On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.
Barley class have been studying Lubaina Himid this week, exploring how art is used to convey messages and raise awareness of cultural and social issues. Pupils first worked in pairs to draw a piece of art by Himid- one was the described, the other the interpreter, this was trickier than we thought!!
Year 6 pupils had the most inspiring day visiting Croda on Tuesday. The Children challenging industry project Barley class have been taking part in, resulted in the pupils visiting the site where their product, Lenolin, is created. Pupils took part in different activities, from investigating which product is best for hand cream to how Croda's product works in beauty and household products. Pupils generated amazing questions and learnt all about the Science industry... we may have some future scientists!
Barley class continued their investigations into lanolin this week, as part of the Challenging Industry project. They had a challenge from Croda to investigate pastilles using different liquids and materials. The pastilles had to be of the same size and pupils worked within their teams to see if varying the liquid, changing the surface the liquid landed on or varying the tools in which they made the pastilles made a difference to the pastille formation and speed in which these could be made! Great scientific work!
Our Year 6 pupils are taking part in a fantastic programme ,with York University, which aims to give the opportunity of children learning about science and industry. The programme combines classroom science lessons led by expert advisory teachers, with visits to industry, tailored to meet the needs of the science curriculum.
In the first session this week, pupils worked together to complete an investigation on substances that needed separating. Our next session will be looking at particles. These investigations link with our industry visit to Croda at the end of the month!
This week in PE we were working together as a small group to create a dance phrase that was repeated and involved movement. We used a video as the stimulus to create a short dance piece with confidence. Pupils took different elements from the basic dance skills; actions, dynamics, space and relationships and incorporated them into their dance phrase. Groups then performed and gave positive feedback.
‘ I really enjoyed this PE lesson!’
Blossom and Barley pupils have been working together to solve different reasoning and problem solving questions using their wide range of math skills. These problems were to extend their knowledge by applying what they know to solve the problems. Pupils worked in small groups and pairs and used concrete, technology and pictorial resources to help solve the answers.
This half term Barley class have been designing, planning and then creating their own alarm system based on a given design. Pupils have used their knowledge on circuits, alarms and switches to create an alarm system. They used different electrical components and materials to create their design.
As part of their writing in English, Barley class are looking at debates and balanced arguments. This week pupils had a verbal debate in small groups on whether Odysseus should have told his crew the dangers or not… the pupils discussed the different views and then came together to discuss this in a formal debate. Well done Barley, great discussions had!
Some of our Peer Well-being Mentors have been busy working with Zowie Compass GO. NEL Mental Health Support Team to create an assembly to deliver to the whole school on Anti-bullying. They worked collaboratively to write the assembly and will be delivering this in the new year. Keep looking as we will be recording this to share with all our parent/ carers!!
Year 6 completed their DT enterprise projects ready to sell at the Christmas fayre. Pupils designed and then calculated the costings for this to ensure they made the most profit.
Using a range of DT skills, they then created their designs!
Over this half term, Barley class have been learning different skills in PE to enable them to play handball. From learning different passes to defending techniques, pupils have started to use these skills in a competitive game- great work!
Our Year 6 pupils have been busy elves this morning making and baking gingerbread ready for our Christmas Fayre next week! Children will be able to decorate a gingerbread person at our annual fayre on Wednesday 29th November… doors open at 3:20pm!
In Computing, Barley class learnt about the digital footprint and how and why people use their information and online presence to create an image of themselves. They then looked at what information is appropriate to be shared online and identified what could be changed/ improved to keep them safe.
On Monday our local MP, Martin Vickers visited Year 5 and 6 pupils to talk to them about his role as MP and Parliament. Pupils learnt when Parliament was formed and what happens within the House of Commons. There was then an opportunity for Q and A from the pupils- great questions asked! Pupils then followed this exciting assembly, with work all about Parliament. Thank you Martin Vickers for the inspirational talk!
Year 6 pupils learnt about the drawing and painting technique of chiaroscuro in art this week. They applied their understanding of using light and dark to create form and impact to create Maya- inspired word art. Well done Barley class, these are incredible! 🤩
Year 6 pupils have been using the Maya belief that everyone has a spirit companion to discover their own as a drawing. Using combined inspiration from the Maya and the style of modern artist Dan Fenelon, pupils developed their symbols to represent themselves, creating a drawn tile of line, pattern and colour. They then used different media to bring their art to life!
We love celebrating the sporting achievements of our pupils outside of school! A huge Well done on your swimming achievement 🌟
Year 6 had a great session with Zowie from Compass Go. We looked at positive and negative relationships and how to spot them and also how to manage friendship issues from low, medium and high problems and how best to deal with these. Sometimes we may need to compromise with friends if they are doing something that makes you unhappy. We also looked at social media and ensuring we only engage with friends.
‘ I really liked taking part in the I can statements, it was a lot harder than I thought!’
‘ Healthy and unhealthy relationships are important to identify’
‘ I know that I can solve problems with my friends’
At Stanford we care about positive mental health and wellbeing and want to support anyone who may need help. Sarah at Compass Go came this week to train some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils to become our new Peer mentoring group. This group learnt all about positive well-being and what they can do to support others who may be struggling- offering advice, finger breathing, grounding technique etc These pupils will be a champion to our peers! Listening to what pupils need, helping others to improve their own wellbeing and learning about mental health. We want tio ensure ALL pupils at Stanford:
Our Peer wellbeing Ambassadors can help! Keep updated with their progress in school!
A huge well done to these year 6 pupils on winning the poster competition Topcon set!!
Pupils had to design safety posters to be placed on our building site to remind people to stay safe… Zoe from Topcon came and presented prizes to the winning designs- how amazing do they look!
These will now be displayed around school site and then used for future building sites- well done!! 🌟
Barley and Pumpkin class came together to share their love of reading! Pumpkin class shared their favourite book with year 6 pupils whilst enjoying the sunshine!
"I loved reading with a year 6"
"The year 6 explained to me about speech marks in my story"
"I read my favourite story outside and it was very calming"
"I had a lovely time reading"
"Me and my partner took it in turns to read"
"I liked my partners book more than my own"
"I liked the author of my partners book and have looked for another book by that author"
Barley Class came together for World Mental Health day by wearing some yellow and giving kind donations to the Young Minds charity. #HelloYellow
Mr Bray, Governor at School came in today to talk to Year 6 pupils about his career progression and job role at Orsted. Mr Bray gave an inspirational talk about the wide range of job roles within the sector. Pupils gained an insight into this industry and impressed them with the vast size and location of wind farms. Year 6 pupils asked inquisitive questions to further expand their knowledge and encourage them to think about their aspirations and careers for the future! Thank you Mr Bray!!
“ I really enjoyed the talk from Mr Bray, I would like to be an engineer when I am older”
“ It was great to learn about the companies within our area!”
“ I didn’t realise how many opportunities there was in the Orsted company”
These girls are just amazing!
Although they were the youngest team at the tournament today, they played with their hearts on their sleeves. Win/lose/draw they had big smiles on their faces right to the end. Mr Marshall and Stanford school couldn't be prouder, well-done girls ⚽😊
The Harvest Festival was an amazing event. Each of the classes prepared something to share - pieces of art, letters, poems and songs. It was lovely seeing the Foundation children join us to share their song. Rev Chris came to talk to us about harvest and spoke about how it is important to share and care for each other, qualities which we treasure within our school.
The children have been learning about Mayan Art. They learnt about Diego Rivera who likes to create murals on buildings in Mexico. They were then given examples of Mayan Art for them to use to create a mood board in their sketch books.
Well done to the boys who recently represented the school playing football. They were amazing ambassadors for the school showing determination, teamwork and sportsmanship. Their smiles say it all.
We are delighted to share the faces of our 3 head pupils for this year. We are so proud of all of the pupils that applied for the role - it was a very close race. It was a perfect opportunity for children to learn how a democracy works, as well as valuing pupil voice (linked to our rights respecting charter). We look forward to how they are going to support the school during their final year here.
Barley class had a fantastic Hook day learning all about different aspects of Ancient Greece! We started our day by researching Greek God and Goddesses, looking at what power they held and why they were so important. We then focused on the Greek myth, Theseus and the Minotaur, discovering the mythical creature who lived in a labyrinth. Our interest on labyrinths enabled us to use our shape, space and measures maths skills to design our own, complex labyrinth designs- This was tricky but we persevered and succeeded- just like Theseus did!
In the afternoon we continued our journey through Greek culture and lifestyle but tasting Greek food, designing a Greek pot using Greek designs and also the artefacts and finished our day with a mini Greek Olympics!
The year 6 pupils were incredible today as they delivered their speeches to run for head pupil. A large number of pupils have nominated themselves for this responsibility and we will find out next week which two were lucky enough to receive the most votes.
It was the perfect day to be running the vote as it is the International Day of Democracy. We are so proud of all of the pupils and were so impressed by the thought and effort that had gone into all of the speeches and other preparations. Pupil voice is so important to us, as a Rights Respecting school. Good luck to all of you and well done!