Stanford School

Stanford Junior and Infant School

Living together - Learning together

Cooper Lane, Laceby, Grimsby
NE Lincolnshire DN37 7AX
Tel. 01472 318003
E. office@stanfordschool.co.uk
Contact. Miss King (Business Manager)

SMSC, PSHE and RSE

What is SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development?

Spiritual

Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences.

Moral

Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

Social

Pupils’ social development is shown by their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Cultural

Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their;

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

What is PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, Economic) and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)?

  • PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives.
  • As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
  • PSHE prepares children to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure.
  • Topics covered within PSHE are grouped in three core themes: (i) health and wellbeing, (ii) relationships, and (iii) living in the wider world; and include:
    • Personal health
    • Family and relationships
    • Bullying
    • Citizenship, democracy and human rights
    • Careers and the world of work
    • Personal finance
    • Alcohol, smoking and drugs
    • Sex Education

What are the Fundamental British Values (BV)?

Democracy
Britain is a democracy- this means that the people in Britain vote for the people who make the laws and decide how the country is run. If we didn’t have a democracy, just one person might be able to make all the laws and that would not be fair.
The rule of law
In Britain we have a police force who make sure people do not do the wrong thing and break the law- this means that we are safe.
Individual Liberty
In Britain, as long as we do not break the law, we can live as we choose to and have our own opinions about things.
Mutual respect
We might not always agree with other people, but we try to show respect for their thoughts and feelings. We can give respect to others and we can expect other people to show us respect.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
In Britain we accept and respect that other people might have different beliefs than ours and they may believe in different religions.

Intent

At Stanford Junior and Infants School, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), alongside Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) education, enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

Our focus aims are; 

  • To build a PSHE and SMSC curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community.
  • To build a PSHE and SMSC curriculum that incorporates the understanding of RSE so that children know more, remember more and understand more. As a result children will know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.

Implementation

  • Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum.
    The school curriculum will focus on three core learning themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. The Scheme of work also includes opportunities to link British Values, SMSC and schools Key skills into the curriculum.
  • Wider Curriculum
    All subjects make a link to PSHE, BV, SMSC and the language is used consistently by all staff.
  • Displays across school
    PSHE, BV and SMSC displays throughout school reinforce the PSHE curriculum enabling children to make links.
  • Assemblies
    Wholeschool, Key Stage and class assemblies always make a link to PSHE, British Values and SMSC.
  • Clear and comprehensive RSE scheme of work within PSHE in line with the new recommendations of teaching RSE in National Curriculum (Feb 2019)
    The teaching and learning of RSE is planned explicitly within each year group.
  • RSE programme of work is explicitly resourced.
    Children will become more aware of RSE and have the real purpose of it.
  • Parent Consultation
    Parents are informed of the content of the RSE programme of work during the class transition meetings and further support / clarification is given if required.

IMPACT

At Stanford we believe that PSHE and SMSC education plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of PSHE and SMSC is taught in their year group. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. PSHE is integral to the development of children values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

Through discrete, cross curricular and embedded teaching of the PSHE and SMSC currciculum, we expect the following;

  • Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
  • Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be in-line with national and behaviour will be good.
  • Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
  • Children will develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
  • Children will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.
  • Children will have respect for themselves and others.
  • Children will have positive body images.

Behaviour Management

Reflection Sheets - A Time to Reflect 

At Stanford we 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 use the three R’s; Regulate, Relate and Reason.

These sheets are a chance for children to: 

  • think about the decisions they made or actions they took in words or pictures 
  • why this may have been the wrong choice to make 
  • what they could do next time to avoid it happening again 

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 chart, 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 

E-Scooters

Healthy Schools

Healthy Places AwardThe 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.

What are the Benefits ?

Improved health and happiness

Improved engagement and morale

Raised attendance levels for staff and children

Raised attainment and progression for staff
& children

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

Aims of the Project
  • Up skill and empower people to champion health
    and take care of each other.
  • Inspire sustainable health related change.
  • Gain recognition for creating a healthier setting.
  • Deliver healthy lifestyle promotion on topics.
What we do
  • Breakfast Club (Mon, Weds & Fri)
  • Provide healthy lunches & encourage parents to do the same.
  • Encourage children to take part in physical activity with a range of out of school clubs.
  • Ask children to discuss their thoughts and feelings, related to well-being both in class and through ‘Pupil Voice’.

Martin Luther King Day

Year 6 pupils focused on the famous speech made by Martin Luther King, ‘I have a dream’ from 1963. They the speech and then created their own based on their ideal world and place. Some fantastic, thought-provoking dreams!

First Aid

In Year 6, we had an interesting session on First Aid. We looked at how to perform a primary survey, and check if someone is responding. We also watched a demonstration on how to put someone in the recovery position. A very vital skill- thank you Miss Hoad!

Compass Go Assembly

Zowie our link worker at Compass Go came to talk to us about the importance of sleep.

A- I have a bed time routine, I always get a good night’s sleep.
S- I read at night, as part of my routine.
E- You should turn your ipad off one hour before bed, as this will help you sleep.
M- We learnt how to do spaghetti body actions to help us sleep.
A- Turning the big light off will help me get to sleep.
T- If we don’t get enough sleep it might make us sad and grumpy and it will be hard for us to concentrate.

Christmas Jumper Day 2022

Pumpkin Class have learnt that since 2012, millions of people have put on their jazziest jumpers for one day in December and donated money to the charity ‘Save the Children.’ These donations have helped to make the world a better place for children in the UK and all around the world.

P.S. The Pumpkins also wanted to show off their beautiful robin Christmas cards too! Well done everyone.

SLEEP LAB

The Sleep Charity came to Stanford School today to see parents and children regarding sleep.

This exciting outdoor activity event brought together nature and learning to help improve children’s mental health and gave parents/ carers knowledge and understanding on how to improve their child’s sleep.

Children and their parents/ carers also had the opportunity to sign up to join the Primary School My Sleep Journal, an interactive book to learn and have fun with around the subject of sleep.

Polytunnel

Thank you to the Governor and volunteer who helped improve our polytunnel at school.

They have helped plant winter veg - the pupils are excited about watching the cauliflowers, cabbage and cos lettuce grow and using the produce in their cooking!

Odd Socks & expressing our individuality

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?

KS2 Road Safety Week

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.

Year 3 - Basic First Aid Skills

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!

Year 3 & 4 local fieldtrip

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.

Road Safety

Foundation stage have learned a lot about keeping safe around roads this week, through assemblies, stories, songs and fun activities in the classroom provision. We had the tricycle and bike out in the playground as well, to help with our coordination and gross motor skills, while we practised crossing a 'road' safely.

Children in Need 2022

Foundation Stage

The foundation stage children enjoyed lots of sensory activities today to celebrate Children In Need. Thank you for all your donations!

Pumpkin Class

Pumpkin Class enjoyed dressing up and taking part in this year’s SPOTacular event!

They challenged themselves to a 60 second read all about the charity and then answered quiz questions. They watched a story called ‘Pudsey’s Great Fundraiser’ and found out ways in which the charity helps children.

R- The BBC want all the children in the UK to feel safe, happy and secure.
M- Pudsey Bear and Children in Need are on TV every November on BBC 1.
H- Pudsey Bear is the mascot.
A- The money goes to help children who might be poorly, disabled or struggling because of something sad that might have happened to them.

Poppy Class

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.

Shoebox Appeal

A huge thank you to our Year 6 pupils for organising the Shoebox appeal and a huge thank you to our parents/ carers and community members for supporting this worthwhile cause! We had 17 boxes made up to send- amazing!!

Anti-Bullying Week 2022

Pumpkin Class have been learning about bullying: what it can look like, where it can happen and what they can do to if they or a friend feels worried. They discussed lots of scenarios and decided who could help.

L- We watched a video telling us to ask for help if someone is hurting us.

A - We wore odd socks to show everyone that it is OK for everyone to be different.

H- Anti-Bullying week is to remind people that we need to stop all bullying.

A - We read an anti-bullying poster and did a quiz to check we all knew about it.

F- Bullying is when someone hurts someone over and over again.
J- There are different kinds of bullying like hurting people’s bodies and hurting their feelings.
T- It’s called ‘Reach Out’. So if someone is bullying you, you should reach out and tell a trusted adult.

Today is National Diabetes Awareness Day

Pupils and staff were encouraged to wear blue in support of Diabetes Awareness! #diabetesawareness

Odd socks day #antibullyingweek2022 🧦

We kicked off Antibullying week with odd socks day to celebrate being different!

IS: I chose two different houses from Harry Potter: Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw!

KR: My socks are different days of the week!

Rememberance

We Will Remember Them

Pumpkin Class marked Remembrance Day by making a poppy wreath, sharing their knowledge of Remembrance in assembly and completing a reading comprehension task. At 11 o'clock they were very respectful during the two minutes silence.

Lest We Forget

To mark Remembrance Day we had a special whole school assembly led by Mrs. Brady.

H- Mrs. Brady told us a true story about her Great Uncle who died in WWI. She explained that on Poppy Day she likes to remember him. We saw his army photo, his gravestone in France and the cenotaph in his village where people still place poppies.

O- Year 2 children read out lots of information to tell us why we have Poppy Day and what happens during Remembrance. They showed us their big poppy wreath that they had made.

V- Children from lots of other classes showed us beautiful poppy art work.

F- Year 6 children had written very thought-provoking poems and everyone listened carefully as they were read out. N- Mrs. Brady reminded us of the 11 o'clock silence which we all did in class. She told us about the leaves on poppies, that they should point to 11.

L- The assembly ended with a short video clip of information for us to watch and a clip of Remembrance Sunday. We saw soldiers marching to classical music. (Nimrod by Elgar.)

Healthy Eating

Thumbs Up to Healthy Eating

Pumpkin Class enjoyed a special visit today from a Chartwell’s chef.
He told them all about healthy eating and demonstrated how to make a healthy breakfast bar with honey, oats and fruit. They really enjoyed tasting the bars.

R- I liked the honey taste , it was so sweet.
T- I know how to make a cereal bar now, so I think I will make some at home.
H- When I make a cereal bar, I will add chopped up apples, grapes and oats.

Making your own breakfast bars

Today we had a visit from Chartwells.   We discussed foods that provide us with energy and we learnt how to make a healthy breakfast flapjack.  We also got to taste them.
O- You need to be healthy for the day and have energy
B- I’ve never tried anything like this, it was nice.
L- It was really sweet
A-I like it as it had my favourite things in.
N- It was easy to make, I think I’ll try it at home.

UK Parliament Week

Pumpkin Class

Pumpkin Class were very interested in learning more about the Government and Parliament- they even watched a clip of Prime Minister’s Questions and went on a virtual tour of the House of Commons! Mrs. Brady was amazed at how much they already knew from watching the news at home.

H- Rishi Sunak is now the third Prime Minister we have seen. He lives at 10, Downing Street, which is in London.
T- The Houses of Parliament is in London, it’s the big place that has Big Ben. People go there to decide important rules.
O- People vote for the MPs they want, so that they can go to meetings and ask important questions for everyone. Mrs. Brady told us that this is called Democracy.
V- The two parties that ask each other questions are called The Conservative Party and The Labour Party.
T- The leader of The Labour Party is called Keir Starmer. The parties sit opposite each other.
A- Mr. Speaker sits in a chair at the end. He makes sure that people take it in turns to speak.

Poppy Class

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.

Fire Safety

The foundation children learned a lot in our fire safety assembly this week, including some useful tips for keeping safe if we attend bonfire celebrations. We watched some videos in class and learned a little bit more about firefighters. Then we had a go at putting out our own paint fire in the outdoor provision. Have a fun bonfire night everyone, and keep safe!

Black History Month

The children in Pumpkin Class have been finding out all about the life of American artist Alma Thomas. They discovered that during her life she had been treated very unfairly because of the colour of her skin. The children enjoyed exploring her art work and found her colourful pictures inspiring and so they decided to create some of their own.

Youth Social Action project, The Venturists.

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!


Respecting Each Other

Year 2 enjoyed a special assembly led by Sunita. She told them all about her religion: Hinduism. She told them the story of Rama and Sita and demonstrated how she prays and celebrates the festival of Diwali. After the assembly the children thought that it had been unkind of some children who laughed when Sunita showed pictures of her gods. This led to an important discussion about why it is important to show respect to others.

Mrs. Brady showed the class The Equality Act 2020 poster ‘Protected Characteristics.’ The children picked out some of the symbols they recognised e.g. religious symbols, people of different ages, male and female symbols, people with disabilities and different kinds of families. They made posters to show that all people need to be treated fairly.

M- Sunita has a religion called Hinduism.

A-She prays in a temple called a Mandir.

E- If she wants to pray somewhere else she can set up a little table called a shrine with all her candles and little statues of gods.

R- I learnt that people are different and it doesn’t matter if people pray to different gods.

S- People have the right to dress differently and wear things that they like.

V- She taught us that we need to show respect for each other.

World smile Day and National Teacher Day Friday 7th October

The wonderful Mrs Smith and her Well-being team brought cakes and drinks to all staff, as a thank you for all their hard work on World smile day and National Teacher day! 🍰#WorldSmileDay2022 #NationalTeacherDay

Year 6 Roar Project!

Year 6 completed the second phase of their 8 billion ideas project…. Ideas, ideas, ideas!

As a team they discussed different ideas that link with their problem and agreed on a final product that they will move forward to the design stage!

Learning about food waste

Today we had a workshop delivered by Chartwell and we learnt all about how and why food gets wasted. We learnt about ways we can help to reduce waste. Did you know you can freeze milk? One way of using milk instead of wasting it is to make a smoothie. We tasted banana smoothies made with over ripe bananas, milk with spinach added for extra nutrition. The smoothie looked a cool green colour. Most of the class thought it tasted great and much better than throwing away the bananas and milk.

Be a Swap Rockstar!

Take a look at the leaflet and website for great ideas on how to make healthy food choices for the whole family.

Swap Rockstar Leaflet

Swap Rockstar website

Paying our Respects

Mrs Hackfath, Mrs Smith and our Head Pupils visited St Margaret’s Church this morning to pay their respect to Queen Elizabeth II. Head pupils laid flowers as well as all signing the book of condolence for Her Majesty. A very special morning.

👑 Thank you for 70 years of loyal service 👑

Stanford School Head Pupils ⭐️

Wow! Well done to our amazing Year 6 pupils who delivered their Head Pupil speeches in our assembly this morning. Their commitment, dedication, kindness and motivation shone through from all of the candidates. We are all very proud of you!

Every pupil voted and the results are in… please see the last photo for our new Head Pupils!! ⭐️

Author Visit: Grandad Wheels

Pumpkin Class

The author Brian Abram aka Grandad Wheels visited our school and told us all about his disability, his family and the great stories he writes.

R- People with disabilities might be in wheelchairs, but it doesn't stop them doing things like writing books and playing sport.

E- We learnt that people with disabilities are just like us. E- Grandad wheels told us how people in a wheelchair get dressed, get a shower and go to the toilet!

E- Grandad Wheels uses a banana board to help him get dressed.

H- I think he is a really good writer, as he has written lots of stories.

W- He donates money from his book to people with spine injuries.

J- He writes stories about him and his grandson- they are exciting and funny adventure stories.

F- I really enjoyed listening to his story and then we found some more on YouTube to watch.

W- Grandad Wheels was in a wheelchair because he'd banged into a tree. I love how he has changed his life and is writing books for children to read. He makes children realise what it is like to be in a wheelchair.

C- We all had to design a new wheelchair for Grandad Wheels. Mine was crazy and I drew one with a food tray, springs for bouncing and a disco umbrella!

Juniper and Barley Classes

This morning, we had the wonderful opportunity to meet Brian Abrams, author of the Grandad Wheels series of books. He shared his personal experiences of using a wheelchair and also helped to address any misconceptions around wheelchair users. 

We found the workshop really fun and certainly learnt a lot. We also had a great time stretching our imaginations to create unique and rather spectacular wheelchair designs (including popcorn machines, jet packs, TV screens, giant springs and hot dog holders!) which Brian thought were fantastic when he came to the classroom to see them.

Thank you Brian, 'Chaos at the Supermarket!' was hilarious!

Year 5 and 6 Activity Day

Our marvellous Year 5 and 6 pupils used their fabulous enterprise and teamwork skills to organise and host this year's Activity Day to the whole school. 

The children researched their ideas, advertised their stalls and worked so very hard to ensure that the Activity Day was a success - which I am sure, by seeing the photographs, you will agree it was!

A huge £575.38 was raised on the day which will be used to help fund some of our school events as well as donated to local charities (Woodland Trust and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust). 

Thank you for all of your support with our fundraising event at school, it is greatly appreciated. 

Barley Class Learning Share

This week Barley Class had their final Learning Share at Stanford School! It was wonderful to see so many parents and family members join us to learn more about the activities and challenges that Y6 children have been working on this year. 

The children decided which elements of the curriculum they wanted to share and set up different tables to display their work and set some challenges for the adults to take part in.

As you may be able to see in the photographs, it was a fabulous morning and the children felt very proud to showcase their work.

Thank you to all of the adults that came to support our Learning Share and a special mention to the mother and daughter TT Rockstars champions with super times of 1 min 14 seconds for the Y6 pupil and 1 min 23 seconds for her mum - well done!

It was lovely to read some of the community feedback from the adults that attended the Learning Share, thank you for your support.

'Absolutely fantastic event. Well organised and lovely to see all the pupils so well engaged in a relaxed but stimulating environment. Perfect end to their Stanford journey.'

'An enjoyable experience. Was great to be able to see some of the work the class have been doing. Nice for the children to share their learning and be proud of what they have achieved. Lovely to be back in school again, especially as their journey comes to an end.'

RSE

This week the children have been:

They also produced these two amazing posters!

Lifestyle 2022

Lifestyle Handbook Lifestyle Logbook

Crime and Punishment - PCSO Bell

As part of our Crime and Punishment and British Values curriculum this term, PCSO Bell kindly came into Y6 to discuss the Rule of Law and consequences that citizens face when breaking the law. 

We explored the criminal system - from being cautioned to being imprisoned, how sentencing varies depending on the crime and discussed what we thought appropriate consequences should be.

PCSO Bell also brought one of the police vehicles with her to show us (even allowing us to press the button for the siren!). The pupils had some wonderful questions and the experience really helped them to enhance their understanding of how crimes and punishments have changed over time.

Thank you, PCSO Bell.

Pumpkin and Barley Coaching and Collaboration

This afternoon, Year 2 and Year 6 collaborated together to focus on their sketching and shading skills.

As it was such a glorious afternoon, we decided to use nature as our inspiration and worked together under the oak tree in our school field.

E - I liked when O showed me how to make the grass and tree trunk look 3D by using the side of my pencil.

B - We drew half the picture each, it was really interesting to try to make out lines match up for the leaves.

Allison Homes

We are thrilled to have received the donation from Allison Homes. The children can’t wait to start planting the seeds that they’ve received, and we’re looking forward to purchasing new equipment and resources to encourage our pupils to get further involved with gardening.

Brownlee Foundation Triathlon

As a well done for working so hard in the run up to the SATs, our Year 6 pupils have had a wonderful day today at the Brownlee Foundation Triathlon! They swam 50m, completed an 800m cycle and then a 300m run. It was wonderful to see the children cheering each other on and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

O - I loved today, it was fun to do something new and even better that I could do it with my friends. 

C - Today was amazing, my favourite part was the swimming. I would definitely recommend other people to do it too.

C - I really enjoyed today, I would like to do a full triathlon in the future.

D - I am not really keen on doing sport, but today was awesome! I would definitely recommend it to other people to take part, even if they aren’t usually really sporty.

Year 6 Crime and Punishment Hook Day

We had a marvellous day in Barley Class today (or HMP BARLEY as it will now be known!), to introduce our new topic, 'Crime and Punishment'.

We looked at the different types of crimes that can be committed in modern day Britain, how they can be different in other countries and also how they have changed over time. We also explored the different types of punishments that can be given when a crime is committed.

Part of solving crimes is investigating what has happened - we began to find out about the importance of DNA and fingerprints - analysing our own and identifying if we have whorls, swirls or ridges - then compared the fingerprints of twins in our classroom!

We are very excited about this topic - keep checking our blog to see all of the fabulous things we will be learning about this term.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Wow! What an amazing day!

Willow and Barley classes had a wonderful day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park last week! The day was spent exploring the park, focusing on the animal's habitats and how animals are adapted to their environment, which links to their science topics of 'Rainforests' and 'Evolution and Inheritence'.

Children visited the different animal's enclosures and discussed the types of vegetation, the similarities and differences between males, females and offsprings and how the animals are well suited to their environments.

It was a fantastic day, made even better by the glorious weather.

Keep checking our class blogs for further work related to our trip.

A Surprise Visitor

This afternoon in Foundation and Year One we have been appreciating the beautiful things around us. We learnt this can help how we feel, by taking time to stop, and appreciate the small things in our life that we may take for granted. We went on a nature walk to see if we could do this first-hand. However, we all got a massive shock when a surprise visitor came to see us!

Ukraine Collection

Miss Purshouse would just like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our collection for Ukraine today. We will be dropping our donations off tomorrow afternoon. Thank you again for everyone's support!

Travel Plan Team

Our Travel Plan team met with The Highways and transport team at EQUANS and the council to discuss their plan and the actions needed to improve safety concerns. They walked around the village discussing key hot spots and danger zones. They want to do something positive to make things better for future pupils and the whole village! Keep up the great work!

Comic Relief 2022!

Pumpkin Class

Pumpkin Class enjoyed choosing different things to wear for Red Nose Day. There were lots of funny red noses, lovely own clothes and amazing super hero outfits. Well done everyone for taking part for Comic Relief.

Poppy Class

Today the children enjoyed either dressing in casual clothes or as a superhero of their choice......and they just showed that heroes come in all forms. They are not just those in movies & on the TV.... but people who make a difference to our daily lives.......even teachers or TAs. Miss Perrin is now a little worried that she is going to be replaced by her 'mini-me'.

Juniper Class

Juniper class had a great day celebrating Red Nose Day!!

Civic Awards

A huge congratulations to our pupils who were nominated by Mrs Hackfath at the Civic Awards!! They had a great evening and we are all extremely proud of them! Well done! 🌟

Road and Bicycle Safety

Our superb Travel Plan committee have been working very hard, alongside ENGIE, Lock-It-Safe and the Road Safety Team to help promote safety of our local community when travelling to and from school, and around our village.

What do you think to our new bike racks, scooter pods, hi-vis jackets and bike helmets?

We have lots of exciting information to share with you soon from our Travel Plan Committee - watch this space!

Gymnastics

Our PE topic this term is Gymnastics. Mr Dean has been teaching us how to use the apparatus to move, balance, counter-balance and worked in small groups to create a routine.

Thank you to some of our talented gymnasts who were supporting and coaching others in the class.

S - I have loved using the apparatus today, I was a little scared at first because it seemed so high, but I just used the balancing techniques Mr Dean showed us.

L - We worked well as a team and H helped us with ideas for our routine from her gymnastics lessons.

Children’s Mental Health Week

As part of our Children’s Mental Health Week (which was on Friday 4th February), we are really proud that with your generous donations we have raised an amazing £146.69!

With this money, we decided that we would like to donate to Aghan Aid, to help the families that have been devastated by the recent events. The amount we have donated is going to enable a family to have a waterproof shelter to live in and 40 apple trees to plant – this will support the family not only with food, but also financially.

Poppy Class

On Friday the children were encouraged to express themselves by showing their personality through their clothes.
Pupil Voice – Express yourself day

During this week we have discussed how important our mental health is.

We created our personal support bubble. This shows all the people who can support us when we need help. It’s important to reflect on those who  care for us, and how lucky we are to have a network there to support us.

Rights Respecting

Foundation Stage

On Friday we looked at one of our Human Rights. The right to be ourselves, the right to be different, the right to be heard.

We listened to the story of Rosa Parks and compared this to Elmer the Elephant. Rosa fought against being different and segregated and Elmer didn’t like being different either. We learnt that it is GOOD to be different, it is GOOD to be ourselves and we are all AMAZING!

To show our work, we each made a ‘patch’ in the pattern we liked and we glued them all onto Elmer. We love our display do you?

‘I drew dinosaurs because that’s what I like.’

‘I drew flowers because they make me smile’

‘I drew rainbows and unicorns because I love them.’

‘My patch has stripes because I like the pattern.’

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child- UNCRC

Pumpkin Class have been learning all about this special promise that most countries have made to look after the rights of all children.

W- The UNCRC is there to make sure that all children are treated fairly

P- All children have the right to eat healthy food and to drink clean water.

D- The UNCRC tell us that all children have the right to feel safe.

H- All children have the right to go to school. This is called getting an education.

C- I think it is good that the UNCRC are making sure that all the children in the world can have a say. People should listen to children.

M- Everyone is the world has rights. It is important to treat everyone the same.

Behaviour Discussion

Pumpkin Class discussed good and bad behaviour choices and they reflected on their own behaviour in school. They worked co-operatively to discuss scenarios and sorted the pictures into 'Acceptable Behaviour' and 'Unacceptable Behaviour.'

L- I always sit nicely in lessons and I always like to listen carefully.

C- I think it is important to share the equipment with everyone. I don't like it when people snatch things.

H- Talking in lessons can be good if it's about our work. It's rude to talk when Mrs. Brady is speaking to the class.

D- Pushing isn't good because someone could get hurt.

A- I am always polite and I say 'please' and 'thank you.'

P- I always have kind hands. I care about my friends.

J- I love to be a Behaviour Ambassador and help my friends make the right choices.

H- Our class motto is 'We Get On.' We try to be friends and get on well together.