Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
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;
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;
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.
SMSC enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.
We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self worth.
We teach them how society is organised and governed.
We teach them about rights and responsibilities, to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
Stanford School promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values.
Through the provision of SMSC our students:
At Stanford we try to 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 have been trialling the use of ‘Reflection Sheets’.
These sheets are a chance for children to:
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 simple Excel spread sheet, 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
The 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.
Improved health and happiness
Improved engagement and morale
Raised attendance levels for staff and children
Raised attainment and progression for staff
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
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:
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 class and school' and played with a new or different friend. We also recognised extra friendly children during the week.
Well done and a very big ‘thank you’ to the children in Seedlings class for rising £24.70 for the local Diabetes NE Lincolnshire Support Group. Children enjoyed dressing up in as many different colours as they could and decorating a gingerbread biscuit.
A member of the YMM team (Young Minds Matter) came to help us understand about worries. We now understand what worries are and realised that everyone worries. We learnt how worries can make us feel and most importantly learnt strategies to deal with our worries in a healthy way.
Children from Seedlings class recognised ways to help take care of themselves by having the flu vaccination by the NHS School Nurses Team at school today.
In Year 6 we look forward to our Friday afternoon Golden Time as a reward for working so hard all week! This term we have enjoyed playing team games - particularly the parachute game and Just Dance. It is a fun way to develop our social and team building skills, as well as Pupil Voice to pick what the activity will be each week.
Congratulations to two Year 6 pupils for winning a top three prize in the Humberside Police Lifestyle Project! The two boys (with a little help from their family) went out into the local community worked on improving the scout hut notice board, gardening and developing a small allotment area for the local community. Well done!
Chartwells school lunch company came today and read us the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We learnt about healthy eating and eating 5 portions of fruit or vegetables every day.
Then we made caterpillars and butterflies using a rainbow of coloured fruit and veg. We had so much fun!
As today was World Mental Health Day the children have been thinking about how we can promote positive mental health and what we can do to help us to control our emotions if we are experiencing negative emotions.
In Year 1 they looked at a book called Little Beauty where a gorilla goes through different emotions. The children talked about the different emotions and thought about whether the gorilla had done the right thing to help himself. In
Year 2 the children coloured in hearts and then thought about what they could do if they wanted to feel calm.
As part of World Mental Health day, Seedlings class wore yellow. We talked about things that help us to feel happy and calm and learnt some yoga moves too!
Being with friends - L.B
Watch TV, I feel happy - W.C G
oing to the park with my family - P.D
Special times like birthday parties - E.R
Holding 'Avra' my favourite toy - H.G
Sunflower Class know how important it is to look after their mental health. They discussed the different kinds of feelings people might have. They soon realised that some feelings can make you feel good and some feelings can make you feel bad.
O- We all put on yellow clothes.
T- We collected £26.00 for the charity.
C- If you feel sad, you should talk to people.
T- If we are upset we can talk to staff, mums and dads and grandparents.
A special tree planting service today at school for Gemma - a lovely moment and her memory lives on.
Thank you everyone for supporting the MacMillan Coffee Morning - the pupils performed lovely poems, songs and dances and it was wonderful to see so many community members come along to support this worthwhile cause. A massive thank you to the volunteers at the Stanford Library for helping with refreshments and organisation in our joint event. We raised £401.32! Thank you for your support.
Sunflowers and Seedlings entertained their parents and friends at the Stanford Centre today.
They enjoyed singing 'If You're Happy and You Know it!' The Sunflowers also performed a new version of 'Aiken Drum' with different kinds of food for the man in the moon's clothes.
F- We wanted to sing for our parents.
W- We raised money for poorly people who need special nurses.
A- We enjoyed a drink and a cake too.
This week in Year 6 we had Sam from '7 Billion Ideas' invite us to join in with this years competition. We will be working in groups to generate potentially life changing inventions! Year 6 are very excited about creating presentations, prototypes, posters and jingles for their ideas. We shall post updates on our class and SMSC blog as we continue work on the project.
To find out more, please visit the website https://www.7billionideas.com/education/uk-schools.
This week at Stanford we listened to twelve candidates from Year 6 deliver speeches in front of the whole school in a bid to become Head Boy and Head Girl. Each candidate spoke brilliantly in the assembly and should be very proud of their hard work.
Every child in school cast their vote and the results are in...we would like to introduce our new Head Boy and Head Girl!
Head Boy - Hi, I am really excited and happy to be your new Head Boy for this year. I promise to do my best to help make our school even better than it is already with the help of you and your ideas too. If any of you have any concerns, I'm approachable and more than happy for you to come and talk to me.
I wanted to be Head Boy because I want Stanford School to continue to be a great place to learn exciting new skills and knowledge in a safe and friendly environment where everyone has the opportunity to do their best.
I promise I will do my best to make Stanford the coolest school in town!
Thanks again for voting for me and thanks for taking time to read this.
Head Girl - Hello and good morning, I'd like to start off by introducing myself, I am your new Head Girl! I'm excited and thrilled to be Head Girl and can't wait for my new possibilities to make any positive changes within the school as well as supporting all staff and pupils.
If you have any concerns, worries or even just want someone to talk to, you can always come and talk to me.
Thanks again for voting and taking your time in reading this.
Today the school children voted to decide who the new Head Boy and Head Girl would be. All the candidates were very professional and prepared a presentation about why they would be perfect for the position. When we went back to class we set us a polling station where the children could choose their candidate and cast their vote. The children enjoyed having this experience and having a say on what happens at this school.
Well done to our wonderful Barley Class - we had an amazing Leaver’s Service - we will miss your passion and enthusiasm. Good luck at Secondary - you will be brilliant.
Thank you to all those who attended, the Stanford Trust for their donation, the year 6 staff for their hard work, Mrs Brady for organising the violas (‘Uptown Funk’ was amazing!) and to the pupils for singing their hearts out! Remember - Dance Like No One is Watching!
Pupils had a great time at the Butlin’s disco last night. Dancing and Teaching classic songs was a hit... Oops up side your head!!!
We have had our breakfast and are now going to our activities!! These include: bowling, archery, free fall, high ropes and quasar. We are having a great
We’ve had a fantastic afternoon at the fun fair, enjoying the rides, just about to go for tea!!!
Pony rides, dream catchers, cakes, ice-creams and football games - just some of the brilliant enterprise events going on today in our year 5 and 6 Activity Day. Thank you for all your support as we are sure this will be a great fund raiser for school. Well done to all the year 5 and 6 pupils for planning, organising and leading the events. Slime was very popular! Also big thanks to Ms Smith and Poppy for sharing their ponies for the day - greatly appreciated and the pupils really enjoyed it.
Sunflowers and Seedlings have begun to learn about the 'Ten Keys to a happier life.'
They joined together this week to look at number three: Exercising! They had fun exercising together and playing lots of team games.
Here is why exercising is so important: Our body and our mind are connected. Being active makes us happier as well as being good for our physical health. It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of a depression. We don't all need to run marathons - there are simple things we can all do to be more active each day. We can also boost our well-being by unplugging from technology, getting outside and making sure we get enough sleep!
Sunflower Class enjoyed helping our Head Boy to raise money for vulnerable and disabled children in our local area. Well done everyone!
Well done to our termly attendance raffle winners. We are very proud of all the pupils who reach 100% attendance and no lates!
We enjoyed a fantastic film night at school - we watched ‘Peter Rabbit’ and ate hot-dogs and pop-corn. A great time was had by all. Thank you to the staff and volunteers for their help. Happy Easter!
Mental Health and Well-Being are an integral part of our curriculum at Stanford. One way to promote this is to take part in whole class yoga sessions!
Year 5 have been enjoying their Friday afternoon yoga sessions, here is a link if you would like to continue your yoga sessions at home www.cosmickids.com
The school nurses Liz and Lorraine came to talk to Seedlings class about how they use their hands to help children in our school. Liz explained how they might check if children are healthy by measuring their weight and height. They showed us some glasses they might use to check our eyes and showed us how to check our hearing using the special machine and the earphones.
“What a lot of things the school nurses do!”
Finally we have enjoyed being nurses and doctors in our role play area too!
As part of our ‘Helping Hands’ work the children in Seedlings classes learnt about the role of the Police Officer. PCSO's Andy, Kirsty and Becky talked about how the police help us and keep us safe. They showed us the different parts of their uniform such as their badge number, their body protection vest and their radio. We also looked at the police van’s blue flashing light, listened to the siren and even sat inside the police van!
J.N. "I liked the siren on the van, it was very loud!"
L.D. "I liked everything"
C.P. "I asked the PCSO if the police helicopter had a name!"
C.S. "I liked sitting in the back of the van. It waas called the cage."
G.W. "I tried the jacket on, it was heavy."
Well done to the winners of the ‘design an outfit’ competition organised by a group of year 6 pupils. The year 6 team led the special assembly, organised the work and chose the winners. Excellent designing skills, interesting colours and a range of materials were used.
Gung Hay Fat Choy! – Happy New Year.
This week we have been celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the ‘Pig’. There have been lots of different activities including, listening to the Chinese Zodiac story and sequencing the animals, tasting Chinese food, serving customers in the Chinese restaurant and using chopsticks! We explored Chinese writing and tasted noodles, rice, spring rolls and prawn crackers!
How lovely that the pupils joined together to make friendship bracelets, design hearts, make fortune cookies and think about what it takes to be a great friend. All the pupils enjoyed their biscuits and juice too! Thank you to all the volunteers for supporting this event.
Well done to our Barley Class winners in the 7billionideas project. Thank you to Mr Kemp from Caistor Lions for supporting the event and joining us to judge the competition. All pupils made fantastic prototypes and a special well done to the winners. All pupils enjoyed using their design skills, presentation skills and team work skills.
In Key Stage 2 we have been discussing Fundamental British Values and what it means to us. This week we focused on 'Individual Liberty'.
We ranked different statements about Our Rights in order of importance;
'This was a really difficult task - how can you say one is more important? They are all important and everyone will have a different idea of what to put first' - Charlie, Year 6
'My group all disagreed, we couldn't decide so had to have quite a debate about it' - Lucy, Year 5
'Every group had a different idea of what order they should be in. None of us agreed, all of them are really important' - Finley, Year 3
Children enjoyed their debates, giving reasons for their opinions and understanding that there was no right or wrong answer, everyone has their own opinion, which are all respected.
Emma from the NSPCC came to talk to us about the work the NSPCC do, show Buddy, the 'Speak out' mascot and introduce a fundraising sponsored event.
As part of our 'Speak Out. Stay Safe.' learning this term, we participated in a special assembly with Emma from the NSPCC. We discussed what sort of behaviours are okay, and who we can talk to if we are worried, concerned, or just need someone to have a chat with!
To say thank you for the assembly and workshops, we used our Pupil Voice teams to discuss what type of fundraiser we would like to do to help raise money to support the super work that the NSPCC do.
We decided on a Stanford School Golden Mile Colour Run - it was great fun!
Well done to the polite point winners this week - excellent role models.
Well done to the behaviour raffle winners - excellent role models.
Wow- well done to the 100% attendance and no late raffle winners!
Great last day fun - our special reward assembly, year 4 dancers, attendance and behaviour certificates along with a good sing-a-long!
Happy Christmas Everyone.
We had a lovely Christmas Dinner today - thank you to the Governors, pupil helpers and staff for their support - everyone had a super time.
What a fantastic Christmas Fayre - thank you to all those who supported it and to the pupils for showing their enterprise skills through designing, making, evaluating and selling their products. Well done everyone.