Stanford Junior and Infant School
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The Curriculum at Stanford Junior & Infant School
The Intent, implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – English.
At Stanford Junior and Infant School, English and the teaching of English is the foundation of our curriculum. Our main aim is to ensure every single child becomes literate and progresses in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
We feel it is vital to highlight and be aware of the differing groups of learners and vulnerable children in their classes. Once this information is acquired, teachers can plan and teach personalised English lessons which focus on the particular needs of each child. We recognise that each child has their own starting point upon entry to every year group and progress is measured in line with these starting points to ensure every child can celebrate success.
We believe that English at Stanford should not only be a daily discrete lesson, but is at the cornerstone of the entire curriculum. It is embedded within all our lessons and we will strive for a high level of English for all. Through using high-quality texts, immersing children in vocabulary rich learning environments and ensuring new curriculum expectations and the progression of skills are met, the children at Stanford will be exposed to a language heavy, creative and continuous English curriculum which will not only enable them to become literate but will also develop a love of reading, creative writing and purposeful speaking and listening.
At Stanford, our vision is for creativity to be at the helm of our English curriculum and for children to learn new skills in a fun and engaging way.
With these aims in mind, a timetable has been established that ensures a discrete lesson for teaching reading and reading comprehension is incorporated into each day for all years from Foundation to Year 6. This ensures that reading is explicitly taught every day and that all children have access to excellent reading techniques. All vulnerable groups are highlighted and support staff used to support these groups further to ensure progression and specific year group skills are secure. Resources to support and enhance these lessons (such as Cracking Comprehension Grammarsaurus) are used so that all staff feel proficient and skilled in delivering these sessions effectively. Children are not only learning comprehension skills but also independence, a love of wider reading and experiencing an exposure to rich vocabulary, which is key in all sessions for all learners.
Reading is celebrated in classrooms and around school, you will find displays which celebrate authors, children’s favourite books and reading reward schemes. In addition, throughout the school year the importance of reading is enhanced through World Book Day, author and poet visits, parent reading workshops and a range of trips and visits which enrich and complement children’s learning.
We believe that consistent and well-taught English is the foundation of a valuable education, and so at Stanford we ensure that the teaching of writing is purposeful, robust and shows clear progression for all children. In line with the new national curriculum, we ensure that each year group is taught the explicit grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives required for their age group. These are again timetabled into discreet spelling and grammar lessons as well as teachers giving pupils a range of opportunities to embed their skills through English lessons and cross-curricular writing opportunities thus exposing children to a variety of genres. Writing is often taught, through the use of a quality text. This text is purposefully selected in order to expose the children to inference, high-level vocabulary, a range of punctuation and characterisation, also giving the children different high quality opportunities for real writing tasks as well as to promote a love of reading and engagement for all children.
The assessment of writing is fluid. All year groups use the same format for assessing writing which have been produced in line with the end of Key Stage assessment frameworks as published by the Department for Education.
The impact on our children is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills. With the high quality discreet and embedded English teaching taking place at Stanford, our children are becoming confident readers and writers. Their enthusiasm for both are evident throughout the curriculum and standards are continually improving. Writing across the curriculum at Stanford is important and shows progression, a high standard of applied skills and is beautifully presented with pride by our pupils. We hope that as our children move on from us to further their education and learning, that their creativity; passion for English and high aspirations travel with them and continue to grow and develop as they do.
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Year 1s and Reception children have been using their new story shelves to make stories and write their own books this week.
Miss Perrin showed us a treasure chest with a map over it an postcards from around the world, We were told it belonged to someone called Edward Tulane and we had to guess what he looked like..... and he's a toy bunny. We brought our favourite cuddlies from home and compared them to Edward. Edward looked pristine and white and is very condescending whereas our toys looked played with and extremely loved.
We wondered if Edward will look as pristine and immaculate by the end of his miraculous journey?
The children have been working collaborative poetry. First they listened to a documentary to hear some wonderful vocabulary then they worked in pairs to put their ideas together to create these marvellous poems. Here are a few examples of their work
We decided to make the most of the sun and sit on the decking reading to a partner. It was lovely to just enjoy each other’s company, the sun and a obviously a good book.
As a part of our English & geography curriculum we are looking at the rainforest, the impacts of deforestation and the book ‘The Great Kapok Tree’.
We looked at a poem called ‘For Forest’ written by Grace Nichols and we arranged our own performance of this with some children reciting the poem and others adding sound effects. We hope you enjoy it.
As a way of developing the vocabulary used within our writing the children became ‘vocabulary detectives’ today. We listened to a documentary about the rainforests and the children were given the task to take notes of any adventurous vocabulary used. After that we used dictionaries to look up the meaning of some of the fabulous words which were used. We gave the award of vocabulary detective of the week to the child who managed to find the most powerful vocabulary. Well done!
In Pumpkin Class today we are preparing to write poems. We have read a story about seasons changing and how different the same place can look in the Winter and in the Summer. We have worked in pairs today to come up with some really good vocabulary to use in our poems. We can’t wait to share them with you but for now here’s our work in progress:
‘beautiful, fluttering butterflies’; ‘crisp frozen lake’; ‘bright dazzling sun’; ‘trees as still as statues’; ‘bare and bony trees’; ‘spiders spinning webs’; ‘rabbits hopping playfully’.
In Pumpkin class we have all been giving our fingers a workout! Our new Funky Fingers activity case is great! The activities help to strengthen our finger muscles and to develop our fine motor skills. Take a look:
We enjoyed dressing up as a story character and sharing our favourite books for World Book Day. Children also created their own puppet theatre and entered various competitions too. We celebrated the day with fun and a love for books, stories and laughter...
Can I talk about why I enjoyed about World Book Day?
C.P. - "I brought my favourite book to school."
J.M and A.B. - "We liked it because we could dress up."
T.T. - "I enjoyed painting the theatre."
A.T. - "We had fun listening to 'What the Ladybird Heard' story and colouring the characters for the theatre."
H.F. "I made a story character with my toilet roll and showed the class."
The Year 1 children enjoyed making their own theatre and puppets. They loved telling the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson.
‘I loved the story because I love animals.’
‘It’s fun making puppets.’
‘I didn’t know you could make a theatre out of a cardboard box.’
’I liked telling the story and using all the puppets on sticks.’
‘I would like to make my own theatre at home now.’
An amazing and creative array of characters and postcards. Congratulations and well done everyone.
The Sunflowers enjoyed dressing up as their favourite story characters today. Which ones can you recognise?
Look at all these wonderful story book characters and postcards! The Sunflowers have all worked very hard. A big thank you to everyone who entered the competition.
Children both at home and at school have been celebrating World Book Day. We have had lots of fun activities today like our toilet roll character competition, an ‘Author and Illustrator’ masterclass by Henry White and Humza Arshad and we have taken part in a design a book token & a David Walliams draw a book character competition. The children have been really excited to dress up as their favourite book characters, some of them even matched their toilet roll characters. Don’t they look great?
Here is a presentation showing the entries from Poppy Class
On World Book Day we all shared our favourite books and looked at the authors ‘Jonny Duddle’. He wrote the ‘Giganotosaurus’ books and this relates to our topic this term. We all loved making dinosaur drawings and researching different facts about them and we also loved making our own dinosaurs up to fill our own ‘Dino- Spot’ book and having them named after our names.
Barley Year 6: Pupils have been learning about formal and informal language- we have been linking this with our English short film called The Lighthouse.
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!
Poppy class have done really well with the reading challenges each week. There have been many weeks where our class has had the highest percentage of readers in the school!
Most of the class managed to pass the reading challenge and chose to play Bingo as their reward. It was a very exciting game with a lot of the children only needing a few numbers to win. Miss Perrin did get a little carried away with giving out prizes so there were many very happy players.
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!
As part of their English learning, Year 2 children have been practising their spelling using letter tiles to make high scoring words. Can you spot the highest scoring word?
We all enjoyed our reading reward today to celebrate the fantastic home reading we have achieved. Seedlings listened to the story 'The Gingerbread Man', decorated a gingerbread man and enjoyed a tasty ginger biscuit.
To celebrate their wonderful home reading, Sunflower Class enjoyed listening to the story of The Gingerbread Man, making a felt gingerbread man decoration and eating a ginger biscuit. Well done everyone for reading three times or more at home each week!
Pumpkin class really enjoyed their reading celebration on Wednesday this week. We wanted to do craft activities so we made dragon bookmarks and tiny dragon pets. We loved using felt, sequins, glue and all things sticky! Here are some photos.
Juniper class love reading. We really enjoyed our treat in the hub relaxing and sharing stories. The juice and biscuits were a yummy treat too.
Today the children who have passed the reading reward challenge were allowed to have a little treat for their continuous reading at home. The children chose to play games.
First we played Bingo which got the children really excited, we had a drink & a biscuit and then we played ‘Flap the fish’ where the children raced fish across the finishing line.
We had lots of fun!!
Star Anise enjoyed juice and biscuits, while they made Halloween crafts and listened to their favourite music.
Barley Class enjoyed their Reading Challenge Reward yesterday, well done to all of the children that read three times a week - keep it up!
In ‘The Street Child’ Jim Jarvis and his family are living in a tiny room in the slums. Their mum is very sick and cannot work. Jim spends their last shilling on a pie so they can eat. The next morning their evil landlord arrives demanding his rent……. and the drama unfolds!
Mr Spink arrives and wakes the sleeping family.
The children try and protect their mum as Mr Spink asks “Is she dead?”
Mr Spink notices the pie crumbs and demands “Have you eaten pie?”
He demands to see their purse and asks “Where is your money?”
He points to the door and says “No money, no rent…….no rent no room!” and tells the children to leave.
Mr Spink leaves with the family in tears.
The Year 1 and Foundation children had great fun acting out the story together. It was hard work pulling up that huge turnip! Mrs. Christie made a great mouse!
Green Bubble made their own poems about underwater creatures.
We are so proud of our work.
As part of our work about under the sea, Green Bubble have been building words and using the words to label our pictures of the underwater world.
Seedlings had great fun on ‘World Book Day’ dressing up as their favourite story characters. There was The The Hungry Caterpillar Butterfly, The BFG, Alice in Wonderland, a Wolf and even a new teacher for the day called Miss. Poppins! Lots of paired reading took place too before joining together to share our costumes and announce the book in a box winners in assembly.
The Sunflowers enjoyed a great day of stories, book sharing and fun activities to celebrate this year's World Book Day.
O- I've had a nice book day because I love reading. My favourite book is 'Avengers.'
M- I love World Book Day because I like to see everyone dressed up. I was Dorothy from 'The Wizard of Oz.'
G- I like dressing up and my friend was the golden ticket from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.'
M- I brought a book about Elsa and enjoyed learning about the story 'Little Red Riding Hood' with Mrs. Brady.
C- I made a 'Going on a Bear Hunt' map with children from other classes.
L-Miss Wilson read a story about elephants and we drew a cake.
Sunflowers did some wonderful home learning too and made some fantastic book in a box models.
Today some of Seedlings and Pumpkin children worked together for the day with Mrs Smith.
Our whole day was about our favourite books. In Maths we made pictograms and tally charts showing the most popular book we’ve read this year.
In English we wrote about our favourite books and shared our fabulous reading together.
In art we read FUNNYBONES by Janet and Allen Ahlberg, then made skeletons out of many different pasta shapes.
What a great day we had!
Our class story this term is ‘Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister. It is about a fish who doesn’t want to share his shiny scales with the other fish. Here are some suggestions why we would recommend this book to others.
W.C – “This story is good to read because, when Rainbow Fish shares his scales at the end of the story it makes everyone feel happy.”
MH – “Rainbow Fish went to the deep, dark cave to see the wise Octopus. Octopus helped Rainbow Fish to do the right thing.”
E.E – “We lent about what happens when you don’t share – you don’t have friends.”
C.M “Little blue fish asked nicely and said ‘please’.”
H.W “The shiny scales shimmer on the page in the book.”
We have combined our learning skills this week to make Florence Nightingale’s lamp.
In History we have learnt about the work Florence did in the past and how nursing changed because of her.
In Design Technology we have used skills to join materials to make her lamp.
In English we are writing diaries in character as Florence – watch out for these – we will be publishing them very soon.
The Sunflowers really enjoyed their visit to Laceby Library.
W- We got to look at different books.
L- I liked exploring all the areas.
J- Mrs. Wink told us all about the library.
O- I found some books that were funny.
A- I was relaxing and reading at the same time.
M- The cakes and juice made it like a party.
J- I want to bring my mummy to see the library. Keep enjoying your reading and try to continue to read 3 times or more each week at home!
This year to celebrate World Book Day at Stanford we would love the children to:
We are really looking forward to celebrating books and the joy in sharing a story.
Click on the buttons below to see some brilliant books.
Also there are two excellent videos for parents about the benefits of sharing stories with children on the World Book Day website: World Book Day Share a Story
Juniper and Pumpkin class reading collaboration this week was all about sharing their opinions of their books. Not only did children read some of their books to their collaboration partner but they also spoke about their views of the text; the characters; their choice of book; and author.
Children were also asked about their thoughts on the reading collaboration this term. These were comments shared:
“I think it’s great to share stories with each other.”
“I like getting to know the children in Year 2.”
“I think it’s a good idea to listen to others read and share our thoughts.”
“I look forward to Friday’s collaboration time because we can enjoy reading.”
Well done to all the pupils for their performances at our ‘Community Thank You Coffee Morning.’ We are so grateful for the help and support we receive from this wonderful group of volunteers who help the school in so many different ways. The nurture group pupils helped make delicious scones for the cream teas and all classes performed - they shared songs a wonderful range of poems and songs. The pupils showed super performance skills and spoke with confidence and clarity. Thank you to all the staff who helped with the refreshments and organisation - it was a really lovely community event.
One visitor said, ‘Fabulous morning! Such a wide range of skills demonstrated with such enthusiasm.’
This term we have been visiting the Stanford library and listening to stories read by Mrs Wink, the librarian. Mrs Wink talked to us about what happens at a library, before we then went to look for a book we would like to take home and share with a grown up.
It was a cold day so we wrapped up warm, took our woodland maps we had drawn and set off to the nature area for our teddy bears picnic. We sang songs and ate teddy bear biscuits. We took care of our teddy bears and made sure they had a little bite to eat too!
Next we acted out the story ‘Were going on a bear hunt’ and squelched through the mud!
Finally, we journeyed back to the classroom with our tired little teddy bears….
We have started to read ‘Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells. The blog has told us that in the dark during the winter Starjik takes a child from the village. The children listened to the blog and the introduction and were given the task to think about how the villagers might look and feel in the summer months and how this would change in the winter. They had to use their bodies and expressions to show the difference.
Seedlings and Sunflowers are joining together on Friday mornings to read to each other. Children will talk about the types of characters within the story and suggesting other possible endings too.
WV: The Seedlings like to listen to us read.
DI: It gives me practice to get better at my own reading.
JM: My reading book makes me laugh.
EE: I can't wait to share my new book next time.
EA: I liked look at the pictures. The story was funny.
AV: I like stories
Congratulations to all our pupils who achieved last term’s reading challenge.
Today they all enjoyed their reading reward which was a visit to Stanford Library where they enjoyed stories, discussions, sharing books with friends and ‘afternoon tea’.
Well done to all! I was extremely proud of their behaviour, good manners and enthusiasm on the trip. Let’s hope the next Reading Challenge is just as successful. Good luck everyone.
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.