Hungry Caterpillars in Year 1!

It’s been a busy week in Year 1. We have been learning about the story, The Hungry Caterpillar and retelling it, thinking about all the different foods it ate. We have also been watching our own ‘hungry’ caterpillars in class, who have now all made their cocoons and we are waiting to see them turn into butterflies.

Reading books: Yesterday, we sent home books for your children to read with you. By the end of this week, you should have two books, one ORT (tree) book and one Big Cat book. Please could you ensure your child’s books come into school everyday, where the children can put them in their trays. The Big Cat book can be changed as frequently as you like but the ORT book will be changed, when needed, when your child reads with their teacher. 

Google Classrooms: If your child is off school due to self-isolation and is well enough to learn, then please log-in to your google classroom account and look in the Year group page classwork area, where work will be posted. Spellings will be coming home soon and will be found on the individual child’s classroom page, so please check that you can log-in. 

Thank you for all your support. any queries and questions, then please contact us on 

Year 1 Team

Year 3 – Reminders

We have had another fab week in Year 3. We just wanted to update you with a few reminders: 

  • Spellings are issued every Friday and tested the following Friday. These can be found in google classroom under the children’s class. 
  • Spelling shed Your child’s spellings will also be on spelling shed. If you need login details please email us at 
  • Homework will be a mixture of Handwriting/Maths or Handwriting/SPaG. This will be issued every Friday and can also be found in your child’s class.
  • Reading folders These came home on Friday. They come into school each day with only the children’s reading books in them. 
  • Homework books and Handwriting Books  In their book folders they also brought home their handwriting books and a homework book – please take these out of the folders and keep at home. They do not need to be brought back into school as you will upload pictures onto google classroom. 
  • Reading books  Due to isolation restrictions reading books will be changed once a week on a Friday if they are finished – if they are longer books they can keep for longer. We understand that you may want to change more regularly but due to a set of books at home, a set of books in isolation it makes it tricky. Please do read other books that the children have at home though so they are reading daily. 
  • Year 3 Google Classroom Many of you have noticed work being uploaded to the Year 3 Goggle classroom daily – this work is for children that may need to self-isolate with other family members and only needs completing if this applies to your child. If your child has been at school, they do NOT need to complete this work. 
  • Times tables Rock stars Please do continue to use this to learn your times tables. If you need login details please email us at 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 

Year 3 Team 

Latest Newsletter


Message from Mr Applegate


Most importantly – please see the menu changes if your child normally has school dinners.

A huge thank you for your continued support in these times! It is so good to see the children enjoying being together. We had our second ‘live’ celebration worship today- Mrs Ford, Mrs Alsey or myself lead a worship for all KS1 or KS2 classes, all done online, and we celebrate the successes of the week for the children. One child from each class is also chosen as a Star Learner. Each child is clapped by all of KS1 or KS2, albeit over the computer. It’s a lovely time to be together, albeit virtually.

A couple reminders:

  1. NHS Symptoms Check
  2. Got a query about Covid and school? Please use this new email address – (we’re getting so many emails we need to centralise our system!)
  3. If a child or parent is at home because of symptoms, please keep the siblings off too. IE the whole household needs to isolate, and the person with symptoms needs to get a test.
  4. We are moving online with homework, spellings and Google Classrooms. If you need help with technology, please do let us know by emailing the office.
  5. If a child is off school but able to work, then Google Classroom work is available – and it should be completed. Teachers spend a lot of time making sure this work is available so no-one misses out!

We had a mini-inspection on Thursday from the local authority regarding our teaching, learning, and health and safety. A very positive visit for us.

Finally, thank you for your messages of support regarding the financial constraints we are facing because of a lack of funding (both generally for schools and also covid-related costs). I’ll be sharing more soon on this. FOSM are doing a brilliant job behind the scenes to prepare a few ideas, so please do join the FOSM AGM online – details below. Also, if you shop on Amazon, click here!

Have a great week, Mr Applegate

Important changes to school menu


UPDATE – please see here for an update

As a result of some newly diagnosed and very severe allergies across the school, we have made the decision to update our entire school menu to reflect these allergies.

As this is a mammoth task requiring all ingredients in every meal offered to be checked, this will take time, and we are therefore going to be offering only cold picnic lunches at school from Monday 21st September until October half term (23rd October). There will be two options of picnic lunch offered each day, please see menu below.  This menu will be repeated each week.

If your child has known allergies and chooses from a special menu, then they will be able to choose each day from the Picnic option or the Jacket potato option detailed at the bottom of their own menu.

If you would prefer to send a packed lunch in from home for your child, that is of course still another option. Please be aware of our previously informed restrictions – we are a nut free school (this also excludes any chocolate spread, Nutella, cereal bars containing nuts, Biscoff spread etc), and we are also excluding lentils, chick peas (including houmus) as these are known allergens. Gluten free bread/rolls often contain gram flour which is made from ground chick peas, so please check and refrain from sending these products into school for your child.

We appreciate your patience with all the recent changes that have been made regarding school meals, but we are sure you understand that the children’s safety is our priority.


SCL After School Care – click to find out more!


School trips from last term

We would like to confirm arrangements with regards to school trips that were cancelled for children in Year R, Year 3 & Year 4 last term.

We recognise the majority of parents had paid for these trips and do have a record of the payments that have been received.

We are hoping we will be able to arrange a trip during Spring term 2021. Any monies held will go towards the cost of that trip.

Thank you for your understanding and support. 

Star Learners Last Week!

Well done to:

  • Year R: Ruby R, Max M, Harrison
  • Year 1: Edison, Oliver, Alex Mc
  • Year 2: Ella, Nicholas, Charlotte
  • Year 3: Ayden, Elizabeth, Ross,Ellie
  • Year 4: Ameila, Ano, Aaliyah
  • Year 5: Freya, Kai, Stanley
  • Year 6: Daniel C, Mia, Mollie


Cleaning Vacancy

We are looking for a cleaner who is friendly, enthusiastic, reliable and able to meet the physical demands of the role.

The successful applicant will be required to comply fully with Health and Safety guidelines and procedures. Experience preferred but full training provided for successful candidate.

We are looking for someone who:

· Takes pride in their work

· Is an excellent cleaner

· Is flexible and approachable

· Can work as part of a team or on own initiative


Duties will include

· Emptying bins

· Cleaning allocated areas

· Washing tables

· Cleaning sinks and toilets

· Sweeping and vacuuming

Hours 3.30pm – 6.30pm Monday to Friday, 52 weeks per year (some hours to be worked in school holidays)

Pay – £9.25 per hour If you’d like to be part of our team please email for an application form 

Head Lice

There have been some cases of head lice in Year 1.

Please check your children over the weekend and treat if necessary. Thank you 


School Photographs

Our school photos are due to take place on Monday 28th September, weather permitting.

Due to the current situation, photos will be taken outside, if there is bad weather, we will need to postpone until another day.

We are hoping to be able to offer sibling photos in the Spring.


Do you have a spare laptop you don’t need?

blankDo you have a laptop lying around, which we can use to support children at home? Doesn’t need to be new or quick. We blitz it, and install all the software necessary. That way a child who doesn’t have access to a laptop for home learning can really benefit. If you can help, please email the office.

Immanuel Church



Parking on local roads

We have been sent this photo by a resident in Highwood Ridge. Please do not block pathways, as parents can’t get by with their push chairs. On this occasion, it was even more dangerous as families were having to walk into the road on a bend.

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We’ll be celebrating Harvest on Monday 12th October. This year, instead of bringing in food items, can we encourage you to donate online to Basingstoke Foodbank?


The gates are generally working well, thank you everyone. Just a little reminder about not blocking paths (inside school site or outside on the paths) whilst chatting with others. Please also be mindful of others if you are leaving a dog outside the school gates – thank you for not bringing them in though!

Regular Notices

Friends of St Mark’s (FOSM) AGM

blankOur FOSM team (PTA) work incredibly hard for our school. We run an AGM, which is a public meeting for all parents/carers to share ideas, discuss events, and see how St Mark’s can be supported financially. It also strengthen’s our community, too! Please do join us online!

Date: Tuesday 13th October, 7:30pm. Online only. The Zoom link is here.

FOSM is now a registered charity – can your business help us in anyway?

Online Forms

  • Absence Request form – going to be absent (e.g. wedding, funeral, holiday etc)? Use this form
  • Pupil Premium Form – have your work/benefit circumstances changed? Complete this form so we can check if your child is elligible for free school meals and other support at school.
  • Getting Home Arrangements – tell us how your child gets home each day.
  • Mobile Phone Request – for older children needing to bring a phone to school

Going to be absent?

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).blank

Fundraise whilst you shop!


Email and Contact Details

blankIf you don’t receive the school newsletter and year group emails via email, you can sign up here!

Remember, if you change your contact details, please let the office know here.

Get in touch with us

What a fantastic start to Year 2!

We have had a brilliant couple of weeks in Year 2. The children have been amazing and we have loved getting to know them all better. We have all adjusted to our new routines and everyone has been working hard and looking after each other. We’ve seen some super teamwork!

We have had an exciting start to our new topic ‘Oh the places you’ll go!’ and our work has been taking us on imaginative adventures. At the moment, in English, we are on an exciting journey with Little Red Riding Hood, travelling through the forest. The children have written some amazing sentences and we can’t wait to see their own stories next week. 

We have also been journeying around our school grounds- linked with both our art and science work on materials. In history, we have begun learning about the explorer- Christopher Columbus. Do ask your children about it- you’ll be amazed with the facts they have learnt already!


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A couple of notices:

  • Our PE Day is Friday so please send your child to school in their PE kit each Friday. They will need to be in their kit all day so please make sure it is comfortable and warm enough (especially as the weather gets cooler). 
  • Homework will start on Monday. This will be set on Google Classrooms under your child’s class page.  We will be setting spellings that will be set on Monday and tested the following Monday. These will be set every week.  We will also set Maths homework. This will start this Monday and the children will be given until the following Monday to complete it. This will be set every other week. There may also be additional topic homework from time to time but we will let you know about this in advance.
  • For children who are at home isolating, please visit the Year 2 2020 Classwork page.  Children at home (who are well enough) should be completing this work. 
  • Thank you for your patience with reading books. Our plastic folders have now arrived and we will begin sending these home from Monday. 

If you have forgotten your child’s login for google classroom, need to get a message to the teacher or have any other questions do please email us on We will get back to you as soon as we can. 

We hope you have a lovely, relaxing weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday. 

Best wishes 


The Year 2 Team  (Mrs Rosso, Miss Burgess, Mrs Brackenridge and Mrs Tickle)






Year 5 Learning Update – Week 2

What a fantastic start the children have made to Year 5! As our new topic is Space, the children started by designing their own planet based on a set criteria. The planet size was based on their confidence levels, the colours were linked to particular learning behaviours, the number of craters represented their number of siblings and their patterns were based on their levels of organisation. Here is a peak at some of the amazing planets that the children designed – they are all so unique!



The children have been reading George’s Secret Key to the Universe in English and are really excited to find out what happens with the super computer – Cosmos! We’ve also been doing some descriptive writing about the planet of Pandora, exploring new vocabulary and having a go at writing relative clauses too. What this space for some non-chronological reports to follow!


The children have been working so hard on their place value over the last two weeks – focusing today on numbers up to 1,000,000. They have been working on how different numbers can be represented, what the digits mean and also how to round these numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We are also really proud of the way the children have engaged with their times tables and flashback Maths too. 

Homework Update

The children received their homework schedule today and their first pieces of homework have been set on Google Classrooms. Please let us know if you have any problems or need any support with this. 


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