Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
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We have started our learning about Chinese New Year in foundation stage. We have read the story of 'The Great Race' and learned that there are 12 animals which different years are named after. This year is the year of the rabbit, but most of us will have been born in the year of the dog or the rooster. We have enjoyed exploring Chinese food in our takeaway role play area, as well as trying on some traditional Chinese clothing. We have also tried writing and painting some Chinese words and numbers. We have made some Chinese dragons using a concertina effect with card - next week we will be making a big dragon and taking part in a dragon dance. Happy Lunar New Year to all those who celebrate it!
Today in Maths we have been estimating using a number line to 20. We had to estimate where different numbers to 20 would be. At first, we found it tricky but by the end of the lesson we had the hang of it!
"I liked trying to find out where the number would be like a detective like Miss Purshouse said"
"I found it hard but I got better at it"
"I liked finding the numbers"
Foundation Stage had a lovely hook day where everyone dressed up as their favourite superhero character. We read the book 'Supertato' and created some craft linked to the story. We also looked at what it means to be a real hero and what heroes we can identify within our families, our community and the wider world. Children also enjoyed dancing to superhero songs, taking part in superhero yoga and building superhero cities with the construction blocks.
We are very proud of our Foundation Stage who performed superbly in their 'Nursery Rhyme Nativity' performance. They sung beautifully and performed with lots of actions and enthusiasm. Behaviour was exemplary and they looked fantastic in their costumes. The children have really enjoyed learning the songs and love singing in the classroom most days. Merry Christmas everyone!
The foundation stage children enjoyed lots of sensory activities today to celebrate Children In Need. Thank you for all your donations!
Year 1 have done lots of Children In Need activities this afternoon. We loved seeing all their SPOTacular outfits and Pudsey ears!
Foundation stage have learned a lot about keeping safe around roads this week, through assemblies, stories, songs and fun activities in the classroom provision. We had the tricycle and bike out in the playground as well, to help with our coordination and gross motor skills, while we practised crossing a 'road' safely.
Children in foundation stage have been enjoying exploring the 'Investigation Station' within the classroom provision. Children use tools from this area to explore materials and deepen their understanding of the world around them. Exploring scientific questions helps children to build enquiry skills and develop their vocabulary. We always find lots of opportunities across our curriculum, including having lots of funs with pumpkins during Harvest and Halloween.
KS1 and Foundation children enjoyed a very informative assembly all about road safety led by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.
L- We need to stop, look and listen.
P- Grown ups should not walk and text or look at their phones.
J- If you have ear phones you won't hear the cars.
E- Listen to your adult and hold their hand.
H- I think it's safer to use a crossing when you cross the road.
N- Pedestrian’s need to wear something bright at night.
A- I always wear a helmet when I am on my bike.
S- The lady dropped an egg with a helmet on and it didn’t crack. The helmet protected it.
O- You should always wear a seatbelt in a car, like the smart family. Seatbelts keep you safe.
Year ones welcomed lots of family members to come into class and share some books. Whilst children read with their guests they also enjoyed a great breakfast. Everyone had such a good morning. Here are some of us enjoying the reading.
We asked visitors and children what they thought of the event, these are some of the comments:
Parent A, “Really nice to come and share the time with my daughter in the place where she is every day.”
Parent B, “It was nice to see their classroom and listen to them read.”
Parent C, “Really enjoyed it.”
Parent D, “Nice to see the lovely school environment and see the teachers and parents. Thank you for the food too.”
Parent E, “A lovely event which was very well organised and well thought out.”
Child 1, “I have enjoyed this morning.”
Child 2, “I really enjoyed reading books with my Grandma and I enjoyed the fruit.”
Child 3, “I really liked the reading breakfast can we do it again?”
Today Year 1 have been scientists! We added warm water, oil and food colouring to make fireworks in a cup. We learnt that water and oil don't mix. We asked scientific questions to extend our learning.
W-"It was SO cool!"
C-"It looks like real fireworks"
S-"I learnt oil is a fat"
C-"The colours were pretty"
The foundation children learned a lot in our fire safety assembly this week, including some useful tips for keeping safe if we attend bonfire celebrations. We watched some videos in class and learned a little bit more about firefighters. Then we had a go at putting out our own paint fire in the outdoor provision. Have a fun bonfire night everyone, and keep safe!
We walked around school to see if we could identify human and physical features. We learnt that human features have been put there by someone and physical features have always been there. We had clipboards so we could draw what we had identified.
Thank you very much for such great support with our reading breakfast in Foundation Stage. Sharing a love of reading with the children is very powerful and it was a pleasure to have so many of you be able to join us this week.
Year 1 and Foundation have spent time collaborating with our focus being in English with our grammar. The year 1 children in Mrs Smith's group showed Miss Purshouse's group their author study work. We looked at what grammar we need when we are writing a sentence. Then Miss Purshouse's group showed the Foundation children their work. The Year 1 children showed the Foundation children how we use a full stop and why.
O-"I liked seeing my year 1 friends."
J-" I liked showing my work."
B- "I felt proud."
A- "It was fun!"
Cornflower, Daisy and Marigold classes had lots of fun at their Halloween Disco! We had lots of lovely sweet treats and enjoyed some games and dancing. I'm sure you'll agree that our costumes were positively terrifying! Thank you for your support with this fundraising event.
The Foundation Stage children had a wonderful day at the Pink Pig Farm. The children showed exceptional behaviour and listening skills as we explored the different areas of the farm. We started by looking at the machinery and learned how a combine harvester worked. Then we looked at the grain storage and felt the different seeds that are used to make cereal and flour. We then had a chance to feed the animals. The teachers fed the alpacas and donkeys and the children fed the hungry goats. After lunch break, we had the opportunity to make some potions with Wendel the Witch. Then we finished the day by picking our own pumpkins and created designs on them. We had a wonderful time developing our understanding of the world.
Today in Miss Purshouse's Maths group we have been Mathematicians. We investigated the playground and found numerals to 20 hidden around, there were even numbers that were bigger than 20 hidden to trick us! We put the numbers in order, and had a go at writing our own number lines from 10 to 20.
WH "It was so FUN!"
CS "I found a bigger number than 20"
EH "I knew where my number should go"
Foundation children went on a nature walk to look for signs of Autumn. We have been learning about the effect of changing seasons on the natural world around us. We explored using our senses and collected lots of materials that we will use in expressive arts and design work.
Year 1 have been to the library this week. We are lucky to have Laceby Library next door to school and Year 1s are making the most of this! Children were able to meet Mrs Wink, learn about the library and choose a book to take home and share with their family. We plan to visit every week to exchange our books and extend our passion for reading.
The children all had a great time and chose some fabulous books.
Year 1 went on a field trip around Laceby linking to our Geography and History topics. We used our investigative skills to find homes that linked to our key words such as; detached, semi-detached, bungalow and terraced. We marked out our route on a map so we knew where to go and where key homes to look out for would be based.
The reception children have been enjoying exploring the learning environment in their first full week at school. Our first topic is 'Marvellous Me' and we have started by learning about ourselves, our friends and families, as well as our homes. We have enjoyed many books this week, to help us learn how to listen attentively and respond to stories. We have been doing lots of maths work, counting, exploring and identifying numbers. We have also started taking part in 'Doh Disco' to help improve our fine motor skills and prepare our fingers for writing. We finished the week with a hook day, where we wore our favourite outfits and shared our favourite books, so that we could work on our personal development by celebrating how fantastic we all are. Everyone has settled in wonderfully!
We welcomed our Cornflower new starters into Stanford School recently, as the new reception children experienced their first day in school. The weather was perfect to spend plenty of time inside and outside. Children enjoyed playing in the bakery outdoors and creating craft indoors. All of our new starters had a tour of the nature area, where we could look for seasonal changes and explore the "Bug Hotel". Another day of excellent manners, good listening and happy, friendly children.
Today Year 1 have been Scientists! We have been sorting different objects by their materials. We listened to see if different materials made different noises.
Today we have been learning how Geographers use aerial photos and maps to locate places. We became Geographers and located our school, some roads, houses, fields, trees and the church on maps and photos of Laceby. We learnt some new vocabulary as well:
locate which means to find
Aerial which means from up above
We had great fun using new skills. Look at our photos. Next week we plan to do some fieldwork and find different houses in Laceby.
Year 1 children have settled into life in a new Key Stage very well. We have been working in groups to remember all that we learnt about numbers to 10 and to learn how to count forwards and backwards.
Last week we welcomed all our new starters into Foundation Stage. They have all settled in really well and enjoyed their first two days in school. Parents/Carers were given a welcome bag to help them leave their children. This contained a relaxing lavender bag, a tissue for any tears and a teabag and biscuit to enjoy when they got home to a quiet house. Many said how nice it was to receive these gifts.
“That’s so thoughtful and special.”
“What a lovely thought, thank you.”
“It’s brought tears to my eyes, you’ve thought of everything.”
We hope they continue to do this well in the weeks to come.