We will be having a non-school uniform day this Friday 22nd October 2021. Any donations to the school will be greatly received and buckets will be at the school gates if you would like to donate. Years 1 and 3 do not have to come to school in their PE kit but please can the children wear their trainers as PE will still take place. Thank you!
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What an incredible start to the Autumn Term – Connections in Space! The children have truly immersed themselves in all aspects of our learning so far and have completed some excellent pieces of work.
Just in case you weren’t able to attend the Year 5 Information Evening last week, we just wanted to remind you about our upcoming school trip on Thursday 21st October. Please ensure permission slips are completed if you have not done so already. On the day of the trip, we will be departing school at 9am so would like all Year 5 children in school at 8.30am please. We will be back by the end of the school day. Children must wear their school uniform and bring a packed lunch and drink with them, plus a coat too. The children are allowed to wear trainers for the trip if they wish.
Starting with place value, the children began by learning about numbers up to one million. The children had lots of different experiences looking at the value of different digits in these numbers, they practised rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000 and also explored negative numbers and Roman Numerals. It was a jam packed three weeks! The children have now moved onto securing their knowledge of addition and subtraction methods. Here are a couple of examples of brilliant learning.
‘One Small Step’ was our first unit in English. It was a video about a young girl, who dreamed of being an astronaut, and faced many challenges and setbacks before finally achieving her dream. The work that the children produced was emotive, descriptive and really technical too – we are really proud of how the children are securing their knowledge of the different writing lenses. Below, you can see an example of a sentence stacking lesson where we wrote a section of the story together as a class – this is called a plot point. You can also see an example of a finished story which has been written, edited and published by a child in the year group. Isn’t it amazing?
Next, we are moving on to writing non-chronological reports about animals found on the mythical moon of Pandora. The children have already spent time learning about this enchanting place and have started writing a non-chronological report about a Hammerhead Titanothere in their sentence stacking lessons to practise using lots of technical and scientific language. Here is an example of a mind-mapping piece of work alongside a sentence stacking lesson focussed on one waypoint. We can’t wait to see the children’s final independent pieces of work!
What a creative half term it has been so far! The children have been completing some beautiful artwork in their sketchbooks and you can see some examples below. From experimenting with different hues of grey using paint, to using different charcoal pencil techniques to sketch images of the moon, to learning about and replicating the work of Peter Thorpe – their work has been so imaginative! The children also had the opportunity to replicate some of Peter Thorpe’s artwork outside using chalks – brilliant fun!
Year 5 swimming has also been booked in for later in the year as the children weren’t able to complete this in Year 4. The dates are listed below for your reference but more information will be sent out nearer the time.
· Monday 13th June
· Wednesday 15th June
· Monday 20th June
· Wednesday 22nd June
· Monday 27th June
· Wednesday 29th June
· Monday 4th July
· Wednesday 6th July
As always, thank you for your on-going support. The start to Year 5 has been exceptional, your children are wonderful and we are really excited to see the adventures still to come!
The Year 5 Team
Thank you for taking time to pray for our school and community.
We are thankful for:
- A very positive start for the children who are new to us – in Year R and also in other year groups
- A restful break for staff over the summer and a chance to recover from the busy year
- The communty and parental support we have
- The fact that we can sing again, and enjoy our worship together.
We ask God for:
- Peace to reign over our school, particularly in the uncertainty of covid and entering winter months
- Everyone to stay well, particularly children and staff
- Wisdom for school leaders as they guide our school and commuity
- Financial provision to meet all that we need to do
A note from Mr Applegate
What a week! The children have been working very hard as always. I had the pleasure of leading KS1 Celebration Worship this morning (online), and it was great to see how our Year Rs are settling into school routines and learning.
Don’t forget our Key Information Sessions next week – see the details below.
I’ve emailed all parents and carers an update about covid measures in school. Thank you for reading it.
Really important!! – Please make sure you can login to Google Classrooms with your child’s account (not your own personal account). Please try to login asap if you haven’t already done so. Thank you. Help available here.
Have a great weekend, Mr Applegate :)
FOSM Pumpkin Trail
The Friends of St Mark’s (FOSM) PTA will be running a pumpkin trail. This will take place in Hatch Warren and Beggarwood between Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st October for you to complete at your own pace. All correct entries will be entered into a draw to win this cute cuddly pumpkin and a £25 Smyths Toys voucher.
Remember to sign up online at https://www.stmarksprimary.net/pumpkintrail
Once we have received all monies and completed registration forms, your map and question sheet will be sent to you at the email address provided. Happy finding!
We’ll be celebrating Harvest on the week begining 11th October! Rev Nicola Such will be helping us learn about the festival, and where our food comes from.
As usual, we’ll be supporting Foodbank. If you are able, we’d love you to donate online here. Why not do this with your child so that they learn more about helping others? You can also donate in person here.
- Year 6 only – complete this Bikeability form by 15th October
- Year 4 – change of date for Key Information Session – now 4th Oct 4:30pm
St Mark’s Heroes – Can you make the difference?
Our children need your help! They would massively benefit from an hour, an afternoon, or whatever you can give to help them during school hours. Our St Mark’s Heroes scheme aims to gather as much support as possible to help our children with their learning. It could involve reading with a child, supporting a small group, or generally helping in class. It could be helping out at lunchtimes. It’s also great experience if you’re looking to get more involved in schools. We’ll provide the training! There would be a simple application form to complete, a chat with Mr Applegate, and a free DBS check to complete. Click here to register your interest, and to find out more. Thank you for thinking about this – and for thinking of the difference you could make!
Individual School photographs
Timings of pickups and dropoffs
- Based on surnames
- Drop-off: A-L 8:30-8:40am, M-Z 8:40am to 8:50am
- Collection: A-L 3:10-3:15pm, M-Z 3:15pm-3:20pm
- Map is here.
- Do you have Disney+? Have you checked the parental controls? If you’d like to find out more, click here.
Year 6 – Thinking about Year 7
Year 6 – Secondary schools are already gearing up to show you and your child around. Applications for year
7 places for September 2022 (current Year 6s) open on the 13th September 2021 and close on the 31st October 2021. Any later applications are not considered in the first round of school allocation and will be unlikely to be awarded their first choice of school so it is essential that you get your child’s application in on time.
Dates for your diaries
Year Group Key Information Session – Online, using Google Meet. Make sure you can login to Google Meet before the meeting! It’s a chance to meet the teachers and find out important information about your child’s learning for the year. Links will be posted on the Google Classroom Stream just before the session begins.
Monday 27th Sept – Y4 – 4pmChange of date for Year 4! Monday 4th October at 4:30pm
- Monday 27th Sept – Y6 – 5pm
- Tuesday 28th Sept – Y2 – 4pm
- Tuesday 28th Sept – Y3 – 5pm
- Thursday 30th Sept – Y1 – 4pm
- Thursday 30th Sept – Y5 – 5pm
Parents’ Evenings will be a 10 minute slot, online. Further details will follow, but dates/times are:
- Monday 18th Oct, 4-6:30pm
- Tuesday 2nd Nov 3:40-5:50pm
- Thursday 4th Nov 4-6pm
Just a reminder that we remain a cashless school.
Please pay for Breakfast Club, school dinners, trips and any other items via your ScoPay account. Thank you
Census Day for KS1 School Dinners
On Thursday 7th October, it’s Census Day for all KS1 children who are entitled to Universal Free School Meals (all children in Years R, 1 and 2).
The amount of funding we receive as a school, depends on how many dinners are ordered on that day.
Could you please encourage your child in Year R-Year 2 to order a school dinner on this day. The menu options have been changed to:
Red: Fish & Chips
White: Jacket Potato with vegetarian sausages
Thank you :-)
The School Nursing Team will be here on Wednesday 17th November to administer the Flu Vaccine for all children Year R-Year 6.
Consent forms will be sent home shortly.
School Dinners – Important Changes
Due to current difficult staffing circumstances, HC3S will be removing jacket potatoes from our school menu from Monday until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes, but we’re sure you understand that we are trying to do everything we can to make things easier for everybody in these challenging times.
Next week is WEEK THREE, and each day there will be a RED and a GREEN option. If your child has a special menu for allergies, they will be able to choose from their menu as usual, except for jacket potatoes of course.
Well done to:
Year R: Joshua, Elsie, Riley
Year 1: Alfie A, Charlie G, Harvey
Year 2: Emily, Jack S, Maksim
Year 3: Isobel, Zachary, Ivy-Rose
Year 4: Issac, Elliott, Monica
Year 5 : Harry S, Sophie B, Ava
- Year 6: Scarlett, Neve, Isaac
Numbots best effort:
- Year1: Olivia, Konrad, Kieran
- Year 2: Olivia H, Maya, Elizabeth
Bug Club Awards:
- Year 1: Prannav, Elliana, James
- Year 2: Joey, Alex M, Noah K
- Year 3: Jack T, Amber, Ewan
- Year 4: Archie, Ross, Kristina
- Year 5: Noah W, Edward, Isla
- Year 6: Jessica R, Ethan, Phoebe
Year R Tours for September 2022
Are you thinking about your child joining us in September 2022? Come and find out more about us at our online and onsite sessions!
Zoom Information Session:
- No need to book! Both Zooms are the same.
- Oct 7th Year R Info Zoom – 5pm Link here
- Nov 15th Year R Info Zoom – 6pm Link here
- Please register here.
- Oct 12th Year R Tour – 6-7pm
- Nov 9th Year R Tour 5-6pm
- Dec 2nd Year R Tour 5-6pm
- Come along to the main entrance and we’ll direct you.
🎵 Music of the Week 🎵
As part of our children’s education, we’re keen for children to hear a wider variety of music. This week’s choice is below! Relax and enjoy!
FOSM – Support Our School!
The ‘Friends of St Mark’s’ (FOSM) was formed early in the life of the school. All parents are automatically members and our committee organises social events for children and adults and fund-raising events such as Key Stage discos, Easter Egg Hunts and Summer Fun days.
Over the last few years the ‘Friends’ have donated money that has contributed towards extra resources to benefit the children at St. Mark’s which has included playground equipment, books for the school library, and general school funds. We are now a registered charity, too. Charity number: 1188879
Join our Facebook group here.
We’re excited about our children’s learning! See below for the knowledge organisers and curriculum information leaflets which give you more information about your child’s learning in Autumn 1. Year R coming soon!
- Y1 Sensational Senses Curriculum Information.pdf
- Y1 Sensational Senses Knowledge Organiser.pdf
- Y2 Beauty Inside and out Curriculum Information.pdf
- Y2 Beauty Inside and out Knowledge Organiser.pdf
- Y3 Dig and Discover Curriculum Information.pdf
- Y3 Dig and Discover Knowledge Organiser.pdf
- Y4 Raiders of the Lost Cities Curriculum Information.pdf
- Y4 Raiders of the Lost Cities Knowledge Organiser.pdf
- Y5 Connections Curriculum Information.pdf
- Y5 Connections Knowledge Organiser.pdf
- Y6 Ola Brazil Curriculum Information.pdf
- Y6 Ola Brazil Knowledge Organiser.pdf