Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
SMSC enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.
We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self worth.
We teach them how society is organised and governed.
We teach them about rights and responsibilities, to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
Stanford School promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values.
Through the provision of SMSC our students:
At Stanford we try to give children the opportunity to not only reflect on the good things they do e.g. good work in class, but also the negative choices that they sometimes make.
As part of this process we have been trialling the use of ‘Reflection Sheets’.
These sheets are a chance for children to:
If a child receives 3 Reflection Sheets in a week or 6 in a half term they will be copied and sent home to parents, so they have an opportunity to discuss with their child the behaviours they have been displaying in school and to help them to make more positive choices in future.
The Reflection Sheets are kept on file and monitored through the year.
We transfer the information from the sheets into a simple Excel spread sheet, which helps us to monitor the behaviour in the school in real-time and identify any patterns which may occur.
The more detail we record - the clearer the picture we get!
We record Gender, Class, Week, Term, Reason, Location, Subject, Time of Day
The Healthy Places ‘Education’ award is designed to help educational settings in North East Lincolnshire to create a programme of work to promote health, as they act as vehicles to empower individuals to live well where they work, learn and play.
This is a fantastic award for schools and academies to work towards, which not only benefits the children and young people but also has a positive impact on the health of staff, parents/carers and wider community.
Improved health and happiness
Improved engagement and morale
Raised attendance levels for staff and children
Raised attainment and progression for staff
Reduction in bullying
Better engagement with parents/carers and wider community.
Reduced absence level and increased attendance levels in workplace
Improved productivity and performance
Fewer accidents and injuries
Stanford Junior and Infants ensure Democracy, responsibility and respect are key sections of our broad and balanced curriculum. Download our Democracy document.
Below is the link to the Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) learning that our children will be following in the Summer term if parents wish to peruse it:
We had a lovely Christmas Dinner today - thank you to the Governors, pupil helpers and staff for their support - everyone had a super time.
What a fantastic Christmas Fayre - thank you to all those who supported it and to the pupils for showing their enterprise skills through designing, making, evaluating and selling their products. Well done everyone.
Barley class worked in pairs to explain what extreme means. We then used these meanings to understand what extremism is and discussed where this had occurred in the past.
Pupils were also able to give other examples that linked to books they had read, films they had watched. Barley class discussed why people may hold these views and held a class discussion about these.
This week Seedlings class have been learning about ways to keep safe when near traffic. We listened to Mark from Humberside Fire and Rescue who explained the importance of wearing seat belts, cycle helmets and hi viz clothing as part of our road safety week. We then went outside to used the road signs to practise crossing the road safely and to find safe places to cross a road, such as a zebra crossing.
Thank you to the year 5 team who organised the ‘Stanford’s Got Talent Show’ which was a brilliant event in school. Special mention to all the contestants and to L who was placed in first position for outstanding piano playing.
Take a look at the wonderful activities we have been doing to raise money for Children in Need. From matching the Pudsey Pairs on the whiteboard, icing spotty biscuits, making Pudsey ears and painting pictures of Pudsey we have had lots of fun working together
This week in Seedlings, our focus has been about ‘Anti-bullying ’. During the week children from Seedlings class thought about what they could do to help make everyone happy, talked about 'top tips for a happy school' and made hand prints together with a with a new or different friend.
We also recognised extra friendly children during the week and wore our odd socks for International Tolerance day too.
As part of commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1 some members of Star Anise and Barley helped make poppies as part of a display in the KS2 playground. "Lest We Forget"
Thank you to the Litter Picker Team for their help and time ensuring any litter that blows into the school ground is tidied away. The group meet at lunchtimes and are very committed and organised. School has met with the Council too to look for extra recycling bins around the area.
Mr Forest from the British Legion led our Poppy Day assembly today and shared photos from the special events in the summer from Ypres and the World War I Centenary Events.
As part of our mental health awareness day children talked about what things they do that make them feel happy.
A.B. - "Play with my dog Harley."
O.H. - "Play with the trains and build a long one with lots of carriages."
T.S. - "To make me happy I go to the park and play on the round-about."
B.A - "When my uncle comes to my house, that makes me happy. We play hide and seek."
J.F. - "To my mummy and daddy."
W.V. - "To a buddy or friend."
M.E. - "To the teachers."
J.R. - "To nanna and grandad."
We then went outside to clap as hard as we can for as long as we can. Take a look at how we got on, it certainly made us feel happy!
The Sunflowers discussed how important it is to look after our mental health. They discussed what they could do if they were feeling sad, stressed or worried. They each made a special wristband with the name of a person who could help them (at either home or at school) and they showed them in assembly.
Well done to the pupils involved in Bikeability. There has been positive feedback from all the coaches and the pupils have impressed the staff with their positive attitudes too.
Well done to A for her charity work to support the Little Princess Trust - she raised over £1000! Mum and school were very proud!
Thank you to all those who supported our joint Macmillan Coffee Morning with the Stanford Library - we raised £388! Well done to all the pupils who performed their poems and songs. Thank you to those who kindly donated cakes and to all the volunteers who organised the refreshments. It was a wonderful event for a very worthwhile cause.
Everyone enjoying a good book in the sunshine! Thank you to our Reader Leader Lunchtime Club helpers.
Mr Daniels talked to the pupils about Karate skills and showed some basic karate moves. Lots of pupils were interested in finding out more at the local club.
Great to see pupils being so active at lunchtime and enjoying the new outdoor gym equipment
Well done to the team for selling cakes to raise funds for their brother’s exciting Scout trip. We sold ice cream too for school funds and we raised £75.00 each! Have a wonderful Summer and thank you for your support.
What a wonderful end of year assembly we have had! Full of certificates, prizes, singing and dancing…. School’s Out for Summer!!
What a fantastic day we have had at Cleethorpes! The sun was shining on Barley class as they enjoyed the beach, bowling and lunch at Papa's fish and chips!
A spectacular end of year production from Barley Class! Full of singing, dancing and drama to showcase all their talents, well done!
Wow! Don’t these look delicious?! Year 5 pupils have thoroughly enjoyed taking on the responsibility of various gardening areas around school. They decided to grow strawberries outside our classroom and they have done a wonderful job. Well done gardeners!
‘They have grown so well, they’re huge and very red!’ – Esmae
‘These strawberries are absolutely delicious! – Jessica
We combined our musical talents with our awareness of diversity to celebrate Stanfest. We learned that Makaton is used alongside spoken language to help with language development. One of the children in our class used Makaton when they were learning to talk.
We worked hard to practise our finished musical pieces. Our parents and carers were delighted with our performance.
Mrs Harib said “What a well organised and lovely event. All of the children did very well.”
Anthony’s Mum was so impressed that she wants to learn the songs with Makaton signs too!
Here are the links if you would like to learn along with us.
Pupils enjoyed a trip to Morrisons to help develop their life skills and awareness about enterprise. Thank you to Chris (Community Champion) and Mrs Spittlehouse (Governor) for helping with the trip and the staff for organising it. The pupils really enjoyed it and had the chance to make a burger and a pizza, try different cheeses and work on the till. An excellent trip indeed.
Star Anise have been learning about the role of Parliament and the government in the UK. We had some very interesting discussions about the House of Commons, Acts of Parliament, role of The Monarch in making decisions, different political parties, the role of MPs and the importance of voting in local and general elections. We then role played being Prime Minister and leading our own political party.
‘If I were Prime Minster for the day I would ensure that the issues around homelessness were solved – perhaps by offering jobs in return for food and shelter in hotels.’ – Jacob G
‘I think it is important that people have jobs and work for a living, everyone contributing and making decisions by voting would mean it is much fairer for everyone.’ – George S
‘It is quite scary to see about the violence happening on the streets, especially in London and big cities, on the news lately. I think that we need more police officers on the street and stricter consequences for people that break the law. The police need more money to keep us safe.’ – Jack M
Big Talk education came to talk to us about our bodies, the 4 personal parts of our body and the trusted adults we could talk to.
Sunflower Class enjoyed raising money for the Soccer Aid charity by completing a tricky obstacle course with a football.
Millie- I scored a goal!
James- I had lots of fun.
Lily C- We raised money for a charity that can help people all over the world.
Mason- I watched the England Soccer Aid match on TV.
Bella- I threw my football into a net.
Indianna- I dribbled the ball around the cones.
Thank you to Mr Forest from the British Legion for joining our assembly today to reward the winners of the competition. The pupils had been asked to write a poem/reflection as part of the 2014-2018 World War I Centenary Events. Mr Forest would be visiting Ypres in the summer to lay a special wreath there with the special message attached. The quality of emotion, thought and empathy that the pupils used in their writing was very impressive. Well done.
Thank you to the parents/carers who attended the Big Talk SRE workshop on 21st June 2018. The workshop was informative and helpful.
Thank you to Caistor Lions and Laceby in Bloom. The pupils love helping keep the garden beautiful and enjoy relaxing and smelling the lavender.
So grateful that volunteers help at weekends to plant, weed and water our lovely gardens.
So pleased we have monitors who give up their time at breaks – two busy Year 6 boys helping organise our recycled tyre raised beds!
Such a dedicated and responsible litter picking team – they look after our environment and dispose of any litter that may have blown in. They give up their break times willingly and work together. James says that it is favourite job in school! Well done to the year 5 group for motivating the younger pupils to take part. Mrs Hackfath is really impressed.
We were fortunate enough to have James Kirton visit our school to lead a sponsored circuit training event and an inspirational assembly. James is an Olympic swimmer who represented GB in the Beijing Olympics. As you can see from the photographs, we all had a fantastic time and felt truly inspired listening to James’ assembly about overcoming injury and never giving up on your dreams. Thank you ‘Sports for Schools’ and to James for the amazing event!
Well done Seedlings for completing their Happiness Challenge!
What a wonderful Founder’s Day – it is so special for the community to come together to celebrate Stanford School’s birthday! Thanks you to Mr Lingard and Mrs Brumfield for supporting the assembly in the morning and to Rev Pam for leading the Church service at St Margaret’s. Our pupils spoke about the special heritage of our school, their reflections of Stanford and their hopes for the future. We were so proud of the singing and viola group. The high tea was also beautiful with over 60 guests enjoying the day.
What an amazing atmosphere at our Royal Wedding celebrations today – we had dainty cucumber sandwiches, lashing of fruit juice and tasty cakes. Children wore party clothes and red, white and blue! Thank you to all the pupils who entered the competition – winners are being announced this afternoon. Big thanks too to all the staff and pupil helpers for their work in organising the event and to Pupil Voice for planning the activity. All pupils received a commemoratory book mark too to celebrate the special day.
Our best wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan for their big day tomorrow!
We celebrated the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan by making wedding cards, crispy cakes, red, white and blue bunting and colouring the Union Jack flag. We all dressed up and had a tea party on the school field. Best wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan on their wedding day from Seedlings class.
Seedlings class have been working with Amy from ‘Relax Kids’ to learn about ways to relax and be calm following 7 simple steps.
First, we explored and imaginary wood, gently held a tiny bird and carefully put it back in its tree.
Next, we stretched up tall before learning how to breathe in through our nose and slowly out through our mouths with our teddies on our tummy.
Finally, we curled up with our teddies and listened to some calm twinkling music.
What a wonderful relaxing afternoon. Thank you Amy.
Well done to Daisy and Scarlett – they have raised funds for the Little Princess Trust. Lots of family and friends gathered in the Stanford Library to support them as they had their special hair-cuts.
Thank you to PCSO Marc Ireland who led an important assembly in school about ‘Stranger Danger.’ All the pupils listened to the good advice and will remember to C.A.R.E
C - Call Out!
A - Always remember to not go with someone you do not know!
R - Remember to not talk with strangers!
E - Everyday at least one child gets spoken to by a stranger!
We now have window boxes in out peace garden too – thank you to the volunteers who helped. Pupils are now on a rota to water the lovely flowers daily and the sunshine is glorious. We also have some seating on order to help make this area calming and beautiful to sit near.
The Romans had a place called a Forum where they discussed important matters of the day. At the end of the day the children were split into 2 teams and took part in a discussion. We looked at an important matter – Recycling first from a Roman point of view where they didn’t consider it important and then discussing how recycling is far more important today considering the polution of the oceans and its harm to the environment.
Rev Pam visited school today, along with Mr Lingard, Chair of Stanford Trust, to meet with pupils and staff before Founder’s Day – it was lovely to see them and they enjoyed the tour. Thank you.
Mr Anderson visited our assembly today to tell us more about the Sheepfold Home, Bethlehem and accept our donation towards this charity. We remembered Mrs Anderson who used to work at Stanford, as this charity was important to her.
Seedlings class have been learning all about Saint George, the Patron Saint of England.
We listened to a story that told us of a dragon and a knight named George and how George killed the dragon to save the princess! We dressed up, then drew pictures of knights, dragons, maidens and coloured the England flag. We also learnt about what foods are traditionally English, such as cucumber sandwiches, fish and chips and strawberries and cream.
Next, we watched a clip about English games such as cricket and bowls. To end the day we made cucumber sandwiches and had afternoon tea!
"I enjoyed making cucumber sandwiches." Ella
"The best bit was having our afternoon tea." Joshua and Avery
"We liked learning about the story of St George and how he slayed the dragon." Evelyn and Jasmine
"The quiz was fun!" Poppy. B
"We liked making the red roses." Charlie. R and Florence
"I used the words to write about St George and then drew a picture." Lincoln
Happy St. George’s day everyone.
Sunflower Class celebrated St. George's Day on 23rd April. They heard the story of St. George and the dragon, acted it out and made a'Happy St. George's Day card'. They also learnt about other important British symbols, including the England flag with the St. George cross and the red English rose.
PCSO Marc Island and his colleague came in to talk about hate crime to Key Stage 2. They discussed how we should respect everybody is different and treat everyone the same no matter what their gender, disability, religion or race.
Mrs Groves is retiring from Stanford today after nearly 21 years. Mrs Groves has helped pupils develop their skills and interests and will be missed as part of our staff team. Enjoy your retirement Mrs Groves, we will miss you!
Everyone had a brilliant time at the Easter Discos – great dance moves, excellent behaviour and pupils enjoyed the refreshments. Thank you to everyone for their help. A great community event.
As part of our continuous drive to raise awareness of diversity at Stanford, we held an assembly to support World Down Syndrome Day.
We enjoyed this video clip of some children singing with their parents.
They are singing alongside using Makaton, we had a try at following the Makaton signs too.
We learned that Makaton is sometimes used to help people with Down Syndrome to develop their communication skills alongside their development of speech.
At Stanford we believe that this image illustrates our attitude to diversity very well.
One pupil was already supporting World Down Syndrome Day by wearing a pair of odd socks in recognition.
Our School Nurses came in to talk to Star Anise and Barley class about Mental Health. We discussed being mentally healthy and how keeping active and healthy will help keep our minds well.
We learnt the 5 different things to keep our mind well:
This week we have been celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the ‘Dog’. 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! Next, we learnt some Chinese words, sang songs, made and performed a dragon dance around school and wrote in Chinese too!
We had a lovely Friendship Activity event after school – pupils came along to make friendship bracelets, do craft activities and enjoy a chat over a biscuit and a juice. Thank you to the staff for supporting this – lots of kind words from everyone!
Mental Health and Well-Being of children and staff at Stanford School is very important to us.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Day, each class participated in activities that were age appropriate to discuss how we can help to look after ourselves and each other. FS looked at people who we can talk to and look up to as role models, KS1 discussed different feelings and how 'It's Ok!' to feel certain ways. KS2 discussed different types of mental illness and how we can support one another.
We presented our work and ideas in a whole school assembly, the key theme that we are going to continue to focus on is "It's Good to Talk!".
Finley asked "What is Mental Health?"
Jacob replied "It’s how you feel inside."
Lily said "Good mental health is when you can cope with lots of different emotions."
Emotions like feeling sad, happy, angry, embarrassed, confident, nervous etc.
All of these emotions are quite normal and we all said ‘It’s OK!’
"Good Mental Health is experiencing different emotion, knowing IT’S OK!" exclaimed Anthony.
Children have enjoyed taking part in our Friendship and Valentine after school activities. There were lots of things to do including, making friendship bracelets and drawing a row of friendship friends.
Carl Wheatley from Radio Humberside visited school today to speak with the pupils about all the exciting learning that goes on at Stanford. As always, the pupils did us proud and were very articulate. Please tune in to listen to the interviews on Radio Humberside during the week beginning Monday 19th February 2018 at 7.50am.
Children in Star Anise Class wrote special poems for World Dignity Day. Three representatives from the class were lucky enough to perform their thought-provoking poem at Cloverdale Residental Home in Laceby. The residents and staff were really moved by what they heard. Here is their special poem:
Two words, two different meanings,
But they are often used wrongly,
Dignity is the ability to stand strong and tall,
In the face of your troubles,
Always have your head held high,
Keep fighting for your dignity,
A lesson that everyone should learn,
It can’t be ordered,
Only given as a gift,
Respect is the anchor that keeps a person well grounded,
But most importantly,
Give it to get it
We are not perfect human beings,
Nor do we have to pretend to be,
Respect and dignity is the
Thing that keeps the world well balanced,
Death with dignity is better,
Than life with humiliation,
You should never sacrifice,
In sunflower Class, we think it is important to talk about our feelings.
Neve: I cry when I am hurt.
Harry: I worry about other people. I hope they are playing safely outside.
Summer: I feel sad when my friends leave me out. I can feel very, very sad then.
James: I can feel OK when I am playing with my friends.
Taylor: I feel happy when my friends let me play.
Oliver H: If somebody scared me, it would make me shocked!
Lucas: I feel embarrassed when I don't know what to say.
We had a lovely Community High Tea Thank You Event yesterday – we wanted to let all the volunteers who help our school know how valued and special their contributions are. Thank you to all the pupils and staff for making and serving the refreshments. All the guests enjoyed the performances and entertainment. Special thanks to the year 6 helpers -Joe, Jessica, Lucie and Harvey who helped make sure the event ran smoothly.
One visitor commented," A lovely event. Pupils were very welcoming and friendly – they entertained us with a wonderful variety of well-rehearsed, interesting and fun performances. A very special afternoon."
Premier Sports came in and delivered an assembly on tolerance and what should and shouldn't be tolerated. Pupils used different coloured cards to represent how they feel about different aspects and scenarios.
Pupils have designed beautiful, thoughtful peace pebbles for the peace garden. A team of helpful year 3 pupils worked with volunteers to improve the outdoor area and start a peace garden. We have further plans to develop a peaceful seating area for reflection and reading too. Do you like the difference?
Mr Mayor visited the school today to lead an assembly and meet the Pupil Voice team.
Ethan (Head Boy) and Jasmin (Head Girl) along with the Road Safety Group and Litter Picker Group spoke about the exciting learning at school. They also discussed the opportunities the pupils at Stanford have to steer the curriculum, carry out responsibilities and plan events.
Mr Mayor spoke about the importance of helping the community and making a positive change. He mentioned the importance of environmental awareness and we promised to keep him updated of the work we do.
Thank you to Mr Mayor and Councillor Hasthorpe for joining us today – the pupils were inspired!
At lunchtimes Miss Cullen leads (along with her trusty assistants) a fun dance routine on the KS1 playground to keep everyone active.
Well done to the pupil voice group in year 5 who led a ‘Toy Appreciation’ assembly this morning to the whole school about sensibly looking after our playground equipment. The group also shared ideas for new games and used role –play to support this. The group will be monitoring and rewarding improvements during break times.