Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Excellent news for Red Team who won this term' s Team Points total! Well done for your team effort and hard work. We hope you enjoyed your extra break and pass he parcel game!
Well done to Caraway Class for gaining the most Golden Tickets this half term. We are very proud of your behaviour: polite manners and being good role models.
Congratulations to the pupils who received 100 % Attendance Certificates in our special end of term assembly. Keep up the dedication to learning!
We are so pleased with the turn out for our monthly Road Safety Sticker Day – despite a rainy Monday morning we had lots of pupils and families who chose to walk, bike or scoot to school this morning. Well done everyone and thank you for your support. Particular thanks to Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Greenbeck and Mrs Metcalf from the Parish Council , Mrs Smith from the Governors along with Head Boy , Connor , and Joe for their support today amongst the rain drops!
Well done to the pupils who organised a cake sale in support of ARC – the pupils are very proud to have raised a substantial amount of donations. We were very impressed with the skills the pupils showed in ensuring the event was a success – the group led an assembly, organised posters, wrote letters to each class and were very busy baking! Well done Jessica, Rebecca, Esmae and DaisyLou.
Stanford Junior and Infants ensure Democracy, responsibility and respect are key sections of our broad and balanced curriculum. Download our Democracy document.
Below is the link to the Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) learning that our children will be following in the Summer term if parents wish to peruse it:
We learned about different styles of music from the 1940s up to 2017, from a professional band. The band also backed us as we sang 'Summer Holidays' - it was a fantastic day full of learning opportunities.
Harrison played 'Apache' on his guitar: 'I was overjoyed and really excited to be performing with an actual professional band. It was awesome!'
Olivia and Thomas were able to play the cowbell and the tambourine too: 'I loved learning about the different styles of music and about the different instruments. It was great to join in and play ' Play that Funky Music' with the band.'
Lucie: 'I enjoyed listening to the band, especially learning about the different styles of music and how much music has changed over the decades. They were fantastic!'
Sunflower Class have been writing letters to Caistor Lions and the St. James Rotary Club asking for donations towards an exciting Art project.
Finley- We will be making a special friendship wall in the playground.
Oscar- We will be working with Zoe the artist again.
Cerys- It will make the playground nicer and there will be a place for us to stop and make friends. Elissa- The children will paint designs with Zoe.
Today Mr. Kemp from The Caistor Lions visited Sunflower Class and kindly presented a cheque for £480. Mrs. Brady would like to thank Caistor Lions for this very generous donation and would also like to congratulate the children for writing such wonderful letters. Mr. Kemp is looking forward to returning to school to see the finished project.
Barley class recently wrote inspiring, thought- provoking poems based on three words; love, hope and unity. After showcasing these at our recent Get Together event, in memory of Jo Cox, Mrs Smith, Governors and staff felt that these poems were too brilliant and needed to be sent to our Prime Minister Theresa May. Abbie and Sophie have written a wonderful letter explaining what Barley class have done and also their thoughts and feelings. Alysia has also made a logo representing these three words. Truly inspiring for others to see. We hope we hear a reply from Theresa May!
A massive well done to Alice in Barley Class – she supported the Little Princess Charity by getting her hair cut. We are really impressed with her thought and kindness and we all supported her in a special assembly, along with her mum and hairdresser! Please donate if you can. Thanks
Seedlings class have been working with Amy from 'Relax Kids' to learn about ways to relax and be calm.
First, we imagined we were in a desert and walked in the sand before visiting a city and playing a game as we moved around. Next, we stretch up as high as the mountains and brought down a creature before learning how to breathe in through our nose ans slowly out through our mouths with our teddy on our tummy. Finally, we curled up with our teddies and listened to some clam, twinkling music.
What a wonderful relaxing afternoon. Thank you Amy.
In Juniper class we have been thinking about the meaning of Community. We considered the benefits of the different communities we each belong to. We thought about how this related to Jo Cox's Quote, " We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us."
Together we created a poster with what community means to us. We used the symbol of a tree.
We thought how are communities like trees? Here are some of our ideas:
Rebecca, " Roots hold the community strong for lots of Years."
Auden "The branches are like the different community groups. Some are long and some short. All different but all part of a larger group. "
Sophie, "The leaves like people are all different. They may have different patterns, shades, sizes, textures but they are all leaves and do the same jobs - shelter and make food. People are all different shapes and sizes and have different things they like but every one is human and lots of the same things we need are the same. We need family and shelter and food and friends. Also everyone likes to have fun."
James, "The tree is home to lots of different species all different but in harmony with each other."
Jacob, "Each tree is individual but everyone does a similar jobs with the same parts."
George, "The bark protects the tree and communities support and protect people."
Esmae, "The leaves make oxygen which we all need to live and people need communities."
We shared our ideas during todays Great Get together event.
During the week some of us made cakes and biscuits for the event which we shared together - our own Juniper Class community
Jo Cox's legacy has left us with her very important words (first speech to parliament) :
“We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”
Star Anise enjoyed taking part in The GREAT Get Together today. We took it in turns to run the cake stall.
Jack W & Charlie E: The cake sale is going really well, everyone is asking us about our cakes. We are selling them at 25p and some people are buying one pounds worth.
Abi, Darcy & Issy: We have done such a good job today. We only have 28 cakes left.
We mixed and mingled with our guests (people we didn’t necessarily know) finding out about them as we played Human Bingo.
Scarlett: Human Bingo was really exciting. I really enjoyed talking to people and they were really happy to speak to us.
We entertained the guests with our Railway Song (using our instruments), we sang Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do with our four lead singers boldly singing the verses. We also played three songs on our violas.
Alfie: I really enjoy playing the Viola. Everybody enjoyed watching us and we made people smile.
James: I am so proud to sing in front of my mum. I think everyone enjoyed our singing because they were all smiling and I don’t think that they have heard the words to all of the verses before.
Do you know the words to the verses?
Human Bingo is a quick and quirky way to get to know people that you may not have met before. It often throws up a few surprises. It’s great for breaking the ice and getting conversations going, because the whole idea is simply to chat with people to find out more about them.
How to play: mix and mingle with everyone and by talking to people try to find out who can put their name next to the statements on your sheet.
Every box should have a different person’s name in it. Star Anise thought that this would be a fantastic idea to use at the Great Get Together morning.
Star Anise worked in groups to think of statements that we might like to find out about people of Laceby when we speak to them at The GREAT Get Together on Friday.
In preparation for The GREAT get together on Friday Mrs Kelly has been baking cakes with groups of children in Star Anise. The children had to calculate their ingredients by doubling the recipe. Each group made 30 individual cakes topped with marshmallows. Bring you pennies and come and join us on Friday.
Big Talk Education were asked to lead a workshop for parents all about our SRE curriculum about ‘Growing Up and Keeping Safe.’ This work links to Internet Safety work too. Thank you to those who attended – the feedback was very positive. Big Talk Education will be leading lessons in school this term and working with the teachers and pupils.
Callum from Grimsby Aquatics Swimming School led our school assembly today on the theme of ‘Water Safety.’ Keeping yourself and other safe is very important to us at Stanford and this links with the work we do on Internet Safety, Fire Safety and Road Safety etc.
Sunflower Class found out how to vote today. They discussed what was happening in the General Election and participated in the voting process themselves. They each cast their vote in order to choose a charity that the school would raise funds for.
Before they visited the polling station (school library) they listened carefully and discussed information about each charity. The charities were: Unicef, Blue Cross, Teenage Cancer Trust, Manchester One Love and St. Andrew's Hospice.
Jacob- I put an X in the box next to my favourite charity.
Lily- I had to fold up my voting slip and put it in a box.
Dexter- I really hope my charity wins.
Sam- It was fair because everyone could vote.
Star Anise found out how to vote today. As a school pupil voice decided to have a vote on which charity we would like to support in school this year. We discussed what was happening in the General Election and then we participated in the voting process ourselves. Each child cast their vote in order to choose a charity that the school would raise funds for.
Before they visited the polling station (school library) they listened to information about each charity. The charities were: Unicef, Blue Cross, Teenage Cancer Trust, Manchester One Love and St. Andrew's Hospice.
Charlie W: I put an X in the box next to my favourite charity – there was only one I wanted to choose.
Scarlett: I had to fold up my voting slip before I put it in the box.
Issy: This was all very exciting as we are allowed to vote like adults.
Alfie: It was hard not to tell anyone which one I was going to vote for.
The votes were counted and verified with the winner being... Blue Cross!
Mustard class worked in groups to research information about a variety of charities and then gave a presentation back to the rest of the class, so that they all understood what each charity represented. They then all took part in a secret vote using ballot papers and posted their votes in a ballot box.
This was all very exciting and allowed them to vote like adults.
Recently, Barley class have been learning about the general election and the parties that are involved. As a school pupil voice decided to have a vote on which charity we would like to support in school this year: One Love, Unicef, St Andrews Hospice, Teenage Cancer Trust and Blue Cross
Barley class worked in groups to research information about the charities that we were voting for and then gave a presentation back to the rest of the class, so that they all understood what each charity represented. They then all took part in a secret vote using ballot papers and posted their votes in a ballot box.
This was all very exciting and allowed them to vote like adults. The votes were counted and verified with the winner being... Blue Cross!
Wow what a healthy class. All these pupils either walked, scooted or biked to school every day as part of Walk to School week.
During Walk to School Week two of our Star Anise mathematicians were challenged to work out the percentages for each day. They were enthusiastic about doing this even though it was tricky at first. It was a perfect opportunity for real-life mathematics and using and applying their mathematics skills.
Josef: It was tricky at first and we had to make sure we added up the totals correctly and took away the number of children that were not at school.
Charlie E: When we got the number on the calculator we had to round the number up or down depending on what it said after the decimal point.
Our percentages for the week were: Monday 69%; Tuesday 70%; Wednesday 75%; Thursday 88%; Friday 91%.
Challenge: What was our average percentage ?
Juniper class practised some yoga moves under the shade of our wonderful Oak tree.
“I had to really concentrate to keep my balance.” Rebecca
“I loved being outside especially near this tree on a hot day.” Owyn
“I felt lovely and relaxed and calm afterwards.” Auden
What an amazing day and what a wonderful church service. A very big thank you to James Marsden who stood in to read Mia’s part in her absence on the day. All of our speakers: James, Frankie, Scarlett & Abi read audibly, clearly and thoughtfully.
Sarah Stanford’s interest in education came from family connections and an appreciation that education ‘for all’ was important. She was born Sarah Fountain and married Philip. Philip & Sarah were farmers in Laceby. It was in his will dated 1712 that Philip left all his lands and all his money to Sarah. Whilst he stipulated it should be used “To settle upon such poor widows or other charitable causes she thought fit”. After careful consideration Sarah set up the charitable trust and named it The Stanford Trust.
One of the five main causes of The Stanford Trust was that a school was to be founded. This was to educate children from Laceby, Barnoldby-le-Beck and Bradley. Sarah further insisted the subjects that were to be taught.
The most interesting subject named was ‘that girls should be taught to cast accounts”. This means they needed to taught, and able to do mathematics. If you were a girl in Laceby, Barnoldby-le-Beck or Bradley this would have been fantastic news – you were going to get an education.
Many members of Star Anise also sang with the choir. They sang a beautiful rendition of ‘Butterfly’.
For our Star Anise class assembly today we shared our thoughts with the people of Manchester. We sent them our love and asked them to stay strong and united. We wrote our thoughts and messages on hearts. We decided to learn the words to Arianna Grande’s song ‘One More Time’ as a way to support the victims.
Food for Fitness led workshops for parents and pupils all about health eating. Pupils enjoyed preparing food from scratch and tasting the delicious choices – they were inspired to start cooking! Thank you to the families who attended and to Mrs Harvey for leading these workshops.
This month’s Road Safety Sticker Day was another great success – 207 pupils (89%) chose to walk, bike or scoot to school today to help reduce traffic congestion and make healthy choices ! Well done! Great community links, support from parents, pupils and staff. Abi (Head Girl) and Connor (Head Boy) were great role models too and also helped hand out stickers. Many thanks.
Year 3 prepared and made a healthy and tasty meal using tomatoes and herbs as the main ingredients. They made pasta with tomato and basil sauce with herby garlic bread. This involved ensuring hygiene procedures were used, following a recipe, and evaluating the finished dish. Most agreed it was delicious! Many were inspired to want to cook this recipe using fresh ingredients at home. We also identified which part of the Eat well plate each of the ingredients belonged to applying our previous learning on healthy eating.
We are very grateful for the community links we have – thank you for the donations from His Church Charity and GTFC regarding free breakfast cereal for The Club at Stanford.
Barley class learnt the basic skills needed in First Aid. They worked in small groups to act out what they would do in different scenarios.
We are so proud of Emily who swam 5Ks for the Marie Curie Charity – she has raised £855! Well done Emily! Thanks to those who supported her too – Alysia was there to cheer her friend on and award the medal!
Mrs Gresham came and worked with Barley class on ways to help them relax, breathing exercises and mindfulness exercises.
Some of the activities pupils took part in were describing themselves using one word, listening to relaxing music- meditating, 'compliment cloud'. Pupils were shown how to relax their bodies by shaking out their arms, legs, rotating their ankles and wrists. Making a figure of 8 round their eyes and rubbing their cheeks in a circular motion also helps you relax.
The pupils had a wonderful afternoon, thank you to Mrs Gresham for delivering these sessions- the pupils really enjoyed relax kids programme!
Today our assembly was led by Sara and Shona from the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service who talk to us about Fire Safety. We learnt about smoke alarms and which rooms to put them in around our homes. Then we were told what to do if someones clothes caught fire and to 'STOP, DROP and ROLL'. Can you tell a grown up the rhyme? 'Get out, Stay out, call 999'
The Humberside Fire and Rescue team came to speak to Key Stage 2 pupils about the dangers of fires, what to do in an emergency and also what to do if there is a fire. Pupils asked some excellent questions and learnt about fire safety.
Barley class have been discussion the following question, 'When the going gets tough, how do we cope? We had an excellent discussion on the different types of activities we do when we are feeling stressed, worried or in need of a break. Barley class use a wide range of activities to help them relax.
The Sunflowers discussed how important it is to look after each other and enjoy good health. They agreed that healthy eating and exercise are important ways to look after our bodies. Then they thought about looking after our mental health. If someone was feeling unhappy, how could we help them?
Stanley- Give them a card to cheer them up.
Holly- Talk to them and ask what's wrong.
Finley- Listen carefully to them. It might help them to just talk about their problems.
Ella- Let Mrs. Cawley talk to them. She helps people when they are worried.
Awis- I would help someone who was upset by putting their things away for them.
We were asked to consider what is meant by Mental health as part of our SMSC (Social, moral, spiritual and cultural) learning.
We talked with partners and in small groups to discuss positive and negative mental health and thought of strategies to help us when we have negative feelings. Some of the responses were recorded on the interactive white board.
Most of us had a clearer insight as to what mental health meant by the end of the lesson.
Sunflower Class raised a total of £27.35 on Red Nose Day for Comic Relief. Well done everyone!
Thank you to the members of the after-school club for donating their lovely baking to raise funds for Red Nose Day. The pupils enjoyed developing their baking skills too and there were lots of happy customers.
Children from Seedlings class have been learning about how the dentist helps us and ways to look after our teeth. Tracy, the dentist, showed us some of her tools and equipment then talked about how to brush our teeth correctly for 2 minutes. Tracy then showed us some real teeth that had not been brushed correctly and had tooth decay! Next, we played a game to find out which foods were ‘good’ and which were ‘bad’ for our teeth. Later, we dressed up as dentists, looked closely at each other’s teeth and took home a new toothbrush too!
Key Stage 2 pupils had a fantastic afternoon, learning how to have a balanced diet and learning about the key food groups. A 'Ready, Steady, Cook' Interactive Challenge was created with Chartwells. Four pupils worked in two separate teams to create two healthy and nutritious meals... in 15 minutes! It was a great afternoon with critiques from our audience members and tasters as well!
Stanford takes road safety very seriously. Pupils, Parish Councillors, Governors, staff and parents support our Sticker Day’ campaign. Pupils are encouraged to make healthy choices to walk, ride a bike or scoot to school every day. This help develop a healthier life style and also helps reduce traffic congestion in and around school. Pupils receive a sticker in recognition of their support. Today 207/234 pupils chose to support the event – our highest number yet! A big thank you to all involved.
As part of our deeper questioning focus in Barley Class, we posed the following questions: Is the internet safe? Is the internet a good thing? Is it always right to put your opinion online? Pupils created posters of their thoughts and opinions and then discussed these questions in small groups. There were some very powerful discussions from each pupil.
As part of Internet Safety Week we are developing our deeper thinking skills. We posed the question "Is the Internet Safe?" We discussed as a class the positives and negatives of the Internet and chose the ones we thought were the best.
Mustard Class were involved in a debate relating to 'How safe is the internet?' There were some very interesting and profound questions posed by the children, which were then answered by some of their peers. The children definitely showed their understanding of using the Internet safely. Well done Mustard Class!
Mustard Class learnt about blind spots in lorries and the importance of keeping their distance from large, heavy vehicles, in order to keep themselves safe on the road.
Stanford appreciate all the support they receive from community volunteers. We organised a ‘Thank you High-Tea’ and were delighted that so many parent and grandparent helpers, Governors, agencies, Stanford Trust, St Margaret’s Church and PTFA members could attend.
Each class presented a poem, song or dance and pupils made mini-scones, finger sandwiches and cakes for the guests. We had a lovely afternoon.
One guest commented, ‘I so enjoyed the afternoon. The children obviously enjoy their learning at Stanford. So many aspects of life skills, such as helping each other were seen etc along with the inspiring staff. Thank you for the varied entertainment and lovely tea.
Today, our school field has some special visitors -
Julie and Mark from Lincoln Owl Rescue. They have brought with them an European Eagle Owl, Tawny Owl , Barn Owl, North American Screech & Australian Boobook for the pupils to see and learn about.
"I liked Jesse the Eagle owl the best because of his massive orange eyes." Owyn
"I loved seeing Sunbeam the tawny owl. His feathers looked so soft." Archie
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.
Mustard and Barley Classes worked together to find a Newspaper clip to analyse and label with the features of a newspaper. The children enjoyed supporting one another with their learning.
Today Miss Devaney came to talk to Seedlings class about dental hygiene and ways to keep our teeth healthy. We learnt about cleaning our teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day and foods we should not eat too often such as sweets
Mr Cullum from NEL Road Safety Dept kick started our ‘Road Safety Week’ at a special assembly attended by community members , councillors and governors. We ensure road safety is an important part of the curriculum as Stanford. Mr Cullum was very impressed with the work we do and the excellent listening skills and knowledge the pupils showed.
Well done to all the children in Stanford for their contributions towards Children in Need day. The amounts for each team have been totalled and are as follows:
Red £61 79
A huge thanks to parents and children for supporting this event. Each class went in turn to place all their loose change onto a Pudsey Bear of their team colour. We have not, as yet, calculated the amount given, but will send a text as soon as we know. Please look at the photos. A brilliant effort!
Sunflower Class kindly donated lots of money for Children in Need and Elliott baked special Pudsey cakes for everyone! Bestsie- It was very kind of Elliott to bring them in. Jamie- The money will help children who haven't got many things. Millie- The money will help poorly children get better.
The children had a busy week reminding them about anti-bullying, what it is and what to do about it. We shared some of the activities they were involved in in our Friday morning Assembly. Some of the activities included acting out scenarios, designing super heroes to combat bullying and a rap. All the classes collaborated with another class at some time during the week. This has really reinforced the importance of anti-bullying. Well done Stanford!'
This week our focus has been about ‘Anti-bullying’. During the week children from Seedlings class thought about who they might talk to if they felt sad, talked about 'top tips for a happy school' and played collaboratively with Pumpkin class. We also recognised extra friendly children during the week.
Sunflower class and Mustard class worked together during Anti-Bullying Week. They made wreaths out of their hands and wrote down the qualities of a good friend. They acted out scenarios to show what a good friend would do if they saw someone who was injured or who felt lonely. This collaboration enabled the children to make new friends with someone from a different class. The children sang a rap together and taught each other games outside to develop all the positive friendship messages further.
Awis- I liked playing with Brandon. We played tig.
Thomas- I enjoyed making new friends and playing with them.
Louis- I enjoyed playing with new friends. We played 'Piggy in the Middle.'
Charlie- I liked teaching Connor how to balance.
Jess K- It was good to make new friends.
Brandon- I liked learning the rap. It was about good anti-bullying messages.
Olivia- I liked playing with Jasmine and Jorja outside.
Holly- I liked making my hand for the wreath. I wrote kind things on it.
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.
Mustard Class worked in groups to discuss various aspects of British Values, which they then presented back to the class. Some of the children were surprised that most of these values are followed through in school! They all shared some brilliant explanations. Well done Mustard Class!
Some of our Year 5 children led an assembly relating to keeping our school environment litter free. These children give up playtimes and lunch times to pick up litter around the school. They do a wonderful job!
The majority of the children in Mustard Class have volunteered to be 'Play leaders' to support KS1 children at playtimes. They all produced Powerpoints and voted for the best one to be presented in an Assembly.
Some Year 5 children came to Poppy class with a very important reminder.
They showed us a presentation that they had created, reminding us how to stay safe in the sun.
Seedlings class learnt about road safety. They found out about different safe places to cross the road such as a 'Pelican crossing' or 'Zebra crossing'. We also practised crossing the road safely, remembering to 'Stop', 'Look', 'Listen' and 'Think'
Seedlings class have been working with Amy from 'Relaxed Kids' to learn about ways to relax and be calm. First we explored and imaginary woods, gently held a tiny bird and carefully put it back in its tree. Next, we stretch up tall before learning how to breathe in through our nose and slowly out through our mouths with our teddies on our tummy. Finally, we curled up with our teddies and listened to some calm twinkling music. What a wonderful relaxing afternoon. Thank you Amy
At Grimsby Minster the Year 4 and Year 5 children learnt all about British Values. They drew pictures of British symbols and displayed their work on a giant frieze. Ava- 'I drew the English rose and added a crown, to represent the Royal family.' Simon- I drew fish and chips because it's the best British meal.' Grace- 'I've drawn a poppy and a medal to remember people who died in the war.
Star Anise and Mustard classes enjoyed tasting a variety of exotic fruits related to Healthy Eating.