Stanford Junior and Infant School
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Monday 18th May
Good morning Pumpkins. I hope you are well and have enjoyed your weekend.
This weekend I went for a nature walk and took photos of everything I found. I saw a robin, a blackbird, nettles, dandelions, bluebells, lots of different types of trees, a pond with grasses growing in it and I saw a heron sitting on its nest! Can you do this? Let’s make this our Science task this week. You can do this just in your garden (watch out for ants and spiders!)
Reading/writing task: Choose a book that you like. Pick out six words from the book, turn the words into a poem. Here is mine (I wonder if you can work out the book I chose?):
1.icy, 2. penguin, 3. blubber, 4. huddle, 5. freezing, 6. friend
I am a penguin, I live where it’s cold,
My home is freezing but I love it!
It’s icy but I have blubber to keep me warm,
And I can always call upon my friend
To cuddle and huddle.
Penguin Land is Cool!
Maths task: Dividing or sharing. Have a go at sharing things between your family, your teddies or even with your teacher! Start with 20 daisies, share them out, how many do you each have? Are there any spare or left over? Write down what you did. 20 shared between me and Mum = 10 each. 20 ÷ 2 = 10
Craft task: Make a self-portrait (that’s a picture of you) using things you find in the garden. Take a photo – share it with me on purple mash.
Spellings and Purple mash task as always.
From Mrs Smith
Follow these links to find free online lessons, which will be updated every day!
Hello Pumpkin Class, I hope you all had a great day on Friday celebrating 75 years since VE Day. Here is your learning for this week:
Have fun Pumpkins – looking forward to seeing your work.
Watch out for a new message this week too!
Remember to use the phrase: _______ is eaten by the _________. I wonder how many different chains you can come up with for a worm!
Hope you’ve all had a good 2 week break from your work and a super Easter. Let’s get back to our home learning this week with:
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for primary age children.
Captain Tom Moore aged 99 has raised over £12m walking 100 laps of his garden for the NHS!
His 100th birthday is on 30th April. Due to lockdown, he is unable to have a big family party. So lots of children are making him a special birthday card and sharing it online (with help from an adult), so he can see them on his special day. This girl explains how to do it.
How many different birds can you spot in your garden?
David Hockney, a famous British artist has created these colourful Spring pictures in his garden. Can you draw or paint pictures like him?
A great idea for a fun activity at home - grow your own Rainbow! With just felt tip pens, kitchen roll and water!
With the increasing use of smartphones and internet ready devices during this challenging period, it is important to still remain vigilant in how our children are using their devices, what they are accessing, and who they are communicating with and how. It is also important to put some limit on their devices to give them time away from the screens, to spend quality time with their family and pursue other activities.
As parents we can find this challenging and difficult to manage. Google have released FAMILY LINK - a fabulous app that allows parents to monitor and manage devices set up with a Google account and Android devices. The following is a guide on how to access to set up this app.
I would also like to remind you of the parent guides to the many popular apps children will be using to keep in contact with their friends, such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and gaming platforms on the web. Whilst social contact is important during this time, it is vital that we ensure our children are using these safely with the correct privacy settings.
Lots of free fantastic nurturing activities to help children through this challenging time.
Talk for Writing Activity
Discover what’s inside the magical box.
Our documents are in PDF format, unless otherwise stated. If you are unable to open them then you can download a free PDF reader from Adobe.
Meet Chipper the puppy here to help entertain you at home!
The Grimsby Telegraph are launching Chipper Club with exciting home learning projects.
The projects are all about friendship, helping others, being cheerful and showing kindness to animals.
Your parent/carer will need to Sign You Up
Once each project is done, your parent/carer can submit a photo of your work to the Chipper Club for publication online. At the end of all the projects, they will send you a certificate.
KS1 booklet of activities:
TT Rock Star Activities:
English activities including phonics, reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling:
Maths Game Links:
Maths scheme we follow in school:
See also whiterosemaths.com/homelearning
Games and activities:
Art projects inspired by famous artists: www.redtedart.com
Test your musical skills: www.musicteachers.co.uk/resources/funstuff
Create a time capsule of memories during our time away from school, using these templates record key moments and information to look back on in years to come.
Music Express has a Song Bank of over 400 songs in an array of styles. You can sing songs from around the world, in parts of unison, as a round, with actions or with instruments. You can filter songs by year (age), theme, musical style or season. To access these songs log in: firstname.lastname@example.org password: Parents20!
Welcome to the Great Indoors: www.scouts.org.uk
100 + fun activities to help you learn new skills.
Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
Complete the fun challenges and learn about plant and fungal science.
For the latest news about online learning visit: stayhome.academy
It's more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised and more optimistic. Here are some suggested websites to access at home;
Cosmic Kids Yoga (Youtube)
Joe Wicks BodyCoach Sessions (Youtube)
Just Dance (Youtube)
Sing a rainbow song
Do the rainbow dance
Read a rainbow poem: A Rainbow of Colours
Listen to a rainbow story
Do rainbow exercises
Learn how rainbows are formed
Look at beautiful rainbows
Learn how to draw a rainbow
Write a rainbow poem
Describe Yourself on the All About Me Rainbow
Make a rainbow collage with objects you can find at home
Sing Here Comes the Sun
Sing and dance along to Walking on Sunshine
Learn scientific facts about the sun
Learn how to draw a cute sun
Make a 3D paper sun
Do an online sunflower jigsaw
Read the story The Wind and the Sun and answer the questions
Do an animal jigsaw every day. You can select from 6 pieces to 247 pieces!
Colour online silly animals to make you smile. My favourite is the Frog Moth (Mrs. B 😊)
Sing along to The Lion Sleeps Tonight. You can sing different parts (YouTube)
Do The Jungle Book dance (YouTube)
Listen to the poem: The Fish That Couldn’t Climb Trees. Turn the sound off and read it yourself! (YouTube)
Learn about amazing animals from National Geographic Kids. There are lots of videos on YouTube (YouTube)
Metal or cloth? www.atschool.co.uk/activity-type4.asp?display=13140
Properties of materials: www.atschool.co.uk/activity-type4.asp?display=23492
Changing the shape of materials: www.atschool.co.uk/activity-type4.asp?display=23490
View art work in the museum: https://www.getty.edu/art/collection/
Can you recreate an artwork with items around your house?
Here are some created by other people to inspire you: https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-artworks-recreated-with-household-items-by-creative-geniuses-the-world-over/
We recently had our second intra school competition, led by Premier Sports, on Archery and Dodgeball. Please see the overall winners…. Well done to Red team!
On Tuesday’s Science Day Seedlings, Sunflower and Pumpkin classes all joined together to investigate 3 different things. In this group we made boats that were all the same and tried to keep them afloat with different objects. We counted how many cubes, stones or counters we could put into the boats without them sinking. We had lots of fun investigating in the water!
The children played 'Simon Says' to learn the different parts of the body. They compared their bodies with others: looking at eye colour, hair colour, height, size of their hands and feet and length of their arms and legs.
J- I looked in the mirror and I could see that I have blue eyes.
J- My hand was bigger than a Year 2 boy's. I was surprised because I'm in a little class and he is older than me.
C and T- We found out that we have the same sized hands.
A- Mrs. Brady's hand was almost the same size as mine!
B and E- We are what we thought: the older person is taller.
W and J- We had the same sized feet, even though we are not the same age.
T- Everyone in our group has two arms, two hands, two eyes- but some things look different. There might be different colours and different sizes and shapes.
F- I enjoyed drawing around a person and making the picture look just like them.
Today some of Seedlings and Pumpkin children worked together for the day with Mrs Smith.
Our whole day was about our favourite books. In Maths we made pictograms and tally charts showing the most popular book we’ve read this year.
In English we wrote about our favourite books and shared our fabulous reading together.
In art we read FUNNYBONES by Janet and Allen Ahlberg, then made skeletons out of many different pasta shapes.
What a great day we had!
The KS1 Choir gave an amazing performance of 'Sail Away' at Grimsby Auditorium. They enjoyed a full day of singing songs, learning actions and dancing. It was great to perform to such a large audience at the end of the day. Well done to everyone in the choir.
L- I used my face to make Carlos the Crab's moody face.
F- The band played rock music. I played air guitar.
L- I got to be a member of Bonny the boat's
O- I could do all the different actions.
A- I really enjoyed singing the songs.
G- Lots of people from my family came to watch me.
C- The songs were all about all the plastic that has got into the sea.
We have combined our learning skills this week to make Florence Nightingale’s lamp.
In History we have learnt about the work Florence did in the past and how nursing changed because of her.
In Design Technology we have used skills to join materials to make her lamp.
In English we are writing diaries in character as Florence – watch out for these – we will be publishing them very soon.
This week in maths we have been making pictograms - this one shows our favourite colours.
First we organised ourselves into which was our favourite colour.
Next we represented this information as a pictogram.
Sunflower and Pumpkin members of the choir enjoyed a fantastic workshop with the musicians and actors from MAPAS (Music and Performing Arts Service).
They have been learning lots of new songs written by local musicians Josie Moon and Pat McCarthy called 'Sail Away'. They are due to perform these songs at Grimsby Auditorium with children from many other schools.
C- I love these songs. I can't stop singing them.
A- I like the ones when we can dance like a crab or wave at a whale.
A-A real band with guitars came to our school.
S- Carrie and Cosmo were very funny.
F- I love Dance of the Dolphins because it's rock music.
J- Carlos the Crab made me laugh so much.
A- We have lots of fun in the choir.
L- I can't wait to sing at the Auditorium on the stage.
A- I just love singing with my friends.
Juniper and Pumpkin class reading collaboration this week was all about sharing their opinions of their books. Not only did children read some of their books to their collaboration partner but they also spoke about their views of the text; the characters; their choice of book; and author.
Children were also asked about their thoughts on the reading collaboration this term. These were comments shared:
“I think it’s great to share stories with each other.”
“I like getting to know the children in Year 2.”
“I think it’s a good idea to listen to others read and share our thoughts.”
“I look forward to Friday’s collaboration time because we can enjoy reading.”
In our science this week we have been using the following vocabulary: predator, prey, hunt, food chain
We have all made food chains for the emperor penguin.
We learnt that:
We can read the ‘story’ of our food chains too.
“Plankton is eaten by Krill; Krill is eaten by squid; squid is eaten by fish; fish is eaten by penguins and penguins are eaten by leopard seals.”
Today we have had a visitor from North East Lincolnshire County Council to show us how to use our bins properly at home.
Jenny showed us how to ‘wash and squash’ our plastic bottles before putting them in our orange boxes. She also showed us on a map where all our recycling goes.
We are doing a competition to design posters for the new bins around Laceby. So keep watching out for the winning posters.
Our new topic this term is Animals Around The World.
To start this topic, we are researching penguins and where they live.
Our hook day was exciting because we dressed as penguins and our learning in Maths and English was linked to penguins. We have multiplied with penguins; written penguin poems; found out new information about penguins and also learnt a song and dance. We also enjoyed lots of penguin craft and made ‘fishy sandwiches and biscuits’ for a penguin picnic.
At Stanford we have a Christmas tradition where each class makes a Christmas hoop to decorate the hall. Each year we have a different theme and this year it was ‘Winter Wonderland’. The children have worked very hard to make decorations to put on the hoops and they look fantastic….don’t you agree?
Juniper class used the story plan created with our visiting author Pippa Goodhart to write our own stories. We edited our drafts and then presented our finished versions in little story books along with illustrations.
This morning Juniper class were proud to share their stories with Pumpkin class.
We thoroughly enjoyed the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ performed through music by MAPAS. There were lots of actions and we learnt all about the different types of musical instruments including ‘percussion’ and ‘string’ instruments.
R.M “The shakers were a percussion instrument.”
O.B “I liked the big taiko drums.”
E.S “I liked the giraffe song when he learnt to dance.”
S.C “I was chosen to play a percussion apple, I had to shake it in time with the music.”
J.M “A bow is made from a horse’s tail!.”
The children in their individual classes have been thinking about Remembrance day, what it means and why we wear poppies. Today we joined collectively for our Remembrance assembly to observe 2 minutes silence thinking about those who have sacrificed their lives for others during times of war. After this some Year 6 children shared poems they have written about the wars.
In Pumpkin class we have been reading a book called ‘The Bottle of Happiness’ by Pippa Goodhart. The children have really enjoyed the story and even created their own bottles of happiness. Today was extra special as Pippa came to visit us! She read stories and shared her books with us, then helped us to create an idea for our own story. We were all so delighted to meet her and learnt a lot about being an author. We can’t wait to write our new story about Winnie The Witch.
Pumpkin class invited parents, carers and other adults into the classroom on Thursday for a special reading event.
As well as reading some of our favourite stories we shared some breakfast treats and juice. Lots of adults came and read with us, we shared picture books, chapter books and information books. Thank you to all who came.
There were spooky spiders, ghoulish ghosts and perfect pumpkins at our Halloween activity event after school.
L.B "I made a ghost with a scary face."
A.D "I liked making a mummy with white strips. I did it by myself."
E.W "I made a spider, I had to twist its legs."
A.V "I enjoyed the hotdog."
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!
Look at all our stars this week, they give us something to celebrate!
Keep making those good choices Pumpkin Class.
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.
Today we have been using a paper copy of the Bayeux Tapestry to follow the story of The Battle of Hastings in 1066. We had already read the story and watched an animated version on line but we have been looking closely at the stitching on the tapestry. We also recreated parts of the battle ourselves through art work.
As part of our design and technology work this term we have been evaluating our castle models.
We thought about the following questions:
We thought you would like to read some of them.
Our Harvest Festival was a joyful celebration introduced by our head boy and girl and Star anise class performed a poem. Rev. Philip Stevens came to say a prayer and give thanks for the food at harvest time. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our celebration, the donations of food will be sent to the homeless charity, Harbour Place.
Well done all of you that got your bee onto the beehive this week by practising your spellings on Spelling Shed.
Stickers are on their way to you today!
Remember to practise every week (new words set on Fridays) to get your bee on our hive.
What a fantastic activity day we had last week! After collecting so much recyclable material, we designed our castles using them. Firstly we drew what we wanted our castle to look like.
Then we chose the most suitable materials and got making. We helped each other out when we needed to – Mrs Smith said we were great at teamwork.
Finally we painted out models to give them a really good finish.
We will now be evaluating our finished models, keep watching our blog page to see these too.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO COLLECT SO MUCH RECYCLING.