Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
We had some very excited Year 6 children arrive to the knitting club with their finished squares. I am so proud of them and the work they have done and by the look of their faces so are they!
Soon we will be teaching the year 5 children how to knit and hopefully we will have more squares to come.
Thank you for your kind donations of wool and size 8/4mm needles, as you can see they are being put to good use!
Barley, Star Anise and Poppy are collaborating together each Friday morning to share their reading books. We will be listening to each other read, sharing what we enjoy about the stories and also discussing key vocabulary and themes within the different stories.
This term, one of our Art objectives is to learn about 'Great artists in history'. We have been studying the self portraits of Frida Kahlo - a surrealist artist in the 1920s - 1950s.
Kahlo mainly painted portraits of herself and was inspired by nature, animals and Mexican artifacts. We have enjoyed learning about a new artist and also discussing how we all interpret her artwork differently.
This particular piece, 'Wounded Deer', generated some very mature and thought provoking ideas;
'It shows that humans and nature should be at peace with each other. The arrows represent the criticism that Kahlo received for going against gender stereotypes - they hurt her, but she still stood strong, like a majestic deer.'
'I think this piece shows that animals and humans are equal but people should not be hunting and hurting animals,'
Well done to the Year 6 team that were voted to have the best ROAR#2019 enterprise product - 'Inflatacozzy'.
Martyn, from Caistor Lions, came to watch the team's presentation and was very impressed! He presented the girls with their certificates and £10 book token.
Well done! You worked hard on your product and should be very proud!
Well done Year 6! You worked incredibly hard on your Winter Wreath project – completing market research, design ideas, calculating costs and profit and also creating lots of exciting Christmas games stalls! In total, Year 6 made £178.38 profit, which will be used for resources in the classroom.
Thank you for all of your support and we hope you enjoyed the Fayre as much as we did!
Seedlings children have enjoyed working with pupils from Barley class to show their maths skills. From reading, ordering and counting numbers to playing simple adding games it has been lots of fun.
At Stanford we have a Christmas tradition where each class makes a Christmas hoop to decorate the hall. Each year we have a different theme and this year it was ‘Winter Wonderland’. The children have worked very hard to make decorations to put on the hoops and they look fantastic….don’t you agree?
As the Year 4 children have loved learning to speak French so much, we decided to have a chance to practise our skills and open a French Café for the KS2 children to enjoy.
First we had to create a menu and add some useful phrases which would help the children to order food.
We had some French foods for the children to try – Brioche, Croissant and Baguettes with butter, cheese or jam and orange or blackcurrant to drink. Then we got our classroom ready for our clients by arranging the tables, putting on table cloths and decorating the tables with candles and decorative stones. With a bit of French music to create a cosmopolitan atmosphere we were ready for business!!
Each client was served by their own personal waiter who greeted them, guided them to their table and took their orders.
The Year 4 children were very busy taking orders, serving food and then washing up afterwards. The atmosphere was great, the children had fun practising their French and it allowed the children a chance to try different foods.
Our clients gave us lots of positive comments:-
“I thought it was lots of fun”
“I thought it was exciting to have my own personal waiter”
“The waiters were lovely and the food was great”
“I likes the restaurant because it had table cloths and decorations”
“I loved trying new foods and the role play”
“The menus were very helpful as they had pictures to help”
“Great service and loved the atmosphere”
“Year 4 tried really hard with speaking French. It was lots of fun”
“I liked having the chance to speak French and I was praised for speaking back to the waiters in French”
The Year 4 children enjoyed the experience too:-
“I felt like an actual waiter”
“I liked having more experience speaking French”
“I liked serving people”
“I liked eating the food at the end”
By the time the children had served the other Key Stage 2 classes, done 3 lots of washing up and cleared away they were exhausted…….but they weren’t so tired that they couldn’t finish off the rest of the food!! It was a lovely morning.
Year 6 have taken part in the 7 Billion Ideas Enterprise Project this term. Children worked in small groups to design a new product, create a poster, jingle and PowerPoint to present to the school in an assembly. The Year 6 children worked incredibly hard on this project and were very enthusiastic and professional during their presentations. Well Done!
After the assembly, each child in the school voted for their favourite idea.
A huge congratulations to the winning team - Inflata Cozzy!
Further details about the final will be revealed soon!
The children in their individual classes have been thinking about Remembrance day, what it means and why we wear poppies. Today we joined collectively for our Remembrance assembly to observe 2 minutes silence thinking about those who have sacrificed their lives for others during times of war. After this some Year 6 children shared poems they have written about the wars.
Our Science topic this term is electricity.
We conducted a scientific investigation and asked ourselves the following questions;
Can I compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches?
Can I use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram?
Can I plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary?
Can I take measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate?
Can I use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests?
In Year 6 we look forward to our Friday afternoon Golden Time as a reward for working so hard all week! This term we have enjoyed playing team games - particularly the parachute game and Just Dance. It is a fun way to develop our social and team building skills, as well as Pupil Voice to pick what the activity will be each week.
In Year 6 we take part in the TT Rockstars challenge every day - our aim is to complete the 60 question times table challenge in under one minute! The hard work is paying off - our class average score is currently one minute and thirty seven seconds!
Keep practising at home ttrockstars.com
Congratulations to two Year 6 pupils for winning a top three prize in the Humberside Police Lifestyle Project! The two boys (with a little help from their family) went out into the local community worked on improving the scout hut notice board, gardening and developing a small allotment area for the local community. Well done!
There were spooky spiders, ghoulish ghosts and perfect pumpkins at our Halloween activity event after school.
L.B "I made a ghost with a scary face."
A.D "I liked making a mummy with white strips. I did it by myself."
E.W "I made a spider, I had to twist its legs."
A.V "I enjoyed the hotdog."
As today was World Mental Health Day the children have been thinking about how we can promote positive mental health and what we can do to help us to control our emotions if we are experiencing negative emotions.
In Year 1 they looked at a book called Little Beauty where a gorilla goes through different emotions. The children talked about the different emotions and thought about whether the gorilla had done the right thing to help himself. In
Year 2 the children coloured in hearts and then thought about what they could do if they wanted to feel calm.
Our Harvest Festival was a joyful celebration introduced by our head boy and girl and Star anise class performed a poem. Rev. Philip Stevens came to say a prayer and give thanks for the food at harvest time. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our celebration, the donations of food will be sent to the homeless charity, Harbour Place.
Our Autumn Term topic is 'Ancient Greece', for our Hook Day we dressed up in Greek outfits, tried some traditionally Greek food (the olives had mixed reviews!) and took part in some Greek dancing. We will be finding out about the culture, settlements and democracy of Ancient Greece, as well as developing an understanding of the impact that Ancient Greece has had on the modern world.
We shall update the class blog as we find out more!
This week in Year 6 we had Sam from '7 Billion Ideas' invite us to join in with this years competition. We will be working in groups to generate potentially life changing inventions! Year 6 are very excited about creating presentations, prototypes, posters and jingles for their ideas. We shall post updates on our class and SMSC blog as we continue work on the project.
To find out more, please visit the website https://www.7billionideas.com/education/uk-schools.