Stanford School

Stanford Junior and Infant School

Living together - Learning together

Cooper Lane, Laceby, Grimsby
NE Lincolnshire DN37 7AX
Tel. 01472 318003
E. office@stanfordschool.co.uk
Contact. Miss King (Business Manager)

Sunflower Class Blog 

On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.

Date:
11 July
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Phonics Reward Trip!

Sunflowers have worked so hard on their phonics this year. Mrs. Brady and Mrs. Graham would like to say well done to everyone.

James- Our reward trip has been fun. I like the park.
Taylor- I liked sitting in the bouncy cars.
Jack- I liked going on the swings. My daddy pushed me.
Tarik- I liked climbing.
Bella- We had red, orange and yellow lollies.
Rylea- I liked going down the slide.

Date:
11 July
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I learn about worship? Can I explore St. Margaret's Church?

Sunflower Class visited St. Margaret's Church in Laceby. They enjoyed asking Mr. Stevens lots of questions about his job. They found out about different kinds of services and how people worship. They had great fun exploring the church.

Isabelle B.- I saw lots of stained glass windows.
Libby- I didn't know that the church is over 800 years old.
Jack- I sat on a pew . I found a teddy and a school badge inside the church.
Indianna- Mrs. Brady played the organ and we all sang the school song.
Lily W- I said 'Welcome to church' (from the top of the pulpit!)
Summer- I saw the font where babies get christened.
James- Mr. Stevens said he likes doing funerals because he can help people when they are feeling sad.
Jamie- Mr. Stevens put on a red robe.
Joshua- Mr. Stevens puts bread and wine on the altar and he gives it to people to remember Jesus.

Date:
5 July
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I design and make a moon buggy?

Sunflower class enjoyed learning all about Neil Armstrong in their History lessons. They thought it must be really exciting to land on the moon and explore the moon's surface. So they decided to design and make their own moon buggies. Harvey- I put control buttons on my moon buggy. Jack- I put a big tall aerial on my buggy and a seat inside for one astronaut. James- I really liked making this because it was fun to use different materials. Lucas- I had to glue my wheels on with PVA strong glue. Jamie- I made my wheels move, by putting a hole in the middle and fixing a straw through them."

Date:
4 July
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I multiply two numbers?

Concrete learning
Sunflower Class worked practically, using cubes and tomatoes to show 'lots of.'
Pictorial learning
Then they drew arrays (groups of circles) to explain 'lots of.'
Abstract learning
They then progressed to writing number sentences, using the X sign.

Date:
3 July
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I create natural sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy?

Sunflower Class worked in groups and altogether as a class to create wonderful natural sculptures outside. Their work was influenced by the environmental artist; Andy Goldsworthy. Summer- I like working altogether to make a bigger and better sculpture.

Mollie- I like art outside because I can use natural materials.
James- Andy Goldsworthy likes shapes, particularly circles and he likes to work outside. I think his art is very interesting and very beautiful.

Date:
28 June
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

Recycling

This term our collaboration work with Sunflower and Seedlings class has been all about recycling. We first identified which things can be recycled around our classroom and at home. Then we sorted some pictures into the correct recycling boxes and bins. We listened to Chrissie from North East Lincs Council, who told us some interesting facts such as; When 1 can is recycled it gives enough electricity to power a TV for 4 hours! Finally, we made a poster to let others know all about recycling.

Pupil Voice

Joshua - Crisp packets can’t be recycled. They go into the normal bin. That rubbish is burnt to create electricity.
Jack - Glass goes into the green box. The glass gets crushed up and turned back into new glass.
Neve - The big brown bin is for garden waste, like grass cuttings or twigs from trees.
Ollie - The plastic goes in the orange box like plastic bottles. Tin cans go in the orange box too.
Lincoln - 1 tin can gives 4 hours of electric to make a TV work.
Oliver L - Paper and cardboard go in the blue box.
Lewis - I learnt that yoghurt pots can’t be recycled but you could reuse it as a glue pot.

Date:
27 June
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Enterprise Day

Sunflower Class had a great time at the Enterprise Day. They would like to thank the Year 5 and Year 6 children for organising such a lovely event.

Isla- The biscuit icing was fun.
Lucas- I liked the ice cream, it was 75p. I had toffee sauce on the top.
Libby- The candy floss looked like cotton.
Lily W- I had chocolate.
Jack- I won sweeties.
Millie- I had to put my hand in a gooey bucket. I had to find treasure.
Bella- I won lots of sweets.

Date:
26 June
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Events beyond living memory that are significant globally:

Can I learn about the moon landing? Can I learn about the life of a significant person from the past?

Sunflower Class have enjoyed learning about the first moon landing and finding out lots of facts about astronaut Neil Armstrong. Why not try this quiz and see how much you know? Take the quiz!

Date:
22 June
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

Reading Collaboration

This term children from Seedlings and Sunflower classes have been enjoying reading together and sharing stories. It has been a great opportunity to share with others our amazing reading skills.

Date:
22 June
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Soccer Aid

Sunflower Class enjoyed raising money for the Soccer Aid charity by completing a tricky obstacle course with a football.

Millie- I scored a goal!
James- I had lots of fun.
Lily C- We raised money for a charity that can help people all over the world.
Mason- I watched the England Soccer Aid match on TV.
Bella- I threw my football into a net.
Indianna- I dribbled the ball around the cones.

Date:
22 June
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Sunflower Class Assembly - Parental Feedback Needed!

Sunflower Class hope that you enjoyed their assembly about The Lonely Beast story. They would very much like to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you enjoyed the most and why. E.g. Whole class recorder playing was tuneful and the children all played in time.

Many thanks for your help. Well done to all the Sunflowers for such a wonderful assembly.

Date:
22 June
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I begin to learn about the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy?

The Year 1 children have begun to explore the work of environmental sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. After seeing some of his work today, they were inspired to get outdoors and have a go themselves!

Oscar- I'm enjoying making shapes.
Millie- We are working as a team to make a giant circle.
Tarik- I'm using twigs and leaves.
Jack- I can find lots of things to use.

Date:
11 June
Posted by:
Miss Whiting

Drowning Prevention Week

Water Safety Assembly

Another interactive and informative assembly at Stanford.

Our guests gave the children of Stanford a very important message with lots of ‘Top Tips’ and important safety information. Learning about water safety and what we can do to stay safe.

Moving someone into the recovery position.

Laying down flat on the river bank or side of the swimming pool so that we don’t get pulled into the water.

We looked at how many accidents happen in different bodies of water and voted by sitting or standing to predict which place was more or less dangerous.

Look out for your certificate and information sheet and discuss it together as a family.
Have a fantastic and safe summer.

Date:
25 May
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Special Event with Olympic Swimmer James Kirton

Sunflower Class enjoyed meeting James and finding out how he became an Olympic swimmer. They also enjoyed participating in some very energetic exercises too!

Summer- I liked his video of his swimming. He was a very good swimmer.
Jamie- The exercise was good fun.
Rylea- I liked doing the star jumps.
Layla- James Kirton asked me if I went to gymnastics and then he gave me a sports wristband for my press-ups.

Date:
24 May
Posted by:
Miss Whiting

FS & KS1 Founders Day Service

Mrs Brumfield and Mr Lingard from the Stanford Trust came to speak to us about the history of our school and to help us to celebrate Founders Day.

They were very impressed with our outstanding assembly behaviour.

We learned that the school was 288 years old. We sang happy birthday to the school.

We looked at lots of different photographs from the past and listened to stories about Mr Lingard and Mrs Brumfield’s school days.

 The school badge was granted to William Stanford (ancestor of Philip Stanford) by King Henry VIII on 6th May 1543. Even today we are all very proud to wear our school badge on our jumpers.

This precious plate is made of real silver and is kept at St Margaret’s Church in Laceby. It was presented soon after Sarah Stanford died.

We even spotted the badge on the silver plate.

Mr Lingard was delighted with the birthday cards that we made.

At the end of our service everyone in our school was presented with a 5p coin.

Oscar said “I really enjoy receiving my five pence coin, it feels very special.”

“I don’t think that I will spend my five pence”, said Ella “I will keep it forever on my window sill.”

Happy Birthday Stanford School, 288 years old today!

Date:
24 May
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Happy Founder's Day to Everyone at Stanford School!

In May every year, we learn about our rich heritage and the Founder's of our school; Sarah and Philip Stanford. KS1 children have a special assembly in school and KS2 children take part in a wonderful service at St. Margaret's Church. To find out more about the history of Stanford School, please visit our Heritage page.

Sunflower Class are singing 'Happy Birthday Stanford School, 288 today!' 

To celebrate the legacy of The Stanford family, every child in the school has helped to create The Stanford Mosaic. Many thanks to The Stanford Trust for sponsoring this worthwhile project.

Date:
23 May
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can we compete in a hand ball competition?

Premier Sports taught the Sunflowers how to play hand ball. The children were enthusiastic and very energetic!

Jack- I liked throwing a ball.
Ronnie- I scored goals. The red team tried hard, but didn't win.
Taylor- Green team were the winners!
Layla- It was fun and very good exercise.
James- I enjoyed it so much, that I am going to ask Mrs. Hackfath if the sports people can come back and do it again with us!

Date:
18 May
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Sunflower Celebrations

We celebrated the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in style.

Mollie- It's been a fun day because we don't normally have a party!
Rylea- We got to go outside: an amazing day! Isla- I liked it when we ate party food.
James- I helped to make the cucumber sandwiches.
Summer- I've enjoyed learning about lots of royal weddings.
Taylor- We sang Happy Wedding Day.

Table 6 toasted the happy couple: 'Cheers Harry and Meghan!'

Congratulations to the winners of the Royal Colouring Competition!

Date:
14 May
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Sunflower's Phonics Success!

Well done to all these children who could read 32 or more real and alien words in this term's phonics check. Everyone has managed to improve their score. It's not long now until the real test in June- so keep up the good work everyone!

Date:
14 May
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I learn about a wide range of animals, including birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians?

We had a great time visiting The Jungle Zoo in Cleethorpes. We learnt lots of information about different kinds of animals. We found out what the animals eat and how they can be cared for. We also learnt about classification- which group each animal belonged.

Lily W - I liked the parrots. They had sharp beaks.
Mason - I liked watching the monkey climb.
Joshua - I found out that the tarantula eats birds.
Mollie - There was a giant tortoise called Mollie. She had a very hard shell.
James - There were lots of different kinds of animals. It was fun learning all about them.
Oliver R - I saw the poison dart frog, it was blue. Mrs. Brady liked it too!
Summer- The millipede had it's skeleton on the outside of it's body.
Charlie- I missed the trip, but I have heard all about the naughty armadillo and what he did!

Date:
4 May
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I enjoy reading?

Sunflower Class participated in a special reading breakfast! Healthy snacks and fruit juice were enjoyed during this special reading time. Some children shared books with family members, whilst other's read with their friends.

Amelia- I liked reading a book from the book corner to my baby brother.

Indianna- I liked listening to my mum read to me.

Ronnie- I liked the brioche and all the food.

James- I liked reading hard books to my grandpa.

Neve- I liked spending time reading to daddy.

Mollie- I liked spending time with my daddy at school.

Lucas- I liked the strawberries and reading.

Mason- I liked showing my Star Wars book.

Kobi- We had healthy food, like fruit.

Charlie- Mrs. Wink showed me an old book, that she liked when she was little.

Mrs. Brady and Miss Whiting would like to thank all the parents who attended, Mrs. Wink and members of staff who also helped out.

Date:
1 May
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can we create a mosaic of the Stanford badge?

Sunflower Class have had fun starting off this wonderful mosaic today. Every child in the school will get the chance to work on this exciting project.

Mrs. Brady would like to thank The Stanford Trust for sponsoring this worthwhile activity, Mr. Hodson for drawing and cutting out the badge and Mrs. Drury for teaching the children this exciting technique.

Date:
27 April
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can we create a poem and wonderful art work all about sea creatures?

Sunflower Class were inspired by a poem by Michael Rosen all about Jellyfish. They found out about sea creatures, they moved like sea creatures and together wrote a wonderful poem and created exciting art work outside with colourful chalk.

Sea Creatures by Sunflower Class

I have seen a real jellyfish
Wiggly like an octopus
The jellyfish jumps
The jellyfish wobbles through the night

Waving like a hand
Wiggling like my toes
Shaking like my body
Flying like a bumble bee
Swimming like a whale
Very smoothly, moving gently
Squishy and squashy

The clam snapping like a stick
Wiggling like coral and wiggling like a worm
Wiggling like fingers
Squids swim in water and swim like a fish
Gold fish shine
Fins are very pointy and sharks have fins

The jellyfish are squishy like playdough
The fish swim round and round
The starfish stay still
Sharks eat fish

Date:
23 April
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

British Values: Can I learn about the legend of St. George?

Sunflower Class celebrated St. George's Day on 23rd April. They heard the story of St. George and the dragon, acted it out and made a'Happy St. George's Day card'. They also learnt about other important British symbols, including the England flag with the St. George cross and the red English rose.

Date:
20 April
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Our creative hook day!

Can I use a range of materials creatively to imagine a journey into outer space?

The Sunflowers had a busy time and lots of fun creating wonderful space art. They made aliens flying colourful spaceships, they baked and iced constellation cookies and used chalk to create a solar eclipse. They used wax and paint to create the milky way and explored the technique of marbling with amazing results. In addition to all of this, lots of children brought interesting space items and information from home.

Taylor- I liked colouring a star. I did a repeating pattern.
Joshua- I used loads of chalk to make a solar eclipse. I used a brush to spread the chalk.
Libby- I liked seeing what happened on my paper when I did marbling.
Bella- I did lots and lots of home learning. I made the Earth, wrote about the sun and drew big posters of the whole solar system.
Lily W- My biscuit was nice.

Date:
29 March
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Thank you Miss Clarke

Sunflower Class would like to say a big thank you and goodbye to Miss Clarke for all her hard work this term. They have enjoyed her interesting lessons and learnt lots of new things.

Date:
27 March
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

Congratulations to Sunflower class Easter hat winners.

Date:
27 March
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Happy Easter from everyone in Sunflower Class!

Date:
26 March
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I read 32 or more words in this term's phonics test?

Well done to everyone who improved their score this term. Sunflower Class are getting really good at their phonics.

To improve your phonics, play games on this great website: Phonics Bloom

Date:
26 March
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Science Week: Can I describe my experiment?

Sunflower Class investigated an experiment called 'Plastic Milk.' They listed their equipment and ingredients and then made a prediction about what might happen.

James- I think the milk will stay the same, but the colour will change to yellow.
Isla- It might go frozen.
Harvey- It might go bubbly. During the experiment everyone observed closely, as milk was warmed, white vinegar and yellow food colouring were added.
Mollie- When we stirred it, it started to change. It looked like scrambled eggs.
Libby- I squeezed it through the sieve to get the liquid out.
Oliver- It was rubbery and squishy to touch. Lucas- I think this is how they make cottage cheese.
Lily W- I liked it.

Date:
26 March
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I learn about the History of Communication?

Sunflower Class found out how people communicated with each other in the past. James- We found out about Morse Code. People communicated with dots and dashes.

Joshua- The Egyptians drew hieroglyphics which were pictures on the wall or on tablets to send messages to each other.

Summer- I found out that Alexander Graham Bell was the first person to invent the telephone.

Mason- We had a telephone museum in our classroom. I brought in an old dial phone that my grandad used to use.

Date:
26 March
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I be a team player?

Sunflower Class enjoyed an energetic dodge ball session led by Premier Sports. They took part in a competition. Evie- I had to move fast to dodge being hit by the squishy ball. Oscar- I got 'star of the game' for my good team work. Harvey- I enjoyed playing the game, it was fun!

Date:
21 March
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

Easter Disco

Everyone enjoyed the super dancing and hotdog at the Easter disco followed by an Easter egg at home time.

Date:
21 March
Posted by:
Miss Whiting

World Downs Syndrome Day

As part of our continuous drive to raise awareness of diversity at Stanford, we held an assembly to support World Down Syndrome Day.

We enjoyed this video clip of some children singing with their parents.

They are singing alongside using Makaton, we had a try at following the Makaton signs too.

We learned that Makaton is sometimes used to help people with Down Syndrome to develop their communication skills alongside their development of speech.
At Stanford we believe that this image illustrates our attitude to diversity very well.

One pupil was already supporting World Down Syndrome Day by wearing a pair of odd socks in recognition.

Date:
21 March
Posted by:
Miss Whiting

Easter Assembly KS1

This term we will be learning about the Easter story. We had a fantastic start to this learning when Mr Stevens came into school and delivered an assembly all about Palm Sunday.

 We were each presented with a Palm Cross that we can keep and take home with us.
 We held our crosses carefully as we listened to Mr Stevens.

We sang Easter Jubilation and waved our palm crosses.

Whilst Mr Stevens was talking we were very respectful and sensible and we put our crosses down carefully in front of us.

Now we really are ready to learn more about the Easter story.

Date:
12 March
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I practise my map reading skills?

Sunflower Class have been learning about directional language and how to read a map. Oliver H- I enjoyed finding all of the crayons using my map. Mollie- I liked learning how to read a map. Jamie- We've learnt about compass directions. Isla- I liked going outside to use the maps. Joshua- We found things using maps to help us.

Date:
12 March
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I play a tuned instrument musically?

Sunflower Class shared their lovely singing and recorder playing with their parents and friends during their Musical Learning Share afternoon. They have worked hard learning action songs, learning about rhythm and reading musical notation with Emma Middleton from the local Music and Performing Arts Service. Many thanks to Emma for her wonderful lessons.

World Book Day

Can I share my love of books and reading?

Sunflower Class have enjoyed sharing their favourite books and special story bags with children in other classes.

Amelia- The Seedlings liked looking at my bag. I had done The Little Mermaid.

Summer- We have enjoyed reading Roald Dahl's Magic Finger. We read together and look at the story on the board

Isla- When we read, we like to talk about the story too. The girl in the story didn't like hunting, so that's why she put the magic finger on people.

Lily C- The girl in the story wanted to stop people hunting animals.

Harvey- I like reading books in the book corner. I looked at The Magic Finger book on my own and found my favourite bit when the Gregg family grew wings!

To celebrate World Book Day everyone made a special story bag at home.

Oliver R- I enjoyed showing my story bag. It was a marvellous effort from everyone. All the bags were different and there was a wide range of stories chosen.

Taylor- I did The Gruffalo. I like the bit where the mouse is hungry for Gruffalo crumble.

Kobi- My book is about telling the time. I have to move the clock hands to the right time.

Oliver H- In my book you have to find the Ninjago weapons.

COMPETITION TIME!

Well done Sunflowers, everyone won a special sticker for their lovely story bags. A team of judges chose Oscar as the overall winner for his wonderful Stick Man bag. His prize was the book 'Spook School.' Amelia, Ronnie and Oliver were runners up with The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Mr. Messy story bags.

Date:
7 March
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Collaboration Fitness Fun

Sunflower and Juniper class learnt how to do aerobics together. They worked hard to follow the routine, keep in time to the music and develop new skills. It was great to see the different age groups exercising for fun!

Date:
9 February
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Sunflower Phonics: Can I improve my phonics score?

Well done to all the Sunflowers for improving their scores in this term's phonics check. Congratulations to all the children in the photo who scored 32 or more!

To improve your phonics watch 'Mr Thorne' on YouTube and look at these particular sounds: ew, air, ow, u-e, igh, ai, ar, oy, oo, a-e, i-e, oi and or.

Date:
8 February
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health and Well-Being of children and staff at Stanford School is very important to us.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Day, each class participated in activities that were age appropriate to discuss how we can help to look after ourselves and each other. FS looked at people who we can talk to and look up to as role models, KS1 discussed different feelings and how 'It's Ok!' to feel certain ways. KS2 discussed different types of mental illness and how we can support one another.

We presented our work and ideas in a whole school assembly, the key theme that we are going to continue to focus on is "It's Good to Talk!".

Date:
8 February
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I hit the target?

Sunflower class took part in our school's archery competition.

James: I noticed that people were improving their archery skills.
Oscar: I was hitting the target.
Mollie: I scored 5 twice.
Libby: I thought it was good fun.

Here are our scores. Well done everyone!

4th place: Blue Team with 23 points
3rd place: Yellow Team with 29 points
2nd place: Green Team with 35 points
1st place: Red Team with 38 points

Well done to Stanford house who managed to score a tremendous 562 points across the different year groups!

Date:
7 February
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

After School Activities

Children have enjoyed taking part in our Friendship and Valentine after school activities.  There were lots of things to do including, making friendship bracelets and drawing a row of friendship friends.  

Date:
6 February
Posted by:
Mrs Perrin

Safer Internet Day

Today we have all been learning about how to be safe on the internet and most importantly to be SMART

SMART

PCSO Marc Ireland came into school and lead an assembly about being SMART, social media and the sites that we should be very careful of using. It is really important that we take care when using the internet and it is used sensibly and responsibly.

Date:
6 February
Posted by:
Mrs Perrin

Radio Humberside

Carl Wheatley from Radio Humberside visited school to speak with the pupils about all the exciting learning that goes on at Stanford. As always, the pupils did us proud and were very articulate, as you can hear in the radio broadcast:

Date:
1 February
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

SMSC: Mental Health Awareness

Can I discuss my feelings and emotions?

In sunflower Class, we think it is important to talk about our feelings.

Neve: I cry when I am hurt. Harry: I worry about other people. I hope they are playing safely outside.
Summer: I feel sad when my friends leave me out. I can feel very, very sad then.
James: I can feel OK when I am playing with my friends.
Taylor: I feel happy when my friends let me play.
Oliver H: If somebody scared me, it would make me shocked!
Lucas: I feel embarrassed when I don't know what to say.

Date:
31 January
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Community High Tea Thank You

We had a lovely Community High Tea Thank You Event yesterday – we wanted to let all the volunteers who help our school know how valued and special their contributions are. Thank you to all the pupils and staff for making and serving the refreshments. All the guests enjoyed the performances and entertainment. Special thanks to the year 6 helpers -Joe, Jessica, Lucie and Harvey who helped make sure the event ran smoothly.

One visitor commented," A lovely event. Pupils were very welcoming and friendly – they entertained us with a wonderful variety of well-rehearsed, interesting and fun performances. A very special afternoon."

Date:
Thursday 25 January
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Tolerance Assembly

Premier Sports came in and delivered an assembly on tolerance and what should and shouldn't be tolerated. Pupils used different coloured cards to represent how they feel about different aspects and scenarios.

Date:
22 January
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

P4C Sunflower Work based on a scene from Roald Dahl's Magic Finger:

Can I explain how the characters might feel and suggest what they might be thinking?

Sunflower Class carefully observed this illustration from the story and recalled facts about how the Gregg family had changed since Girl put the magic finger on them. They discussed what the giant ducks might be doing in the Gregg's house.

What do you think the characters are saying?

Then the children role-played this scene, playing the parts of Mr. Gregg, Mrs. Gregg, Philip and William. They sat on the wall and expressed how their character was feeling and what their character might be saying.

Bella- I feel hungry and sad, as I have no home to go to.
Taylor- I'm feeling so emotional, that I am crying.
Oliver H- I'm so frustrated because I am too small to fight the giant ducks and get them out of my house.
Kobi- I'm really worried that the ducks are making a mess in our lovely house.
James- Being half human, half duck is not fun. It makes me so sad.
Indianna- I want my bed to sleep in. A nest is not very comfy.
Isabelle B- I'm really worried about having nowhere to live.
Libby- Let's make a plan. We can fly down the chimney and get out house back!

Date:
15 January
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I begin to learn how to play the recorder?

What a great surprise Sunflowers had today, when Emma brought a big bag full of brand new recorders. The children played a follow my leader game, where they copied the rhythms Emma played on her recorder.

Eliza- I wanted to say thank you. I loved it!
Mason- I enjoyed playing.
Oliver H- You had to listen carefully. Joshua We learnt how to play the note B.
Amelia- We had to copy Emma's tune.

Date:
9 January
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Making Paper Toys - Sunflower Hook Day

Can I create purposeful, functional, appealing products for myself and others to use based on design criteria?

Sunflower Class enjoyed showing their moving toys from home. They sorted their toys into groups, explaining how they move.

Oscar- Some you can pull and some you can push.
Rylea- Lots of toys have batteries or a remote control.
Harry- Some toys you can wind up.

The children were challenged to read and follow instructions. They made; paper snails, flapping birds, circus riders, pecking birds and a paper helicopter. Throughout the day, the children used a wide range of skills; cutting, colouring and drawing, folding, rolling up paper, gluing, using a ruler, assembling and joining parts with split pins, sellotape, staples and string.

Harvey- I liked following the instructions to make a paper snail.
Libby
- I drew patterns on the pecking birds.
Ronnie
- Folding the card on my bird was tricky.
Isla- My helicopter flew well.
Amelia
- I liked colouring in and putting my bird together.
James- It was the best Hook Day ever!

Mrs. Brady and Mrs. Graham would like to thank all the wonderful helpers; Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Drury and Mrs. Warton for helping the children develop and improve their Design and Technology skills.

Date:
5 January
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I understand that algorithms are a set of instructions that are used to program digital devices?

This week we have started to learn how to code by playing fun games online. Why not have a go at home?

Date:
19 December
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Sunflower Christmas Party

We had a great time dancing, eating lovely food and playing games. Well done to everyone for your wonderful behaviour today.

Date:
15 December
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I perform in a talent show?

Very well done to Oliver and Millie who performed on the stage today in front of the whole school.

They came 2nd in the competition with their beautiful singing of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and The Alphabet Song.

Date:
15 December
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I use a range of materials creatively to design and make products?

What a busy time Sunflowers have had. They have made glistening winter trees for their hoop decoration, sewn beautiful felt winter robins with Mrs. Warton and made wonderful decorations at home to decorate our class Christmas tree

Date:
14 December
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Lights, Camel, Action!

Can I sing, dance, act and perform in front of a live audience?

Key Stage One have worked extremely hard on their Christmas Nativity Play. Miss Whiting, Mrs. Brady, Mrs. Cooke and Mrs. Graham are very proud of all the children's achievements.

Here are some photos from yesterday's dress rehearsal.

We would like to thank all the parents for their support and also for organising such lovely costumes.

Good luck everyone for the final performance today!

Date:
11 December
Posted by:
Miss WIlson

Foundation and KS1 Christmas assembly

Mr Stevens came to Foundation and KS1 Christmas assembly.

Children sang some songs from their nativity and Mr Stevens said a special prayer
Date:
6 December
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Enterprise:

Can I make a Sunflower calendar to sell at the Christmas Fair? Can I calculate how much my calendar cost to make and work out my profit?

What a challenge for Sunflower Class! They all enjoyed making their calendars with Mrs. Drury. It was tricky working out the maths, but they used 100 squares to help them find their profit. They were very excited when they realised they could make £32 if all the calendars were sold.

Mrs. Brady would like to thank Mrs. Drury for all her hard work. The calendars look great!

Date:
6 December
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Christmas Craft: Can I make a fun Christmas card?

Sunflower Class enjoyed making these lovely Rudolph cards. Some great colouring, cutting and sticking. Well done everyone.

Date:
6 December
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I investigate whether a magnet can attract a paperclip through any material?

Sunflower Class placed paperclips under the following materials: card, fabric, foil, water, paper and cardboard. They held their magnets over the top and observed what happened.

Evie 'I found out that my magnet could attract the paperclip through all those materials.'
Oliver R 'Mrs. Brady tried thicker materials, like wood and the magnet couldn't attract the paperclip.'
Harry 'It only works if your materials are thin.'
James 'I know what magnets do, they attract metal and also magnets can attract each other.'
Mollie 'You need a blue and a red for them to attract.'
Neve 'Two red ends and two blue ends push away, they repel.'

Date:
28 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Phonics: Can I read 32 or more real and alien words?

Congratulations to all these children who could read 32 or more words in this term's phonics check.

It is so exciting to see everyone's scores going up. If you would like to improve your phonics, remember to watch Geraldine the Giraffe on YouTube. Just type in the sounds you are unsure of.

Date:
22 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I test materials to find out if they are waterproof?

Sunflowers decided that Winnie the Pooh needed a new umbrella. They wondered what his new umbrella could be made out of. Could they use tissue paper, a plastic bag, kitchen roll, cardboard or fabric?

They predicted which material might be waterproof and tested all the materials. They were really good at explaining their ideas and their results. Their conclusion was that the plastic bag would be the best material for Winnie's umbrella, as it is waterproof. They also had fun testing Mrs. Brady's plastic umbrella to see if that was waterproof too!

Date:
22 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I keep healthy?

Today we discussed how to look after ourselves. We talked about exercise, healthy eating, drinking water and getting enough sleep. We also talked about medicine and how some medicine can help to stop us becoming poorly. Lots of Sunflowers were very brave and had their flu vaccine today.

Date:
21 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Road Safety Week: Can I remember to Stop! Look! Listen! and Think?

This week Key Stage 1 have been learning all about road safety. They had a really interesting talk from Alison and Dave who explained how to keep safe and cross roads safely.

Sunflower Class made a road safety poster and shared their important messages.

Can you sing a song about road safety?

Date:
Tuesday 21st November
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Ryan Smith Foundation Assembly

Debbie from The Ryan Smith Foundation came to talk to pupils about the importance of wearing a helmet. She spoke about Ryan and how his life has changed dramatically, all because he didn't wear a helmet. She used eggs to demonstrate what can happen if a helmet is not worn. It was a very informative assembly and the pupils really enjoyed this.

Date:
17th November
Posted by:
Miss Perrin

Tolerance Day - 'Mix it up' lunchtime

As a part of our activities during the day we had a 'Mix it up' lunchtime. The tables were given names using words that encourage tolerance such as: peace, happiness and love.

The children had to pick a card and sit at their chosen table. This was to encourage them to socialise and share lunchtime with different children and to give them an opportunity to make new friends.

The children enjoyed this change to the normal lunchtime routine.

Charlie (Y1) 'I met a new friend called Azem. We chatted together.'
Oscar (Y1) 'It was exciting to find out which table I was going to go to.'
Betsie (Y2) 'I met a new friend and we talked about friendship.'
Anthony (Y2) 'I was excited to sit with someone new.' Ryan (Y3) ' People were nice on my table.'
Amelia (Y3) 'I enjoyed talking to someone new.'
William (Y5) 'We interacted with new people and made new friends. I think we should do this every day.'
Rebecca (Y5) 'It was really fun. It was good to sit with people we don't normally talk to.'

Date:
17 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Starring in a school hall near you:

Sunflower and Poppy Class will be performing their exciting Christmas Nativity Play 'Lights, Camel, Action!'

Parents are invited to this extravaganza on: Thursday 14th December at 2 pm.

Date:
17 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I learn a new skill in PE?

Today we learnt some archery in PE. It was a tricky activity to do, but it wasn't long before we could hit the target.

Date:
17 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I learn about a charity?

Sunflower Class learnt about the Children in Need charity. They found out some of the ways the charity helps children and their families. On Children in Need Day everyone donated coins and placed them on to pictures of Pudsey.

Date:
15 November
Posted by:
Mr Hawkins

Anti Bullying Week - Respect

Our local PCSO Mark Ireland came into school to lead an assembly on respect and how the police deal with bullying behaviours in the community. The children listened to how bullying can affect the community in many different ways such as through anti-social behaviour, and how bullying can not only impact on the victim, but their friends and family too.

Date:
15 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

CRASH BANG WALLOP!

Can I sing songs and chants? Can I play untuned instruments? Can I listen with concentration to live music?

The answer to all those questions was yes for Sunflower Class who went to the Central Hall in Grimsby to perform with other schools. Crash Bang Wallop was led by local professional musicians; Tim Brain and Sue Baker.

Bella- I liked learning new songs.
Kobi- I liked the biscuit and lemonade treat!
Lily C- I liked playing different instruments.
Isabelle B- I liked listening to the other school's play. Mollie- I liked watching Tim playing the piano and the djembe drum.
Robbie- I liked singing the songs and doing all the actions.

Date:
14 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I develop my balance, agility and co-ordination?

In P.E. we have worked hard on these yoga poses which are related to African animals. Can you guess which animals we are doing?

Date:
13 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I discuss a story from the Bible?

Date:
13 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Anti Bullying

Date:
10 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I design a peace symbol?

Sunflower Class designed a peace pebble. They thought carefully about their design. They transferred their design on to a white pebble and respectfully laid it in the Key Stage One Peace Garden. Prayers, thoughts and words of reflection were said to mark Remembrance Day.

Oliver H: I drew nice flowers because they make me feel peaceful.

Isabelle S: I chose stars for my peace pebble because I like to sit and watch the stars at night. It is relaxing.

Charlie: I drew a sunflower because it is calm and peaceful like our class.

Date:
10 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I read 3 times or more?

Well done to the 22 children who achieved their reading challenge sticker this week. It would be wonderful to see every Sunflower with a reading sticker next week.

Keep enjoying sharing books and stories at home. Reading can be; sharing school reading books, library books, practicing phonics and tricky words, reading ebooks online, reading signs and food packets in the supermarket etc. Remember to tell us about your reading and hand in your books each morning.

In Sunflower class we enjoy improving our reading skills!

Date:
6 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I feel the pulse and maintain the rhythm?

Sunflower Class are enjoying learning about pulse and rhythm with Emma Middleton from MAPAS. They use buckets as drums, clap rhythms, say rhymes and sing songs.

Date:
3 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I learn about a significant historical event? What was the Gunpowder plot? Who was Guy Fawkes? Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night?

Sunflower Class have been very busy learning all about the Gunpowder Plot. They have drawn pictures and written detailed accounts of what happened in 1605. Watch their video clip. Can you join in with the 'Remember Remember' rhyme?

Date:
2 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Seasonal Change: Can I make observations of Autumn?

We enjoy learning outdoors and every Thursday morning we put our wellies on and go exploring! Today we looked for signs of Autumn and then drew pictures outside.

James- I liked drawing the tree because it was losing leaves.
Ronnie- I drew all the leaves on the ground.
Indianna- I drew a decidious tree. It was losing leaves.

Date:
2 November
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I compare aspects of life in different periods?

Mrs. Wink came to talk to us about her childhood. She showed us old photographs, books and items from her past. We asked questions to find out more and thought about how aspects of her childhood were the same as ours and how some things had changed a lot.

Mollie- Mrs. Wink's photos were brown and black, but ours are bright and we can look at ours on a computer.

Libby- Mrs. Wink showed us her school books and she had writing inside them, just like ours.

Oscar- Mrs. Wink said she liked gardening when she was little and that's the same as me, I like gardening too.

Neve- Mrs. Wink enjoyed skipping when she was a girl and I like skipping too.

Eliza- Mrs. Wink said she had to get eggs from her chickens and food from her garden when she was little. She said her mum cooked roast dinners and there were no places to eat out, like McDonalds. I think we have a lot more food to choose from.

Home Learning Challenge

We will be interviewing our parents and grandparents to find out about their childhoods. We will want to know about the toys and games they played with, their hobbies and what they did when they were at school.

Many thanks to Mrs. Wink for such an interesting talk.

Date:
2 November
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

Seedlings and Sunflower collaboration

As part of our collaboration this term Seedlings and Sunflower classes have joined together to develop different styles of learning.

Children shared communication skills and knowledge through some of the KAGAN activities such as; ‘Pair and Share’ when children work with a partner to take turns to count to 20. ‘Mix, Pair, Share’ when the classes mix until a given signal and then talk about a subject such as the signs of autumn.

Pupil Voice - Seedlings

Lily "I talk about autumn leaves and flowers."
Elizabeth “I like shaking hands and meeting new friends.”
Sonny “I wanted to see what Year 1 was like.”
Poppy B “I learnt to count to 20 with a Year 1.”

Pupil Voice - Sunflowers

Amelia “It was like being a teacher helping the Seedling to get better and they did!”
James “It was good to take turns. It was tricky to do the alphabet with the Seedlings.”
Mollie “If we didn’t know somebody we get to say ‘hello’ and meet new people.”
Evie C “It’s important to all be friends together.”

Date:
20 October
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Litter Picker Team

Pupil Voice is really important to us – groups of pupils led interesting assemblies today in school. The Litter Picker team praised pupils for using the bins and encouraged them to join their team. The Play Leaders led an assembly all about the games and equipment we use at break times and introduced all the Buddies and Play Leaders by name – everyone is there to help make our playtimes fun and engaging. Well done everyone.

Date:
20 October
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Halloween Activity

We had a great Halloween activity event this week – pupils enjoyed  ‘Thriller’ style dancing,  pumpkin biscuits,  ghost bananas, ‘severed finger’ hot dogs, lego lanterns,  craft and balloon games! Everyone was smiling and having fun – the behaviour and atmosphere were excellent. We also managed to raise some funds for school  too!

Date:
12 October
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Phonics: Can I read 32 or more real and alien words?

Well done to all these children who could read 32 or more words in this term's phonics check.

To help you improve your phonics watch lots of Geraldine the Giraffe videos on YouTube.

Date:
11 October
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

Road Safety Assembly

Seedlings, Sunflower and Poppy classes joined together for our road safety assembly led by PSCO Marc Ireland.  The children learnt about ways to keep safe whilst riding their bikes and scooters.   PSCO also talked about the importance of wearing a helmet and what to wear to be seen by other road users.  

Date:
5 October
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can you use sound buttons?

In Year 1 we use sound buttons to help us see the letter sounds in words. This really helps us to read, write and spell words.

Date:
4 October
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I find out which materials are magnetic?

Sunflower Class investigated materials in Science with magnets. They learnt these challenge words: force, metal, attract, repel and magnetic. James- Somethings are magnetic and somethings are not.

Jamie- Metal things attract on my fish and other materials don't.

Indianna- Some money will stick to the magnet, but some won't.

Lucas- Some metals are not magnetic, this happened when we tested money.

Ronnie- I enjoyed testing the materials on my fish.

Lily W- My magnet went on the radiator.

Harry- I liked the feel of the magnet's force.

Robbie- The black railings outside were magnetic. Oliver R.- When you put two red ends of a magnet together, they repel. You have to have a red end and a blue end.

Date:
29 September
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath and Mrs Brady

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Thank you for your support for the MacMillan Coffee Morning held at Stanford Centre today. The pupils performed lovely songs and poems. Everyone enjoyed the cakes and refreshments. Thank you for your donations towards this worthwhile cause.

Sunflower Class entertained family and friends at The Stanford Centre.

Taylor: I brought some money to buy a cake.
Bella: We sang 'One Potato' and everyone joined in.
Evie: I know someone with cancer and I want to help.
James: We sang our class song again.
Rylea: We got a biscuit, a drink and a cake. It was good there!
Mrs. Wilkinson (visitor): The children were so well behaved and they all sang so well. They all knew what to do. Mrs. Dabb (visitor): Mrs. Brady's class sang beautifully.

Date:
26 September
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

KS1 Harvest

Many thanks to all those who kindly donated gifts of food or money to the Harbour Place Charity. We had a wonderful Harvest display. Thank you everyone!

Date:
26 September
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I join in with the subtraction song and learn some Maths words?

Sunflowers are getting really confident at subtraction and have been learning some new vocabulary. Listen out for these words: less, minus, subtract, take away, equals and difference.

Date:
26 September
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Harvest Festival

Thank you Mr Stevens, Mrs Mawer and Mr Read for welcoming our KS 1 pupils to St Margaret’s Church today for the Harvest Service. The singing was beautiful and the children listened very well to Mr Steven’s important message about sharing.
Awis said, ‘I enjoyed the singing.’
Olivia said, ‘ I will remember the chocolate cake – it taught us how important it is to share.’
Isabella said, ‘I like joining in with prayers.
Thanks too to all the staff and Governors who helped with the trip – a very memorable first trip to Church with school for KS 1.

Date:
22 September
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Summer Reading Challenge

Thank you Mrs Wink for leading the Summer Reading Challenge – so many pupils have impressed you with their holiday reading! The pupils received a certificate of congratulations and Juniper class received a set of books – they were the class who had the most reads. Mrs Wink says 1750 books have been read by Stanford pupils over summer from the Stanford Library - wow! Children at Stanford have a great love of reading and we are so proud of them. Well done.

Date:
20 September
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I take away?

This week in Sunflower Class we have been learning how to subtract.

The children have worked hard and can subtract with their fingers, cubes and Numicon equipment. Everyone has begun to record number sentences and solve tricky problems.

Sing this song at home and subtract with your fingers? Can you write down the number sentences? Start with 10-1=

Date:
.20 September
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

British Values

Councillor Hasthorpe

Councillor Hasthorpe visited school today to lead an assembly about British Values. The pupils listened really well and discussed values, respect, tolerance and equality. Councillor Hasthorpe explained how Parliament works and the importance of us all working together as one big family to make positive changes for the world. Our pupils felt inspired and classes will be doing more follow up learning on this in their SMSC and Philosophy for Children work. Thank you Councillor Hasthorpe for your time and support.

Date:
13 September
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I identify the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world?

In Year 1, we have to learn all about our world. We have enjoyed exploring globes, maps and atlases.

Watch these videos and see if you can name all the continents and the oceans of the world too.

Date:
13 September
Posted by:
Mrs brady

Pineapples!

Mrs. Warton demonstrated her amazing pineapple cutting device to the class today. Mrs. Graham thought it was great and she had a go too!

James- She pushed the tool in and then turned it.

Ronnie- It made the pineapple come out as rings.

Rylea- I liked eating the pineapple.

Evie- When all the pineapple came out, we were left with a shape like a shell. "

Date:
12 September
Posted by:
Mrs Hackfath

Roof Building Project

Steve from the County Asset Team visited us to lead an assembly all about the roof building project at school – he talked about the equipment the builders use and the importance of safety. The pupils all listened really well and it seems quite a few family members are working on the roof!

Date:
8 September
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I create fruit faces like Giuseppe Arcimboldo?

For their Hook Day, the Year 1 children learnt all about Arcimboldo and were inspired to create exciting fruit faces using both art materials and real fruit. James- Arcimboldo was born in Italy and he was an artist when the years started with 15 (1500s). Oscar- I enjoyed painting fruit faces and liked to put a face on a pineapple shape. Jack- I made a face with real fruit and I ate it all up! Millie- I made a fruit face. I did some cutting and sticking. Mason- I could make a fruit face on the laptop. I played a game. Indianna- My group worked together to make a big fruit face. We had black cherries, watermelon and grapes. Isabelle B- We used apples, blueberries, strawberries and we had cherries. It was nice to eat. Neve- I really enjoyed making a big fruit face on the carpet with pineapples and lots of bananas. Taylor- I found out that Arcimboldo made faces with vegetables too

Date:
25 July
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Can I use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes?

Sunflower Class worked cooperatively in small groups to make a healthy edible sunflower.

Date:
25 July
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Blue Cross Charity Raffle

Well done to Lily for winning the horse tyre swing in Mrs. Brady's end of term raffle. Mrs. Brady would like to thank everyone who entered the raffle. We raised £55 for the Blue Cross!