Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
The children in year 5 and 6 displayed a lot of maturity last week, when the school nurses made a visit. The nurses discussed with the children the many changes that their minds and bodies will go through as they grow up. The children made sensible contributions to discussions and showed a mature attitude throughout.
In Barley class we have begun our learning based around a novel called Floodland, by the author Marcus Sedgwick. We have read the first chapter of this book so far and have engaged with some of the initial themes by exploring the use of watercolour to create some artwork. We look forward to updating the display with some writing very soon.
The children in Barley class produced some outstanding work recently, showing their knowledge of an historical event – the execution of Anne Boleyn (linked to their learning about the Tudor’s). Children were challenged to write in the style of a newspaper journalist and we were very impressed with the writing they produced.
In Barley class, we have started to learn about the different parts of the circulatory system and how it functions. We have begun by focussing on the heart and the children enjoyed learning about how the valves of the heart work to pump both oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood. The morning’s work culminated in some fantastic scientific diagrams of the heart.
Year 6 completed some fabulous cross-curricular work recently, where they were able to display their new-found knowledge about a part of South America. We focussed on Brazil and the children used sources to research many different aspects of human and physical geography of the area. They then applied their knowledge of persuasive and informative writing to present their findings in a meaningful and interesting way.
So pleased we have monitors who give up their time at breaks – two busy Year 6 boys helping organise our recycled tyre raised beds!
Another interactive and informative assembly at Stanford.
Our guests gave the children of Stanford a very important message with lots of ‘Top Tips’ and important safety information. Learning about water safety and what we can do to stay safe.
Moving someone into the recovery position.
Laying down flat on the river bank or side of the swimming pool so that we don’t get pulled into the water.
We looked at how many accidents happen in different bodies of water and voted by sitting or standing to predict which place was more or less dangerous.
Look out for your certificate and information sheet and discuss it together as a family.
Have a fantastic and safe summer.
We were fortunate enough to have James Kirton visit our school to lead a sponsored circuit training event and an inspirational assembly. James is an Olympic swimmer who represented GB in the Beijing Olympics. As you can see from the photographs, we all had a fantastic time and felt truly inspired listening to James’ assembly about overcoming injury and never giving up on your dreams. Thank you ‘Sports for Schools’ and to James for the amazing event!
Pupils in Year 5 and 6 had a fantastic three days in York on our annual residential trip! It was a jam-packed full three days visiting: Eden Camp, Jorvik Centre, Dig, River Cruise, The Minster, The chocolate story, National Railway Museum and York Dungeons! All pupils had an amazing time and thourougly enjoyed all the experiences!
Pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 worked together to create delicious bread buns. We have perfected the basic bread recipe and will now research and experiment different ingredients to add.
We certainly enjoyed eating our bread and Charlie was relieved to see we were eating it with 'proper' butter!
Children in Star Anise and Barley over the last two days have enjoyed baking biscuits ( and eating them} painting tyres and decorating them, ready to plant herbs and strawberries as part of outdoor learning. Making clay Tudor Roses and learning about graffiti art.
Barley and Star Anuse are having a great time at York!! So far we’ve been to Eden Camp, Jorvik Centre and Dig
Barley class are all ready and prepared for their SATs next week! They have worked extremely hard this year and we are very proud of what they have achieved so far! They were given a small gift to help them relax and some ‘very important homework’ for the weekend. Well done Barley Class, you can do this!
We had some fantastic entries in this year's Easter Egg Competition! Our winners were:
3rd Place- Joseph with Egg and Cress Barber Shop
2nd Place- Evie with Eggy Potter and the goblet of fire
1st Place- Space Eggsploration
Well done to the winners and everyone that took part! Fantastic designs and creativity!
Premier Sports came in to deliver our second Intra School competition- Dodgeball! We worked in our house teams to score as many points, for our team in 30 minutes! We really enjoyed the competition and working against each other to get the highest score!
As part of our continuous drive to raise awareness of diversity at Stanford, we held an assembly to support World Down Syndrome Day.
We enjoyed this video clip of some children singing with their parents.
They are singing alongside using Makaton, we had a try at following the Makaton signs too.
We learned that Makaton is sometimes used to help people with Down Syndrome to develop their communication skills alongside their development of speech.
At Stanford we believe that this image illustrates our attitude to diversity very well.
One pupil was already supporting World Down Syndrome Day by wearing a pair of odd socks in recognition.
As part of Science week undertook an investigation to find the most suitable material to use for water sports. We used scientific language such as permeable and non permeable to explain our findings. We set up a control that was both non permeable and permeable: sponge, bubble wrap, dish cloth, J cloth, super sponge, micro fibre cloth and rubber. We tied our material to a container (100ml water) then inverted it over a funnel, fixed to a measuring cylinder. We inverted our containers at the same time and measured the liquid every 15 minutes. We had some very interesting results and some brilliant conclusions!
Barley class went on a treasure hunt to find a variety of Maths questions that were linked with finding the area of triangles and parallelograms. They were given a time limit to work together as a team to find and then calculate the answers... it was a great afternoon!
Barley Class celebrated World Book by transforming a plain white bag into an exciting bag showing our favourite books! There was a range of books that were our favourite, from David Walliams and Alex Rider to Jaqueline Wilson and of course Harry Potter! We then joined with Pumpkin class to share our favourite books and share the stories with them.
Our School Nurses came in to talk to Star Anise and Barley class about Mental Health. We discussed being mentally healthy and how keeping active and healthy will help keep our minds well.
We learnt the 5 different things to keep our mind well:
Barley Class planned an investigation to see what happened to an opaque objects shadow, the closer it was to a light source. Also what happened to the shadow the further away the opaque object was from the light source.
Premier Sports came in to deliver our first ever Intra School Archery competition! We worked in our house teams to score as many points, by hitting the target, for our team in 30 minutes! We really enjoyed the competition and working against each other to get the highest score!
Well done to Stanford house who managed to score a tremendous 562 points across the different year groups!
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!".
As part of our theme- learning about our local heritage, we visited the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby.
Throughout the day we toured the museum, selecting which job we wanted to undertake on the fishing boat, learnt about the history of fishing and the fishing industry and even experienced what it would be like to work on the fishing boat. Did you know from the age of 14 you could work on the fishing boat?
We were also very lucky to be able to tour the very famous Ross Tiger Boat. It was amazing to see the ship and how it worked in the fishing industry. Our tour guides were men who had worked on the Ross Tiger so we were able to ask them lots of questions throughout the day!
We will be following our visit up by writing a recount of our brilliant class trip!
Today we have all been learning about how to be safe on the internet and most importantly to be SMART
PCSO Marc Ireland came into school and lead an assembly about being SMART, social media and the sites that we should be very careful of using. It is really important that we take care when using the internet and it is used sensibly and responsibly.
Carl Wheatley from Radio Humberside visited school to speak with the pupils about all the exciting learning that goes on at Stanford. As always, the pupils did us proud and were very articulate, as you can hear in the radio broadcast:
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."
Barley class worked hard to prepare sausage rolls, place mats and perform a poem for the Community High Tea event. Working in small groups they made sausage rolls and created place mats based on our theme- The Fishing Industry. During the event, we performed the poem by Abbie Brown- The Fisherman
The fisherman goes out at dawn
When every one's abed,
And from the bottom of the sea
Draws up his daily bread.
His life is strange ; half on the shore
And half upon the sea -
Not quite a fish, and yet not quite
The same as you and me.
The fisherman has curious eyes ;
They make you feel so queer,
As if they had seen many things
Of wonder and of fear.
They're like the sea on foggy days, -
Not gray, nor yet quite blue ;
They 're like the wondrous tales he tells
Not quite - yet maybe - true.
He knows so much of boats and tides,
Of winds and clouds and sky !
But when I tell of city things,
He sniffs and shuts one eye !
Mrs Brady worked with Barley class to learn about musical notation. They identified and named different kinds of notes- from crotchet, minim and semibreve and learnt their notational value. They also learnt about the stave and played a scale on the glockenspiel. We all learnt so much!
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!