Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Mental Health and Well-Being of children and staff at Stanford School is very important to us.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Day, each class participated in activities that were age appropriate to discuss how we can help to look after ourselves and each other. FS looked at people who we can talk to and look up to as role models, KS1 discussed different feelings and how 'It's Ok!' to feel certain ways. KS2 discussed different types of mental illness and how we can support one another.
We presented our work and ideas in a whole school assembly, the key theme that we are going to continue to focus on is "It's Good to Talk!".
We had a lovely Community High Tea Thank You Event yesterday – we wanted to let all the volunteers who help our school know how valued and special their contributions are. Thank you to all the pupils and staff for making and serving the refreshments. All the guests enjoyed the performances and entertainment. Special thanks to the year 6 helpers -Joe, Jessica, Lucie and Harvey who helped make sure the event ran smoothly.
One visitor commented," A lovely event. Pupils were very welcoming and friendly – they entertained us with a wonderful variety of well-rehearsed, interesting and fun performances. A very special afternoon."
Premier Sports came in and delivered an assembly on tolerance and what should and shouldn't be tolerated. Pupils used different coloured cards to represent how they feel about different aspects and scenarios.
Barley class were looking at fish eyes (fresh from the Docks). Mrs Jones had trouble getting the eye out as it was attached to the optic nerve- it had to be cut! We were able to name the parts of the eye. We then dissected the eye completely and removed the lens in tack. We discovered the lens from the second eye was a lot smaller than the other.
Mr Mayor visited the school to lead an assembly and meet the Pupil Voice team. Ethan (Head Boy) and Jasmin (Head Girl) along with the Road Safety Group and Litter Picker Group spoke about the exciting learning at school.Thank you to Mr Mayor and Councillor Hasthorpe for joining us – the pupils were inspired!
Pupils in Barley class were reading a piece of text on how to use a compass. Even though this was a reading comprehension lesson, pupils learnt how to use a compass. We worked in pairs to see if we could follow the instructions on how to use a compass correctly.
Barley class were learning about past and present progressive in grammar. Take a look at our video that shows us singing a song to help us learn this... it was great to remember!
Barley Class wore their Christmas Jumpers today! We are really in the festive spirit!
Our Head Boy, Ethan, and Head Girl, Jasmine, led the Christmas Carol Concerts at St Margaret’s Church with the help of Mr Stevens. They did a wonderful job and showed their super communication and organisational skills. Thank you children.
Jake, Joseph, Grace and Evie took part in Operation Lifestyle over the summer as Creative Creatures team. PCSO Marc Island came in to present their reward to them... a gift voucher for all their hard work! Well done Creative Creatures!
Barley Class created Christmas lanterns as part of our Enterprise project. They looked amazing and sold extremely well at the Christmas Fair. Thank you to Mrs Drury for helping Barley Class.... we raised £96!
Barley Class worked extremely hard to plan, create, prepare and deliver their Christmas enterprise games at our annual Christmas Fair. It was a fantastic success, with pupils working as a team to calculate costs and profits linked to our enterprise project.
Debbie from The Ryan Smith Foundation came to talk to pupils about the importance of wearing a helmet. She spoke about Ryan and how his life has changed dramatically, all because he didn't wear a helmet. She used eggs to demonstrate what can happen if a helmet is not worn. It was a very informative assembly and the pupils really enjoyed this.
As a part of our activities during the day we had a 'Mix it up' lunchtime. The tables were given names using words that encourage tolerance such as: peace, happiness and love.
The children had to pick a card and sit at their chosen table. This was to encourage them to socialise and share lunchtime with different children and to give them an opportunity to make new friends.
The children enjoyed this change to the normal lunchtime routine.
Charlie (Y1) 'I met a new friend called Azem. We chatted together.'
Oscar (Y1) 'It was exciting to find out which table I was going to go to.'
Betsie (Y2) 'I met a new friend and we talked about friendship.'
Anthony (Y2) 'I was excited to sit with someone new.' Ryan (Y3) ' People were nice on my table.'
Amelia (Y3) 'I enjoyed talking to someone new.'
William (Y5) 'We interacted with new people and made new friends. I think we should do this every day.'
Rebecca (Y5) 'It was really fun. It was good to sit with people we don't normally talk to.'
Barley class studied Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech called 'I have a dream' and discussed the word tolerance and segregation. We learnt that being tolerant is being accepting of everyone and that segregation is not right. We then took inspiration from I have a dream to create our own dreams four ourselves and our dreams for the world.
Barley class worked with The Red Cross to learn basic first aid. They learnt about how to administer first aid in an emergency, from making the phone call to helping them. We acted out scenes on how to treat someone who was injured. We learnt how to put people in the recovery position and what to do if someone has burnt themselves, deep cuts, seizures, broken bones and allergic reactions. We had a great afternoon and learnt some important skills that could save someone's life
Barley class are busy creating their Christmas lanterns, to sell as part of our enterprise project, at the Christmas Fair. We have worked with Mrs Drury to draw, cut and score the templates for the lanterns... keep checking to see our progress on this project.
We looked at a variety of explanation texts and worked in small groups to evaluate these texts and explain and share how these could be improved using the key features we learnt in the previous lesson.
Barley class became Agony Aunts during anti- bullying week. They worked collaboratively to create different scenarios that required advice. They wrote letters to their Agony Aunt, created a freeze frame of this and then wrote their reply, giving advice on how they could stop the bullying. The outcomes were fantastic, with meaningful and helpful advice given
Our local PCSO Mark Ireland came into school to lead an assembly on respect and how the police deal with bullying behaviours in the community. The children listened to how bullying can affect the community in many different ways such as through anti-social behaviour, and how bullying can not only impact on the victim, but their friends and family too.
Pupils in Star Anise and Barley class wrote short poems and thoughts for our Peach reflection. We laid our peace pebbles down, around the Dove, as we read out some of our poems. We had a few moments quiet reflection thinking about the importance of peace within our own lives, in the community, in the country and in the world.
Barley class read a short passage from their Power of Reading book, Skellig. They discussed what they could se and then sketched a picture to represent their visualisation using charcoals on white paper. They then describe the picture.
Our Community ICT Workshop has been very successful and well attended. Pupils supported community members who were keen to develop their ICT skills in an after-school club at school. Pupils explained how to use power point and helped the group develop their understanding. Thank you to the pupils who were the ICT teachers for the evening and to Mr Hawkins for facilitating the event.
Great to see Year 6 (Group 2) continuing to play the viola. They are developing their technique, learning to play new notes and gaining a greater knowledge of musical theory. Well done to everyone!
Barley class worked collaboratively to investigate Prime numbers and also prime factors. They investigated what a prime number is and tried to reason with how we can find out if a number is prime or not. Pupils furthered their investigation by find factors and identifying which of these were prime.
Great to see Year 6 (Group 1) continuing to play the viola. They are developing their technique, learning to play new notes and gaining a greater knowledge of musical theory. Well done to everyone!
These three inspirational boys have decided to run their own reading club, twice a week during playtimes. They started by advertising their club using some very informative posters. Louis said, “We love reading and we want to motivate other children to read more.”
Toby added, “We are hoping to help some of the younger children improve their reading by helping them to read more regularly.”
Brandon continued, “We hope to encourage people who don’t read as much to want to read more. Simply because we love to do it, we hope that they will too.”
Pupil Voice is really important to us – groups of pupils led interesting assemblies today in school. The Litter Picker team praised pupils for using the bins and encouraged them to join their team. The Play Leaders led an assembly all about the games and equipment we use at break times and introduced all the Buddies and Play Leaders by name – everyone is there to help make our playtimes fun and engaging. Well done everyone.
We had a great Halloween activity event this week – pupils enjoyed ‘Thriller’ style dancing, pumpkin biscuits, ghost bananas, ‘severed finger’ hot dogs, lego lanterns, craft and balloon games! Everyone was smiling and having fun – the behaviour and atmosphere were excellent. We also managed to raise some funds for school too!
Barley class showcased their wonderful assembly to a brilliant audience this afternoon. They worked in small teams, to write and perform their areas of learning to others. We had excellent English skills, drama, Art and DT, Science and musical Math songs! A wonderful assembly, well done Barley Class!
Barley, Star Anise and Poppy Class joined together this afternoon for their reading collaboration. Pupils from Barley visited Poppy, Pupils from Poppy visited Star Anise and pupils from Star Anise visited Barley. We worked as reading buddies to inspire others and improve our reading skills but most of all because we simply love to read.
Barley class are working hard on their handwriting so that they can earn their pen licence. Here are the next group of pupils who have gained their licence!
Thank you for your support for the MacMillan Coffee Morning held at Stanford Centre today. The pupils performed lovely songs and poems. Everyone enjoyed the cakes and refreshments. Thank you for your donations towards this worthwhile cause.
Barley class investigated the brightness of a bulb using different amounts of batteries, wires etc They had challenges to investigate in small groups and questioned the brightness of the bulb each time. Pupils are able to explain what makes a bulb bright or dim.
Thank you Mrs Wink for leading the Summer Reading Challenge – so many pupils have impressed you with their holiday reading! The pupils received a certificate of congratulations and Juniper class received a set of books – they were the class who had the most reads. Mrs Wink says 1750 books have been read by Stanford pupils over summer from the Stanford Library - wow! Children at Stanford have a great love of reading and we are so proud of them. Well done.
Barley class enjoyed their Hook day- designing and then creating their own African masks using a variety of materials and artistic techniques. We discussed African mask designs, colours and textures and then designed our own using a design prototype. We then started to bring our designs to life!
Councillor Hasthorpe visited school today to lead an assembly about British Values. The pupils listened really well and discussed values, respect, tolerance and equality. Councillor Hasthorpe explained how Parliament works and the importance of us all working together as one big family to make positive changes for the world. Our pupils felt inspired and classes will be doing more follow up learning on this in their SMSC and Philosophy for Children work. Thank you Councillor Hasthorpe for your time and support.
Barley class are working hard on their handwriting so that they can earn their pen licence. Here are the first group of pupils who have gained their licence!
Electricity is our topic in Science this half term. To start our topic off, we re-capped and showed our current knowledge on Electricity. We looked at the various equipment and materials used to create electrical circuits and what each component is used for.
Barley class have focused on rounding numbers in our Maths lessons. We used a Rounding rap song to help us learn a quick step- by- step guide to rounding numbers. Take a look at our videos to help you round numbers
Steve from the County Asset Team visited us to lead an assembly all about the roof building project at school – he talked about the equipment the builders use and the importance of safety. The pupils all listened really well and it seems quite a few family members are working on the roof!
Pupils worked together to learn how to hold a balance position. They investigated different positions and the techniques they needed to use to ensure a solid balance. Pupils showcased their balances to their peers.
Pupils in Barley class presented their wonderful speeches to the whole school, as to why they think they should be this years Head Boy and Head Girl at Stanford School. Each pupil spoke with enthusiasm and confidence and each were original and showed their great qualities! Each class then went and voted for their favourite... keep checking to find out the results!