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.
Juniper class impressed the audience during their class assembly today – they spoke eloquently about their history curriculum. The pupils shared reports about the workhouse, information about Normandy Hall, feedback on gruel (!) and shared stunning William Morris inspired designs. The role play all about Victorian education was particularly well-received as was the Victorian song that the class shared as their finale. Well done Juniper. Many thanks too to the parents, grandparents and community members who came along to support the event.
Learning through role-play using authentic artefacts.
Then it was time to lead our own learning trough role-play, making comparisons and looking at real artefacts.
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.
We learned about Sarah and Philip Stanford who are very significant people in our school’s history.
We listened to Mrs Brumfield and Mr Lingard who are part of the Stanford Trust.
We were all ready to listen and learn.
Mrs Brumfield and Mr Lingard were very impressed with our learning behaviour.
We looked at the original school building.
We compared it to our newer school building.
We looked at artefacts linked to our community and made links with other dates and times in History.
We were proud to sing our school song and to say our school prayer. We celebrated the anniversary of our school and even sang Happy Birthday.
At the end of the assembly we received a very special gift! Every child in our school received a shiny five pence piece which is from the Stanford Trust. It made us think about Sarah and Philip Stanford.
We really enjoyed experiencing would it would have been like in a Victorian Classroom.
We lined up outside the classroom – girls and boys had to enter from a different door.
As we entered the room we had to pay our teacher a penny as school wasn’t free until towards the end of the Victorian period. We had to take our caps off in the classroom. We had to stand behind our desks until we were asked to sit down.
It was very strict. We weren’t allowed to speak until we were spoken to.
Our work was done with chalk on slate. We tried to write in Victorian script. It was really difficult if we were left handed because we had to try with our right hands.Speaking of hands our teacher did a hand inspection. We had to sit up straight too. Also we recited our 3 times table. We were given a real Victorian poem to learn off by heart.
Today Star Anise and Juniper Year 4s had a wonderful Hook Day linked to their History Theme "Children In Victorian Britain". The children had the opportunity to experience what it would have been like to be a child at school during this period of time, including writing lines, sitting in the corner with a Dunce hat on, an object lesson painting flowers, reciting The National Anthem and The Lord's Prayer. making balsa boats and making peg dolls. All the children chose a Victorian name for the day and wrote in Copperplate writing on a slate board.
At first the children were asked to be critical thinkers and answer these questions:
What does a queen do?
How does a queen live?
What is the job of a queen?
The children thought that a queen wears fancy dresses and shoes, lives in a palace, sits on a throne, has servants and doesn’t really work.
The children then learnt about the Celt warrior Queen Boudicca. The children were asked to act out her story using freeze frames.
Once there was a queen called Boudicca who lived with a king and their two daughters.
The Romans invaded England because they wanted the gold, silver and tin in the mines to make jewellery and armour. The king made an agreement with the Romans and they lived peacefully.
Many years later the king died and he left a will leaving half his kingdom to Boudicca and half to the Romans. The Roman Emperor didn’t believe Boudicca should have this as she was a woman so he had a plan.
The Romans came and took everything from Boudicca. She wasn’t very happy.
Boudicca raised an army to fight the Romans. At first they won but the Romans were better fighters and had armour to protect them so they were defeated and the Celts lost the battle.
Boudicca didn’t want to be a prisoner and to be sold as a slave so she drank a deadly poison and died.
Although Boudicca was a Celt queen she is counted as one of the first British queens and has a statue in London.
The children really enjoyed the story and the acting. At the end of the lesson the children compared the life of Boudicca to their original ideas of a queen. The children then decided that a queen didn’t have to have nice clothes, palaces and servants. The children thought that Boudicca was a great queen because rather than sending others to fight she joined in and fought, which they decided was a queen’s real job….to protect her country.
Can I learn about a significant event that happened beyond living memory?
Can I use a range of tools and materials to create a Tudor-style house?
Can I design a costume for a Tudor person?
During the recent Hook Day the children worked hard to make Tudor houses and design costumes. Their work has been used to create a wonderful display about the Hook Day and the Great Fire of London. The children were ‘dressed’ in their designs and can be shown trying to work together to put the fire out.
Here is Barley Class Immersive Door for the Summer Term. Our focus is Britain since 1948, where we will be studying the different decades from the 50's to the 80's. We have wrote our targets for this term on old records!
Ryan: It all started in a bakery down Pudding Lane in London.
Finlay H: The Great Fire of London started in September 1666.
Cerys: The fire lasted for 4 days.
Bailey: The fire spread because the wind blew the flames.
Maisy: The houses caught fire easily because they were made of wood.
Joe: The houses were too close together. I know that lots of people were injured.
Leo: They used leather buckets and water from the River Thames to put the fire out.
Charlie W: They used big long hooks to pull the houses down.
Joshua: They ended up blowing the houses up with gunpowder to stop the fire spreading.
Gracie: I was surprised that only 16 people died.
Darcy: People escaped in boats on the River Thames.
Katie T: We looked at how people dressed in the 1600s.
Jacob: I designed some clothes like the people wore in 1666.
Maisy: I liked designing the dresses for the dolls.
Tilly T: Samuel Pepys was famous for writing about The Great Fire of London in his diary in 1666.
Monty: Samuel Pepys used a quill which was a feather and he dipped it in the ink.
Olivia H: I enjoyed writing with a feather.
Kajithra: We coloured in a portrait of Samuel Pepys and wrote like him with a feather. I liked doing this.
Tilly T: I liked learning about Samuel Pepys because he hid his cheese in the garden.
As part of our History Focus, Class Star Anise visited The Collection in Lincoln. We had a super day re-enacting scenes of the Stone Age period, cave painting and being archaeologists digging up artefacts from the past.
Today is ‘Remembrance Day’ and we have been learning about why people wear poppies. We made a poppy wreath, created clay poppies and wrote about poppy day. In our assembly we sat silently for 2 minutes to remember the soldiers in the war.
Star Anise and Juniper Class have made their own Commemorative Garden to remember those who died a hundred years ago at The Battle of The Somme.' Lest we Forget'
In History, Sunflower Class have been learning all about Christopher Columbus. We found out that he used a compass. We decided we would like to navigate our way around the playground using a compass too. Which way did you go; North, South, East or West?
Can you learn this famous poem about Christopher Columbus ready for our next lesson?
Sunflower Class have enjoyed finding out about The Gunpowder Plot.
Can you remember what happened? When it happened? Who the people were? The place where it happened? Do you know any other interesting facts?
The Sunflowers learnt a special rhyme, drew pictures of The Houses of Parliament and King James and wrote an account of what happened. They looked at different sources of information; on the internet, in books and on fact cards and postcards.
Sam- Mrs. Brady even showed us Guy Fawkes' real writing. He wrote with a feather.
Jamie- We saw drawings of the plotters. Cameras hadn't been made then.
Awis- King James wouldn't let people pray in their churches. We are allowed to pray where we like. I go to Arabic school and I pray there.
Connor- If Guy Fawkes hadn't been stopped, there would have been a big explosion.
Elliott- Guy Fawkes died because he tried to kill King James.
Anthony- They had 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellar underneath the Houses of Parliament.
Finley- I have visited the Houses of Parliament, it's in London.
Children from Seedlings class have been learning about the Gunpowder plot story and how Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder!
Mr. Fairfax from The Royal British Legion came to school to talk to us about Remembrance.
The children in Sunflower class explained what they learnt:
Olivia- We remember people who have been in the war.
Katie- He told us if we wear a poppy it will help us to remember.
Finley- The poppy money goes to a charity. They help people who have been injured or families who have lost a mum or dad.
Year 3 and 4 had a fabulous day learning out the stone age.
In groups they had to work together to find the food out in the wild ... They discovered Woolly mammoths, and Sabre tooth tigers. Also they found roots, seeds and berries. What a feast. On a map of the school grounds they marked where they found their tasty meals ... ready for they need their next feast!
We also learnt about how prehistoric man drew and painted on cave walls. We had a go at painting our own rocks in the same style. It was quite tricky.
Using clay we started making stone age jewellery or clay pots.
We imagined what it would be like to life in a cave. We designed and started to make our own cave designs thinking about the materials the prehistoric people would have to use.
What a fantastic day!!
We are lucky enough to have brilliant community links. We were invited to take a small group of children to visit Cloverdale Nursing Home. We decided to see if we could find out what life was like during the Queen’s reign. We chatted in class and thought carefully about the kind of questions that we might ask.
The different generations from our local community chatting, smiling and enjoying one another’s company.
What a special treat for everyone!