Year 6 Production

I’m sure by now you have heard a lot about this year’s production – Peter Pan. We’ve had a very entertaining week watching the children’s auditions and have been so impressed with the confidence, talent and well-rehearsed lines. With such a huge bank of talent, it has been nearly impossible to decide on which children are going to have the different roles; especially with so many children wanting the main parts! We have even had to create extra roles to allow each child to shine! We will be announcing the cast tomorrow and will give out the final script in the first week back.

We hope you appreciate the time that has been spent carefully considering each child to ensure they are happy. It will be an absolutely fantastic show – an incredible experience for the children to end their time at St Mark’s!

Year R Trip updates

Reminders about our trip on Friday to The Lookout:

What to wear: School uniform top half- polo shirt and school jumper

Jogging bottoms or leggings. No jeans and no shorts please due to

woodland walk we do.

Lunch: All disposable items including a disposable water bottle in a named carrier bag.

All items will be thrown away after lunch to save the children carrying it


What else to bring: Apply sun cream at home

A sun hat

A raincoat even if it looks sunny as the weather can change and we

are outside.

Thank you for your continued support

The Year R Team

Year 2 have been busy…….

How busy Year 2 have been! The children have worked really hard and we are proud of their achievements and resilience they have shown.

We have been enjoying Tag Rugby run by Coach Fletcher this half term. We have been very impressed with their team work throughout our sessions.

In computing we have enjoyed creating PowerPoint presentations and making information leaflets about nocturnal animals. We used our research in English and from our homework to produce these leaflets. We also had fun on  and enjoyed a challenge as we played against each other. Please remember this is available to play at home. All the login details are in the children’s green reading logs. This helps the children to learn their times tables and increase their speed.

In Art we designed a tile to use for printing. We started by drawing our picture into a polystyrene tile and carefully etching this into the tile. We then had to ink up our tile and start printing. We repeated the process to create our wonderful work.

Thank you to those who have returned their forms for our school trip. If you haven’t returned these yet, please do so by Friday.  We will let parent helpers know details for our trip by the end of next week.        

Enjoy a sunny weekend
Year 2 Team

Year R update for week beginning 21.5.18


The Year R playground is being painted on Tuesday 22nd May in the afternoon, so children will need to be collected from the small hall if they are Penguins and Puffins. Parrots will be collected from the door by the music room. There will be signs up so you can find your way.

Parent lunches:

Parrots- Tuesday

Penguins – Wednesday

Puffins – Thursday

Trip to The Lookout

Friday 25th May – children need to wear joggers, leggings or other long trousers. No jeans please. On the top – school polo shirt and school jumper. Please ensure the children have a rain coat and a sun hat. Lunch in a named disposable bag with all items including water bottles that are disposable.

Thank you to all the parent helpers who offered to come on the trip and completed their DBS.



Creativity and Team Work

We have had a creative and active few weeks in Year 5, particularly working on our learning behaviours of teamwork, creativity and resilience.


Cams day

Last week, we had a whole day of making our cams moving toy. Throughout the day, the children worked in pairs to construct and decorate their toy. The children had to accurately measure where their holes needed to be drilled; drill the hole using a hand-drill and also saw their wooden dowels to the correct length. This process required the children to use problem solving to resolve issues with the movement of their cam toy. In the afternoon, the children showed amazing creativity to decorate their toy with a range of resources. We were so impress with their end products and the respectful team work they showed throughout!!

Cricket and swimming

Miss Cox has enjoyed taking a group of children swimming this half term. They are using their resilience to increase their confidence in the water and excellent respect towards the swimming instructors. Due to swimming not being on this week, these children enjoyed being taught a cricket lesson by Mr Maylen working on their short barrier, fielding skills. Please note, swimming continues again next week, on Monday and Wednesday, with Wednesday being our final, extended session of 1 hour.

The children who haven’t been swimming have been learning how to play cricket with Mrs Happy. They have made excellent progress in their skills of bowling, fielding and batting to now successfully participate in a game.


In art, we have started a unit on sculpting. This week we developed our awareness of what defines a sculpture and we looked at the artist Andy Goldsworthy. We then went outdoors to create our own pieces of art work, inspired by his, using resources from the school grounds and arranging them in a creative way.

Green Fingers Market

The children were given the opportunity to suggest different charities the proceeds from our market could go to. Once the suggestions had been shortlisted, the children voted and Cancer Research received the most amount of votes- they are very enthusiastic about this. Plants will be a minimum donation of 30p and so please bring change with you if you would like to purchase one.


The Year 5 Team

Year 1 update

Wow – what a lovely sunny week! We have enjoyed exploring our surroundings and thinking about what changes we can see as we head towards summer. This week we have been learning about acrostic poems and are thinking about nouns and adjectives that tell us more about Summer like ‘the dazzling hot sun’.

The children have been having great fun using their sewing skills to make their gardening bags. Later this week they will be making their motifs for the front of their bags.

In maths we have been helping Percy share his plants equally across his garden. We have been learning more about finding half and quarter of amounts and shapes. Next week we will be continuing to practise counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 to help us solve problems relating to multiplication.

Year 1 Team

Flower Power in Year 3

What a great start to the term we have had. The children have been really engaged in our learning about plants and have thoroughly enjoyed planting seeds, looking after plants and noticing how the trees around the school have blossomed.

In our English work, we have written explanations about plants and how they grow, while in Science, we have looked at the parts of a plant, and what they need to grow successfully. In class the children have dissected daffodils to help identify the different parts of the plant, particularly the flower. They have also investigated how water travels through the stem of a plant using food colouring.

In Maths this week, we have been learning about shapes, both 2D and 3D. The children really enjoyed making models of different 3D shapes using match sticks and modelling clay.

This week we have begun learning about the New Forest, this has influenced our English work where we have started to learn about legends. The children have been introduced to two historical figures from the New Forest, Brusher Mills, the snake -catcher and King Rufus, a barbaric king for whom the New Forest was his hunting ground. These two characters will inspire and form the basis of the children’s own New Forest legends.

Through our Geography, we have been looking at maps, and thinking about why the New Forest is special.

We hope that you have a wonderful bank holiday weekend, and if you are looking for a place to visit, the New Forest has lovely walks, a super wildlife centre and Rufus Stone.

Many thanks for your continued support

Miss Hardy, Miss Barnett and Mrs Chapman

Topic Update

We are continuing to enjoy our Prancing Piranhas topic, and have finally got round to finishing all of our amazing art work.

We have learnt about the pop artist Andy Warhol and his famous image of the soup cans.We have then made our own version creating weird and wonderful flavours of soup. 

Next, we have been graphic designers thinking about how we could use negative space in our name logos. This has been a tricky concept to master, but all children have had a go and designed their own name logo with some fantastic results. This then helped us to create packaging for Uncle Ernie’s Potted Pilchards, using some of these ideas.

Overall a very arty start to the term.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend.

The Year 4 Team.

Year R In the jungle

We have had a brilliant week exploring The Jungle! We have written about what we see while walking through the jungle focusing on adjectives to describe these animals, we have learnt an animal boogie song and created some fabulous collages. Can you spot which animals we have created?

Next week the children decided to stay in The jungle and we will be writing stories based in Madagascar. On Friday in school the children will be sharing their learning to the other children in worship.

The challenges for next week are attached.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

Please come in PE kit to school on Tuesday 8th May.

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