Year 6 November News

Woolton Pie Success!

Year 6 have been extremely busy making their Woolton Pies which they designed recently. Each group had their turn in the kitchen; the children learned the skill of making pastry using the ratio of 2 parts flour to 1 part butter. They had to use the rubbing technique until the mixture resembled breadcrumbs then they added a little water to bind the mixture together to form a dough. The children had to peel and cut their vegetables before part-boiling them, adding flavourings and then assembling their pie. Once cooked, the children then enjoyed these for their lunch and were so impressed with their creations – I think lots of them surprised themselves with how delicious the pies were considering fairly basic ingredients were used.

Already children have been experimenting at home by making an additional Woolton Pie for their family or even trying different ingredients for the filling – it’s been lovely to hear that children have been applying their skills at home.

Thank you to parents and carers for supplying some of the ingredients towards these.

Evacuation Day
Just a reminder that evacuation day is next week – Tuesday 5th December. It sounds like many of the children have sorted a ‘1940s’ outfit for the day but please don’t worry if not – it really doesn’t have to be too onerous; try adapting their normal school uniform with items like long socks, braces or flat caps.

Year 1 learn about the Poles!

We have been busy with our Polar topic and learning about the different animals you would find in the Arctic and Antarctic. In English, we have had great fun writing our own information pages about these animals. We are now learning about the story, Poles Apart and are planning on writing our own version over the next couple of weeks.

In Art, we have enjoyed getting messy using clay and have used our new skills to make bugs and a penguin clay tile. These are waiting to be painted later this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In maths, we have been learning to tell the time to the hour and half past, and this week we have been helping the Elves buy the toys for Santa using the correct coins. Please can you continue to practise using coins with your child at home, so they can recognise them easily and use them to buy small items from the shop.

Reminder: please can we ask you to send in your child’s costume (black/grey leggings or trousers and white T-shirt) by this Friday 1st, ready for our rehearsals next week. Please ensure it is in a small named carrier bag.

Behind the Stable Door

Year 2 are in full swing with the rehearsals for our Nativity, Behind the Stable Door. Don’t forget to apply for your tickets this year. Thank you for helping the children to learn words that have been sent home – please keep going over these. We will be sending home costume letters this week so please look out for what your child will need, costumes to be in school on Tuesday 5th December.

In other news, we have been busy writing instructions to help Mr Wolf to make pancakes and also a recipe to help him to be a good friend. We have been looking at adding adverbs into our work and using bossy verbs to make command sentences.

Reminders:

  • Front cover for our Nativity play homework to be in by Friday 1st December – we will choose a winner from each class to have their picture displayed.
  • Maths homework due in Friday 8th December – Remember to take note of recommended website before handing this in.

Thank you

Year 2 Team

Book Fair Grand Total

THANK YOU!

We have raised over £1800 on books and stationery at our Autumn Term Book Fair. Thank you for all the incredible support. The school will receive a smaller percentage of free books because of this. A special thank you also to the amazing Year 6’s who gave up their time to run the fair – you were all fantastic! The teachers are very much looking forward to choosing new books for the school libraries and Book Club book shelves. 

Year 5 and 6 Fraction Workshop for Parents

In order to support our parents, we are holding a Fraction Workshop aimed at parents who are not feeling confident in their own subject knowledge related to fractions. This will hopefully enable parents to feel able to feel more confident in supporting their children with their Mathematics education.

In this workshop, we will start with at the beginning by studying the basic foundations of fractions and take you through to looking at how we calculate with fractions using all four operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

The workshop will be run by Miss Goddard on Thursday 7th December at 7pm and will last for approximately an hour and a half.

We have 30 spaces available and booking is open now using the same system as our Parents’ Evening booking. To book onto this workshop, please follow these instructions:

 Booking onto the Maths Workshop

  1. Navigate to www.parents-booking.co.uk/stmarks
  2. Complete the form, entering the details as you would expect them to be stored in the School’s records, eg. Daniel rather than Dan. On the next page you should see a box with the Maths Workshop listed. Click on Make Appointments Individually.
  3. The next page will display the Maths Workshop slots. Click on the next available time slot. (Note that we are using the Parents’ evening application to book for this workshop, so it appears that you have a timed slot, but this is not the case as the workshop starts at 7pm.)
  4. Select Make Booking to confirm your place. You should see your child’s name in the slot chosen.

If you have any problems logging in, click on the help button at the top of the screen. If you continue to have problems phone or email the school office.

Tel. 01256 346111

Email: adminoffice@st-markscofe.hants.sch.uk

 

Confirmation of booking and a questionnaire will be sent to those attending in a couple of weeks time.

 

Walk Like an Egyptian

We have had an exciting first few weeks back, which started with the delivery of a mysterious package which contained a strange statue. We are in the process of trying to discover what this statue may have been used for in Ancient Egypt. The children have had various ideas, such as a statue of the god Horus or a servant to cook the Pharaoh’s dinner in the afterlife.

On the first Monday back, we became archaeologists and explored tombs in 4T, when we needed to try and work out whose tomb it was based upon the artefacts we found within. We think that one of the tombs belonged to a Pharaoh and another to a servant or worker.

In English, we have been writing diary entries and newspaper reports about Howard Carter, the most famous tomb raider of them all, and his amazing discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Look out for our life size God pictures outside the main hall and our Egyptian displays in the Year 4 corridor. The children and teachers are all very proud of these.

Thank you for all the amazing homework we have received. We have enjoyed sharing what we have learnt together.

Coach Fletcher is in on Wednesday afternoon’s for a 45 minute rugby session, so please make sure that your child/children have a warm tracksuit and jumper for this.

Year 4 Team

Christmas Costume Letters

Dear Parents

All children came home yesterday with a letter explaining what part they are in the Christmas play and what costume they need. Please don’t buy ready made costumes as we will accessorise the children’s clothes so they all look similar.

Please ensure these are in school by Wednesday 29th November in a named bag. Any questions please ask your child’s class teacher.

Year R PE days

Please read carefully as due to Christmas there are some changes!

PE days:

Tuesday 21st November – come to school in PE kit

Tuesday 28th November – come to school in PE kit

Week of 4th December – NO PE DUE TO CHRISTMAS SHOW

Tuesday 12th December – come to school in PE kit

Week of 18th December – NO PE – CHRISTMAS ACTIVTIES

Thank you for your continued support

 

Welcome Back!

It’s been a great return to learning in Year 1. We have been exploring our new topic Polar Lands and found out about the location of the Arctic and Antarctic Poles. The children have had great fun beginning to learn about the different animals found in these environments.

In Art, we have explored our new Artist of the moment, Kenojuak Ashevak, and have enjoyed re-creating her artwork using pointillism and paint.

Our inspiration!

 

In English, we have read and explored the book, Herman’s Letter. We have learnt to act in role as the main character, Herman and to write our own letters. The children should be really good at writing their letters to Santa now!

The children are continuing to practise their counting in different steps everyday and have been learning and using their number bonds to 10 when adding and taking away. Please continue to practise these with your children at home. This week, we will be practising telling the time on a clock and learning about periods of time, such as days of the week and months of the year.

Last term, the children took part in our inter-class challenge, Musical balancing linked to our gymnastics learning. Well done to 1C who won this challenge. Look out for the next challenge later this term.

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