Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
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In the morning we had 4 activities.
Activity 1 - Making cave art with handprints. We used chalk to draw around them then we smudged the chalk outlines.
Activtiy 2 - Sunsets. We changed the tone of colours by adding white to make it lighter and creating a sunset effect. When they are dry we will create a silhouette of Stone Henge to make them look even more beautiful.
Activity 3 - Cave walls. The children used the end of their brushes to create a blended effect for cave walls, This is called stippling.
Activity 4 - Research & sketching. The children researched prehistoric creatures and sketched them in their sketch books. We will use charcoal to draw them on out 'cave walls' once they are dry.
Year 3 enjoyed their first viola lesson with Mrs. Brady.
They learnt how to handle the instrument carefully and the names of different parts of the viola and bow. They had lots of fun exploring their violas and making some interesting sounds!
The children have been really excited as we have started to learn how to play the Djembe. Djembes are originally from Africa.
Drums have been in use since early caveman days as a form of communication and entertainment. We say words to help us remember the patterns so if you hear your children talking about ‘cold fish fingers’, ‘chicken & chips’ and ‘macaroni’ now you’ll know why!!!
Our Project this term was to create moving pictures. We decided to link this to Christmas and make a card with flaps which hides hidden treasures and pop up figures inside. To link it further across the curriculum we incorporated QR codes so parents, carers and loved ones could hear the children sing Christmas carols from our concert. I am sure these are cards that parents will want to treasure for a long time!
One of our Venturist groups based their project on animal welfare so the Venturist organisers arranged a visit from ‘The Ark’. It was really interesting learning about the different animals that they currently have in their care and the wonderful work that they do.
We have had a busy week with Children In Need, Diabetes Awareness (wearing blue tops) and Odd socks day - a day for recognising how we are all individuals and how wonderful it is to be unique.
The children had lots of fun designing a pair of odd socks to express their own individuality. Don’t they look great?
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service came into school to talk to the children about how to be safe on the roads, especially through using seat belts in cars and wearing helmets when riding our bikes. Something as simple as this can save lives and it's so easy to do.
The children had lots of fun dressing up in a ‘spotacular’ fashion! We have been writing instructions in English so today we tried following instruction to draw a Pudsey Bear.
The children have been learning about basic first aid skills such as calling for help and what to do with head injuries and bites & stings. In addition to this the children were taught about how to put someone who is unconscious in the recovery position until help arrives. The children really enjoyed this and it is a very useful skill to have!
To understand how Egyptian life was organised and the roles of different people at that time the children took part in a role play. They had such fun as you can probably tell from the clip!
To understand the structure of parliament, how it works and the difference between the government and parliament, we took part in a fake election then acted out how parliament works. The children enjoyed acting out the different roles and making decisions on whether potential laws should be passed.
Year 2 and 3 children enjoyed performing together on the stage at Caistor Town Hall on Sunday 20th November. They performed a wide repertoire of Christmas songs for their parents, family members, friends and community members. It was lovely to see their excited faces and hear their beautiful singing. They certainly brought lots of Christmas cheer to all! Well done to everyone who took part.
A- I enjoyed singing on a big stage. It was exciting when the curtains opened.
V- We had lots of fun and even played some jingle bells.
E- My mum said she’d really enjoyed it and she said well done to everyone.
H- I liked all the catchy tunes, like Jingle Bell Rock. S- We all looked nice in our Christmas clothes.
J- The audience all clapped and cheered. I think they loved it.
S- I think the people were surprised when we finished with a sign language song.
G- I would like to go back and sing again next year!
Following on from Remembrance day we decided to go and look at the cenotaph and reflect on the people of Laceby who died in the line of duty.
First we looked at Laceby using ordnance survey and aerial maps then the children plotted the best route to get there.
To ensure road safety we word hi-viz jackets and ensured that we walked safely and carefully through the village.
When we arrived at the cenotaph the children were interested to read the names of the people who had died for their country. We had a minutes silence & reflection then the Year 3 children laid a wreath they had made and the Year 4 children recited poems they had written.
Chartwells came into school to talk to the children about nutrition and healthy eating. We learnt about food which gives us short & long lasting energy. Then Chartwells showed us how we can make our own breakfast bars with basic ingredients. The children really enjoyed tasting these and it gave them ideas of what they could make at home.
The children have been learning about how programs are made using coding. This week they were asked to showcase these skills by making an interactive digital scene where buttons were clicked to make different things happen. They really enjoyed this task and gave it a Halloween twist!
We were shocked to find that there had been a death in the classroom!!!
Cleopatra was found on the floor surrounded by asps. Seeing as she was the last Egyptian queen we only thought it was important to give her a proper Egyptian burial and mummify her so her body would be preserved until her soul reached the afterlife.
As a part of this project the children were invited to Centre4 to learn about community businesses, see them in action and find out what a difference these businesses can make to our community. There are some fantastic local businesses out there which enrich the lives of so many. We can’t wait to see what project our children develop!
The Venturists is a unique programme designed to give young people ownership of their own viable social action projects that make positive changes in their local area. The project engages with the local community and the young people develop leadership skills and feel empowered to make a difference in their local community.
A wonderful start to a fantastic project!
We were lucky to have Sunita come and visit the school today. She told us a story about Rama and Sita in assembly then she came to our class to teach us about traditional Hindu dances. The children had lots of fun dressing up and dancing ‘Bollywood style’.
We loved sharing our love of reading pairing with pupils from a different class and sharing our reading.
The children really enjoyed performing to all the parents who managed to attend this event and we would like to thank you for your support. We have recorded the songs for those who could not attend. We hope you enjoy out songs about Mummification.
Today the children explored the magnetic poles of a magnet. They learned how to identify the poles and predicted whether the magnets would attract or repel each other when the poles were the same or different.
The children identified a pattern - that similar poles repel each other and opposite poles attract each other.
We were lucky to have Chartwells come into school to do a workshop on Food Waste. We learned about how we could help prevent food waste by carefully thinking about the food that we buy and eat. Some of the most common items thrown away are fruit and milk.
Chartwells showed us how these items can be used to make a healthy milkshake. The children really enjoyed trying this and it made us think about how we can do our bit to help the environment.
Today we joined a live link to see how scientists are working to improve harvests. They are looking at the soil used to see if carrots can be grown carbon free to improve global warning. They are also growing flowers amongst the crops so the insects attracted to the flowers can feed on more harmful creatures who could ruin the crops thus avoiding using chemicals. The children were amazed as they didn't realise how technical farming can be.
- I didn't know that carrots could be different colours
- I didn't know that nematodes existed and lived in the soil
- I found out that some parasitic wasps lay their eggs in caterpillars
-I was surprised that they use boxes to track the sound that insects make to identify them
-I didn't realise that plants can affect global warming
Today the children learned about different types of magnets. They conducted an investigation to see which magnet was the strongest by seeing how many paper clips the magnetic field of each magnet would hold. The children had lots of fun predicting which magnet would be the strongest and seeing if their prediction was correct.
As the children had watched the state funeral of the late queen we took this opportunity to reflect on her life and all the wonderful things she has done for this country. The children were amazed by how many jobs the queen had to do as a part of her role. After that the children designed their own memorial poster of the queen with pictures to reflect her life and interests and words they thought described her.
Willow & Poppy Class enjoyed having the opportunity to have a family member come into school, share a book with them and have a healthy breakfast snack. It was lovely seeing families come together to share a love of reading, meet the class teachers and have a look at our fantastic learning environments.
In our science lesson we used our identifying, grouping and classifying skills to look at materials and decide whether materials were magnetic or not. We looked at clips of magnetic fields and how magnets are used in scrapyards to sort out materials. We made a prediction first and sorted the materials into two sections then we mixed them together and used a magnetic to accurately sort them. We were surprised that all metals are not magnetic. Some coins were magnetic and others were not....this is due to the metal used.
Today we learned about the difference between a dictionary and a thesaurus. Dictionaries tell us what a word means whereas a thesaurus gives us synonyms (words that have the same meaning). We played a game where Miss Perrin gave us a word and we had to find synonyms for that word. We got very competitive! After that, we used a thesaurus to improve our writing by finding different words for travel and search.
We were set the task to find Egypt on a world map. We have a huge map on display in our corridor which the children loved looking at. First we named the continents, then we looked for Egypt. We found out that it is in Africa.
We have been learning about different forces which act upon objects and this week we looked at friction. This is when a force acts on a moving object to slow it down/stop it. We conducted a comparative investigation to see which surfaces have the most friction and slow down a moving toy car. The children made accurate predictions and enjoyed taking ownership of their investigation.
In year 3 the children start to learn French. We try to do this in fun ways playing games and singing songs. The children have learnt different ways to say hello. We hope you enjoy this short clip.
The children enjoyed researching about the Egyptians. We looked at examples of Egyptian necklaces and found out that most were made from gold or breads, they had bright colours and repeating patterns, The children designed their own necklaces using these features out of paper plates. In addition to this we tried to make a replica of papyrus. The Egyptians were the first to make paper out of papyrus. They tore the papyrus into strips and laid the strips in layers horizontally and vertically. The sheets were hit to make the pieces stick together and then they were left to dry. We used brown paper which we tore into strips, dipped in glue and laid out in layers. Our method was much easier and equally effective. We can't wait to show you the finished products when they are dry!