Around the world so far!

The children have really enjoyed travelling in our hot air balloon around the world this term. So far we’ve explored different castles in the UK before crossing the Atlantic to the South American jungle. Most recently we landed in the African plains and have enjoyed going on Safari and learning about the animals who live there. Our focus in Literacy has been non-fiction books and the children have been learning about their features. Why not find a non-fiction book at home and let the children show you?

Next we are travelling ‘down under’ to the Great Barrier Reef and diving deep under the sea to find out about sea creatures. We will also begin our ‘Change the World’ project. Following on from the work they did with you at home to create their posters, our project will be about plastic pollution and what we can do to help reduce and re-use it so that less waste enters our oceans.

We need your help! We are going to be collecting large 2 litre bottles over the next 2 weeks. If you have any at home please bring them to one of the Year R classrooms from Monday so we can re-purpose them as outdoor planters. Thank you!

Bottle tops – Year 2

Thank you for the bottle top lids so far. We are still looking for any size, any colour plastic lids. The more colours the better! Please keep collecting and sending in to help us with our Change the World Project. Thank you Year 2.

Roman Workshops!

As I am sure you have heard, we launched our Roman topic with a fantastic Roman workshop this week. All the children loved the activities, learnt a lot and now have lots of questions which we hope to answer over the coming weeks.  Here are some photos to give you a taste of our day.

Reminder – SRE Parent Information Event

Just a quick reminder about this evening’s ‘Sex and Relationships Education’ information event which will be held in 6G at 6:00pm. It will give parents the opportunity to view the materials we will be using in school and to discuss how we approach SRE at St Mark’s. If you need to bring your child, we will have a separate space for them in 6D.

Many thanks,

Year 6 Team

Sports Day Postponement

Dear Parents and Carers,

It appears the weather is not on our side. The forecast for the next few days is poor and the amount of rain is increasing each time I look at the forecast.

A significant difficulty is that even if it is not fully raining on sports day, the ground itself will be cold and damp from the recent rain, making it all unpleasant and potentially unsafe. Further, sports day on a damp, cold day isn’t really enjoyable for anyone.

Therefore, we have made the decision to postpone sports day to Friday 12th July. The arrangements will stay the same, just the date change.

We hope that the advanced notice will help any rearrangements that need to be made.

Please note a hot dinner will now be available on Friday 14th.  The choices are Thai Beef Red Curry or Cheese &  Tomato Pasta.

We apologise for the change and appreciate your understanding.

Kind regards

Charles Applegate

Head Teacher


How proud we are!

What a wonderful trip we had! We found the sun whilst on our walk around Old Portsmouth and learnt so much in Portsmouth Cathedral. We looked at all the things in the cathedral that make it ‘a special place’ for people to visit. We had a tour of the cathedral where we learnt about the Pulpit, Altar, Organ, Font and Golden Barque. We were proud how the children behaved throughout this visit and it didn’t go unnoticed by the staff and visitors we met.


The sun shone as we walked down to the sea front looking for signs of this seaside town. From the wavy benches, the smell of the sea and the boats sailing past. We had a chance to draw what we could see after enjoying our lunch.

We had a super day and would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parent helpers and staff who made this trip possible. We were proud to show off how fabulous the children in Year 2 are!

Year 2 Team

Fun learning in Year 1!

We’ve started our new project last week by learning about the trees around school. We had great fun exploring how they were similar or different by looking at the bark and colour of the leaves. The children loved creating their own leaf person and then writing an adventure that they went on.

ASDA also came to visit us last week, bringing with them seeds to plant. We were all excited about planting our very own sunflower seed and are waiting for them to grow so we can bring them home to pot out and grow even further. If you have a permission slip regarding the photographs taken by the school when ASDA visited then please return asap if you wish to give your permission.

As part of our learning this term, we will be creating some settings for our story writing. If you have a shoe-box spare at home, then please send it into school by Wednesday 19th for your child to use as part of their learning.

Thank you for your continued support.

Year 1 Team

Sports Day Cake Sale

As you may have read on the letter emailed, we are planning to help raise money for the coach to Pemberley House by selling cakes during lunch time of Sports Day.

As your child may have mentioned, Year 5 will be in charge of running this during part of the picnic section. However, we need your help to provide the cakes that we will be selling. These could be bought or baked, it is up to you. We would really appreciate as many as possible to help us reach our target.

Please send the cakes into school on the morning of Sports Day with your child.

Please be very careful to not include cakes with nuts in, due to allergies of children and staff. Feel free to donate any other free from cakes too.

Thank you for your donations already, we are excited about our visit to Pemberley House next Wednesday.

Year 5 Team.

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