Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
Intent: The History curriculum at Stanford School is unique. It is broad and balanced with a breadth of engaging opportunities. It is carefully planned and sequenced with key skills, concepts and knowledge that build on previous learning. Pupils revisit their learning and use and apply their knowledge fluently.
Implementation: The History curriculum is purposeful and relevant to the pupils. The knowledge and skills pupils acquire, build on their previous learning, allowing them to transfer key skills, knowledge and concepts to their long-term memories.
Impact: We are proud of the achievements of our pupils in History. Our pupils fluently apply their skills and knowledge within History and make connections to their existing knowledge and to other curriculum areas.
At Stanford School we encourage pupils to be curious about the past and the way it affects our lives today. We aim to give our pupils a greater understanding of the world they live in and its history, to further develop their understanding of 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 key skills progressively from Foundation to Y6 so that the pupils are able to find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions.
The pupil’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.
Willow class enjoyed an immersive Victorian experience day for their hook event this term.
We learned all about how Victorian schools differed to modern schools, using a range of approaches. We had a lot of discussion about how lessons were different to what we experience during our school day. This included taking part in a traditional Victorian exercise "drill", as well as practising the skill of "deportment" to improve our posture (by balancing books on heads). We also learned about the range of Victorian school rules and punishments. We researched what playtime games Victorians would've been likely to play - we particularly enjoyed tiddlywinks. In the afternoon we researched the art of William Morris and started creating our own wallpaper designs based on floral patterns.
Year 5 have had a very busy hook day. We recapped on what life was life in the 1930s and how and when WWII started. We focused on strategies that were put in place to keep people safe including, gas masks, evacuation and air raid shelters. We ended the day sharing some iconic songs by Vera Lynn.
This afternoon we started researching key information about World War II
We used different sources of evidence and worked as a team to find out what World War II was and where and when it took place. We then used our new knowledge to create mind maps to help us remember the key information.
Lincoln All about Vikings! We had a great day exploring The Collection as we learnt so many different things about The Vikings! We took part in different workshops from a museum investigation where we were digging for artefacts and handling them and also what life was like in Viking Lincoln. We learnt how to barter to gain food and even dressed up! We all had a fantastic day!!
The children all enjoyed a very special History lesson which was led by one of the children in the class. Our History expert had done some wonderful research all about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and prepared a very interesting powerpoint. The children and Mrs. Brady thought his lesson was wonderful!
A- I thought his lesson was really good, it was very interesting.
H- I think W had done a lot of work for the lesson and I think he knew a lot about Florence Nightingale.
C- I was impressed that W had made his own powerpoint.
J- It was amazing! I found out that Mary Seacole also went to the Crimean War to help the soldiers.
Mrs. Brady- This was a wonderful lesson. W had worked so hard to prepare so many interesting photographs, facts and maps. I was really interested to learn about the connection between Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. W did a brilliant job and he led the lesson so professionally too!
Juniper class had their hook day based on our new topic- Vikings and Anglo Saxons. During our Hook day we learnt about Viking long boats, designed our own Viking shields, showing our understanding of Viking art and started to learn a choral chanting song linked to Viking invasions! In the coming weeks we ae going to be learning the rhythm, on the djembes, to go with the song!
We have learnt that we know so much about history from archaeologists through their discoveries of fossils and artefacts.
Miss Perrin told the children that she had got some special fossils called 'Coprolites' which had been sanitised and hydrated so we could handle them. The children were given the task to look at the fossils and see what they could find inside them.
In one set the children found 'bones', seeds, berries and plant material. In another they found modern vegetables, cerals & fruit.
Miss Perrin then said that Coprolites were actually fossilised poo and archaeologists investigate them to find out what people in the past have eaten..... but...... these weren't real coprolites they were playdough examples which she had made.
From this activity the children were able to deduce that prehistoric people ate what they could hunt and find around them whereas we have a more varied diet as we buy our food at the shops.
The children had lots of fun dressing up in our Prehistoric costumes. What a fantastic effort you have made. Don't they look great?
Of course we all know that dinosaurs and humans didn’t exist at the same time (as they died out long before humans existed), but as Stanford believes in being inclusive we let them join the humans and all the fun. What’s 65 million years between friends?
We were shocked and stunned to find a 'corpse' in the classroom. Cleopatra had been bitten by an asp and needed our help to get her ready for the afterlife!!! First we cleaned the body then we stuck a hook up her nose to remove the brains (yuk!) and throw them in the bin. A cut was made in her side to remove her internal organs (I know they look like balloons but let's use our imagination here!!!). She was left tilted at an angle so the liquids could drain out and then given a salt bath to dry her body out. Her internal organs were put in canopic jars to keep them safe for the afterlife and we put her heart back in her body. She was then stuffed with linen to retain her shape then painted with tar to preserve her skin. Next over to hair & make up to keep her looking good for the afterlife. She was then wrapped in linen while we all said prayers. We added good luck amulets as we wrapped her then we added a scroll with prayers & a map to find the afterlife. Her death mask was the finishing touch so her soul could recognise her body when they are finally reunited.
Rest in peace Cleopatra we were glad we could help!
Year 2 have been learning all about why we wear poppies and what happens of Remembrance Day.
L- When I wear my poppy, I think about soldiers who died in wars.
C- Poppies grew after WWI on the battlefields in France. The red colour also reminds us of all the blood that was shed.
D- We give money to The Royal British Legion to buy poppy things and to help injured soldiers and service people.
J- Mrs Brady told us about someone in her family who was killed in WWI. She was thinking about him during the two minutes silence.
Willow class created some beautiful artwork and some wonderfully descriptive poetry as we learned about Remembrance.
Juniper class worked with their peers to create an emotive poem for Remembrance Day. The emotive language and word choices created wonderful poems- Well Done Juniper.
These poems are displayed on our display in the school hall and were shared in our Remembrance assembly.
First we thought about how our school was structured from the head teacher downwards. We then looked at some pictures of Egyptian people and tried to put them in order of importance. Miss Perrin told us about the structure of the Egyptian Society then we acted this out so we understood it better. We had lots of fun doing this as you can see by the video clip…….All hail the Pharaoh!!!!!
This term we will be learning all about the Ancient Greeks.
For our Hook Day, we discovered where the legend of the Minotaur and The Labyrinth came from, different Greek Gods and Goddesses, Ancient Greek art and architecture and discussed how the Ancient Greeks have influenced the modern world.
We are really excited to learn more about the Ancient Greeks - we will keep you posted on our Barley Class Blog!
The children had lots of fun dressing up on hook day. The costumes were amazing and we would like to thank the families at home who made such an effort with these. Don’t the children look amazing?
Obviously a trip to Central America is out of the question at the moment so we went for a virtual trip around the Mayan ruins. First a lovely tour guide told us about the ruins then we were able to explore ourselves on a virtual site. The children loved exploring the area in close detail.
IS - I liked it because I could go where I wanted to see things
SM - I liked the view from the top of the temple where you could see everything.
OR - I liked the temples
LD - it feels like you were actually there
The Sunflowers and Seedlings enjoyed celebrating the school's birthday today. They had a special assembly with Mrs. Brady and learnt all about the history of the school.
C- I wrote all about Sarah Stanford and how she left her money to build our school.
L- I wrote about the Stanford people and how sad it was that their children died.
W- I was interested to find out that the badge came from King Henry VIII. Mrs. Brady said it was given to the Stanford's in 1543.
O- Our school started in 1730.
L- The children didn't know how to read and write, so Sarah Stanford thought they would like a school to help them learn things.
C- I enjoyed playing instruments to the school song.
H- I can draw the school badge.
H- We had cakes and juice today.
A- I liked it when we went to see the school flag.
E- I have made birthday cards for the school.
I- We all got 50p.
D- I would like to say thank you to Sarah and Philip Stanford for giving us our school.
T- We all watched the Deputy Mayor. He used to come to our school when he was a little boy.
In music we have listened to a piece of music by The Beatles called ‘Blackbird’. When we investigated further we discovered that Paul McCartney created this piece of music after he learnt about the struggles of civil rights for black people in America. We researched further into how people of colour were treat in history including slavery in America. We looked at the piece of music again to further understand the music then we created a piece of art to accompany this track.
Here is the link if you would like to listen to this poignant piece of music while you enjoy our art - Blackbird
In history we learned about how people would need to repair and re-use their clothing during World War 2. During this time, one quarter of the population were in services that required uniform, so clothes manufacturing had to prioritise this. Ordinary people at home would therefore need to "make do and mend". Manufacturing toys was not a priority because the factories were re-purposed for the war effort, meaning that some families would take to making their own toys. Inspired by this piece of history, in Year 5 we have been making our own toy bunnies out of our old socks!
As we are learning about the Maya culture and rainforests we have built a fantastic immersive welcome to excite the children and let them 'step into' this wonderful environment. The children have been busy creating art and writing poems to show how talented we are. Doesn't it look wonderful??
For our Hook Day many of us enjoyed dressing up as Romans. We learnt that Romans sometimes wore laurel wreaths as a sign of victory or triumph. We made our own.
In maths we learnt about Roman Numerals.
In the afternoon we looked at Roman life and how the Roman children lived. We found it strange how the Romans shared toilets! We looked at some of the games that the children would have played and enjoyed them ourselves. We played dice guessing, tic-tac-toe and marbles.
We next looked at what mosaics are and how they are created. We investigated some examples of the different Roman patterns and then had a go at creating some of our own. We used squared paper with colouring pencils to practice our design and then we used foam squares to fill our pattern in. We really enjoyed this!
The children in Year 5 are already showing great enthusiasm for their new history topic! It has been fascinating to hear the stories that some of the children have been able to share with us so far, about their relatives who were involved in the war. So far, children have shared photos of their relatives, real-life stories (including the discovery of an un-detonated bomb!), and other artefacts such as rationing books and newspapers from the time.
I wonder what other fascinating stories we might discover about pupil's ancestors during this term...
The children's were introduced to The Great Fire of London. They had so many questions to ask.
'When was the Great Fire?' 'What started the fire?' 'Where did the fire start?' 'How long did the fire last?' 'How did the people put the fire out?'
They had a great day finding out all about it and enjoying some exciting activities.
E- We had to read instructions about how to make bread.
H- We put the bread making instructions in order, so we would know what to do.
W- We made bread with Mrs. Christie. We did this because we found out that the Great Fire started in a bakery in Pudding Lane.
C- The bread was very crispy and crunchy.
M- We went to the cinema (in the hall) and watched an exciting film all about The Great Fire. There was a magic Grandad that told us all about it.
C- We made 3D houses out of paper. They looked like the wooden houses from 1666.
H- We found out that Samuel Pepys wrote a diary and that's how we know all about the fire.
D- We had a go at writing with a feather (quill pen), just like Samuel Pepys did. I liked doing it.
As part of our history theme this term we have been learning all about the life and work of Florence Nightingale and what a significant person she was. The soldiers called her 'The lady with the Lamp' and the children at home and in school enjoyed making their own lamps as well as other events in Florences life.
As part of their History work on Florence Nightingale, the children in Pumpkin Class watched a video showing them how to draw her. Here are their fantastic drawings!
In history we have been learning about the Picts and the Scots who tried to invade England.
The Picts used Ogham to write their names on stones, this involved a central line where they made diagonal and horizontal lines to spell out letters.
First we figures out how to write our names using Ogham then we made a design to go around the edge of the stones. We made the stones using salt dough and after they were baked we painted them so they looked like old stones.
Some of the children made theirs at home and either sent in pictures or brought them in with them when they were in school. They all look great.
Today we learnt about people survived in the Stone age looking at threats and assets.
Here are some of the posters that were created: