Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
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In our MFL lessons this term, Miss Perrin has been leading fabulous online workshops!
We have been collaborating across Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 to participate in fun games and activities and share our love of learning a different language.
Merci, Mademoiselle Perrin!
Year 5 have been learning about different forces in science across the year. This week we learned a bit more about the force of friction. We investigated why friction is an important force when it comes to things like brakes on scooters and bikes. In order to investigate friction, we tested how long it took a scooter wheel to slow down, using a variety of different materials. The different materials were our independent variable, which meant that we had to keep all of our other variables the same for each test. It was also a lovely opportunity to get outside in the sun.
In history we learned about how people would need to repair and re-use their clothing during World War 2. During this time, one quarter of the population were in services that required uniform, so clothes manufacturing had to prioritise this. Ordinary people at home would therefore need to "make do and mend". Manufacturing toys was not a priority because the factories were re-purposed for the war effort, meaning that some families would take to making their own toys. Inspired by this piece of history, in Year 5 we have been making our own toy bunnies out of our old socks!
Star Anise class had a great hook day this week where we immersed ourselves in our new history topic - World War 2!
We started the day by engaging with our new class book, 'Goodnight Mr Tom', and took part in some drama in-role as evacuated children. During the rest of the morning, we found out about 'Digging For Victory' and rationing. Following this, we planted some vegetables to grow outside our classroom and used basic rationed ingredients to bake some biscuits.
During the afternoon we learned about different types of protective shelters that were used during the war and have started to craft some miniature models of Anderson Shelters, which we look forward to sharing with you later in the term.
Star Anise class had a whole day of sporting fun this week, where they took part in a range of multi-sport activities. As well as being lots of fun, there was also a focus on well-being, mental health and healthy eating. There was lots of great teamwork on display throughout the day.
The children in Year 5 are already showing great enthusiasm for their new history topic! It has been fascinating to hear the stories that some of the children have been able to share with us so far, about their relatives who were involved in the war. So far, children have shared photos of their relatives, real-life stories (including the discovery of an un-detonated bomb!), and other artefacts such as rationing books and newspapers from the time.
I wonder what other fascinating stories we might discover about pupil's ancestors during this term...
In our computing session this week, we have been looking at how to budget and why it is important to be money aware. We took part in quizzes, looked at bank statements, wage slips and were quite surprised at the amount of deductions!
We will continue to build upon this knowledge over the next few weeks.
Today has been an amazing day where we welcomed back all pupils!!! We celebrated with music blasting from the hall as the pupils arrived and decorated classrooms to welcome the pupils back! Each class celebrated with a small party too! 🎊 🎈 We are so pleased to see our Stanford Family back together! 😀
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.