It’s great to see people having fun.
We completed a selection of different activities during our 'I Believe'/inter-faith week.
We learned about different stories, beliefs, places of worship, etc. for a range of different faiths. This included: watching videos of festivals and thinking about our different senses; identifying areas of places of worship; understanding how people dress to reflect their beliefs; recreating art from religious stories. We also reflected on the question of "Where is God?" thinking about our own or other people's beliefs, which resulted in some beautiful artwork.
In English this week we have been writing linked to a short film called ‘Treasure’.
Using the film as inspiration, the children have produced character descriptions, setting descriptions and diary entries. However, they particularly enjoyed coming up with short riddle poems.
In maths we have been learning about fractions – finding equivalent fractions and beginning to look at improper fractions and mixed numbers.
We have done lots of RE work, which we will be sharing in a future post.
Well-being Wednesday’s will become a regular feature, when we encourage children to have a break from screen-time. Some of the class have shared their art, craft and dance, which they chose to complete during this time.
Really lovely curriculum, well done everyone!
Look out for Mental Wellbeing week and Inter Faith week coming up!
Keep up the excellent work, we are very proud of you all.
A big thank you to Parents/Carers for your continued support, have a lovely weekend!
We are loving seeing the fantastic range of work from our Year 5 class - whether it be imaginative and descriptive writing, super maths, or excellent art and craft from our hook day. Keep sharing your work with us, when you can.
A huge well done to our behaviour and attendance winners this term! 100% attendance with 3 winners and 2 behaviour winners
Have a look at this fantastic piece of home learning - a brilliant volcano including a working light feature!
That festive feeling is in the air! The tree has arrived and has been beautifully decorated. The children have worked hard to make their class hoop to decorate the hall and everyone is feeling very Christmassy.
Don’t the decorations look amazing?
Star Anise pupils used a range of computing skills to create an information leaflet on how to stay safe on a bike. They used what they learnt in Bikeability to make their leaflets full of important information: from why wearing a helmet is important to how to stay safe on the roads.
We had a special meeting with Buddhist Marcus Czarnecki this afternoon. We learned a bit about the history of Buddhism and about rituals which Buddhists practise. We also had a go at some Buddhist chanting ourselves.
Year 5 have been excellent behaviour ambassadors in the playground, using equipment sensibly and playing lots of small group games. They have been enjoying themselves, keeping active and keeping safe.
Star Anise enjoyed juice and biscuits, while they made Halloween crafts and listened to their favourite music.
Year 5 created some fabulous art, using collage as a background and adding details of animal faces on top. These are now proudly displayed around the school.
Our Head Boy and Head Girl delivered our virtual assembly on Friday for Macmillan Coffee morning. They shared with the whole school how Macmillan came about and how the donations received from families help those that are currently suffering with cancer- Well done for delivering a fantastic 'virtual' assembly!
In Star Anise Class we have enjoyed our hook day to introduce this term’s topic: Extreme Earth. In small groups, we researched about real natural disasters, ranging from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti all the way back to the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. We researched the causes and effects of these “extreme earth” events.
We then planned, rehearsed and recorded some news reports about the natural disasters. We look forward to using ICT skills to edit these videos and share them with you in the future.
In the afternoon, we thought about the impact of stressful events like this on people’s mental health, and how art can be used as therapy. We found some collage art which a class had created with their teacher, following Hurricane Harvey, which took place in Texas in 2017. The class in Texas started the art by scribbling as a stress release! However, it evolved into something quite beautiful when they added features of animals faces over the “messy” background. We were very pleased with how ours turned out! Keep your eyes peeled for updates on the art curriculum page.
Star Anise class were designing and writing a program that stimulates a physical system. They used a coding system to write a program around a football match game.