Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Barley class took part in the Healing Rounders tournament as part of the transition period between primary and secondary. They competed against other primary schools and showcased their fantastic fielding, catchng and batting skills. A great afternoon was had by all!
Stanford School pupils take an active approach in raising funds for various charities in and out of school. Recently, Ceyhan, Jake, Noah, Ashton and Harry raised money, outside of school, for Teenage Cancer Trust. Over several days they washed cars, sold merchandise and had a car boot sale. In total they raised £275. Well done boys, a fantastic achievement for a great cause!
Pupils from Barley and Seedlings classes worked collaboratively to play some outdoor games in preparation for our sports day. The Year 6 pupils supported the younger children by showing them good demonstrations before the younger children practised their throwing, catching and balancing skills.
A massive well done to Alice in Barley Class – she supported the Little Princess Charity by getting her hair cut. We are really impressed with her thought and kindness and we all supported her in a special assembly, along with her mum and hairdresser! Please donate if you can. Thanks
Jeanette Morrison came and visited Barley class to discuss Ramadan and give the pupils an insight into her religion- Islam. During this talk they investigated the similarities between Christianity and Islam and asked a range of interesting questions that gained them further understanding.
A wonderful community event took place at Stanford- for community members, Governors, Parents and Carers, for The Great Get Together, in memory of Jo Cox. Each class showcased the wonderful work that has been going on in our school with songs and musical interludes also taking place. Refreshments and cakes were sold also. Barley class showcased the Numicon Quest project, their wonderful writing in Year 6 and the fantastic, inspirational and thought-provoking poems they have written linked with Love, Hope and Unity. A wonderful morning was had by all!
Abbie, Harrison, Jake and Billy took part in the Maths challenge final at New Waltham Academy. They worked exceptionally well as a team to answer the variety of Maths questions in an allotted time. The questions were tricky but they used their team work and resilience to have a positive attitude and determination to succeed.
Overall they came joint 5th place... a fantastic result! Well done to you all, you were brilliant!
Recently, Barley class have been learning about the general election and the parties that are involved. As a school pupil voice decided to have a vote on which charity we would like to support in school this year: One Love, Unicef, St Andrews Hospice, Teenage Cancer Trust and Blue Cross
Barley class worked in groups to research information about the charities that we were voting for 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. The votes were counted and verified with the winner being... Blue Cross!
Barley class have started a Maths project; to create and run a theme park. They will be developing their problem- solving and critical thinking skills, as well as making decisions and choices. Pupils have created their business and have been given a budget of £5,000,000 to build and run a theme park. Within this session the teams worked together to use a range of mathematical and literacy skills to plan and calculate their theme park costings using a given criteria. They needed to calculate to ensure they were in budget and that they can afford to promote their theme parks!
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.
Jake, Abbie, Billy and Harrison took part in the North East Lincolnshire Maths Challenge 2017. They were up against 9 other schools, with the top 5 schools going through to the finals. Stanford's team used their outstanding mathematic skills, exceptional teamwork and resilience to answer a wide variety of tricky Math questions, in two different rounds- competing against the other schools in an allotted time.
I am extremely pleased to announce that they have made the finals! Stanford will be competing in the finals next Wednesday (14th June) with 9 other schools! Keep updated on their progress on our class blog and Maths page. Well done to you all!
This month’s Road Safety Sticker Day was another great success – 207 pupils (89%) chose to walk, bike or scoot to school today to help reduce traffic congestion and make healthy choices ! Well done! Great community links, support from parents, pupils and staff. Abi (Head Girl) and Connor (Head Boy) were great role models too and also helped hand out stickers. Many thanks.
Juniper and Barley class have started their collaboration this term linked with Outdoor learning. Their challenge is to work in groups to create and then present a presentation on what they would like to see in our nature area- Dragon Den style! This afternoon they worked together to create their team name, logo and ideas of what they may like in this outdoor area.
Gav The Chef, who works for Cygnet, worked with Barley class this afternoon. He taught them how bread is made and the many different designs and flavours of bread there are in the world! Pupils made a wide variety of designs, from the traditional round or plaited bread to hamsters, hedgehogs and even people made of bread! Their creations came out amazing! A wonderful afternoon had by all!
We are so proud of Emily who swam 5Ks for the Marie Curie Charity – she has raised £855! Well done Emily! Thanks to those who supported her too – Alysia was there to cheer her friend on and award the medal!
Barley Class celebrated the end of SATs with an afternoon relaxing and watching a film. Their dedication, attitude, enthusiasm and determination towards the SATs has been outstanding! They have completed these SATs with a huge smile on their faces and with a positive attitude throughout! I would like to say I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.... they are all amazing!
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!
Barley class worked together to revise key Grammar terms. We did this in a variety of ways. First we had a Grammar treasure hunt, in small groups, to find and answer key questions. We were timed which made it fun! The other activity we completed was identifying the grammar terms within a given paragraph. Pupils worked in small teams to identify these using a variety of colours and keys.
Mrs Gresham came and worked with Barley class on ways to help them relax, breathing exercises and mindfulness exercises.
Some of the activities pupils took part in were describing themselves using one word, listening to relaxing music- meditating, 'compliment cloud'. Pupils were shown how to relax their bodies by shaking out their arms, legs, rotating their ankles and wrists. Making a figure of 8 round their eyes and rubbing their cheeks in a circular motion also helps you relax.
The pupils had a wonderful afternoon, thank you to Mrs Gresham for delivering these sessions- the pupils really enjoyed relax kids programme!
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.
Barley class have been discussion the following question, 'When the going gets tough, how do we cope? We had an excellent discussion on the different types of activities we do when we are feeling stressed, worried or in need of a break. Barley class use a wide range of activities to help them relax.
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.
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.
As part of our Grammar sessions we used a carousel of activities focusing on different areas of grammar- Determiners, prefix and suffix, word classes, tense, adverbials and adverbs. We used a variety of different learning styles to help apply our skills and knowledge.
Barley class are continuing their DT project- to design, create and evaluate a labyrinth, as part of our topic this term. We have started to create our designs using cardboard and art straws- measuring accurately to create the outline of our labyrinth. We will be continuing this project over the coming weeks
There was a range of characters in Barley Class today, as we celebrated World Book Day! We had characters from David Walliam's books to Diary of a wimpy kid and Bilbo Baggins! We chose four winners for their design sheet and their costume... Well done to Sophie, Abbie, Bradley and Jake E!
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!
At the start of the new academic year, pupils in Barley class worked with Zoe to create clay Barley stems and also a small leaf with their name on. Today we received our leaves back and they look fantastic! A brilliant keep-sake to remind them of our wonderful school.
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.
As part of our deeper questioning focus, we posed the following questions: Is the internet safe? Is the internet a good thing? Is it always right to put your opinion online? Pupils created posters of their thoughts and opinions and then discussed these questions in small groups. There were some very powerful discussions from each pupil.
Barley class have been working extremely hard all week to write their own Legend story. As part of our writing, pupils edit and re-draft their work. We focused on different writing elements to improve and rotated around the room, focusing on each part- in a carousel format. Barley's Legend stories are amazing and showcase the brilliant writing skills!
A fantastic Sports company came in today to showcase some of the great activities they offer. Barley class tried three of these activities; archery, fencing and cone reaction. They had great fun and will be offering these activities in school!
Today we were lucky enough to see for ourselves how well drivers can see when they are in a large vehicle. Barley class learnt about the blind spots in lorries and the importance of keeping their distance from large, heave vehicles, in order to keep themselves safe on the road.
On Monday 30th January, 4 children from Barley 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.
Jake "It is really interesting to sit quietly and see different birds. It is particularlly interesting that many birds camouflage themselves into the trees."
Esmay "I have been looking in my bird book o that I know what all the birds look like. We have definitely seen a robin and you can hear it too."
Ellie "This is fun because I am really excited about birds. We have seen lots of different birds but I'm not sure what they actually all are."
Ellie Mae " I like doing this and I have to look after Oscar."
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.
Pupil's researched mythical creatures and then designed and created their own mythical creature using descriptive language. Barley class then wrote a descriptive paragraph describing their creature using a success criteria created by the whole class.
Barley class have already received responses from some companies offering to help with updating our Maths Resources!
Virginia McLean came in to discuss the difference in belief and theory. Children were asked if they agree, disagree or were undecided to a range of her questions. The book was then read to the whole class with adults taking part in different explanations of how the world began.
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!
Barley Class has had a fabulous day, exploring the Ancient Greek traditions. We created Ancient Greek sculptures using bars of soap and careful carving skills. We tasted a selection of Greek foods..... from pitta bread to feta cheese and Greek yogurt to olives... not many enjoyed the olives though! We had a fashion show with Mustard class, showcasing our Greek costumes too. In the afternoon we designed and decorated a greek pot in the style of Ancient Greek pottery. We have had a great day!
Our focus in Maths this week has been fractions, decimals and percentages. We have been learning, recognising and applying the equivalent of these and played a dominoes game to challenge us.
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Barley Class have noticed that our Math resources in school need up-dating and decided to set themselves a challenge to try and raise funds for new equipment. They have researched local businesses in our area that could possibly help. They have then wrote a wonderful letter to the companies asking if they could help. Barley class are very excited as these letters have been posted!! We really hope we get some replies!!
This half term Barley class will be reading The adventures of Odysseus. Pupils were introduced to two characters- Odysseus and Penelope and then had to create a mind map of what we know about them so far, from the text we have read.
These pupil's from barley class were runners-up in the Grimsby Telegraph Design an Ad! Well done to everyone that entered too!
We are continuing our work on Shackleton's Adventure and are now writing an emotive speech to our crew on the ship, to help lift moral and spirits. Take a look at our first paragraph of our speech... does it have power, emotion and positivity?
Well done to Year 6 Group 2 viola players who are enjoying learning lots of new pieces.
Here are Group 1 Year 6 Viola players. Mrs. Brady is delighted with their enthusiasm and the progress they are making this term. Well done everyone!
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!'
Here are our latest pupils in Barley Class to achieve and gain their pen Licence! Well done!
Barley class had a wonderful afternoon learning about First Aid. They all learnt about the Red Cross, bystanders and then role-played different scenarios of what they would do with different injuries.
' It was really interesting to learn what we should do in different situations'
'I was shocked at how many people left a person who needed help. It took 6 minutes before someone helped a lady who had fell'
Poppy and Barley class joined together to create 'Power For Good' Superheroes. We worked together to name the qualities a power for good superhero would have to help others. We had great fun together... keep a look out for our superheors and their qualities around school!
Barley class worked in small groups to compose and perform a piece of storm music using various percussion instruments. Pupils looked at tempo, rhythm, sounds and texture to work together to create their piece.
' The different percussion instruments changed the sound of the music to link with a storm'
' I really enjoyed this session as I enjoyed making different sounds as a team!'
Barley class worked in teams to plan, share and then present an exciting new invention to the Dragon's Den Team! The inventions that were presented were:
- The Squabble Shield
- The Motorised Picnic Table
- The Doggie Umbrella
- The Flying Bike
- The Tricycle Mower
The pupils worked brilliantly together to plan, and then pitch their product to see if the Investors 'WOULD' invest. It was a great success with many questions and queries for each group, making it even more challenging for them to sell the product to the team!
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
Barley class had to work together in teams to produce a sequence of movements with a starting position that was also their finishing position- with movements inbetween. They used a variety of levels incoroperating various turns and rolls, fast and slow, open and closed-to then transition to the next shape.
Barley class created fantastic Haiku Poems linked to Remembrance day. 'Haiku' is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.
' It was a challenge to get the lines to fit in with the correct amount of syllables' Y6 Pupil
' I enjoy writing poems and enjoyed this even more so that it was linked to Remembrance Day' Y6 Pupil
We have been investigating reflections and shadows in Science this week. We looked at different surfaces and tested whether they were reflective by making predictions and then shining a torch beam on the surface.
' We really had to focus to see if there was a reflection in different surfaces' Y6 Pupil
We then planned an experiment to find out what happens to the size of a shadow when an object is moved further away from the light source. We carried out the investigation and recorded our results.
' We really enjoyed investigating shadows! I liked seeing what shapes were made and what happened to the shadow!' Y6 Pupil
Barley class looked at instructions and their key features in English. We looked at different playing card instructions and worked as a team to see if we were able to play the game with the instructions given. We found that some instructions were very difficult to follow, with no clear step-by-step guide or diagrams to help. We then identified how we would improve them.
Barley class assembly was a super success and showcased the fantastic teaching and learning and curriculum that we are so proud of! All pupils worked as a team to write, rehearse and then perform their parts to an eager and enthusiastic audience... well done Barley!
Barley class had a fantastic day, learning all about survival skills at Cherry Garth. We learnt how to make and prepare fires with simple equipment, built dens and shelters that would protect us from the weather and learnt archery skills! It was a fun-filled day learning about these skills.... the hot chocolate and vegetable soup went down nicely too!
Here are the latest pupil's in Barley class to receive their pen Licence... Well done!
Sinitta visited Barley class and challenged their perception of India, using an interactive activity. The concept's the children had formed in their minds about India, it's culture, people and infrastructure, were challenged. The class realised how wrong their perception was.
As part of our 'Extreme' topic this term, Barley class are starting to write a non-chronological report on Volcanoes. We have so far researched volcanoes and identified the different features in a report. Watch this space for our first drafts!
We all enjoyed the problem solving games and giant swing!!!
we are doing Giant Swing and Problem solving and crawling through tunnels!!!
We had an exciting morning with Zoe today! We used clay to create a barley sheaf for our class and aso made a leaf with our names on. Zoe will take these away to be fired in the kiln and we will then paint and glaze them... we can't wait to see what they look like!
Here are the latest pupils in Barley class that have achieved their pen licence! Well done!
In Science we studied the eye and learnt about the different parts of an eye. It was amazing to see how the eye works and that the eye can trick us into seeing things that are not there. Did you know our eye is like a camera and actually sees images upside down?
Here are the latest pupil's who have achieved their pen licence... Well done!!
We have had a fun afternoon learning about The Water Cycle. We used a catchy song to help us learn the process of the water cycle using the key terminology. Can you sing the song?
"The water cycle, takes the water and moves it up and down and all around the earth....Whoop Whoop!"
As part of our extreme topic, we have been looking at Hokusai's picture called 'The Great Wave'. Hokusai was a Japanese artist who was a painter and printmaker. Barley's challenge was to recreate 'The Great Wave' using different mediums they felt most comfortable with. We still need to complete these but we think they are already looking great!
Here are 3 more pupils who have already achieved their pen licence this year!
It is that time of year again where pupils at Stanford School elect their new Head Boy and Head Girl. These pupils are all the candidates hoping for a chance to achieve this. They presented their speech in front of the whole school and are now awaiting the results... all will be revealed on Monday!
We investigated and learnt about climates and extreme weathers.... by going on a fact hunt around school. Did you know that USA, on average, has 1253 tornadoes a year and that the coldest temperature ever recorded on earth was -94.7 degrees Celsius?
In Barley class we have been set a challenge to achieve our 'Pen Licence'. We have to show neat, legible, joined-up handwriting in all our work to gain our pen licence. Here are the first group of pupils who have already achieved this!
Our Power of reading book this half term is Shackleton's Journey. We looked at the front cover and questioned what we think the book will be about and what the illustrations represent. We cannot wait to read this exciting book!