Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
At Stanford we believe that English skills are central to the development of all learning.
Mastery over language empowers children to communicate (both verbally and in the written form) effectively and creatively, allowing them engagement with the world at large. The ability to read widely, think critically, and communicate effectively are essential skills that underpin all learning.
Secure literacy skills give pupils the opportunity to contribute to the development of a successful life, where they can appreciate, enjoy, understand, evaluate, discuss and make informed choices and decisions.
We are passionate about promoting the love of language through the spoken and written word encouraging pupils by creating a stimulating learning environment within which all students can learn to read widely, think critically, and communicate effectively. We aim to provide engaging real life learning opportunities to practice their skills and real contexts for learning.
There has been a huge shift in the past few year in how we teach reading in UK schools. This is having a big impact and helping many children learn to read and spell.
Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read.
Children are taught to read by breaking down words into separate sounds or ‘phonemes’. They are then taught how to blend these sounds together to read the whole word.
In Foundation and Key Stage 1 we teach phonics using the "Read Write Inc programme". Read our Parents Guide to find out more.
This is an award-winning free website packed with expert advice, top tips, eBooks and activities to help you support your child's reading and maths at home.
The free area of the PhonicsPlay website is filled with free interactive games, phonics planning, assessment ideas and printable resources. There is lots of advice to support parents in helping their children learn to read.
This BBC Schools website has Phonics games and printable resources to boost reading of high frequency words and practise your sounds.
The CBeebies ALPHABLOCKS has a great site where your children can play games and watch short video clips - all with phonics as the focus.
Our Foundation and Key Stage One home reading system has had a revamp. Outdated, tatty reading material have been replaced by new decode-able fiction and non fiction. The old books haven't gone to waste however... instead we have donated them to charity. They will support reading in schools in Africa.
Hope you and your child enjoy the new books.
Download our Reading Together booklet.
We researched information about the workhouse. We wondered what the food tasted like so we sampled some gruel and broth. Also we shared an extract from "Street Child" which described Jim Jarvis being sent to the workhouse and the conditions there. These are helping to inspire us to create diary entries that describe a day in the life of a child in the Workhouse.
Barley class worked together to revise key Grammar terms. We did this in a variety of ways. First we had a Grammar treasure hunt, in small groups, to find and answer key questions. We were timed which made it fun! The other activity we completed was identifying the grammar terms within a given paragraph. Pupils worked in small teams to identify these using a variety of colours and keys.
Take a look at the wonderful Flashback writing display that has been created by Barley Class! All their wonderful writing skills are on display to showcase the fantastic, high quality writing in Year 6!
As part of our reading focus this term not only have we been challenged to read at least three times but we wanted to find out about reading from adults in our community. We asked Reverend Stevens and Mel Robson from our local Family Hub. Here are their responses.
What is your favourite book/author?
Wind in the willows by Kenneth Grahame is my favourite childhood story. I still have a fascination for rivers and the wildlife around the riverbanks and like nothing better than hiring a rowing boat and messing about on the river.
What do I have to read to carry out my job?
I read my calendar on my computer and other messaged to find out what I am doing. I read telephone numbers and family addresses. I read the internet to find new ideas for planning activities with children and I read catalogues to find new things for the children to play with.
I read and write daily reports on every child to find out how they are getting on. Weekly I read team meeting minutes to find out what everyone else has been doing.
What is your favourite childhood book/author?
I remember listening to my dad read ‘The Hobbit’. My favourite book now that I like to read is the Russian book ‘Anna Karenina'. It took me a long time to learn to read. I read words first then when I was older I started to enjoy reading books.
How do you use reading as part of your job?
I read stories from the Bible every day to find out what God is like and how Jesus taught us. I read hymns and words that we sing. I write preaches in church or assemblies and read it.
They emailed their questions to Mr. Callan. Mr. Callan is a Secondary School Science Teacher, a Church Minister and a Musician.
When you were five, what stories did you like?
I liked Mr. Men. My favourites were Mr. Bump and Mr. Uppity. Also Mr. Snow, he was nice because he reminded me of Christmas.
What kind of things do you read when you are at school?
I read Science books at school, children’s work and information on the internet.
Can you read music notes?
Yes, I can play a church organ. I began learning when I was seven. I also sang in a Cathedral choir.
Do you enjoy reading?
Yes, I like to read the news and know what’s going on in the world every day. I have two little nephews and I love to read bedtime stories to them.
Do you get much time to look at books?
Yes, particularly when I’m on holiday and then I have time to relax and enjoy a good book.
How did you learn to read?
I had reading books and I read every night to my parents.
Are you a good reader?
I have to be a good reader to be a teacher. I spend evenings marking school books and reading all the children’s work. When I’m in church I have to be able to read tricky words in the Bible.
What do you read when you are in church?
I read the New Testament in the Bible. I read the Gospel’s of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They tell you all about Jesus and how he helped people.
Seedlings had great fun on ‘World Book Day’ dressing up as their favourite story characters. There was Batman and Harry Potter, Little Red Riding Hood the Singing Mermaid and even a new teacher for the day called Miss. Poppins! Lots of paired reading took place, before joining together to learn a new song and share our costumes in assembly.
Today it was fabulous to see that all the children had taken on a character from one of their favourite books. The children introduced their character to the rest of the class. Their costumes were amazing as were the props and accessories that they had. Each child brought their book in and we shared the stories. They could all tell everyone about their favourite thing their character did in the book.
What an exciting day we've had.
All of the children and staff enjoyed themselves thoroughly on World Book Day.
Do you recognise any of the characters?
Poppy class would like to thank their families for their support and hard work creating these outstanding costumes. Miss Whiting and Miss Peck were simply overwhelmed!
The whole class used their design technology skills to create some magnificent design sheets that explained how their costumes were created. Miss Whiting covered up all of the names and then gave Miss Peck the tricky task of choosing four winners. Miss Peck really struggled as all of the competition entries were exceptional.
We created book marks for our friends.
Has anyone spotted Wenda?
Star Anise class had a wonderful World Book Day on the 2nd March. We all came dressed as a character from our favourite book.
Our four winners of the character study writing competition are Mia , Abigail , Thomas and Isobel. Well done everyone who took part.
We have enjoyed taking part in World book day. The costumes were fantastic with all the class getting into their character's role. We have shared our favourite books and characters and really enjoyed the day.
The sorting hat started the fun.
Even the teachers got involved.
Reading by candlelight was quite magical.
Quiz booklets at the ready we thought very carefully.
There were witches and wizards everywhere!
Star Anises home readers for last week, we managed to achieve 88%. Lets see if we can achieve even better results this week.
Well done to the Seedlings children who have read at least three times or more this week. They are very proud of their reading sticker. Keep up the amazing reading!!
Visiting author Virginia McLean shared her book ‘Journey to the Beginning of the World’ with Mustard and Barley. The pupils developed their deeper thinking skills and posed thoughtful philosophical questions. Many thanks to Virginia for visiting our school. Many pupils enjoyed receiving signed copies!
Lucy and Jessica both won the reading challenge and received a lovely Roald Dahl book.
Sunflower class won the challenge and received a huge collection of Roald Dahl books.
This term Seedlings and Sunflower classes have joined together to share some traditional stories with each other. Children explored the characters in the ‘Three Little Pigs’, ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and acted out their favourite part. Finally, we chose one story to retell to our partner.
“I like the scary stories. I liked it when the lady put the boy in the cage.” Taylor (F)
“The bricks were too strong for the wolf to blow down.” Lacey (Y1)
“I thought the stories had a good ending because the bad character got caught!” Finlay (Y1)
“It was nice to make new friends with children from Sunflower Class.” Neve (F)
“We could share our ideas with each other which made the story better.” Awis (Y1)
“I liked acting out the stories and being a 'scary' wolf. I blew the houses down!” Oliver. R (F)
We celebrated Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday with a gloriumptious evening of hopscotchy fun and frolics.
Armed with our golden tickets, we had party bags to fill.
Armed with our golden tickets, we had party bags to fill.
I wonder if they will be seen around school?
Emma looking pretty pleased with her Dream Jar.
Owyn is certainly a big friendly giant!
We made tiny snacks so that when we ate them we really did feel like huge giants!
BFG colouring looks like fun.
Mrs Amos helping to create a giant …
Making seagulls carefully, so that they can fly the giant peach to safety.
We made peach parachutes and peach crash helmets. We investigated different materials to see which were the best.
There were some unusual characters in school today!
Lucy thinks that lickable wallpaper is very unusual!
It looks like James has been using ‘hug-tightglue’.
Mr Twit Beards
Such unusual ingredients.
I not sure that Mr Hawkins enjoyed his outrageous concoction!
Some people even found time to enjoy a good book.
A fantabulous evening was had by all.
Are you inspired to read a Roald Dahl book?
Today in Seedlings Class, we have been learning about a famous author who was born 100 years ago called ‘Roald Dahl’. We focused on the stories ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’, ‘The Twits’ and ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ which were quite funny. We made chocolate crispy cakes from Charlie’s chocolate factory. Then used collage materials to make funny ‘Mr and Mrs Twit’ faces. Finally we explored the gloop and jelly to represent some things George might add to his Grandma’s medicine!!