Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
RE contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
In RE they learn about religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, in order to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.
In our RE unit Remembering we have been looking at why different faiths have celebrations. They have them to celebrate people and remember special events. We have looked at different Islamic celebrations and have found similarities to those celebrated by Christians, as both remember Moses and Noah. We then looked in more detail about the celebration of Ramadan & Eid and found out that Eid is a lot like the Christian celebration of Christmas. Christians celebrate Christmas as God gave Jesus to the world. Muslims celebrate Ramadan & Eid as that is when they were given the Qur’an to guide them how to live their lives.
We were fortunate as some of our parents came to talk to the children about why Ramadan & Eid is important to them.
In Ramadan the Muslims fast so they can appreciate how lucky they are to have things such as food, they give money and food to others who are not as fortunate as them and they use this time to connect with Allah and their families. At the end of Ramadan they have Eid where they decorate their homes with tinsel and other decorations, they dress in their best clothes, have a feast, give presents and visit their families.
They brought a copy of the Qur’an so the children could see Arabic writing and how beautiful this book it. They also spoke about the Pillars of Islam and how they guide the Muslim people to try and live a better life. They also brought some Henna and showed the children how they decorate their hands for special celebrations. The children loved learning more about the Islamic faith and had lots of interesting questions to ask.
We enjoyed a wonderful Harvest Festival at St Margaret’s Church today. Well done to all the pupils for their songs and poems. Mr Stevens helped us remember how important saying ‘thank you’ for all the food we have. Thank you for all the donations for Harbour Place too.
Our Harvest Festival was a great success, with everyone joining in to sing songs and actions. Reverend 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.
Key Stage One went to St. Margaret's Church to celebrate the Harvest. They sang Harvest songs, presented Harvest gifts and looked at all the colourful fruit, vegetables, corn and flowers that were on display all around the beautiful church. Mr. Stevens told the children all about Harvest. They said prayers to thank God for the food they have to eat and they also reflected on how their Harvest gifts will help others
Following the story 'The Little Red Hen' and in preparation for our Harvest Festival we were inspired to make some bread.
Our hands and fingers were very busy kneading and rolling the dough. We looked at the ingredients needed and thought of lots of words to describe the dough including ‘squidgy’, ‘soft’ and ‘stretchy’ and how the bread changed once cooked.
Of course the best bit was eating our fresh bread and enjoying the delicious smell!
Sunflower Class visited St. Margaret's Church in Laceby. They enjoyed asking Mr. Stevens lots of questions about his job. They found out about different kinds of services and how people worship. They had great fun exploring the church.
Isabelle B.- I saw lots of stained glass windows.
Libby- I didn't know that the church is over 800 years old.
Jack- I sat on a pew . I found a teddy and a school badge inside the church.
Indianna- Mrs. Brady played the organ and we all sang the school song.
Lily W- I said 'Welcome to church' (from the top of the pulpit!)
Summer- I saw the font where babies get christened.
James- Mr. Stevens said he likes doing funerals because he can help people when they are feeling sad.
Jamie- Mr. Stevens put on a red robe.
Joshua- Mr. Stevens puts bread and wine on the altar and he gives it to people to remember Jesus.
Year 1 worked in groups and were asked to find out: Where can people worship?
They looked on the internet and found that people worship in different places.
Today we visited our local church and met Rev. Stevens, Mrs Moore, Mr Reed, Mr Anderson and Mr Sykes. Rev. Stevens talked to us about St Margaret’s church and that it is over 800 years old. We then searched for lots of different features such as stained glass windows, a cross, a candle and the lectern. Thank you to Mrs Brumfield and Mrs Wink who came to help us too. Can you talk to a grown up about even more things you you might see in a church?
This term our Higher Order questions focus on our 'Special place', perhaps where we like to relax, feel calm or have fun. We shared our views, explaining our answers too and listened to the thoughts of others.
In R.E. Poppy class have been learning about the Christian Creation Story.
We watched a video that showed lots of different parts of the natural world. We thought about how Christian’s believe that God created all of these.
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We spent time outside in our beautiful school grounds and thought about how lucky we are. We felt the wind against our cheeks and blowing through our hair. We laid on our backs and watched the clouds float gently by in the sky.
We spent time outside reflecting upon all of the wonderful things that Christian’s believe that God created.
If I had the power, then what would I create for the world?
Our answers were thoughtful and reflective. Here are just a few.
Louis said ‘He wished everyone in the world could have clean water to drink.’
Finley added ‘I wish everyone had a school that is as good as ours so that all of the children all around the world have the chance to learn.’
Joe, Betsy and Isabella all talked about the importance of a loving family and friends who would look out for them and always be around.
Zach wished ‘That everyone would have a job and be able to earn the money that they need to live a comfortable life.’
Millie thought that ‘If everyone washed their hands all of the time then maybe we could stop germs spreading and no one would ever be poorly again.’
Jacob hoped ‘That everyone in the world would have books so that they could learn and enjoy them.’
Awis talked to the class all about Eid. He was very happy and excited about this special time. He explained that Eid came after Ramadan and that often the family may receive special presents or treats.
Awis even received a special gift at school, which he was delighted with.
What a wonderful Founder’s Day – it is so special for the community to come together to celebrate Stanford School’s birthday! Thanks you to Mr Lingard and Mrs Brumfield for supporting the assembly in the morning and to Rev Pam for leading the Church service at St Margaret’s. Our pupils spoke about the special heritage of our school, their reflections of Stanford and their hopes for the future. We were so proud of the singing and viola group. The high tea was also beautiful with over 60 guests enjoying the day.
Well done to Seedlings and Key Stage 1 pupils – they took part in our Easter Bonnet Parade this morning and showed their creative and egg-citing designs. Thanks to all the parents/carers and friends of the school who came along to support us.
Everyone had a brilliant time at the Easter Discos – great dance moves, excellent behaviour and pupils enjoyed the refreshments. Thank you to everyone for their help. A great community event.
Today we made pancakes ahead of Pancake Day next week. We talked about why some people celebrate this day and that it is known a 'Shrove Tuesday'. What is your favourite pancake topping? What shall you 'give up' for Lent?
This week we have been celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the ‘Dog’. There have been lots of different activities including, listening to the Chinese Zodiac story and sequencing the animals, tasting Chinese food, serving customers in the Chinese restaurant and using chopsticks! Next, we learnt some Chinese words, sang songs, made and performed a dragon dance around school and wrote in Chinese too!
Our KS2 Carol Concert at St Margaret’s Church was beautiful – lovely singing, clear and loud readings of the Bible and wonderful performances from each class. Thank you to everyone who attended and to Mr Stevens for welcoming us. Merry Christmas.
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.
Year 5 and 6 Carol Concert at St Margaret’s Church was a beautiful community event – the pupils retold the Christmas story in word and song helping us remember the real meaning of this special time of year. Thank you to those who attended. Merry Christmas.
Mr Read led a special Advent Assembly in school and shared stories about the Christmas Rose and the Christmas Lantern. The pupils enjoyed listening to the stories and are looking forward to seeing our Christmas Rose grow. Many thanks Mr Read.
Mr Stevens came to Foundation and KS1 Christmas assembly.Children sang some songs from their nativity and Mr Stevens said a special prayer
Mr Stevens came for a visit.
He talked to us about the Christmas story. If you look really carefully you might be able to see Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
We shared a song from our Christmas Play ‘How life has changed’.
Anthony said “It was lovely when we all swayed along to the song. It made me feel calm and peaceful.”
Mr Stevens reminded us to think about people who may not be quite as lucky as us.
We gave Mr Stevens some Christmas cards and thanked him for coming.
Jacob said “It was fun when we sang we wish you a Merry Christmas.”
In English Star Anise Class have been discussing and debating if this quote from our book " Floodland" is true
"They're just people. They're not good or bad. It's just these are bad times and it makes people do bad things". said by a character from our book, who's name is William.
We have written a debate letter to a place in our book, Eels Island, we are writing as the main character, Zoe.
By James Marsden
We thought carefully about what peace is and how it makes us feel. We realised that we are very lucky as our lives are peaceful and free from conflict.
Connor said ‘Peace is when everything is calm and friendly.’
Lily added ‘We looked at peace symbols like a dove, a cross, white poppies. I used a a love heart and a cross when I created my peace pebble design.’
We were very proud of our completed pebbles as we had thought about the designs so carefully.
We invited Mrs Wink in to be part of our peace pebble ceremony.
We walked outside calmly and thought about how we were lucky to live in peace and perhaps how everyone could work together to create a peaceful world for everyone. As we placed our pebbles in our brand new peace garden we said words that we hoped the whole world could be.
Holly said ‘My word was respect.’
Finley said ‘My word was caring.’
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.
In Juniper Class we S all shared our poem Peace is around our 3/4 garden. As we said our line we placed our peace pebble around the edge. 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.
Peace is a feeling like love and no harm to anything that is alive or dead. Sophie
Peace is stroking my kitten or reading a book – calm, loved, loving, happy. Nour
Peace is harmony and happiness. It can’t be bought from a supermarket, you have to earn it. Keira
Peace is a feeling when you have friends that make you laugh, cheer you up, be kind, caring and share.
Peace is a feeling, feel it and believe in it always no matter what. Always believe in peace. Maddi
Peace is love and kindness so we have to be it to one another always. Auden
Peace is a harmony within the world. Freddie P
Peace is when you have friends that make you laugh, cheer you up, are kind, caring and share. Ewan
Peace is being a part of peace. You need to make a start and practise it. Olli
Peace is when everyone gets along and has fun. No wars. Lily J
Peace is love. Don’t fight. Make friends with enemies. Freddie G
Peace is when people are at one with each other. The power of love can conquer all. Peace will always win. Lucy
Peace is to me quiet and calm time alone with your thoughts. Isobel
Peace is light and love and dark is misery and hate. Always choose Peace. Daisylou
Peace means accepting, understanding, respecting all difference. Never be mean. Sam.
Peace is achieved by facing your enemies to solve problems. Emma D
Peace is a feeling you can’t buy. You must earn it. Lily MM
Peace is harmony. Its calm. It’s amazing. Don’t fight enemies. Be kind Ashton
Peace is when everyone gets along, no fighting and no nastiness. Lauren
Peace is quiet and calm. No fighting or arguing. Jacob
Peace is when you make a new best friend. Alfie H
Peace is calm and sharing. Scarlett
Peace is not in the air. You can’t just grab it. You need to earn it. Daisy B
Peace is love . Think of all the loved ones that died in the war. Holly W
Peace is harmony. Relaxing and enjoying. Mac
Peace is love and kindness. Grace
Peace is a feeling that is relaxing and being peaceful. Charlotte
Peace is harmony. Be friendly without enemies. Thomas
Peace is a feeling inside that makes you feel calm. Alfie D
Peace is a warm beach with waves splashing. Everyone smiling Evan
Peace is a quiet beach by myself in the sun. Cameron
Peace is harmony. A warm feeling and being balanced Emma J
Peace is something in your heart not what you can get from other people Rebecca
Peace is hugging my dog Roxy. AJ
Peace is the beach. Ashley
By Juniper Class
As part of a whole school project Seedlings class drew a peace symbol designs onto a white pebble. We laid the pebbles among the flowers whilst being quiet, peaceful and still. We shared thoughts of being peaceful and happy in our world, our homes and our school. Thank you to Mrs Brumfield and Mrs Wink who came along to support.
Sunflower Class designed a peace pebble. They thought carefully about their design. They transferred their design on to a white pebble and respectfully laid it in the Key Stage One Peace Garden. Prayers, thoughts and words of reflection were said to mark Remembrance Day.
Oliver H: I drew nice flowers because they make me feel peaceful.
Isabelle S: I chose stars for my peace pebble because I like to sit and watch the stars at night. It is relaxing.
Charlie: I drew a sunflower because it is calm and peaceful like our class.
In RE we have been considering what Peace means and how this can be achieved.
The children were asked to design a Peace Pebble as a positive symbol that could be placed in a Peace Garden.
On Remembrance Day we had a little ceremony where we placed our pebbles around our little garden. As each child placed their pebble they said the word they had chosen and we thought about how, if we remember and use these words, we can make the world a more peaceful and positive place to live in.
We have been exploring the concept of Peace during our RE lessons.
We shared our thoughts and ideas of what images we thought of when we think of peace. We used these to design our own peace pebble.
Today we reflected on what peace means by listening to a variety of famous quotes about peace. We then shared our own thoughts on what peace means.
We collaborated all our ideas to create a class poem which we will share in our Remembrance service tomorrow.
Barley class have been learning about the word peace and what they think this means to them. They created a peace pebble design using both symbols and words and phrases. These were then transferred onto a pebble.
Today we have been learning about Diwali. We listened to the story about ‘Rama and Sita’. There were lots of fun activities too including songs, making Rangoli patterns on the floor, Mehndi patterns, Diva lamps and Diwali cards!! Can you sing the song to a grown-up? Little lamps are burning bright, Burning bright, burning bright. Little lamps are burning bright. It's Diwali.