Year 1 have had a great start to our new project, ‘Flower Power’. We have started exploring our school grounds looking for flowers and seeing if we can name any. The children had great fun creating their own flower inspired artwork using paper, collage, paint and pencils. Please see the attached ‘Knowledge Organiser’ and ‘Topic Web’, at the end of this post, for further details about what the children can expect throughout the project and about their learning.
In maths this week we have been exploring our numbers to 100, continuing to practice counting in 1s forwards and backwards. The children have been ordering their numbers and comparing them, talking about which is greater or smaller and why. We are going to now start using our knowledge of numbers to help us find one more or less than a number and also start thinking about the value of our different coins. Maybe you could explore money with your child at home and see if you can make different totals with 1p, 2p,5p and 10p coins.
Reading and Numbots Challenge: Thank you for all your support with the children’s reading challenge last half-term. The children loved doing it and so we are continuing with it this half-term, where the children can receive a sticker and RP for reading at least four times each week. We have also started a Numbots challenge, where we are challenging the children to login to Numbots and play for 20 minutes over the week. If they achieve this, they will receive a maths sticker and RP. Please contact us if you have forgotten your login details.
Thank you for all the support you are giving your children with their learning. If you have any concerns or questions, then please remember to contact us on Year1@stmarksce.org.uk
Car Wash – Saturday 12th June! Times are: KS1 10.00 – 11.30 KS2 11.30 – 1.00 If you have children in both, come any time ! Card payments and cash accepted
Rev May – don’t forget to say goodbye this week.
Sports Week – for children only! See details below.
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Message from Mr Applegate
Rev May: Sadly, it is Rev May’s last week with us at St Mark’s. Please do wish her all the best – she’ll be on the gates as usual this week (Monday KS2, Tuesday KS1), as well as on Friday for 15minutes each. We have LOVED having Rev May in our St Mark’s community. Despite starting in July 2019, she has very much become “one of St Mark’s”, and we are so grateful for her time, support, input and fun. We will be having a special worship on Friday to send her off, too! On behalf of our school, we wish her the very best as she takes up her new post in Chichester.
INSET Update: On our INSET day on Monday, we spent time strengthening our curriculum to ensure it best meets the needs of our children. We looked at the projects we teach, and how we can teach all subjects to help children become experts! We also reviewed how we include, represent, and value everyone in our society through what we teach – irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion etc. Everyone is loved and accepted, and we want our children to really hold that within their own values and actions, and to stand up for injustice.
September Classes: Very soon, we’ll be sending you a link to complete an online form regarding friendships for classes for September 2021. It will come via email.
September Plans and Covid: Making decisions about September is tricky – there is no change in government guidance, and possible government delays to ‘Freedom Day’ on June 21st may or may not impact school. Rest assured we will keep doing our best to ensure children’s safety. Please continue to be careful! You may be interested to know that in Basingstoke primaries, there was a total of 11 cases last week alone. We too had a positive case last week, although the child hadn’t been at school since before half-term so there was no risk to our pupils, and they didn’t have any contact with others during half-term. The family did the right thing in getting a PCR test once there were symptoms, and also isolating. Please remember:
If you or your child has a temperature, persistent cough, or loss/change of taste/smell, they must isolate, along with your household, and get a PCR test immediately. Please also inform the school via firstname.lastname@example.org. Please err on the side of caution. Please don’t just carry on with normal life if you have symptoms.
A lateral flow (LFD) test is not a replacement for a PCR test. If there are symptoms, a LFD test is no good! It has to be a PCR test. This is a common misconception. LFD tests are used on an ongoing basis when there are no symptoms.
Generosity: On a different note, your generosity knows no bounds! On our Non-uniform day before half-term, you gave £798! And at a recent nearly new sale, you raised £120. This brings our totaliser figure to £18099.92! Amazon Smile has raised over £465 – it’s easy! The money raised is being used to cover COVID costs, and to provide children with additional resources including technology, playtime equipment, stationary, books and more. Thank you so much
Year 6 Group Photo
The school photographer will be taking a year group photo of our Year 6 children on Wednesday 16th June. If you do not want your child to be included in this photo, please let the school office know.
This year sports day will look a little bit different. Due to Covid, we are unable to all spend the day outside competing for our colour teams with our family and friends to support us. We still want sports day to go ahead and for children to have the opportunities to earn points for their team.
We will be holding a Sports Week from Wed 23rd June to Fri 25th June (reserved dates Mon 28th to Wed 30th June).
Across this week, each year group will have an afternoon where they compete for their colour teams in an Obstacle Race. Then at another point this week, they will attempt the challenge of beating the teachers at a number of different activities.
During sports week, we would like all children across the school to wear sports clothes. On their designated afternoon for the obstacle race, we would like your child to wear their colour team t-shirt – please see timetable below. Class teachers will have list of who is in which colour team if you are unsure.
Obstacle Race Days – team colour t-shirts needed to be worn on this day.
Year 1 and 2 – Weds 23rd June (Reserve Mon 28th)
Year 3 and 5 – Thurs 24th June (Reserve Tues 29th)
Year R, 4 and 6 – Fri 25th June (Reserve Wed 30th)
For the beat the teacher challenge, we are asking for the children to be sponsored. Thanks for all your support, please do ask your child’s teachers if you have any questions. Miss Thomas and Miss Barnett
Enjoy our work by Year 2 pupils!
Well done to:
Year R: Harry B, Zachary H, Enrique
Year 1: Alyssa, Elodie, Kelan
Year 2: Nyasha, Freddie, Grace
Year 3: Ayden, George B, Aleiya, Leo
Year 4: James S, Jacob, Felicity
Year 5: Max B, Erica, Travis
Year 6: Lukas, Scarlett S, Mira
Rock Stars & Numbots
Rock Stars best effort:
Year:2: Summer W, Abigail C, Emily H, Freyja O, Nathan C
Year 3: Elizabeth B, Manuel P, Zoe B, Jeffrey C, Harry B
Year 4: Oliver B, Iremide A, Izzy M, Irebami A, Tanisha A
Year 5: Oscar R, David R, Brody P, Jessica W
Year 6: Matilda H, Asani A, Sophie W, Zesiro A, Leah B
Numbots best effort:
Year 1: Alexa A, Camila M, Jacob A
Year 2: Poppy H, Benjamin T, Willow I
The next FOSM car wash is on 12th June.
Amazon smile – Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select Friends Of St Mark’S, Hatch Warren as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. Amazon will donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us. Since starting this, we’ve raised £465! How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programmes & Features
3. Select Friends Of St Mark’S, Hatch Warren as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
Summer Holiday Childcare
Does your child need after school care?
Two options! 1) SCL, run at school, no need to book in advance – details here! 2) Hatch Warren Community Centre After School Care – details here.
Year 5 Taster and Open Days
The following schools are planning to hold Taster Days for Year 5 pupils:
Brighton Hill School: Friday 9th July Tel: 01256 350606
Aldworth School: Thursday 8th July Tel: 01256 322691
Cranbourne School: Thursday 8th July Tel: 01256 868600
Henry Beaufort School: will be holding their Taster Day online this year. Tel: 01962 880073
Perins School: Open Mornings Thursday 8th & Friday 9th July 8.45am-10.30am. Open evening Thursday 9th July 5pm-7pm Tel: 01962 734361
Please note all dates may be subject to change. Please contact the individual schools for further information.
Year 6 Transitions Days
We have been given the following dates for the Year 6 transition days:
Brighton Hill School: Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd July
Aldworth School: Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd July
Cranbourne School: Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd July
Henry Beaufort School: Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th July
Perins School: TBC
Bishop Challoner School: Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd July
Dresses and Messes – Customised items, and raising money for FOSM
We’ve moved our absence request form online. This is for absence requests such as holidays, weddings, funeral, special events, and more. You don’t need to use this form for sickness or self-isolation (but please email/phone the office if they are unwell).
Email and Contact Details
If you don’t receive the school newsletter and year group emails via email, you can sign up here!
What a fun week we’ve had in Year 2! We’ve begun learning about ‘Big Cats’ in our English work and are having lots of fun learning about Leopards, Cheetahs and Tigers! We can’t wait to write our own non-chronological reports to share with you. Please see our Knowledge Organiser and Topic Web below for more details of our new topic : Our Amazing World!
The children have settled back into school really well and we can hardly believe that this is our last half term with them all. It’s been an unusual year but it does seem to be flying by.
In Computing, we are going to be linking our learning about habitats with a very different type of habitat: Space and the International Space Station. We started to look at this during the week and next week we will begin using the new school Chromebooks to further explore this topic. To complete this, the children will need to be able to log into their Google Classroom accounts. Please can you make sure the children know their login details for Google Classroom (or write them on a piece of paper to go in their book bags). We will be using them on Tuesday next week and every Tuesdayuntil the end of term. If you can’t remember them, then please see use the link on our Google Classroom login page to help you reset it https://www.stmarksprimary.net/gc/. There is a useful video here too.
Numbots: We have introduced a new challenge to Year 2 to go on Numbots for at least 20 minutes per week. If they do this, they will receive a special shiny Numbots sticker. We will also give out our usual certificates each week for when they complete each challenge and for special effort or achievement.
TT Rockstars: This is a great way for your child to learn their times tables and we ask that they go onto TTRockstars for half an hour for their homework this week. You can access it via our website using the same login details and password that the children have for Numbots.
Bug Club: Please can children aim to read at least one book per week on Bug club and to complete the related quiz. This is another useful tool to support children’s reading and understanding.
Spelling Shed: Remember, we test the children on their spellings each week. These spellings should also be practised at home and are available via Google Classroom on your class page or on Spelling Shed.
We have a fun few weeks coming up with lots going on. We look forward to sharing the children’s work and experiences with you. As ever, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our email address: email@example.com
We hope you enjoy the good weather over the coming weekend. Please send your children in with sun cream, water bottles and sunhats next week as it looks like we will have a warm start to the week.
What a wonderful time we all had learning about ‘People Who Help Us’ last half term! The children were so engaged in this topic and motivated to learn more about each job role; the uniforms these people wear, the equipment they use and the vehicles they drive. Discovery Time was a busy hive of activity every day which was fantastic to see!
Thank you for helping your children with their reading challenge last half term. The children are enjoying it so much that we are continuing it this half term and new cards will come home on Tuesday 8th June.
We hope you have enjoyed the sunshine during the Half Term break and we look forward to welcoming the children back and starting our next topic ‘Stomp, nibble, crawl, exploring animals great and small’ after Half Term.
Culture is our new topic for this half term as we learn all about how the Caribbean culture has been embedded into British culture, whilst learning about the Geography and History of the Caribbean too! We also have some brilliant learning in Science coming up (with some new classroom residents to look after) and we can’t wait to learn about some inspirational women from History through our English. What a colourful, musical and exciting final half term in Year 5!
For more information about what we are learning, please see our Knowledge Organiser (facts about our topic) and our Topic Web (subject overviews of what we are learning) attached below.
We hope you all had a fabulous half term and we can’t wait to see the children tomorrow,
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