Spring Term

We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas break whether it was restful or full of adventure.

Frozen Kingdoms

This term, our project is Frozen Kingdoms which is a Geography led project about the Polar regions. We have already been looking at the Earth’s biomes and comparing conditions around the world. The children were surprised to find that Antarctica is in fact a desert which has reached temperatures of -89 degrees! We have also been researching Polar explorers with particular focus on Shackleton whose Endurance mission didn’t quite go to plan. Why not ask your child what happened when he and his crew tried to get to Antarctica. We’ll be sharing some of the children’s work with you over the next few weeks.

SATs Information Evening

We touched on SATs during our curriculum evening in September but will be holding an information evening with a sole focus on SATs including information about dates, times, what the exams entail, how they are marked and practical advice about supporting your child to prepare for these. Please feel free to join the year 6 team in the main hall on Tuesday 23rd at 6.30pm. We can discuss your child’s personal attainment and progress at  Parents’ Evening (booking opens on Monday).

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

Evacuation Day

What a success Evacuation day was; the children looked brilliant in their WW2 style clothing and their learning was enriched through various activities throughout the day.

 

 

We began the day with ‘Evacuation Lottery’ where the children chose numbers which correlated to details such as their first name, surname, home town and place of evacuation. The children took on this identify for the day and wrote their new details onto an identity tag.

Singing kept morale high during WW2. During the morning, all of year 6 gathered together to sing ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera Lynn. We also looked at the lyrics and considered what might be meant by phrases such as ‘till the blue skies chase the dark clouds far away’. We also sang ‘Run Rabbit’ and learned about the alternative meaning to this song which took the mickey out of the Nazis.

To understand what evacuees must have felt like, the children took part in some freeze frames using pictures from WW2 as inspiration; the children had to say what they’d be thinking and feeling if they were in the shoes of an evacuee. This helped us to gather some ideas for postcards which they wrote ‘home’.

Entertainment in 1940 was very different from today. The children learned how to play a couple of different old-fashioned marble games; it was very enjoyable whilst also being rather competitive! Who’d have thought they could have so much fun without an X-box in sight!?

Children were evacuated to countryside locations which would have looked very different to the big cities they were used to. For some children, this was their first time seeing such lush fields and cattle. The children learned some watercolour painting techniques to create a picture inspired by countryside photos. We were so impressed by the children’s observational skills –it’s hard to tell apart the photos from the children’s paintings!

Other activites throughout the day also included reading a special WW2 edition of our ‘First News’ paper and answering some quiz questions.

At one point during the day, we sounded the air raid siren loudly. As an emergency procedure, we evacuated to the cloakrooms and turned off the lights just like they would have done during the Blackout. The children said it was quite scary knowing that the German airforce, the Luftwaffe, could be potentially dropping bombs!

To top off our learning, the following day we had some very special visitors in school – Mr and Mrs Hedgecock and Mr and Mrs Collier. They were evacuated during the war and answered lots of questions which the children had written; it was so interesting hearing about their first-hand experiences. Thank you so much for joining us for the afternoon.

We hope that the children have been sharing their learning about WW2 at home as they should have gained a wealth of knowledge in this thought-provoking topic.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Year 6 Christmas Display

To mark the Christmas spirit, the school have been creating festive displays. Year 6 have created a display to represent ‘Bethlehem’; a group of children designed themed houses and buildings then embellished them with gold paints and materials. To create the background, Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ was used as inspiration. The children used their fingerprints to create the North Star and the swirls in the sky.

 

Maths Fraction Workshop

Reminder to book on

If you are keen to come along and improve your knowledge and understanding about fractions then don’t forgot to book onto the fraction workshop course which is happening next Thursday at 7pm – we’d love to see you there and promise it won’t be anything too scary!

Miss Goddard will send an email to those parents booked on at the end of this week.

For more information and booking instructions, see previous posts.

 

 

 

Year 5 and 6 Christmas Carol Concert

Carol Concert Information 

As you know, the Christmas Carol Concert is fast approaching. We will be practising the songs in school but lyrics will also be sent home.

Due to two of our performances being in the afternoon, all children will be included in the concerts. If your child is not able to attend the evening concert of Tuesday 19th then please could you inform us so we can adapt seating. 

Children will be selected for particular roles such as Bible readings and taking part in the tableau in the coming week. If they have a specific role or are part of the choir, they must be able to attend the evening performance.

We are looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks time!

Thanks,

Year 5 and 6 Team.

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 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.

 

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