Stanford School

Stanford Junior and Infant School

Living together - Learning together

Cooper Lane, Laceby, Grimsby
NE Lincolnshire DN37 7AX
Tel. 01472 318003
Contact. Miss King (Business Manager)

Pumpkin Class Blog 

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

Pumpkin Class for September: Welcome from Mrs Smith!

See Mrs Smith's Welcome Presentation See Mrs Amos's Welcome Message

Information for Parents

From 8th June 2020, the home learning will be slightly different. Each year group will be set work from Hamilton’s Education Trust to include daily Maths and English Activities. These will be clearly labelled each week on blog pages. In addition to this, staff will be setting Science/ other subject activity, SMSC/ well-being activities as well as spellings on Spelling Shed.

The DfE states, ‘no school will be penalised if they are unable to offer a broad and balanced curriculum during this period.’ The Government have worked closely with other key partners to ensure the support is there for ‘remote’ learning resources.

There are also additional resources available that are recommended from the DfE:

  • Oak National Academy, an online classroom set up by teachers, covering the curriculum (including specialist content for pupils with SEND) for every year group from Reception through to Year 10. By the end of week two, Oak had 1.4 million users who had viewed over 4 million lessons
  • BBC Bitesize which has developed a comprehensive new education package, available on TV, via the red button and iPlayer and online at BBC Bitesize. Bitesize Daily TV shows were watched by over 2m households on iPlayer in the first two weeks of transmission Staff will, in addition, be providing weekly web based learning activities including Hamilton, Spelling Shed, SMSC and science/other activity. Please see our web site for links.

Thank you for your continued support, you are doing an amazing job!

Pumpkin Home Learning

This week’s Home Learning

Monday 20th July

Morning Pumpkin Class
This week is a bit of a Puzzling week! Your English work is all about riddles, meanings and quizzes and your Maths work also includes lots of investigations, puzzles and games. I hope you enjoy them all. For Science please look at the What is a Coastal Habitat? section on the science tab below.
As a wellbeing task can you create a window with a beautiful view outside?
Spellings this week is to review all that you’ve learnt this term and try the Year 2 spelling words.
Have fun too!
Mrs Smith

    Spellings  Quiz Quiz Answers  Science  Well Being  Spelling Shed 

Additional teaching resources

BBC Bitesize  Oak National Academy 

Summer Reading Challenge

We would love you to take part in this exciting Reading Challenge!
Mrs. Wink would like you to draw a picture of your favourite Silly Squad character and post it through the Stanford Centre letterbox. When the library reopens your picture will be on display!

Summer Reading Challenge

Additional websites & useful links

Guess the Teacher - ANSWERS  Free Reading E-Books 

Coronavirus a book for children

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.

  • What is the coronavirus?
  • How do you catch the coronavirus?
  • What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
  • Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
  • Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
  • Why are some places we normally go to closed?
  • What can I do to help?
  • What’s going to happen next?

Coronavirus a book for children

Captain Tom Moore: Say Happy 100th Birthday to him!

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.

Bird Watching

How many different birds can you spot in your garden?

Spring Art: Be inspired by an artist and see what’s growing 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?

Grow a Rainbow

A great idea for a fun activity at home - grow your own Rainbow! With just felt tip pens, kitchen roll and water!

Online Safety

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.

Family Link Guide for Parents

Online Safety at Home

Children's mental health

ThinkUKnow online Safety Pack

Stanford E-Safety Advice

Humberside Crime Commissioner: Protect your child from grooming during Covid-19

Humberside Crime Commissioner: Support for Protecting Children Online


Coronavirus Home Challenge

Coronavirus Booklet for Children

Information about Coronavirus

Lots of free fantastic nurturing activities to help children through this challenging time.

Tips for Parents and Carers

Classroom Secrets Letter to Parents

KS1 Activity Pack

Easter Basket Craft

Creative Writing Prompt Question Writing Frames

The Mystery at the Grand Portrait Gallery Maths Game

Non-screen activities - from Pobble

Snakes and Ladders with 2, 3 and 5 Times Tables Board Game

Spot Mr Whoops Mistakes - Common Exception Words

Home Learning Pack

Home Learning Pack Guidance and Answers

Home Learning Pack - Practical Ideas

Interactive learning links

Science Plants Learning from Home Activity Booklet

Science Uses of Everyday Materials Learning from Home Activity Booklet

Fiction Reading Revision

Non-Fiction Reading Revision

Poetry Revision

Reading Guidance

Maths Activity Booklet Answers

Maths Activity Booklet Answers

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.

Chipper ClubChipper Club

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.

Reading Books You can Read Online!

The Collins Reading Scheme for Key Stage 1 is free online at the moment.
log in:
password: Parents20!


KS1 booklet of activities:
TTS My_Activity_Book

TT Rock Star Activities:

Dr Chips Daily Dose of STEM activities


English activities including phonics, reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling:


Maths Game Links:

Maths scheme we follow in school:

See also


Games and activities:

Art projects inspired by famous artists:

Test your musical skills:

Play music games:

Time Capsule

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: password: Parents20!

Welcome to the Great Indoors:
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:

Keeping Fit and Healthy

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)

Health for Kids

Go Noodle


Just Dance (Youtube)

Mindfulness and Meditation for Children

Rainbow Fun

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

Sunshine activities to brighten your day!

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

Fun Animal Activities

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 😊)

Build habitats suitable for each animal

Zoo animals word search

Sing along to The Lion Sleeps Tonight. You can sing different parts (YouTube)

Animal exercises. Can you think of any more? (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)

Read animal stories and answer the interactive quiz questions (YouTube)

Learn about amazing animals from National Geographic Kids. There are lots of videos on YouTube (YouTube)

Maths games:

Home Learning – Weekly Essentials & Enrichment Activities

23 March
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Sports Competition

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!

11 March
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

‘Don’t Tip The Ship!’ Science Investigation

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!

10 March
Posted by:
Miss Brady

British Science Week: Is everyone's body the same?

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.

5 March
Posted by:
Mrs Fielding and Mrs Smith

World Book Day

5 March
Posted by:
Mrs Fielding

World Book Day KS1 Group Activities

5 March
Posted by:
Mrs Fielding

World Book Day Books in a box

4 March
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Our favourite books

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!

4 March
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

KS1 Singing Festival 2020

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.

3 March
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

The ‘Lady of the Lamp’

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.

3 March
Posted by:
Mrs Smith


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.

2 March
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Key Stage 1 Choir

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.

12 February
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

Friendship Event

Children enjoyed the various crafts and activities at our Friendship fundraising event.

31 January
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Can I share my opinions about a text?

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.”

20 January
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Animals including Humans

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:

  • an emperor penguin’s prey is fish, squid and krill
  • an emperor penguin’s predators are leopard seals

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.”

15 January
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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.

10 January
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Penguin Hook Day

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.

12 December
Posted by:
Mrs Brady

Key Stage One Stars Shine in Christmas Nativity Performances

Well done to Sunflower and Pumpkin classes for their wonderful performances of 'Shine Star Shine.' Lovely singing, acting, dancing, reading and instrument playing.

4 December
Posted by:
Miss Perrin

Feeling Festive at Stanford School

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?

Friday 22nd November
Posted by:
Mrs Hill

Year 2/3 reading collaboration

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.

11 November
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

LQ: Can I listen to the musical performance ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’?

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.

Pupil Voice

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!.”

11 November
Posted by:
Mrs Perrin

Stanford Remembers

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.

7 November
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Surprise Visit for Pumpkin class

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.

4 November
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Reading Breakfast

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.

30 October
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

Happy Halloween!

There were spooky spiders, ghoulish ghosts and perfect pumpkins at our Halloween activity event after school.

Pupil Voice:

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."

17 October
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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!

11 October
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Superstars This Week

Look at all our stars this week, they give us something to celebrate!

Keep making those good choices Pumpkin Class.

10 October
Posted by:
Mrs Marsden

World Mental Health Day

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.

9 October
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

The Battle of Hastings
By Year 2

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.

8 October
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

DT Evaluations
by Year 2

As part of our design and technology work this term we have been evaluating our castle models.

We thought about the following questions:

  • Did our finished product look like our design?
  • Were the mechanisms successful?
  • How easy or difficult was it to make?
  • If were to make another one would we do anything differently?

We thought you would like to read some of them.

30 September
Posted by:
Miss Wilson

Harvest Festival

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.

27 September
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Spelling Beehive

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.


11 September
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Activity Day

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.