What is SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development?


Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences.


Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.


Pupils’ social development is shown by their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their;

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

What is PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, Economic) and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)?

  • PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives.
  • As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
  • PSHE prepares children to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure.
  • Topics covered within PSHE are grouped in three core themes: (i) health and wellbeing, (ii) relationships, and (iii) living in the wider world; and include:
    • Personal health
    • Family and relationships
    • Bullying
    • Citizenship, democracy and human rights
    • Careers and the world of work
    • Personal finance
    • Alcohol, smoking and drugs
    • Sex Education

What are the Fundamental British Values (BV)?

Britain is a democracy- this means that the people in Britain vote for the people who make the laws and decide how the country is run. If we didn’t have a democracy, just one person might be able to make all the laws and that would not be fair.
The rule of law
In Britain we have a police force who make sure people do not do the wrong thing and break the law- this means that we are safe.
Individual Liberty
In Britain, as long as we do not break the law, we can live as we choose to and have our own opinions about things.
Mutual respect
We might not always agree with other people, but we try to show respect for their thoughts and feelings. We can give respect to others and we can expect other people to show us respect.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
In Britain we accept and respect that other people might have different beliefs than ours and they may believe in different religions.


At Stanford Junior and Infants School, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), alongside Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) education, enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

Our focus aims are; 

  • To build a PSHE and SMSC curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community.
  • To build a PSHE and SMSC curriculum that incorporates the understanding of RSE so that children know more, remember more and understand more. As a result children will know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.


  • Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum.
    The school curriculum will focus on three core learning themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. The Scheme of work also includes opportunities to link British Values, SMSC and schools Key skills into the curriculum.
  • Wider Curriculum
    All subjects make a link to PSHE, BV, SMSC and the language is used consistently by all staff.
  • Displays across school
    PSHE, BV and SMSC displays throughout school reinforce the PSHE curriculum enabling children to make links.
  • Assemblies
    Wholeschool, Key Stage and class assemblies always make a link to PSHE, British Values and SMSC.
  • Clear and comprehensive RSE scheme of work within PSHE in line with the new recommendations of teaching RSE in National Curriculum (Feb 2019)
    The teaching and learning of RSE is planned explicitly within each year group.
  • RSE programme of work is explicitly resourced.
    Children will become more aware of RSE and have the real purpose of it.
  • Parent Consultation
    Parents are informed of the content of the RSE programme of work during the class transition meetings and further support / clarification is given if required.


At Stanford we believe that PSHE and SMSC education plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of PSHE and SMSC is taught in their year group. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. PSHE is integral to the development of children values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

Through discrete, cross curricular and embedded teaching of the PSHE and SMSC currciculum, we expect the following;

  • Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
  • Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be in-line with national and behaviour will be good.
  • Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
  • Children will develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
  • Children will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.
  • Children will have respect for themselves and others.
  • Children will have positive body images.

Behaviour Management

Reflection Sheets - A Time to Reflect 

At Stanford we give children the opportunity to not only reflect on the good things they do e.g. good work in class, but also the negative choices that they sometimes make.

As part of this process we use the three R’s; Regulate, Relate and Reason.

These sheets are a chance for children to: 

  • think about the decisions they made or actions they took in words or pictures 
  • why this may have been the wrong choice to make 
  • what they could do next time to avoid it happening again 

If a child receives 3 Reflection Sheets in a week or 6 in a half term they will be copied and sent home to parents, so they have an opportunity to discuss with their child the behaviours they have been displaying in school and to help them to make more positive choices in future. 

The Reflection Sheets are kept on file and monitored through the year.

We transfer the information from the sheets into a chart, which helps us to monitor the behaviour in the school in real-time and identify any patterns which may occur.

The more detail we record - the clearer the picture we get!

We record Gender, Class, Week, Term, Reason, Location, Subject, Time of Day 


Healthy Schools

Healthy Places AwardThe Healthy Places ‘Education’ award is designed to help educational settings in North East Lincolnshire to create a programme of work to promote health, as they act as vehicles to empower individuals to live well where they work, learn and play.

This is a fantastic award for schools and academies to work towards, which not only benefits the children and young people but also has a positive impact on the health of staff, parents/carers and wider community.

What are the Benefits ?

Improved health and happiness

Improved engagement and morale

Raised attendance levels for staff and children

Raised attainment and progression for staff
& children

Reduction in bullying

Better engagement with parents/carers and wider community.

Reduced absence level and increased attendance levels in workplace

Improved productivity and performance

Fewer accidents and injuries

Aims of the Project
  • Up skill and empower people to champion health
    and take care of each other.
  • Inspire sustainable health related change.
  • Gain recognition for creating a healthier setting.
  • Deliver healthy lifestyle promotion on topics.
What we do
  • Breakfast Club (Mon, Weds & Fri)
  • Provide healthy lunches & encourage parents to do the same.
  • Encourage children to take part in physical activity with a range of out of school clubs.
  • Ask children to discuss their thoughts and feelings, related to well-being both in class and through ‘Pupil Voice’.

PSHE: Groups and Communities

In PSHE the children talked about the different groups that they belong to, not only in school, but in the wider community. The children talked enthusiastically about the clubs they go to, what they wear when they go and the different activities they enjoy. One child was keen to tell everyone that ‘it is important to go to different clubs and meet new people because it is good for your mental health and nice to make new friends!’

More pupil comments:

‘I get lots of rosettes and trophies for my dancing. I love it!’
‘I felt very proud when I got my first football trophy.’
‘I wear a special white belt when I do karate.’
‘I’ve been going to a reading club. At the moment I am reading lots of animal books because I want to be a vet.’
‘I like winning medals for my football playing.’
‘Lots of children go to Beavers like me. You learn lots of new things and it’s lots of fun.’
‘I enjoy going to my swimming club and I am getting really good at swimming.’
‘I go to lots of clubs. I am a very busy person.’

Comic Relief 2024

Year 1 and Year 2

The children in Year 1 and 2 enjoyed dressing up in red and raising money on Red Nose Day.

P- We pulled funny faces.
H- I told my friends some jokes.
H- We sang a song called ‘Put a nose on it’. I thought it was funny.
C- We raised money by buying and wearing our red noses.
J- We learnt that we have Red Nose Day, so we can help people all over the world.
The money goes to help people who need help. Some people are living in poverty and some people are poorly or disabled.
S- We saw a video about a boy who was struggling with his mental health and the Comic Relief people used the money to get him some help.

Barley Class celebrate and support Red Nose Day 2024!!

Stanford Junior and Infant School Celebrates International Women's Day!

We celebrate the incredible women who light up our classrooms and nurture young minds every day! From teachers to support staff, we are immensely proud of the passion, dedication, and strength they bring to our school community!

Happy International Women's Day to these remarkable individuals and to all the Mums, Grandmas, Sisters, Aunties and all the women who shape the future of our children!!

Speak Out and Stay Safe!

Neil from the NSPCC came to visit Year 2 this week.

C- Neil told us that if someone is hurting you that you should tell a safe adult who can help you.
J- Sam was upset because she didn’t have enough food and she was hungry. She did the right thing and she told her teacher. Then her family got some help and she was happy again.
A- A safe adult could be a teacher, someone who is over 18 that you know, parents and nannas and granddads.
D- Buddy is a mascot for the NSPCC. He is the shape of a speech bubble and he reminds us to speak to adults if we are worried.
S- If children are worried or upset, they must tell a trusted adult.
L- Childline has people who can help children. You can ring them up or go on their website.

Chill club

Today in chill club we started by listening to classical music with refreshments to transition from a busy school day to a calm environment. Once we were calm, we looked at oil pastels and shading techniques. We created lots of different pictures and once we got the hang of it, we drew peaceful pictures including sunsets, rivers, and natural sceneries. 

Compass Go!

Today Zowie delivered an ANTS workshop. We learnt what an ANT is and what we can do to stop an ANT. Zowie also told us about having a brain bestie, and that when we have an ANT we can use our brain bestie to stop the ANT. We wrote down our ideas so we can look back at them if we have an ANT. 

After this we came up with ideas of what makes us happy, which we can think about, if we are feeling negative. 

"I am a fantastic friend!"
"Making mistakes helps me."
"I am always trying my best."
"I love football, that makes me really happy."
"I enjoy going to the swimming pool."

Parachute games

We have been practising our Team Work,  Turn Taking,  Communication and language skills,  Hand-eye Coordination, Following instructions, Sensory development, Gross Motor Skills

And having    Fun, Fun, Fun!

We played 4 little monkeys, washing and Drying game, Fruit salad and Popcorn! We hardly noticed the rain.

Peer Mentors Assembly on Relationships

Our wonderful Peer Mentors delivered an assembly to the whole school, alongside Children’s mental health week, around the theme of relationships.

The Peer Mentor group had identified that relationship / friendship difficulties was something that pupils needed support with and decided that they would like to do something to help the school in this area.

The group met with Zowie on a number of occasions to plan a special assembly that the group would deliver to all pupils at Stanford School.

As the theme for this years Children’s Mental health week is ‘My voice matters’ it was felt an excellent opportunity to demonstrate this by the group delivering an assembly to help teach their fellow students  key skills and strategies to help use their voices to talk to people about how they are feeling and also resolve any conflicts.

All of the teachers, pupils (and Zowie from Compass Go) were unbelievably proud of the group and wanted to share what a fantastic assembly this was!  An important message delivered by the pupils for Stanford School, the community and parent and carers- well done!

See the Peer Mentors Assembly

Safer Internet Day

Mrs. Hill led an important assembly today about how we can stay safe online. This week the children will be learning more about how to stay safe online in their lessons.

H- I found out that lots of people think about staying safe and it’s not just in school. Sports clubs and charities have to learn about it.

J- I like to play on my X-Box and talk to my friends.

E- I love to play games on my phones.

C- The internet is good for playing games with friends.

J- I like virtual games when I put on my headset.

R- I think it’s important to know who you are talking to online.

A- You should never tell anyone your personal details.

M- Don’t click adverts that pop up. They might give your computer a virus.

L- Always tell a trusted adult if you are worried about anything you’ve seen that makes you feel worried or scared.

People that Help us – the Police

We were so lucky to have a special visitor come to talk to us this afternoon – Inspector Harvey.

She showed us her special uniform and the equipment she carries.   She brought lots of uniform for us to try on. Some of it was so heavy.  We learnt about how Police help us.  We asked lots of sensible questions such as Why do Police officers have hats? Do you enjoy your job? What do you use a Baton for? …Even Had she captured Evil Pea? (He visited our class last week and did terrible crimes to our vegetables!

Inspector Harvey was kind enough to bring in us a helmet, a pencil and a sticker.  Lots of us want to work in the Police force when we are grown up

ECO Group - Pre-loved Sale

Our ECO group have recently discussed how we can recycle more in school. With us already having focused on recycling waste they decided to focus on pre-loved jumpers and cardigans. Today they put their plan into action at the Year 2 learning share. We hope to do this again at more upcoming events in school to promote recycling and sustainability.

Remember to bring 50p if you would like to purchase a pre-loved jumper or cardigan!
Well done ECO warriors!

People that help us – Nurses

This afternoon we had a special visitor, Mrs Hurdman who told us all about her job working at the hospital as a Student Nurse.   We all had a go at using a stethoscope and listened to each other’s hearts.     We learnt that it is a busy job looking after people and helping them get well.  Lots of us want to be a nurse or Doctor when we are grown up.

Christmas Jumper Day 2023

The Year 2 children enjoyed celebrating this special day by wearing their festive jumpers.
The children learnt that their donations all go to help children in both the UK and all around the world.

L- We watched an assembly about why people wear Christmas jumpers.
F- In English, we read about the Save the Children charity and answered lots of questions about Christmas Jumper Day.
P- I think it’s nice to be kind to other people.

Eating Five A Day!

As part of the Year 2 children’s Design and Technology and PSHE work, the children enjoyed a very informative workshop led by Chef Gavin from Chartwells.

M- We learnt about eating different kinds of fruit and vegetables and that we should try and eat five every day.
M- Chef showed us lots of different kinds of vegetables, some of them I had never seen before.
J- Chef Gavin told us how he grows his own vegetables and cooks different healthy recipes.
A- He gave us some vegetable soup to taste. He had made it with fresh ingredients. I liked it and I liked dipping in his homemade bread too!
T- Mrs. Brady liked the soup and she was asking lots of questions about healthy meals she could make too.

Grow your own Vegetables

This morning we learnt all about fruit and vegetables that can be grown locally.   Many of us had never seen ginger, asparagus, leeks or avocado before.    Vegetables need sun and water to grow.
We looked at the roots and the leaves.  Peppers are fruit because their seeds are in the middle.
The best bit was when we tasted homemade vegetable soup made with leek, shallots, carrots and potatoes alongside homemade bread.

Road Safety Week

This week, children have learned about the importance of being safe on the roads. We were visited by Mark, who spoke to us all about the importance of wearing seatbelts and safety helmets, with practical presentations of the benefits. He also ensured we all knew about the different types of crossings and the first rule of the Green Cross Code - Stop, Look, Listen, Think! Throughout the school, children have been creating posters, learning more through reading comprehension and enjoying practical learning linked to this important awareness week. Look at class blogs for additional photos. Also, our Travel Plan Group are working on a traffic survey and looking at the success of less parking outside the school, which they will share with you next week.

Buttercup Class

This week we have been learning about how to stay safe near roads. We learnt about Stop, look, listen and think when crossing a road. We looked at safe places to cross roads including Zebra crossings and Pelican crossings.

We enjoyed playing the Stop and Go game on the KS1 playground.

In our continuious provision we decided on where to put zebra crossings on roads in our small play area. Outside we used Stop, Go and give way signs as well as a zebra crossing. When we are on the bikes we wear a helmet to protect our head.

Years 1 and 2

Road Safety Week is an event to help people learn how to stay safe on the roads.

A charity called ‘Brake’ organises Road Safety Week every November.

The children have been watching road safety videos, acting out scenarios, explaining The Green Cross Code and challenging themselves to recall facts and answer lots of questions in a tricky road safety quiz. Well done everyone!

Pumpkin Class

After an insightful assembly on road safety yesterday today we recapped on all that we had learnt. We came up with posters to display in the classroom reminding us that we need to think, stop, look and listen.

Children in Need

The Year 1 and Year 2 children kindly supported the Children in Need charity.
Thank you to everyone for their kind donations.

We had watched a video all about Children in Need.
J- I learnt the word ‘mascot’. Pudsey the teddy bear is the mascot for the charity.
J- I wore a Pudsey t-shirt, some people dressed in yellow and some people had teddy ears on.
T- We read a story about Pudsey Bear and then we had a quiz about it.
L- I liked the quiz about the story, as we all got into teams and helped each other work out the answers.

World Diabetes Day

This week the children learnt all about diabetes and the people living with this condition. They had a special assembly with Mrs. Hill, they researched facts about diabetes in their PSHE lesson and wore their blue clothes.

L- I know someone with diabetes and they have insulin injections every day.

H- Mrs. Hill told us that there are two kinds of diabetes.

C- I’m wearing blue clothes to show that I am thinking about people who have got diabetes.

Recycling Poster Competition

The children have been learning all about recycling. They have been thinking about the things they could recycle at school. Well done to our lovely Y2 pupil for winning the recycling poster competition. Her poster will be displayed in the classroom to remind everyone to keep recycling.

Anti-Bullying week

Year 1 and Year 2

The theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying week is ‘Make a Noise’.

The children in Year 1 and 2 learnt what bullying is and how important it is to ‘Make a Noise’ and tell someone if they are being bullied. The children attended a special assembly, learnt about different types of bullying in class and during ‘Well-being Wednesday’ enjoyed making a new friend and working on activities together.

M- If someone was hurting me, I would tell a trusted adult- someone like my teacher or my mum.
C- Bullying is when someone is upsetting and hurting a person over and over again.
P- I wore my odd socks to show everyone that it is OK to be different.
B- We should be kind to one another. It’s good to make new friends.

Pumpkin Class

To start off our focus of Anti-Bullying week Pumpkin Class researched team building games that we could collaborate with year 6 to play. We also participated in a live Anti-Bullying lesson led by the BBC. We were all very excited to get a shout out on the BBC Teach website.

Remembrance Day

This afternoon Mr Smith from the British Legion came to talk to us all about Remembrance Day. We had a chance to ask questions about Remembrance Day and Mr Smith explained what happens, he also read us a poem called 'The inquisitive mind of a child.' A big thank you to Mr Smith for coming to visit us, and sharing his knowledge with us.

MP Martin Vickers

On Monday our local MP, Martin Vickers visited Year 5 and 6 pupils to talk to them about his role as MP and Parliament. Pupils learnt when Parliament was formed and what happens within the House of Commons. There was then an opportunity for Q and A from the pupils- great questions asked! Pupils then followed this exciting assembly, with work all about Parliament. Thank you Martin Vickers for the inspirational talk!

Pumpkins bake for tuck shop for well-being Wednesday!

Pumpkin class have made some delicious oat-meal and raisin cookies for tuck shop this week for our well-being Wednesday. Children weighed out the ingredients and then added all the ingredients together to bake. Although Miss Purshouse nearly forgot the cinnamon, oops! We can't wait to sample these in our tuck shop on Friday selling for 50p.


After learning all about Diva lamps as part of the Hindu celebration of Diwali, Year 1 made their own Diva lamps to hang in the windows of the classroom. We followed instructions to select the correct materials and use our DT skills of folding, cutting and joining, to make the lamps. We hope you like them.

Pupil 1: I learnt about Rama and Sita coming home in the dark.

Pupil 2: They followed the lamps in the windows of the houses to get home.

Pupil 3: I got better and better at the folding.

Pupil 4: I thought it was tricky but my friend helped me.

Pupil 5: I loved the story in assembly.

Pupil 6: I liked making divas.

Well-being Activities Are Fun!

The Year 2 children love to choose different activities each week to boost their well-being. This week they chose to read with a friend, do some practical maths, dance, listen to a story on the big board in the hall and also enjoy some relaxing yoga.

C- We are practising counting in 100s. We like doing maths together.

J- I feel happy when I look at my favourite books.

D- I love watching stories on the big board because it makes me feel like I’m at the cinema.

P- Yoga helps me to relax and it also helps me keep fit.

SMSC: Our Ethos, Our Values

In Year 2, the children have been learning about The Five C’s: care, challenge, community, creativity and curriculum. They have been discussing the meaning of each word and sharing examples.

They looked at the new Five C’s poster that has been designed by pupil voice and created a special class charter of class rules to help keep their class a safe, fair and happy place.

C- I care for my friends. I help them if they feel sad.

D- I love to do harder challenges in Maths.

L- We enjoy doing special things with community members, like the Macmillan Coffee Day.

C- Year 2 had an artist’s day- it was all about creativity. We enjoyed painting and drawing.

J- The curriculum is all about what we learn. I’m enjoying the lessons in Year 2. I really love the story about Egg Box Dragon.

Compass Go Workshop

Year 6 had a great session with Zowie from Compass Go. We looked at positive and negative relationships and how to spot them and also how to manage friendship issues from low, medium and high problems and how best to deal with these. Sometimes we may need to compromise with friends if they are doing something that makes you unhappy. We also looked at social media and ensuring we only engage with friends.

‘ I really liked taking part in the I can statements, it was a lot harder than I thought!’

‘ Healthy and unhealthy relationships are important to identify’

‘ I know that I can solve problems with my friends’

Peer Mentoring Training with Compass Go!

At Stanford we care about positive mental health and wellbeing and want to support anyone who may need help. Sarah at Compass Go came this week to train some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils to become our new Peer mentoring group. This group learnt all about positive well-being and what they can do to support others who may be struggling- offering advice, finger breathing, grounding technique etc These pupils will be a champion to our peers! Listening to what pupils need, helping others to improve their own wellbeing and learning about mental health. We want tio ensure ALL pupils at Stanford:

Our Peer wellbeing Ambassadors can help! Keep updated with their progress in school!

Class Charters

Every year we set up a new class charter, where the pupils think about the rights that we all have access to and how we can help respect these rights as a class unit. We use the UNCRC to help us make class charters that we can refer to throughout the year.

Our Rights Respecting Display

We are very proud of the work that we are doing in our school, linked to children’s rights and valuing equality for all. We are always updating our display and love sharing the work with visitors.

Pupil Voice

We greatly value pupil voice in our school, linked to our rights respecting work. Here is our pupil voice display, where children are free to post their suggestions ideas in the post box at any time. We then look at these in our weekly pupil voice meetings.

Playtime fun

In year 1 we love having the chance to play and learn together. Wet play doesn’t dampen our spirits, it just an opportunity to explore the classroom and see what exciting things the teachers have left out for us to play with.

Behaviour Ambassadors

We love celebrating fantastic behaviour in Pumpkin Class. Today our behaviour ambassadors have seen lots of amazing behaviour.

"I saw people listening to what they had been asked"

"Someone held the door for me! I thanked them"

Hello Yellow: World Mental Health Day 10th October

Year 2

By wearing some yellow and giving kind donations to the Young Minds charity, the Year 2 children came together to show their support for World Mental Health Day.

The children learnt about the importance of looking after not just their physical health, but their mental health too. They had a special assembly with Mrs. Brady, where they found out that people can experience a range of different emotions: Some emotions can make us feel good and some can make us feel uncomfortable.

The children created posters to show that taking some time out to do the things we enjoy has positive effects on our mental health and well-being.

Barley Class

Barley Class came together for World Mental Health day by wearing some yellow and giving kind donations to the Young Minds charity. #HelloYellow

Black History Month

The children Year 2 have been finding out all about the life of American artist, Alma Thomas. They were very shocked to learn that during her life she had been treated very unfairly because of the colour of her skin. The children learnt the meanings of the words; ‘racism’ and ‘discrimination'. The children enjoyed exploring her art work and found her colourful pictures inspiring, and so they decided to create some of their own.

Willow and Pumpkin Well-being Collaboration

As part of our well-being Wednesday Willow and Pumpkin class worked together to create some new recycling posters to put up around school. Willow class helped Pumpkin class with their spellings, and Pumpkin class helped Willow class with ideas they could have for their posters.

"I really enjoyed working with a year 4"

"Having the doors open was so cool!"

"It was nice working with a different teacher"


A BIG thank you to everyone who came and supported our Macmillan coffee morning. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did. We raised a fantastic £370.63.

"It's great to come and see the children at school and donate to a fantastic charity"
"The children clearly worked very hard, well done to all involved."
"We loved it, thank you so much!"
"Lovely get together and nice to see the children showcasing their learning!
"We had a lovely time today thank you so much for this event" 

Again, big thank you to everyone who donated!

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival was an amazing event. Each of the classes prepared something to share - pieces of art, letters, poems and songs. It was lovely seeing the Foundation children join us to share their song. Rev Chris came to talk to us about harvest and spoke about how it is important to share and care for each other, qualities which we treasure within our school.

Head Pupils

We are delighted to share the faces of our 3 head pupils for this year. We are so proud of all of the pupils that applied for the role - it was a very close race. It was a perfect opportunity for children to learn how a democracy works, as well as valuing pupil voice (linked to our rights respecting charter). We look forward to how they are going to support the school during their final year here.

Head Pupils Election

The year 6 pupils were incredible today as they delivered their speeches to run for head pupil. A large number of pupils have nominated themselves for this responsibility and we will find out next week which two were lucky enough to receive the most votes.

It was the perfect day to be running the vote as it is the International Day of Democracy. We are so proud of all of the pupils and were so impressed by the thought and effort that had gone into all of the speeches and other preparations. Pupil voice is so important to us, as a Rights Respecting school. Good luck to all of you and well done!

Worry Worms

Year 3 have been talking about their worries transitioning into year 3. We read a book called 'Little Worm' a story about a worm who is anxious and worried. Year 3 named our class worry worm Mr Wiggles. We took their own worry worms home to help us with our transition into Key Stage 2.

'I feel a lot better now about what year 3 is going to be like.'
'I have no worries now!'
'I know if I have a worry, I can put it in our class worry box.'
'Talking about our worries, some people had the same worry and it made me feel better.'

Pumpkin Class Well-being Wednesday!

Pumpkin Class really look forward to Wednesday’s.

This week they chose the following activities; sand play, ipad racing games, chilling and chatting and craft and drawing.

V- I love to relax with my friends.

H- I always enjoy my activities, they make me feel happy.

T- It is good fun to spend time with different friends.

Well-being Wednesday: Plant Care

In Year 1 we have been taking extra care of all our plants we have. The plants link to our Science topic, so we have been making sure we know how to look after plants. We have found that watering plants can be very relaxing so we incorporated this into our well-being Wednesday this week.

"The plants need water to survive"

Being Eco-Warriors

Here at Stanford we encourage eco-warriors around school. Children are encouraged to turn interactive whiteboards and lights off in classrooms when they aren't in use. Make sure classrooms are recycling efficiently and generally promote an environmentally friendly school.

"I like being an eco-warrior because I'm helping the future" 
"Being an eco-warrior is helpful!"

Healthy Eating and Sharing

This week it has been healthy eating week and we have focused on healthy lifestyles and learning about which foods we should have more/less of. Children have learned some new vocabulary such as 'carbohydrate' and 'protein'. We have also learned about Clean Air Day.

We have also been learning about sharing into equal groups in maths. We shared out bananas for monkeys at the zoo and shared out dinner for the 3 bears.

Sun Safety

Pumpkin Class have been finding out how to stay safe in the sun.

They have been reading information, discussing ways to keep safe on sunny days and designing posters to encourage everyone in the school to stay safe in the sun. Well done everyone!

Sports for Champion Sponsored Event

Liz Mcternan (a champion para triathlete) visited our school this week. Willow Class worked off some energy and had great fun taking part in her fitness circuit. Thank you to everyone who raised some sponsor money.

Walk to School Week

Thank you for supporting us with our walk to school week yet again. Our aim this year was to try to keep Cooper Lane free from school traffic, on Wednesday in particular. We also wanted to promote the benefits of walking to school for our physical and mental health. The Travel Plan Group - made up of pupils, governors and staff - prepared designs for some stickers that were shared with everyone who participated. We had a great push this year, with some classes having as many as 100% of pupils being able to walk to school on Wednesday! Thank you for supporting us with this important initiative.

Year 3 - Modern Day Commandments for a Modern Life

In RE we have been considering what it is to live a good life. We looked at the 10 commandments and discussed whether they are relevant to today's life. We then looked at some rules made by a Rabbi reflecting on what Judaism has taught him about a good life. The children then made a list of 10 ways to live a good life thinking about how we can be inclusive and work together to make this world a better place.

Year 3 & 4 - Mental Well-Being

We were fortunate to have Compass GO. NEL Mental Health Support Team come to talk to us about how to deal with ‘ants’- Automatic Negative Thoughts. These are thoughts that we all have - “I can’t do this” “I’m not good enough”. The children were taught to ‘splat’ these ants and use their brains to think positively instead.

A positive mental attitude can work wonders!