Year 5 highlights

What a busy half term we are having in Year 5! The children have been showing fantastic engagement in their learning and are enjoying their Road Trip Around Europe. This afternoon, they were rewarded for their hard working and effort with a film afternoon.

In DT, the children have worked in groups to design a pasta dish to meet a specific need,  for example to encourage a child to eat more vegetables, as well as ensuring it fulfills a balanced a diet. The adults who have worked with each of the groups have praised their team-work, listening skills and manners when preparing and cooking their dishes. Yesterday, the children reviewed this and reflected on what went well and how they could improve it further.

Our Geography lessons have focused on broadening the children’s understanding of our continent. Recent lessons have involved researching the countries, their capital cities and flags, the currencies used and their main languages. In table groups, the children produced a poster to present this information. These are now displayed in the classroom.

Thank you to those of you who contributed to support us to purchase a SPaG book for each child. We are noticing the impact this resource is having and we have received positive feedback about the introduction of SPaG homework. If you missed making the voluntary contribution of £1.50 and would like to then please see our office staff to do this.


We have some very exciting events coming up in Year 5. Firstly, we have Mad Hair Day on Friday 23rd March to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice. This event has been organised by our Year 5 School Councils, who approach Mr Applegate about whether they could plan a fundraising event for this fantastic charity. I have been hugely impressed by the responsibility they have shown to put this all together. The children need to come in with mad hair and a donation of 50p. Lastly, we have our European Food Market on Tuesday 27th March, which is an opportunity for the children to share with you their learning from this half term, as well as taste a range of food from around Europe and participate in a quiz. A letter went home about this event this week. Please could the reply slip be returned by Tuesday 20th March so we are able to cater for this.

Welcome to Road trip around Europe

During the first two weeks of term we have enjoyed sharing our homework projects. The posters. flag work, models and postcards look amazing and the photos show you had a lot of fun cooking dishes from around Europe. We have enjoyed playing the games and answering the quiz questions.

We are now in the middle of our English text, Millions and the children are really getting to understanding the main characters. We have lots of ideas about how the story will end.

In groups we have been planning the pasta dishes we are going to cook in the next two weeks. Each child is bringing home a letter with just one thing they need to bring to make their dish and the day they are cooking on. Please can you discuss the ingredient with your child and if it is meat please cook it in advance. As we do not have much storage please bring the ingredients on the day.

Happy half term!

Over the past few weeks the children have been finding out about Athens and Sparta. We have held a debate to decide which city was a better place to live for its citizens. Following this debate, they were ready to decide which city they preferred and wrote some very persuasive pieces of writing.

During our Science topic, the children have been learning about Forces and have enjoyed the practical experiments. They have had lots of fun making paper spinners and experimenting with air resistance and how it affects the speed at which these fall to the ground.

Every afternoon this week, we have had a strong focus on Christianity and how freedom and justice still feature heavily in today’s society. The children have learnt about the story of Moses, The Ten Commandments and how we can use it in everyday life.

Our Art lessons this half term have included the children using tone and shading to create mythical creatures linking with our Greek topic. Once completed, the children used these to add texture using a variety of materials to create a collage.

On a final note, thank you very much for coming to Parents Evening. It has been lovely sharing with your child’s achievements so far. We hope you have an enjoyable half term and we look forward to welcoming the children back for their ‘Road Trip Round Europe’.


Year 5 Team

Year 5 update

In English, Year 5 have been having lots of fun reminiscing about a favourite memory of theirs.  They have written a neat copy and we will be displaying these outside 5H in the next week, we know you will be just as impressed as we are with the end result.  Hopefully you’ll get a chance to see Year 5’s great work when you come in for Parents Evening.

As mentioned before, we have had a strong focus on staying safe on the internet this term.  This week Year 5 have been working diligently writing a song, advert or designing a poster to help other children stay safe.  As teachers we have been so impressed with the end results.

On Tuesday we had a representative from the NSPCC to highlight to children who they can talk to if they ever need help. Your child will have come home with a sponsorship form.  We would really appreciate it if your child could learn the maths facts from Option 2 list 3.  If your child could collect as many sponsors as possible, all the money will be going towards the NSPCC, we will then test them on these facts on Thursday 1st February.  Once they have been tested they can collect the sponsorship money.  Please can all sponsorship forms be returned by Wednesday 7th February.

You may have seen on the website all children have been set up with a Times Tables Rockstars login.  This is a fun resource and allows children to practice their times tables in a fun way.  You can download the app on to a tablet or play via their website. Once your child has had a try, we know they will get just as hooked as we are.


Many Thanks,

Year 5 Team

Introducing Rockstars Times Tables to St Mark’s!

A Guide to RockStars

We are very excited to be introducing a new tool which will help children learn their times tables – Rockstars!

Why is learning Times Tables important?

As you know, learning multiplication and division facts are key fundamentals of mathematics and are used and applied to so many other areas of maths; knowing these facts will help children to make progress in their learning. The National Curriculum expectations are that children should know all these facts by the end of Year 4. We appreciate that this is a hard task for some children so Rockstars is yet another tool to help them achieve this.

What is Rockstars?

Rockstars is a website where children take on the role of a Rockstar – their Avatar. They give their Rockstar a name, decide what they are going to look like and of course, choose which instrument they are going to play.

How do the children practise their tables?

Once they log in, there are different ways in which they can practise their times tables. 

Your child’s teacher will have set up specific times tables for them to focus on which will be highlighted when they log in. When they play in the ‘Garage’ or ‘Arena’, they will be solely focusing on the tables set by their teacher. In the ‘Studio’, ‘Festival, and ‘Rock Slams’, they can practise all their times tables. They children can practise independently by trying to improve their speed and accuracy but if they fancy playing competitively, in the ‘Festival’, they compete against other children from around the world and in the ‘Arena’, they can play against other children in their Year Group. In the ‘RockSlam’ area, this is where children can choose another peer in their Year Group to challenge! Additionally, sometimes teachers may set ‘Rock Battles’ where children can compete against other year groups, for example there may be a battle between Year 3 and Year 4 as to who can earn the most points over a week’s period. 

What rewards do they get for playing?

Each time the children practise or compete, they gain credits which are used in leaderboards but they can also use these to buy new accessories for their avatar.

Every few week, teachers will be awarding certificates to children who have the most credits and also to those who make the most progress in learning their times tables. The more they practise of course, the more progress they will make!

How do they know if they are making progress?

There are a number of tools on this platform which allow children, parents and teachers to see how they are progressing. They can view and compare their initial baseline speed to how fast they are now and continue to strive to improve this.

Also, by using colours, it show which tables they are confident with in green and the tables which need more practise will be in red.

How do they log in?

Rockstars is available from Year 2 – Year 6. By the end of this week, all children will have been shown this website by their teachers and all children will have username logins in their Learning Logs. Additionally, we’ll send home a parent letter which explains in more detail how to log on.

Now and again, we will play in school but primarily, this is a resource to be used at home. Rockstars is available through WebBrowser but can also be accessed through the app on a mobile, ipad or tablet.


We are very excited about this fun learning tool and already the children are showing such enthusiasm to learn their Times Tables. If you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to see your child’s class teacher.

Many thanks,

The Maths Team



Welcome back

Year 5 are settling back into the routines and making a good start to the new year. Mrs Arrol and Mrs Stone have enjoyed getting to know Year 5.

We have already started to immerse ourselves in our Glorious Greeks topics and are developing an understanding of how lots of aspects of Ancient Greece can still be seen in our society today.

Across this half term we are focusing on E-safety, as well as having an E-safety Day on Monday. The children have lots to share in relation to this. It is really important to talk to your child about what they are learning in school about E-safety and reinforce this message at home.

As mentioned in your whole school newsletter, our homework policy has been reviewed. In light of this, Year 5 now have an English/SPaG homework set on a Wednesday and due in on the following Wednesday. This is in addition to the usual maths homework, which will remain on a Friday. Each homework task should take the children around 20 minutes to complete. My Maths will continue to be set fortnightly and the children who complete this will receive an additional achievement point for their effort.


Many thanks,

Year 5 team

Merry Christmas!

The staff have been so incredibly proud of the children performing in the Carol Concerts over the last 2 weeks. They have sung their hearts out and represented the school beautifully, recreating the true meaning of Christmas.

Mrs Poole would like to thank all the children for their hard work this term – she has thoroughly enjoyed working with them all, she will miss them terribly but is also looking forward to her new adventures to come. We welcome Mrs Stone and Mrs Arrol to 5P in the New Year.

All the children and staff from Year 5 would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry and Safe Christmas and a Happy New Year!

7pm Carol Concert Information

We are looking forward to our final Christmas Carol Concert  tonight.

Children are requested to arrive at school at 6:30pm to be ready for the 7pm performance. They should be dressed in school uniform and make their way to their classroom to be registered.

Choir members should meet in the Music and Drama room.

For parents who are not attending the performance, children will need to be collected from their classrooms at 7:40pm.

Many thanks,

Year 5 and 6 team

Year 5 and 6 Fraction Workshop

There are still spaces left if you would like to come along tonight and secure your knowledge within adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions so that you can support your child with confidence.

The workshop will be in 6G at 7pm – hot drinks and biscuits will be provided!

We look forward to seeing you later.

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