Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
We have been learning about solids, liquids and gases. We know that solids and liquids have weight but we wanted to see if it was the same for gas. To prove that gas has weight we thought about where we could easily find a source of gas and we decided to use fizzy drinks for our investigation.
First we weighed the sealed bottle to find the weight of the bottle, liquid & gas. Then we shook the bottle to release the gas. We continued to do this until the liquid was flat then we weighed the bottle again. The bottle was lighter so this proved that the gas in the liquid had weight.
We looked at the different brands of fizzy drinks to see which brand was the fizziest, it was Tango. We then placed the bottles in order of fizziness. We had lots of fun completing this investigation.
We have been learning about the lives of Victorian children. Poor children were expected to work from the age of 3 in harsh and dangerous circumstances.
As we do not have any actual Victorian artefacts (Primary Resources) to look at we used computers to find information & images of the different jobs they had to do (Secondary Resources).
It was very scary what the poor children had to do and a lot of children got hurt or died working in factories, in mines and up chimneys. It made us think about how lucky we are having good lives.
We had lots of fun on our hook day pretending to be Victorians. Miss Perrin greeted us at the door ringing her school bell to say that our school day had begun.
First we were given rags and we had to work to make the building clean.
Then we lined up outside the classroom and we paid Miss Perrin a penny for our education.
In the classroom we practised handwriting and practised out times tables. We then went for our morning constitutional.
The boys had to march like soldiers and the girls had to walk with ‘like ladies’.
Then we went out to play. Victorian children liked to play with hoops and sticks, they also liked to skip. We had a go at both of these but it wasn’t easy!
Life was so bad for Victorian children you can understand why they looked miserable as their lives were so bad.
It’s a good thing that we were only pretending to be Victorians because we had lots of fun!!
In ‘The Street Child’ Jim Jarvis and his family are living in a tiny room in the slums. Their mum is very sick and cannot work. Jim spends their last shilling on a pie so they can eat. The next morning their evil landlord arrives demanding his rent……. and the drama unfolds!
Mr Spink arrives and wakes the sleeping family.
The children try and protect their mum as Mr Spink asks “Is she dead?”
Mr Spink notices the pie crumbs and demands “Have you eaten pie?”
He demands to see their purse and asks “Where is your money?”
He points to the door and says “No money, no rent…….no rent no room!” and tells the children to leave.
Mr Spink leaves with the family in tears.
In Poppy Class we have been learning about different states of matter. Materials are either solids, liquids or gases.
First we sorted objects into these categories. Then we learnt that materials are made from particles which are so tiny they can’t be seen even with a microscope!
In solids the particles are packed together and just vibrate on the spot. In liquids they are close together and move with each other and in gases the particles spread out quickly in different directions. We then went outside to show this in practice. The children loved this activity.
Here are some of their comments:
“I thought it was really fun.”
“It was fun in a working way.”
“It helped me to understand solids, gases & liquids.”
“It was fun learning about it like this.”
Who knew science could be such fun and so energetic?