Stanford School

Stanford Junior and Infant School

Living together - Learning together

Cooper Lane, Laceby, Grimsby
NE Lincolnshire DN37 7AX
Tel. 01472 318003
Contact. Miss King (Business Manager)

Star Anise Class Blog 

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

Star Anise Home Learning

Please see the links below for home learning tasks in the event of a school closure.

Home Learning Update

Hello Star Anise,

Mr Middleton and Mrs Amos hope that you are keeping fit and healthy and all staying safe at home during the school closure. We have noticed that some of you have been keeping up-to-date with spelling shed and tt rockstars practise, or submitting tasks on Purple Mash. Well done for working hard even in extraordinary circumstances!

We have come up with some more ideas, tasks and activities for learning that you can access at home. Some of these are interactive tasks that you can access on websites; others are practical tasks or activities you can complete on paper/in a notepad (don't worry about printing things out if you can't).

Try whichever activities you can, but remember that the most important thing is to look after your mental well-being and keeping happy and active.

Mr Middleton & Mrs Amos

Home Learning w/c 30th March

Home Learning Pack

Home Learning Pack

Home Learning Pack Practical Ideas

Home Learning Pack Guidance and Answers

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Hi Everyone.
This is a fun you tube channel linked to Science. It is live everyday at 11.00 and this week is about 'Brilliant Bodies' it is called Science with Maddie Moate

Have Fun
Mrs Amos ( Science Co-ordinator)

Keeping Fit and Healthy

It's more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised and more optimistic.  Here are some suggested websites to access at home;  

Cosmic Kids Yoga (Youtube)

Joe Wicks BodyCoach Sessions (Youtube)

Health for Kids

Go Noodle


Just Dance (Youtube)

Mindfulness and Meditation for Children


In the event of school closures, we have compiled a wide range of activities that are available for you to access.
Every child in the class has been provided with their log-in details and we have shown the children how to access the home learning.

SPELLING – Lots of assignments have been set on - linked to previous spellings that we have learned this year. Have a go at the different spelling list games.

GRAMMAR – A number of ‘2Do’ pieces of work have been set on - revising and practising a range of grammar skills.

WRITING – Try writing a newspaper on - linked to one of the topics that has been set. You can use the internet to do your research.

Time Capsule

Create a time capsule of memories during our time away from school, using these templates record key moments and information to look back on in years to come

MATHS – Games have been set as ‘2Do’ tasks on - linked to fractions, multiplication tables and arithmetic.  can also be used to practise multiplication tables.

Coronavirus Home Challenge

Well Being

Online Safety at Home

Tips for Parents and Carers

Lots of free fantastic nurturing activities to help children through this challenging time.

Grow a Rainbow

A great idea for a fun activity at home - grow your own Rainbow! With just felt tip pens, kitchen roll and water!


Learning related to our topic of Vikings and Scandinavia is on our class web page. There are a range of suggested tasks that you could complete, including some creative ones (such as making a 3D model of the Solar System). If you want to create any of your own home-learning tasks, we would suggest looking at the Medium Term Plan for Spring. For example, you may want to research and create a fact file linked to one of our areas of learning.

Spring Art: Be inspired by an artist and see what’s growing in your garden!

David Hockney, a famous British artist has created these colourful Spring pictures in his garden. Can you draw or paint pictures like him?

Online Safety

With the increasing use of smartphones and internet ready devices during this challenging period, it is important to still remain vigilant in how our children are using their devices, what they are accessing, and who they are communicating with and how.  It is also important to put some limit on their devices to give them time away from the screens, to spend quality time with their family and pursue other activities.

As parents we can find this challenging and difficult to manage. Google have released FAMILY LINK - a fabulous app that allows parents to monitor and manage devices set up with a Google account and Android devices. The following is a guide on how to access to set up this app.

I would also like to remind you of the parent guides to the many popular apps children will be using to keep in contact with their friends, such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and gaming platforms on the web.  Whilst social contact is important during this time, it is vital that we ensure our children are using these safely with the correct privacy settings.

Family Link Guide for Parents

Children's mental health

Stanford E-Safety Advice

Further Links

Coronavirus Booklet for Children

Twinkl currently offers a free home learning pack for year 5 pupils

White Rose Maths - the curriculum scheme that we follow at Stanford: White Rose Maths
Click on the unit to see an overview and example questions.

Maths games and revision:

Maths mastery resources :

Maths Mansion – play games to improve your mathematical knowledge: Maths Mansion

BBC bitesize covers the key aspects of the curriculum using fun games and quizzes!

Art projects inspired by famous artists:

Test your musical skills:

Play music games:

Dr Chips Daily Dose of STEM activities

Sing and get moving with these feel good songs from Jack Hartmann

Getty Museum Art Challenge

View art work in the museum:
Can you recreate  an artwork with items around your house?
Here are some created by other people to inspire you:

Sunshine activities to brighten your day!

Sing Here Comes the Sun
Sing and dance along to Walking on Sunshine
Learn scientific facts about the sun
Learn how to draw a cute sun
Make a 3D paper sun
Do an online sunflower jigsaw
Read the story The Wind and the Sun and answer the questions

Interactive Free Science Games

Learn amazing facts about The Human body

Find out about Electrical Conductors

Look at properties of materials

Find out about reversible and irreversible changes

Learn about magnets

Play The Rollercoaster Game to learn about Forces

Easter Fun

Send animated Easter ecards:

Make greetings cards for people at home:

Do the Easter Hokey Cokey:

Sing an Easter hymn:

Learn a fun Easter action song:

Sing Chick Chick Chick Chicken:

Decorate an interactive Easter egg:

Chipper ClubChipper Club

Meet Chipper the puppy here to help entertain you at home!

The Grimsby Telegraph are launching Chipper Club with exciting home learning projects.
The projects are all about friendship, helping others, being cheerful and showing kindness to animals.
Your parent/carer will need to Sign You Up
Once each project is done, your parent/carer can submit a photo of your work to the Chipper Club for publication online. At the end of all the projects, they will send you a certificate.

Music Express has a Song Bank of over 400 songs in an array of styles. You can sing songs from around the world, in parts of unison, as a round, with actions or with instruments. You can filter songs by year (age), theme, musical style or season. To access these songs log in: password: Parents20!

Welcome to the Great Indoors:
100 + fun activities to help you learn new skills.

Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
Complete the fun challenges and learn about plant and fungal science.

For the latest news about online learning visit:

Home Learning Weekly Essentials


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.


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


Use the Spelling Shed website to practise your spellings.

Home Learning

23 March
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Sports Competition

We recently had our second intra school competition, led by Premier Sports, on Archery and Dodgeball. Please see the overall winners…. Well done to Red team!

5 March
Posted by:
Mrs Fielding

World Book Day

5 March
Posted by:
Mrs Fielding

World Book Day KS2 Group Activities

5 March
Posted by:
Mrs Fielding

World Book Day Books in a box

23 February
Posted by:
Mr Middleton

Baking Bread!

Star Anise class had a wonderful time baking different types of bread for a recent DT project!

We began with sampling lots of different varieties and evaluating their taste, texture, appearance and what they might be eaten with (as well as thinking about different cultural purposes of bread). Following this, we worked in small groups and designed a range of different fillings and toppings that we could add to a basic bread mix. The fillings ranged from chocolate to popping candy to garlic and chilli powder.

Once the bread had been mixed and baked we asked a range of staff in school to sample the bread and give it a score out of ten. Whatever was left we ate ourselves!

14 February
Posted by:
Mrs Amos

Weight and Mass

As part of our theme on 'Forces' we investigated if there was a link between the weight and mass of an object. Class Star Anise measured the weight and mass of different objects using a force metre and scales and then compared the results.

The children discussed all objects are made of matter and that the amount of matter they are made of is called their mass. This is measured in Kg. The pulling force of gravity on an object is the weight. It is measured in Newtons.

12th February
Posted by:
Mrs Hill

Friendship Afterschool Activity Event

Many children in KS2 had fun exploring a range of exciting activities including designing and eating their own biscuit, painting salt dough hearts, friendship bracelets, friendly fox papercraft, Love airplanes with friendly messages inside.

20 January
Posted by:
Miss Perrin

Can I be a word detective?

In our reading collaboration this week, the focus was to find interesting words in our reading books and then find out their meaning.

We found some amazing words, it’s a good thing we had dictionaries to help us!

10 January
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Reading Collaboration

Barley, Star Anise and Poppy are collaborating together each Friday morning to share their reading books. We will be listening to each other read, sharing what we enjoy about the stories and also discussing key vocabulary and themes within the different stories.

10 January
Posted by:
Mr Middleton

Can I perform a text?

Star Anise class have started a new book called 'Viking Boy'. To begin with, we have looked at the prologue of the story and discovered the mysterious characters known as The Norns. We engaged with the text by performing some drama.

20 December
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Our Christmas Trio

Well done to our Christmas Trio who entertained the school with their fabulous Christmas musical routine. Spreading Christmas joy!

4 December
Posted by:
Miss Perrin

Feeling Festive at Stanford School

At Stanford we have a Christmas tradition where each class makes a Christmas hoop to decorate the hall. Each year we have a different theme and this year it was ‘Winter Wonderland’. The children have worked very hard to make decorations to put on the hoops and they look fantastic….don’t you agree?

22 November
Posted by:
Miss Perrin

French Cafe Experience

As the Year 4 children have loved learning to speak French so much, we decided to have a chance to practise our skills and open a French Café for the KS2 children to enjoy.

First we had to create a menu and add some useful phrases which would help the children to order food.

We had some French foods for the children to try – Brioche, Croissant and Baguettes with butter, cheese or jam and orange or blackcurrant to drink. Then we got our classroom ready for our clients by arranging the tables, putting on table cloths and decorating the tables with candles and decorative stones. With a bit of French music to create a cosmopolitan atmosphere we were ready for business!!

Each client was served by their own personal waiter who greeted them, guided them to their table and took their orders.

The Year 4 children were very busy taking orders, serving food and then washing up afterwards. The atmosphere was great, the children had fun practising their French and it allowed the children a chance to try different foods.

Our clients gave us lots of positive comments:-

“I thought it was lots of fun”
“I thought it was exciting to have my own personal waiter”
“The waiters were lovely and the food was great”
“I likes the restaurant because it had table cloths and decorations”
“I loved trying new foods and the role play”
“The menus were very helpful as they had pictures to help”
“Great service and loved the atmosphere”
“Year 4 tried really hard with speaking French. It was lots of fun”
“I liked having the chance to speak French and I was praised for speaking back to the waiters in French”

The Year 4 children enjoyed the experience too:-

“I felt like an actual waiter”
“I liked having more experience speaking French”
“I liked serving people”
“I liked eating the food at the end”

By the time the children had served the other Key Stage 2 classes, done 3 lots of washing up and cleared away they were exhausted…….but they weren’t so tired that they couldn’t finish off the rest of the food!! It was a lovely morning.

11 November
Posted by:
Mrs Perrin

Stanford Remembers

The children in their individual classes have been thinking about Remembrance day, what it means and why we wear poppies. Today we joined collectively for our Remembrance assembly to observe 2 minutes silence thinking about those who have sacrificed their lives for others during times of war. After this some Year 6 children shared poems they have written about the wars.

30 October
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

Happy Halloween!

There were spooky spiders, ghoulish ghosts and perfect pumpkins at our Halloween activity event after school.

Pupil Voice:

L.B "I made a ghost with a scary face."
A.D "I liked making a mummy with white strips. I did it by myself."
E.W "I made a spider, I had to twist its legs."
A.V "I enjoyed the hotdog."

15 October
Posted by:
Mr Middleton


Children in year 5 had a fantastic time when the specialist teachers from Bikeability came in to support for 2 days. The children showed excellent behaviour, attitude, skills and ability, as they learned how to signal correctly and confidently cycle on the road. Well done year 5.

10 October
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

World Mental Health Day

As today was World Mental Health Day the children have been thinking about how we can promote positive mental health and what we can do to help us to control our emotions if we are experiencing negative emotions.

In Year 1 they looked at a book called Little Beauty where a gorilla goes through different emotions. The children talked about the different emotions and thought about whether the gorilla had done the right thing to help himself. In

Year 2 the children coloured in hearts and then thought about what they could do if they wanted to feel calm.

30 September
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

Harvest Festival

Our Harvest Festival was a joyful celebration introduced by our head boy and girl and Star anise class performed a poem. Rev. Philip Stevens came to say a prayer and give thanks for the food at harvest time. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our celebration, the donations of food will be sent to the homeless charity, Harbour Place.

27 September
Posted by:
Mr Middleton

Year 5 Hook Day

Star Anise class had a fantastic hook day, where we looked at how people around the world respond to natural disasters.

As part of our 'Extreme Earth' topic, the children researched a range of natural disasters (many taking place within the least year). We looked at the causes and effects of earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and extreme weather phenomena. We then analysed the damage they caused to the environment and the impact they had on communities.

Following research, the children recorded news reports using a variety of recording equipment. It was an exciting day and the children made a fantastic effort.