Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
At Stanford Junior and Infants School our vision focuses on real-life learning, and we make effective and exciting links to the world, one of the ways we can do this is to take children outside the classroom into their wider school environment in order to engage them.
The use of the ‘outdoors’ helps to deliver a skills based curriculum, in which touching experiencing and ‘being amongst’ underpins the learning.
Learning outside enables a child to be immersed in hands on, practical experience and problem solve. Asking questions, working collaboratively, operating in real life and relevant projects improves understanding and engagement in all aspects of the curriculum be it maths, science, geography creative writing and the list goes on…
Please look at our Curriculum Page to keep up to date with the exciting outdoor learning that we are so proud of at Stanford Junior and Infants School.
'We were excited to get out into the fresh air on our field trip to Laceby Beck yesterday. We were specifically looking for river features as part of our Geography learning.'
Jorja said: "I enjoyed the experience of learning about rivers."
Brandon commented: "I loved finding out all about river features and it was good to get out into the fresh air for the morning!"
This morning just before school a pair of Mallard Ducks were padding around on the school field. We put out a tray of water for them. They were clearly quite thirsty despite the wet weather. We have also seen a flock of around twenty swallows swooping around on the field, under and over the Oak tree. The pheasant has also been spotted recently.
Juniper class took it in turns to weed, plants seeds and plants and water our allotment area. We planted tomato plants, herbs, parsnip seeds, carrots, spring onions and beetroot. We can wait to see them grow.
In science Year 3 explored our strawberry patch. We examined the flowers which would eventually turn into strawberries. We looked for the runners from the parent plant and how that is another way to grow new plants instead of using the seeds from the strawberries. Through our research we learnt that this was a quicker way than growing from seed and how the farmers tend to do it on UK strawberry farms. We estimated how many strawberries our patch would produce.
Juniper and Barley class have started their collaboration this term linked with Outdoor learning. Their challenge is to work in groups to create and then present a presentation on what they would like to see in our nature area- Dragon Den style! This afternoon they worked together to create their team name, logo and ideas of what they may like in this outdoor area.
William Morris didn’t like the mass produced art of the industrialised Victorian society. He began the Arts and Crafts movement which favoured a return to skilled workmanship and high quality goods. His work was heavily influenced by and featured designs based on nature. We studied his artwork and then collected different leaves from the nature area to inspire our own individual designs.
Children from Seedlings worked together to find out about insects and living things. We explored the outdoor area to find worms, woodlouse, spiders and snails! Children identified the different habitats and features of each living thing they observed. Back in the classroom children recorded which insect they found, its habitat and how it moved.
As we head into springtime and the warmer weather, we decided to plant some tomatoes ready for the summer. We looked at the roots hiding in the soil before planting them into a growbag. Next we gave them a good drink of water. We will look at how they change and measure how much they grow throughout the term and hope to get lots of tomatoes too!
Litter picking teams give up time during playtimes and lunchtimes to ensure that our school is litter free
This how much litter they collected on one playtime!
As we had such lovely weather today we decided it was the best time to go for a walk around school to look for signs that spring. Before we went we had a discussion about the different seasons and what we should be looking for. We found lots of flowers, buds on the trees and could see where some leaves were starting to open up and grow
We have been enjoying gardening activities whilst our friends have been at Kingswood. We have tidied up the outdoor areas on the field and in the quad.
Seedlings class have been outdoors learning how to throw and catch balls! It was quite a challenge but take a look at how we did! We also did plenty of physical activities including digging in the bark pit and riding the bikes
We had lots of excitement today exploring and having fun in the snow!
We loved our maths learning today outdoors. We when on a right angle, acute angle and obtuse angle hunt and took photos which we later peer assessed to ensure accuracy. Following this we had a challenge to make a shape/pattern with the most right angles. One group made a pattern with over 60 right angles!
On Monday 30th January, 4 children from each class were chosen to represent Stanford School to record valuable data for this year's RSPB Big Birdwatch. We were lucky enough to have mild weather with reasonably clear skies. We were wrapped up very warmly for the hour of observation. The birds were very 'chirpy' and we were able to locate and identify them through their bird calls.
Children worked in pairs to complete the counting sheet. Each pair had a pair of binoculars, a recording chart, a bird identification sheet & a comfy cushion! After half an hour Miss Lucas came round with Birdwatcher Biscuits for sustenance. The children were all very enthusiastic and observant, they were openly grateful for the opportunity to be part of this experience
Mustard Class really enjoyed meeting the different types of owls that made a flying visit to Stanford today. They (the children) were very inquisitive and asked several profound questions about our visitors.
We used our wonderful outdoor area to help us learn.
We looked for different living things and evidence that animals had been in the area.
Look carefully at the pictures. What can you find? Can you explain your thinking?
Who might this home belong to?
Can you see signs of life?
Which creatures might you find here?
We all looked very carefully and recorded our findings.
We think that this is an animal home. What do you think.
This week in Seedlings Class we have been taking care of the winter birds by making bird cakes. We used lard and seeds to make into Christmas shapes. We then went to hang them in the nature area.
The pupils in Mustard Class took charge in planning and performing an entertaining assembly for friends and family with raps ,poems, artwork and recounts of just some of the exciting learning that they have taken part in this term.
Year 5 had an enjoyable time gardening and tidying up the front of the School with Mrs Amos, in preparation for some Autumn planting.
Mustard Class had a fantastic day learning about survival techniques. They were active in archery, built diabolical dens and made fantastic fires. Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day at Cherry Garth.
Frank from Andrew's Hedgehog Hospital brought a hedgehog called Sabrina to show everyone in Sunflower class. The children learnt lots of interesting facts. Frank and his team look after poorly and orphaned hedgehogs. Find out more about the hedgehog hospital at: www.andrewshedgehoghospital.org.uk
Mrs. Brady would like to thank Miss Lucas for organising this special visit and to everyone who sent donations to help the hedgehogs.
Lily- Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets.
Jamie- They come out at night; they are nocturnal.
Alfie- They can climb up walls.
Sam- They roll up in a ball.
Lacey- They eat earwigs.
Anthony- They sleep for a long time; they hibernate.
Ella R.- Hedgehogs can even swim. Mrs. Warton- I have learnt lots of things I didn't know about hedgehog
The weather stayed fine as we put on our wellies and coats and set off in search for autumn animals. We looked in trees and on the ground to find a spider, owl, hedgehog, squirrel, fox and bat! After that we looked for things that matched the colours on our card. Next, we worked in teams to sort the animal pictures to find their correct homes. Finally, after lunch we sat down to look closely at out autumn leaf and drew what we could see.
This week Seedlings Class have been busy outdoors planting new winter flowers. Once we had managed to put on our gardening gloves, we dug a hole and gently placed the flowers into the soil. We look forward to watching then change and grow.
Star Anise enjoyed returning to school for a fun afternoon weeding and harvesting their Summer potato crop. Time to plant Spring bulbs including Narcissi, daffodils and tulips.
Our potatoes have really benefitted from all the rain!
Children in Seedlings Class have been learning outdoors this week hanging their bird feeders in the nature area and Seedlings playground. We now hope to see lots of birds visiting our school soon. Next, we planted tomato plants in a growbag and will look closely at the changes over the coming weeks. Finally, there has been lots of hands on learning in the mud kitchen and painting outdoors too!