Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
At Stanford School we hope to inspire the children through our History teaching to be curious about the past and the way it affects our lives today. We aim to give the children a greater understanding of the World they live in and it’s History, and so have better informed values and attitudes. We endeavour to deepen our pupil’s knowledge and understanding of people in other societies, religions, and cultures and countries, as well as their own. We teach history skills progressively from Foundation to Y6 so that the children are able to find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions.
The children’s knowledge is enhanced by many visitors, school trips to places of historical interest as a well as drama workshops, themed historical days, and close links with the local history group. We are also very proud of our heritage at Stanford School and enjoy a special celebration each year on Founder’s Day.
You can find information on local history at the Laceby History Society website.
Barley Class work this week linked with remembrance Day. We analysed a range of different poems, written by different writers, on the war. We then used these as inspiration to write our own war poems using powerful language and imagery.
We also used a range of art mediums to create silhouette artwork linked to Remembrance Day. To create the background we used the shading technique to create a sunset effect.
Some of these were also shared on our Remembrance Service on Friday.
As part of commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1 some members of Star Anise and Barley helped make poppies as part of a display in the KS2 playground. "Lest We Forget"
Sunflower Class have found out why we celebrate Bonfire Night. They have enjoyed making a Guy, painting firework pictures and retelling the story of The Gunpowder Plot. They particularly enjoyed finding out some gruesome details!
Do you know why we eat toffee apples on Bonfire Night? Do you know why Guy Fawkes is remembered? Do you know who was the King of England in 1605?
For more interesting facts and information visit: www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/guy-fawkes-and-bonfire-night
Children have been creating poppies at part of remembering 100 years since the end of World War I. Children moulded clay poppies, cut paper poppies and painted poppies too.
Children also wrote about poppy day and sat silently in our assembly for 2 minutes. We will remember them.
We have been celebrating Bonfire Night and learning all about the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.
Children have been sequencing pictures of ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ story, splattering paint to represent fireworks and making toffee apples with the play dough. We used our maths knowledge and cutting skills to make 2D shaped rockets and in P.E we have been dancing with ribbons and scarves to both classical and pop music. It has been a sparkling week!
Can you tell a grown up the 'Fire Safety Code’?
We went on a fabulous trip to Normanby Hall to learn about what it was like to be a Victorian.
In the morning we visited the main house.
There we met the housekeeper. Mrs Harding. We considered how this building was different to the homes that we live in.
Mr Marrows, the Butler decided if we could enter the hall. We had to greet him very politely.
In the hall we learnt about the Sheffield Family using information from the 1892 census return.
The boys practised our finest bows and the girls practised their most gracious curtsies.
We closely looked at Lady Sheffield’s drawing room. From this we were able to see the sorts of activities she spent her time doing.
The fire was kept clean by a young male servant who had the job of cleaning the chimney. He had to start work really early.
The House maid had to do all the cleaning including blackening the hearth. If she didn’t do a good enough job she would be punished or get the sack!
Meals were very extravagant. The Sheffield family were served their meals by the butler. The meals were prepared by the cook. The Kitchen servants would do all the chopping and preparing as well as the washing up. There were lots and lots of courses. Sir Berkeley would sit at the head of the table. Lady Sheffield would sit the opposite side.
In Sit Berkeley’s bedroom we learnt about how he would have help to get dressed, undressed and washed. The cupboard at the side of the bed was actually the toilet! It was the servant’s job to empty it each time.
After lunch we learnt about what it was like to be a laundry maid. Washing during the Victorian times was quite different from today.
We learnt about the process and discovered it was hard work!
Poppy class has a wonderful morning launching our learning about the Ancient Egyptians.
First the children learnt about how the Egyptians were the first civilisation to start writing on a form of paper called papyrus.
We tried making our own version of this. It was very messy!
Keep looking out on the blog for these as we have great plans for them once they are dry.
The Egyptians liked to look good and most of the wealthy people wore necklaces as they were a status symbol. They liked them to be made of gold with lots of bright colours and beads on them. The children started to design their own necklaces which we will be making shortly, so keep checking the blog to see the finished results.
The children looked fantastic dressed as Egyptians, Mummies and Explorers.
Thank you for all the effort you put into making the children look so fabulous!
The children in Barley class had lots of fun and a fantastic start to the term with our Ancient Greek Hook Day. Many of the class wore exciting costumes; dressed as soldiers, emperors, or even Gods and Goddesses. We designed and painted some terracotta pots in the style of Ancient Greek pottery as well as designing and crafting theatre masks and tasting some Greek salad! We look forward to sharing some of our work, as well as lots of writing and other art projects, in our class learning share that will take place before Christmas.
Seedlings class learnt about the history of Stanford school and about Sarah and Philip Stanford. Children then wrote about Founders' day.
Sunflower Class have enjoyed learning about the first moon landing and finding out lots of facts about astronaut Neil Armstrong. Why not try this quiz and see how much you know? Take the quiz!
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.
We researched the different masks that were discovered from the Ancient Mayans. We used this as a stimulus to create our own mask designs. We are using a variety of different media to complete our masks.
Some of our designs:
Today we started to create our masks from our designs.
Mrs Brumfield and Mr Lingard from the Stanford Trust came to speak to us about the history of our school and to help us to celebrate Founders Day.
They were very impressed with our outstanding assembly behaviour.
We learned that the school was 288 years old. We sang happy birthday to the school.
We looked at lots of different photographs from the past and listened to stories about Mr Lingard and Mrs Brumfield’s school days.
The school badge was granted to William Stanford (ancestor of Philip Stanford) by King Henry VIII on 6th May 1543. Even today we are all very proud to wear our school badge on our jumpers.
This precious plate is made of real silver and is kept at St Margaret’s Church in Laceby. It was presented soon after Sarah Stanford died.
We even spotted the badge on the silver plate.
Mr Lingard was delighted with the birthday cards that we made.
At the end of our service everyone in our school was presented with a 5p coin.
Oscar said “I really enjoy receiving my five pence coin, it feels very special.”
“I don’t think that I will spend my five pence”, said Ella “I will keep it forever on my window sill.”
Happy Birthday Stanford School, 288 years old today!
Today 8th May Star Anise had a fabulous day at The Victorian Prison in Lincoln. This is part of our history theme of Crime and Punishment through the ages.
The children learnt about Joseph Ralph who escaped twice and about many other prisoners and their gory punishments. As well as dressing up, learning about the history of the prison and the jobs the prisoners had to do.
Look out for more pictures and work to follow!
We had lots of fun on our hook day. Both parents and children have worked really hard in putting together some amazing costumes. The children really enjoyed dressing up as citizens, soldiers, gods and goddesses. Don’t they look amazing?
The children enjoyed taking part in the different activities and more importantly learning about the Romans.
The Romans liked to wear laurel wreaths on their heads. It was a symbol of victory and honour. The children made their own laurel wreaths using paper plates and paper.
Another activity was preparation for a Roman mask. In the theatres the Romans played lots of different parts, they used masks to show different characters and emotions. Today we started to make the base for the masks by using papier mache and balloons. We are going to work on these and produce masks for our very own Roman tragedies.
The romans used tiles to make pictures which they called Mosaics. The wealthier the Romans were, the more intricate the mosaics they had on their floors. The children designed their own tiles and then created them with tiny paper squares. It was quite tricky getting the tiny pieces in the right places. Some children helped with larger mosaics which we will put outside our classroom for everyone to see.
We learnt about how the Romans wrote their numbers as letters. It is very tricky working them out as they have to be in a certain order and they work from the largest value to the smallest
We learnt a way of remembering the order and value of the letters by using a mnemonic.
The children enjoyed using Roman numerals in different ways using them to work out shopping lists, break codes and simple addition and subtractions problems. Roman numerals are also handy for telling the time.
The children looked at the different costumes that the Romans wore, depending on their social status. They chose an appropriate outfit for a Roman citizen or soldier.
The Romans had a place called a Forum where they discussed important matters of the day. At the end of the day the children were split into 2 teams and took part in a discussion. We looked at an important matter – Recycling first from a Roman point of view where they didn’t consider it important and then discussing how recycling is far more important today considering the polution of the oceans and its harm to the environment.
Sunflower Class found out how people communicated with each other in the past. James- We found out about Morse Code. People communicated with dots and dashes.
Joshua- The Egyptians drew hieroglyphics which were pictures on the wall or on tablets to send messages to each other.
Summer- I found out that Alexander Graham Bell was the first person to invent the telephone.
Mason- We had a telephone museum in our classroom. I brought in an old dial phone that my grandad used to use.
Year 5 are very proud of their Viking Invasion Dance and wanted to share with the rest of the school! We are extremely proud of their hard work, creativity and teamwork too! Well Done Star Anise!
As part of our Vikings vs Anglo-Saxons learning, we were very lucky to have a special visit from Miss Ryley from Access Cambridge Archaeology. We spent the morning finding out about the role of an archaeologist, looked at specialist tools and took part in a variety of exciting and interactive activities.
We had a fantastic morning! Thank you Miss Ryley!
"It was amazing to be able to touch the artefacts and the animal skulls, I’ve never done anything like that before" - Alfie
We had a fantastic history trip to Scunthorpe museum to take part in some exciting workshops about the Anglo-Saxons.
We got to handle real life artefacts from Anglo Saxon times like their spoon made from antlers , bits of pottery, stone tools. We had to guess what mysterious objects were and how the Anglo Saxons used them.
We used quills and ink to practice writing runes and illuminated letters. “Most people found this tricky but fun” Holly.
We got the opportunity to dress up in clothes similar to Anglo Saxons and learn about what garments would have been made out of and what colours. We learnt that fabric was dyed using things like onion skills. “My clothes were quite rough and itchy” Cameron
We learnt about the difference between Anglo Saxon armies and Viking armies.
It was a fantastic opportunity to view real life artefacts that have been discoveried locally that date from around the Anglo-Saxon period. Our local area had lots of Anglo Saxon settlements and we had the opportunity to learn about some of these.
What an interesting, memorable day!
We took our notebooks and inspected the hospital before Florence Nightingale arrived. Can you imagine what we smelt? The inspectors don’t look very happy do they!
Wounded soldiers lay on the floor! Rats and insects roamed freely around and worse than that no one seemed to care! Conditions simply were not good enough and they certainly required lots of improvement so we decided that we needed to make a return visit.
We were much happier as we found
Well done Florence and your team of nurses, keep up the good work.
Year 5 have been learning about Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. We have researched how they came to England on longboats and pillaged their way through different villages and towns, taking wealth and land. Our PE focus this term is dance, so we decided to perform a Viking invasion! We have really enjoyed working as a team and choreographing our dance routines. In fact, we have enjoyed it so much that we even made props at home to use in our routines!
When Florence Nightingale was a little girl she dreamed of becoming a nurse. She asked her Mother and Father if she could train to become a nurse.
Her parents said ‘NO!’ because in Victorian times it wasn’t seen as a job for a lady! Her Mother and Father did not approve and they thought that Florence should find a wealthy husband and run the house.
Lots of wealthy young men asked Florence to marry them.
She said ‘No thank you’ to every single one!
She kept asking her parents if she could train to be a nurse.
Eventually when she was 31 years old they agreed. Florence was very happy.
Elissa said ‘I really enjoyed being Florence and I will remember that forever.’
Jacob added ‘Acting helped me to learn about how the rich men asked her to marry them. I asked her and she was very sure when she said NO!’
We thought about the awful squalor in the hospital.
Luckily there were no rats roaming around our classroom.
We thought Isabella may have bled all over Olivia!
We are thankful that we only had to imagine the awful smell of overflowing chamber pots!
Can you spot the person who is playing the part of Florence?
Florence used her lamp to guide her around the dimly lit hospital as she checked on the soldiers and tried to make them more comfortable. She became known as the ‘Lady of the Lamp’.
We tried to imagine how crowded and unpleasant the hospital was. The actors and actresses of Poppy class did a very convincing job!
Isobel brought in some posters to share from Laceby history society to share. We discussed these sources of evidence thinking about what information they gave and why. We compared them with how information is shared from the government today.
In Juniper Class, we have been learning about the experiences of Jewish children during World War 2. We were all very shocked at how people were treated so badly just because they had a different faith. We used our “making links” learning power to relate back to our previous work looking at tolerance and how we all felt it was important to value and respect everyone.
We looked at the overview of the Life of Anne Frank and in groups freeze framed part of her story. We used our class tablets to photograph each other’s freeze frames. Here are a selection:
After practising the mummification process on a doll we have moved onto mummifying creatures. Miss Perrin found Mac, the mackerel, ‘chilling’ at a local supermarket and decided to save him for posterity….or at least for the next few weeks.
We filled his inside with a combination of table salt, Epsom salt and Bicarbonate of Soda salt and covered him with the rest of the salt. He initially weighed 268g.
He will be left for 40 days and then we will see how much he has changed.
The Ancient Egyptians believed that when they died their soul went on a long journey to the Afterlife. They also believed that their soul could return to their bodies when they wanted to visit Earth. They needed to make sure that their body was preserved for their return and that it looked its best for the Gods.
Unfortunately there was a ‘death’ in the classroom.
Cleopatra needed our help to prepare her body for this great journey and as we are so helpful we just could not refuse.
First the body was washed with Palm oil and water from the Nile.
Then a metal hook was pushed up the nose into the brain and the brain was scrambled so it could be removed. The brains were thrown away as the Egyptians didn’t think that they were important. The skull was then filled with sawdust.
After that the body was cut on the left hand side so the internal organs could be removed.
...and the lungs.
All the internal organs were placed in canopic jars to be kept with the body. The heart was left inside the body as they believed that people think, feel and act through their heart.
After that the body was tilted so the liquids could drain from the body.
The cavity was packed with Natron (salt) and the body was also submerged in Natron for 40 days. This was so the body could dry out.
The body was then packed with linen, straw or grass so the body regained its shape and looked good.
Then the body was painted with resin to protect and harden the skin. Strangely enough Cleopatra’s skin was already lovely and hard.
The body had make up applied and a wig so that it represented the person in life and so the soul would recognise its body.
The body was wrapped in linen and prayers were said to help the body on the way. This would take 15 days for the Egyptians to complete this process.
Amulets were placed on the body (like good luck charms) to wish the deceased well on the journey and the body was wrapped again. The body also received a parchment called the ‘Book of the Dead’ which contained prayers and directions to help find the soul find the way to the Afterlife.
Rich people had a death mask made of gold to show what the person liked like. The body would then be put in a mummy case and be placed in a sarcophagus.
When the body arrived in the afterlife the heart was measured to see how your life had been led. If you were good and it was as light as a feather you would join the gods. If it was heavy with bad deeds the soul would be eaten by the god Ammit who looked like a crocodile!
If you would like to try the mummification process there is a great interactive game for you to play on. I am sure the children would love showing you this gruesome process.
Mrs. Wink came to talk to us about her childhood. She showed us old photographs, books and items from her past. We asked questions to find out more and thought about how aspects of her childhood were the same as ours and how some things had changed a lot.
Mollie- Mrs. Wink's photos were brown and black, but ours are bright and we can look at ours on a computer.
Libby- Mrs. Wink showed us her school books and she had writing inside them, just like ours.
Oscar- Mrs. Wink said she liked gardening when she was little and that's the same as me, I like gardening too.
Neve- Mrs. Wink enjoyed skipping when she was a girl and I like skipping too.
Eliza- Mrs. Wink said she had to get eggs from her chickens and food from her garden when she was little. She said her mum cooked roast dinners and there were no places to eat out, like McDonalds. I think we have a lot more food to choose from.
We will be interviewing our parents and grandparents to find out about their childhoods. We will want to know about the toys and games they played with, their hobbies and what they did when they were at school.
Many thanks to Mrs. Wink for such an interesting talk.