Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
This week in Science we explored our outdoor area looking at how we can further improve the environment to support wildlife.
Today we were allowed to dress as superheros or come in non uniform as a charity fundraiser. This event was organised by our head boy.
In science we are investigating ways to classify different species.
Before our hook day, we researched headwear and clothes that the Ancient Maya wore. From looking at photos of artefacts from the Ancient Maya and written information, we designed and made our own headdresses. Here we are modelling our finished designs:
Some pupils from Year 2,4 and 5 took part in an inter- school archery and dodgeball competition on Tuesday. at North Thoresby Primary Academy. They used a range of sport skills to compete against other schools. Overall, both KS1 and KS2 pupils came 3rd! A fantastic achievement from the pupils. They had a fantastic day and showcased their sporting skills and teamwork, well done!
Well done to the winners of the Juniper Class 'Design an Easter Egg' competition. All the eggs looked wonderful.
Thank you to Mr Read for judging and for Miss Wilson for organising the eggs with the Easter Bunny.
This term we have furthered our skills with Djembe drumming. We were proud to perform these in front of our family this afternoon.
“I liked the way we got to make up our rhythms and when we play them together it sounds fantastic” Isabella
“I like that we can play different rhythms using the base and tones which means we can make countless rhythms” Macey
Josh “I feel proud when I play the djembe drum”
“To play the base sound you need to put your fingers together and your hands straight, hitting the djembe in the centre. When you play the tone sound you need to slightly curve your fingers and hit the djembe on the front edge” Monty
We saw some wonderful experiments when Mr. Bromley from the Science Boffins visited our school. Lots of us enjoyed dressing up as crazy scientists! During his exciting assembly we saw explosions, balloons being skewered and amazing elephant toothpaste being made.
We are very fortunate to have some new arrivals expected at school in the very near future. A hatching station has been delivered to school with 10 eggs that are expected to hatch within the next 2 days and they will be with us for the next 10 days. We will post updates on their progress on the science blog for you to check on. We can’t wait to see them and some children are already thinking of names to call them.
Keep an eye on our Science page for updates!
Stanford School had a fantastic day for World Book Day! From amazing, creative costumes to designing and creating their favourite character onto a wooden spoon- well done to you all!
Well done to all our winners- Best Spoon Design and Best Costume!
A fantastic day was had by all pupils in Key Stage 2! They worked collaboratively with their peers and rotated around the four different activities in the morning. From creating positions, to using drama skills all linked to a variety of different books.
Star Anise’s activities were based on ‘Voices in the Park’ by Anthony Browne. The book is based on a story told from four different perspectives. We read the story, questioned the different voices and then worked in small groups to create freeze frames as one of the perspectives from the characters in the books.
Pupils from Key Stage took part in our first Gymnastics competition with other local schools. The pupils performed brilliantly with fantastic routines, skills and confidence to impress the judging panel.
Overall we had one of the year 5/6 team place 4th… a fantastic achievement at our first event! Well done to all the pupils who took part, they all have fantastic gymnastics skills where we hope they can showcase these off further in the future, Well done!
We were really lucky to have a poet come to school to share his work.
He spoke to us about why he decided to be a poet and where he gets his inspiration from. He was really funny and we had a lot of fun joining in. After that he went into the classrooms and helped us to write poems.
Today we began to explore the Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem “Beowulf”. We heard how part of the poem sounded in Old English which we didn’t understand of course! Looking at a translation we began to identify the plot and created our own story maps. In addition we made stick puppets which we are going to use in English later this week.
This afternoon we investigated different letters including runes and Illuminated letters. After researching different examples we designed our own illuminated letter.
Of course many of us dressed up for the day after researching the sorts of clothing Anglo-Saxons might have worn. All in all a super day learning in Juniper Class.
Stanford School have enjoyed their Christmas trip, watching Cinderella! A great time was had by all
We are all feeling very festive in our Christmas Jumpers.
Juniper Class shared their learning about the symbol of light within Christianity during our Christmas carol service at St Margaret’s Church. A few of us got the opportunity to light the advert wreath at the beginning of the service.
We have now finished our Poison Dart Frogs ready to sell as a part of our enterprise project.
We compared our designs to our completed frogs. We considered the challenges we faced when making this product and how we overcame them. We thought about the changes we would make if we did this project again. Next step marketing our finished products ready to sell!
Now our lavender has dried out we have separated the flowers from the stalks and placed in little bags. We have made labels to add to the bags. We are going to sell them at the Chrsitmas fayre for the price of £1.
We acted out how particles moved differently in solids, liquids and gases.
Watch our video clips.
Solids – Particles are closely packed in a regular pattern. They vibrate on the spot.
Liquids - Particles are close together but random. They can move over each other.
Gases – Particles are usually spread out. They can move about quickly in all directions.
WOW! Juniper class are very excited to look after our new school pets this week. (Six stick insects)
We went on a fabulous trip to Normanby Hall to learn about what it was like to be a Victorian.
In the morning we visited the main house.
There we met the housekeeper. Mrs Harding. We considered how this building was different to the homes that we live in.
Mr Marrows, the Butler decided if we could enter the hall. We had to greet him very politely.
In the hall we learnt about the Sheffield Family using information from the 1892 census return.
The boys practised our finest bows and the girls practised their most gracious curtsies.
We closely looked at Lady Sheffield’s drawing room. From this we were able to see the sorts of activities she spent her time doing.
The fire was kept clean by a young male servant who had the job of cleaning the chimney. He had to start work really early.
The House maid had to do all the cleaning including blackening the hearth. If she didn’t do a good enough job she would be punished or get the sack!
Meals were very extravagant. The Sheffield family were served their meals by the butler. The meals were prepared by the cook. The Kitchen servants would do all the chopping and preparing as well as the washing up. There were lots and lots of courses. Sir Berkeley would sit at the head of the table. Lady Sheffield would sit the opposite side.
In Sit Berkeley’s bedroom we learnt about how he would have help to get dressed, undressed and washed. The cupboard at the side of the bed was actually the toilet! It was the servant’s job to empty it each time.
After lunch we learnt about what it was like to be a laundry maid. Washing during the Victorian times was quite different from today.
We learnt about the process and discovered it was hard work!
This is Professor Plant!
He works at Amgueddfa Cymru –National Museum Wales, in Cardiff. He studies plants and nature in the botanical section of the museum.
Juniper class are helping him with an important nature investigation…
Today we planted our crocus and daffodil bulbs. We had to follow the instructions carefully so the experiment is fair. We will be monitoring the weather from November and recording it. We will send this data to Professor Plant. In the spring we will record when the bulbs flower.
While we were planting our bulbs we noticed we have some visitors to our allotment …. Caterpillars are loving our cabbages!
We will research what species they are.
Juniper Class are all excited, as they have started having viola lessons on Wednesday afternoons with Miss Brown (principal viola player North East Lincolnshire Youth Orchestra). Mrs. Brady has been impressed with all the children's enthusiasm.
Key Stage 2 children enjoyed taking part in a harvest celebration in St Margaret’s Church, as ever the church looked lovely with its decorations created by the congregation.
The children enjoyed singing hymns and performing harvest poems and songs.
We have been looking at some of the designs created by William Morris that were inspired by nature. This afternoon we explored our outdoor environment looking for ideas for our tiles. We took photos of the leaves and berries and flowers that interested us to help with our designs.
To our delight we were greeted by a large number of resident frogs as we explored our nature area. They certainly surprised us as they leapt out of the grass.
The children have been very excited to start the Year 3 & 4 Minecraft Club. It is a great environment for the children to work together to build their own creations in a safe on-line environment.
We will post photos later in the term to show what they have made.
We were given pictures of different circuits. We used the equipment to investigate if the bulb would light. We learnt that you need a complete circuit in order for the bulb to light.
Before the day many of us researched what a Victorian might wear. We came in some fantastic costumes and were able to compare the dress with clothes today. Some of us researched jobs Victorian Children may have had to do for example chimney sweep or Matches Girl.
During the day we took part in a role play event where we found out what it was like to go to school during the Victorian times. We all decided that we preferred to come to school in 2018.
In groups we discussed the main events in the text then role played each character.
This helped us to consider the thoughts, actions and opinions of each person. We worked together to act out how each character would react to the key events in the chapter. We enjoyed performing our ideas on the stage in our outdoor classroom.