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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As part of our latest Pupil Voice meeting, children in each class discussed how they would like to have more playtime equipment, including bats, balls and a volleyball net.
Here we are enjoying this equipment on the playground and field.
As part of our PSHE curriculum, we have been learning about how to respond to an emergency, who to call and what immediate support and assistance we can give.
In this session we learnt about the recovery position and how it is a vital piece of basic first aid that everyone should know how to confidently deliver.
DM - it is so important to learn how you can help someone in an emergency, I'm glad we have been learning about it!
MM - recovery position is important, as it can stop someone from vomiting and choking.
GH - you need to make sure you tilt the head up and to the side to clear their airways and also stop someone from biting their tongue.
Well done Barley Class for your mature and sensible attitudes in our First Aid lessons!
In Year 6, we were inspired by Andy Goldsworthy to create, and photograph, some Nature Art. We used the Nature Area and school field to collect materials of different shape, size, texture and colour to create our 3D art pieces.
We created flowing patterns in concentric circles and explored different filters with camera. We will continue learning about different effects and filters using the cameras - keep checking our class blog for updates!
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!
In computing, we have been learning about how to create text-based adventures. We used the story 'The Little Red Riding Hood' to create a storyboard and practised our coding skills on Scratch.
TC - we love using Scratch, it is fun to make the avatar move around and make noises. BM - this is a brilliant app! I can't wait to create our own story game.
In maths, we have been learning about how to find angles in quadrilaterals.
We know that angles in a quadrilateral add up to 360 degrees, so we practiced creating quadrilaterals and then using a protractor to measure the angles. Using formal calculations, we checked our measurements by ensuring they added up to 360 degrees.
As the weather is getting warmer and brighter, it is really important that we keep ourselves safe in the sun by remembering to 'Wrap, Splat, Hat!'
Thank you to our two Y6 pupils for creating this video to remind us how to keep safe!
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Our Science topic during Summer 1 is 'Light'.
We have been learning about light sources, how light travels in straight lines and how light travels to enable us to see objects.
We conducted a Scientific Investigation to find out if the distance of the light source from the object affects the shadow size - including a title, prediction (hypothesis), equipment list, method, results chart, conclusion and evaluation.
M - It was really interesting to see the shadow increase, I thought they would just stay the same because the shape we made was the same each time!
F - We know ours was a fair test because we had controlled and independent variables and measured everything really accurately with the ruler.
Year 6 had their Wow! Sports Event - the children loved taking part in the team games and also learning about healthy lifestyles with Mr Playford and Mr Dean from Premier Sport.
'It has been so much fun playing new games that we haven't played before'
'The best word I can think of to describe it - AMAZING!'
'It was so fun, but also tiring - your legs will feel sore the next day!'
In Barley Class this term, we are exploring the Islam faith. So far we have begun to find out about traditions and customs that are important to Muslims.
We have been learning about the Five Pillars of Islam and Ramadan, which is currently being celebrated in the UK.
In our school hall, have displayed some interesting artefacts, including: Hajj robes, Qiblah, prayer mat and key pieces of information about mosques, prayer times and fasting, as well as some of our written work explaining what we have learnt so far.
Throughout this term we will be further developing our understanding of the Islam faith and comparing and contrasting Islam and Christianity.
This morning we took part in an intra-sport cricket event - the Premier Sport coaches were really impressed with our teamwork and enthusiasm! We enjoyed it so much that we even played a class game of cricket at playtime and Golden Time too!
Well done to Whitgift and Knight who drew in the Y6 game.
Our Hook Day is based on our history topic this term, 'Crime and Punishment'.
We came into school to discover that a crime had been committed - someone had stolen our iPad!
We observed the crime scene, collected evidence, sketched the crimes scene and narrowed down our investigation to four suspects.
From this we then learnt about handwriting analysis, fingerprint lifting, chromatography, classifying fingerprints and discussing alibis and motives!
We had a brilliant day and cannot wait to find out more about how crime and punishments have changed over time.
In year 6 we discussed the importance of the census, where it originated, why we do it and what we can learn from it.
We looked at the trends over the last three census data collections and how this could affect Laceby in the future.
Some very interesting, sensible and mature discussions - Well Done Barley Class!
In Year 6, our Science Week project was inspired by the Perseverance rover landing on Mars!
We found out all about why we are exploring Mars, how we are doing it and discussed all of the components that are needed for a successful space rover mission.
For more information, please visit mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/
Firstly, we created a design brief, then built prototypes out of cardboard - this was much trickier than it looks!
Next, we are going to be creating our Mars rovers with wood, cardboard and an electrical circuit - we can't wait to show you the finished product!
Wow! Well done to one of our very talented pupils in Y6 - a remarkable canvas art shared with the class! A wonderful masterpiece!
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! 😀
As you all know, we are rather passionate about encouraging and supporting mental health and well-being at our school and that this year has been rather tough for lots of people.
With that in mind, I have a wonderful task for you!
Do you think you could help support other children in our school?
Could you discuss some top tips for children that are perhaps feeling a little de-motivated? Missing their families and friends? Struggling with not being at school? Missing out on their after-school activities?
I know you will all have some wonderful ideas and I would love it if you could share them and help someone else too 😊 check your Microsoft Teams assignments for further information.
Mrs Marsden x
In Computing Barkey class have been learning about spreadsheets and the formulas used to calculate costs. We are planning our own party and calculating how much this will cost using different formulas!
Keeping fit and active is not only good for us physically - but mentally too.
Mr Page has created some fun work out videos for you to use at home - hope you enjoy them!
For one of our Well-Being Wednesday activities we made some healthier option pizzas! Mrs Jones very kindly led a workshop to show us how to make the pizzas and we had some great discussions around making healthier choices.
Thank you, Mrs Jones - they were delicious!
Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in the Live Premier Education session today and completed some short exercises that get the heart racing!
Stanford Trust have kindly donated new laptops to the school to help support the pupils- we would like to say a huge thank you for their continued support, we really appreciate the new tech!! 👩💻
Year 6 pupils completed a quiz on internet safety- identifying the apps, agre restrictions on sites and games and also identifying whether articles are real or fake- excellent work
Juniper Class and Barley class collaborated to send messages and gifts to people in our community to let them know that we are thinking of them even though we may not see them in school.
Juniper class planted bulbs in December.
Barley Class designed and decorated the plant pots.
Juniper Class created pictures and wrote letters.
The gifts and cards are now being delivered.
As part of Well-being Week we watched a live session, led by Premier Education, on health and well being. This week we learnt about sugar and the daily intake we should have...🍏 🍌 🌽
Year 6 pupils in school watched a healthy eating session delivered by Premier Education all around healthy eating and food portions- we learnt so much!
We can’t wait to see your challenge ☺️ Remember to send to Teams
Amazing respond to our first Taskmaster challenge! Are you ready for this weeks?
Have you read any of Marcus Sedgwick's stories? They're magnificent! He has a wonderful imagination and a superb writing skill that engages the reader - here is one of his most popular novels, each chapter read by Marcus himself!
I hope that you enjoy it; keep me updated with how you are finding the story!
Mrs Smith, Mrs Jones and I have really enjoyed watching your Task Master videos! They're brilliant!
Stay tuned for this week's challenge...
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!
In our Oak National Academy music lesson today, we were exploring metre - it was trickier than we expected it to be!
Have you tried?
Mr Page has been leading some yoga sessions in Year 6 - he has also shared some useful websites and exercise ideas (including yoga!) to our remote learners.
We hope you have enjoyed your exercise sessions at home - send in some photographs to show us what you have been up to!
A huge well done to our behaviour and attendance winners this term! 100% attendance with 3 winners and 2 behaviour winners
In Year 6 we decided to create some 'Winter Wonderland' decorations and a table centrepiece for our Enterprise Project.
We looked at some existing design ideas for inspiration and then created six of our own designs. We chose our favourite two to create.
In order to decide on a price to sell our products, we conducted some market research to find out the price that we could reasonably sell these items, we then deducted the cost of materials and calculated our potential profit.
After carefully decorating the logs, we evaluated our designs - we are very proud! What do you think?
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Barley class have been learning about the importance of commas within sentences and how, if commas are not used correctly, they can change the meaning of the sentence. We had great fun reading these!
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?
Our DT project is to use complex circuits and switches - we had decided to make a vacuum cleaner!
Each team were given a battery, two wires, a motor and a piece of A4 card. As you can see, we had lots of fun making our fans blow ten bits of paper across the table - we will continue to work on this over the next few weeks, eventually building up to making a working handheld vacuum cleaner.
in Barley Class we have been finding out all about how the UK Parliamentary System works. We discussed the role of the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Monarchy and how they work alongside each other. We also learnt about how a petition or idea becomes law.
We looked at the Youth Parliament and how children's ideas and opinions are important in shaping our future. Here is the link to Find Out More.
These are the issues that we would like to get involved with and help to make a change for our future;
Pupils used a range of art techinique and skills to add the final touches to their Ancient Greek comedy and tragedy masks. The styles and colours used linked closely to the styles of the Nacient Greeks- Well done Barkey task for your artistic flare!
As part of Parliament week some pupils in Barley class had a virtual meeting with our local MP Martin Vickers. The questions they asked were generated by the whole class and then fed back to all pupils with a fantastic discussion about Parliament- well done Year 6!
Barley Class enjoyed their Reading Challenge Reward yesterday, well done to all of the children that read three times a week - keep it up!
Barley class continued with their tragedy mask project- this week we started to build the 3D effect of the mask using newspaper. We concentrated on the key features within our masks to ensure these elements stand out when we use the mod roc next week.
Barley Class were learning about digital footprint and understanding how and why people use their information and online presence to create a virtual image of themselves as a user. They completed a task which used a simulation of applicants to a college funded by the local premier league football team Halliwell FC. The college had used online searches to fill in the information that they can find to help them assess who should be offered a place. Barley class investigated which applicant would be the best for the football team, using the digital footprint they had on each person.
Reverend Stevens has retired recently and Barley class created a retirement card for him. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Stevens for all the services he has delivered over the years with Stanford School and the support he has also shown. We wish you a happy retirement!
Barley Class studied Ancient Greek Warfare and why the Ancient Greeks needed an army or navy. We looked at the Greek warfare and learnt about the different kinds of armour and weapons that were used, how we know about certain battles and what types of ships they used. We recreated the power in standing side by side like the Hoplites, with their shields held tightly across each other so that they were stronger against the enemy. This formation was called a Phalanx.
Barley Class discussed the dangers of chatting to strangers online. We watched a shot video about a girl named Lucy who spoke to a stranger online. Whilst watching we raised our 'DANGER' Paddles to show that there was a danger and she could have done something to change this. Following this we created our own video discussion on the dangers of the internet and how we can keep ourselves and others safe.
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!
As ever we are being resourceful and thinking about how we can adapt our lives and carry on regardless. Normally we would be performing in person but this year we celebrated this wonderful organisation virtually. We can’t sing but we can definitely sign to 'Dance Monkey'
We have been doing lots of times tables practice and games in our class. We use TT Rockstars and Hit the Button to help us answer times tables questions quickly. Our current TT Rockstars time to beat is 39 seconds and our highest Hit the Button score is 23 - keep up the good work Year 6!
Barley class were using the 2code system to use functions and understand why they are useful. They worked on a coding programme to organise the codes into tabs and and eliminate surplus codes.
We have been looking at identifying numbers up to ten millions in our maths lessons this week, today we were representing these numbers in different ways and identifying the value of each digit within the number - we love to challenge ourselves in Barley Class!
Nominations for our Head Pupils this year took place virtually on Friday. Year 6 pupils delivered amazing speeches to the whole school, via Microsoft teams! All the pupils who took part were incredible! Pupils voted in their classes, using a variety of voting techniques, including a ballot box. Results will be announced on Monday.
Today has been our first day of Year 6 PE - we had a great time!
Our unit this term is 'Athletics', today's PE session has been focused on the three areas of athletics; running, throwing and jumping.
It has been lovely to enjoy our outdoor area!
Our topic this term is Ancient Greece - we decided that on our Hook Day we wanted to explore traditional Ancient Greek pottery, foods, dance, music and geographical features.
We enjoyed tasting the new foods (olives had mixed reviews!), practising the Sirtaki dance, researching interesting and obscure Greek facts and creating our own Greek pottery - keep checking back to the blog as we will be completing them soon!