Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
The RE curriculum at Stanford School is unique and we believe in helping children become religiously literate young people, who are understanding of diversity and able to naturally reflect on their actions and their work. We want to enable children to be fluent in applying these key skills of deeper thinking and enquiry-based learning to the wider curriculum, and to be able to express themselves in a range of ways.
In RE children learn about religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, in order to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. Children learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.
The RE curriculum is purposeful and relevant to the pupils. The knowledge and skills pupils acquire, build on their previous learning, allowing them to transfer key skills, knowledge and concepts to their long-term memories. We use the agreed East Riding syllabus and have adapted this to meet the needs of our children.
Core theological learning focuses on the religions of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, in addition to drawing comparisons and similarities with a range of other religious beliefs and practices. We follow the approach of: teaching about core theological beliefs; studying the key rituals and practises of these religions; then reflecting on how these beliefs impact on people of faith, including what we ourselves can learn from them.
Children use a range of different learning approaches to study RE, including: reading comprehension, immersive visits, expressive arts, drama and reflective writing.
We are proud of the achievements of our pupils in RE. We assess children’s ability in RE based on their understanding of core religious practises and artefacts, as well as their ability to be reflective thinkers and to use higher order questioning skills. These skills learned in RE can be applied to a range of subjects across the curriculum.
Today is Pancake day and children have been learning about why people celebrate this day. We learnt that pancake day is also called Shrove Tuesday and that it is celebrated on the Tuesday before Lent. Christians celebrate this time of year and might promise to give something up, such as chocolate or sweets for 40 days until Easter.
Children made pancakes with the playdoh and wrote a pancake promises.
Well done to Sunflower and Pumpkin classes for their wonderful performances of 'Shine Star Shine.' Lovely singing, acting, dancing, reading and instrument playing.
As part of interfaith week, we had a special visitor in school, Marcus Czernecki. He shared information about his faith Buddhism. Our class had a workshop where we listened to stories and looked at artefacts linked to the faith. We were given special bookmarks as a gift.
This week we have been learning about Diwali. We listened to the story about ‘Rama and Sita’. There were lots of fun activities too including songs, making Rangoli patterns on the floor, Mehndi patterns, and Diva lamps!! Can you sing the song to a grown-up? Little lamps are burning bright, Burning bright, burning bright. Little lamps are burning bright. It's Diwali
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.
Thank you for all your kind donations of food which have all gone to the Harbour Place charity. Many thanks also to Mr. Stevens and Mrs. Mawer who came along to help us celebrate.
Following the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ and in preparation for our Harvest Festival we were inspired to make some bread.
Our hands and fingers were very busy kneading and rolling the dough. We looked at the ingredients needed and thought of lots of words to describe the dough including ‘squidgy’, ‘soft’ and ‘stretchy’ and how the bread changed once cooked.
Of course the best bit was eating our fresh bread and enjoying the delicious smell!
C.M-S: We put warn water in so it didn't kill the yeast.
J.M: We put bread flour in. We mixed it with our hands - it was messy!
A.V: We used our hands to squeeze the dough.
E.A: We stretched the dough.
C.M: We put the tray on top of the oven where it was warm. This made the dough grow
Sunflower Class visited St. Margaret's Church in Laceby. They enjoyed exploring the church, handling special objects and asking Mr. Steven lots of questions!
EW: I really liked looking around the church. It was very interesting.
ED: I sat down and wrote a prayer on a piece of paper.
HN: I liked opening all the special books and seeing if I could read some of it.
CR: I found lots of school badges inside the church.
SS: We all sang the school song and Mrs. Brady played the organ.
RJ: Mr. Stevens told us all about the stained glass windows. I could see a picture of Jesus.
FR: I sat in the choir pews and I liked singing.
TB: I stood in the pulpit.
SS: I saw the font that Mr. Steven's uses for Christenings.
LC: Mr. Stevens does weddings and funerals. Lots of special things happen in a church.
LS: I found out that the church is over 800 years old.
Seedlings class showed their Easter bonnets at our annual Easter Bonnet Parade!
Children from Seedlings and KS1 joined together for our Eater assembly. We sang Easter songs, listened to Reverend Hutson talk about Jesus at Easter and finished with a quiet moment of prayer. As a reminder of when Jesus died on the cross we then received a palm cross.
Reverend Philip Stevens came to talk to the children in Seedlings class about how he uses his hands to help other people. We learnt about using hands to baptise children, marry mums and dads and help older people come and visit the church. He then showed us the different coloured stoles he wear, their colours and what is embroidered on them. Finally, we all used our hands to show how we might pray.
Special visitors were recently invited into school, to talk to the children about inclusiveness, diversity and treating each other with respect. Children were encouraged, as always, to embrace each others differences and celebrate what makes each of us unique and special.
Year 5 and 6 were treated to special visitors recently, when we invited in Marcus and Fumiko, who practise the Buddhist faith.
We learned a lot about the origins of Buddhism, as well as the core beliefs and morals. It was a very calming and enlightening afternoon, where lots of deep questions were asked and considered. We also all got to have a go at some Buddhist chanting and all children received a bookmark as a souvenir of the visit.
Gung Hay Fat Choy! – Happy New Year.
This week we have been celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the ‘Pig’. There have been lots of different activities including, listening to the Chinese Zodiac story and sequencing the animals, tasting Chinese food, serving customers in the Chinese restaurant and using chopsticks! We explored Chinese writing and tasted noodles, rice, spring rolls and prawn crackers!
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.
Sunflower and Pumpkin classes performed 'A Present for the Baby'.
The story was about Baby Jesus who just wouldn't stop crying and nobody knew what to do. Even the most elaborate gifts that a King, a Queen and a Nobleman brought him couldn't make him happy. It wasn't until a little boy with a very special present (a kiss) managed to calm the baby and stop him crying.
IB: Everyone's done very well.
JO: It was tricky to learn words.
MH: I liked to hear everyone's singing.
PB: My favourite song was 'Just a Kiss.'
LS: I enjoyed doing all the actions to the songs.
CR: I liked the 'tra-la-las' in the choir song.
AM: The Grand Song was my favourite song.
LC: The story told us what is important at Christmas time.
Well done everyone - beautiful readings, lovely singing and excellent class performances. Thank you to all those who supported this lovely event.