Half Term Rockstars Competition

Battle of the Bands!

The ‘Battle of the Bands’ has been running for 5 days now and it’s great to see so many people playing at home.

Only 2 days left in the competition so how are the scores looking?

Year 2 are currently beating Year 3.

Year 4 are currently beating Year 3.

Year 5 are currently beating Year 4.

Year 5 are currently beating Year 6.

Overall, it seems that Year 2, 4 and 5 are practising lots at home. Year 3 and 6 are going to need to up their game a little in order to beat their opponents!

Log on to gain points for your Year Group’s ‘Band’ whilst also earning yourself lots of coins to spend at the online shop.

Rock on!

Well Done RockStars!

We re-launched RockStars a few weeks ago and what a hit it has been!

It looks like most children have logged on to learn their tables and increase their speed but we thought it was worth giving a few children a special mention who have clearly been doing lots of practice! Each time a game is played, the children earn coins so the more coins, the more practice they have had. Here are our top three scorers in each year group – a huge well done!


Year 2

Alfie ‘Tom Bragg’ has earned 10,854 coins

Luke ‘Fats Styler’ has earned 9,652 coins

Heath ‘Royal Rockaroundtheclock’ has earned 8,700 coins


Year 3

Jack ‘Thunder Palace’ has earned 18,647 coins

Igor ‘Billy Alvin’ has earned 14,697 coins

Archie ‘Strike Durst’ has earned 10,103 coins


Year 4

Sophie ‘Sugar Slim’ has earned 56,020 coins

Ethan ‘Royal Dornacker’ has earned 35,904 coins

Edward ‘Ed Cyrus’ has earned 32,966 coins


Year 5 

Amalie ‘Roxy Coppola’ has earned 106,708 coins

Amy ‘Fruity Floyd’ has earned 91,639 coins

Carolina ‘C.C. Winter’ has earned 18,506 coins


Year 6

Nayra ‘Ann Manning’ has earned 188,708 coins

Imogen ‘Libby Stitch’ has earned 126,022 coins

Sophie ‘Emily Malkmus’ has earned 61,847  coins


Come and see Miss Goddard to collect your special ‘Highest Earner’ certificate when you are back at school!


Half term is a perfect time to practise times tables and a ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition has just been set up. This is a competition between different year groups – the more you practice, the more points you get for your band (year group).

Children can see their ‘bands’ progress when they log on. Who will win by the end of the half term holiday?

Happy Rocking!

Maths Team


Flap Books

For the last couple of weeks, Year 5 have been looking at audience for their writing. We started by looking at the differences between formal and informal writing and have moved onto the differences in language between writing for adults and writing for children.

After writing a news report aimed at adults, we moved onto creating flap books aimed at young children. We spent the day yesterday creating these books that we were very proud of.

After we had finished, we then went to share our stories with Year 2. We were able to read our stories to a few different children. A lovely way to share our love of reading.

Year 5 Homework

Just a quick note to apologise for the mistakes on the homework last week. We know that some of the children struggled as the pyramids didn’t quite add up.

Therefore we are asking the children to bring in as much as they could manage so that we can check their calculations, not the final answers in the boxes of the pyramids.

We will be talking to the children about the homework and discussing the mistakes and what we would like to see instead.

Sorry again,

Year 5 Team

Rock Stars Re-launch!

This week, we have re-launched the very popular ‘Rockstars’ website which St Mark’s have been using for the last year. This platform allows children to practise their times tables in a fun, personalised and competitive way. We have certainly seen a boost in the children’s love of learning their tables as well as children securing these facts much quicker. Here are a few reminders to help you support your children at home.


Logging on

Go to the website: https://play.ttrockstars.com and select the ‘Login’ option.

Firstly, type in the school – St Mark’s CofE Primary School, Basingstoke. It should appear in a drop down menu so you don’t have to type in the whole name. Once the school name is entered correctly, the children will then login with their personal details which have been distributed. Their username will be the first 3 letters of the first name followed by the first 3 letters of their surname. Their password will be 3 random letters.




Practice makes Perfect!

Under the ‘Play’ section, there are many ways for the children to reinforce and learn their times tables. They can select one of the options depending on whether they want to learn their tables, improve their speed or just get competitive! Here is a quick overview of each Play section.


Garage: Times tables set by the child’s class teacher. Set the timer to 1, 2 or 3 minutes and collect 10 coins for every correct answer.

Studio: Times tables set by the child’s class teacher. The timer is set to 1 minute and collect 1 coin for every correct answer. Play in Studio enough and the child’s ‘Rock Status’ will improve!

Sound Check: Times tables set by the child’s class teacher. 20 questions are set and the children have 5 sections to answer each one. 5 coins can be collected for each answer.

Festival: Practise all times tables competing with children from all over the world! Collect 1 coin for every correct answer.

Arena: Practise all times tables competing with children from the same year group (bandmates). Collect 1 coin for every correct answer.

RockSlam: Practise all times tables competing with children from the same year group (bandmates) by selecting or being selecting to challenge others. Collect 1 coin for every correct answer. 

After each game, there will be a breakdown of the performance including number of questions correct, incorrect, speed and coins collected.




Spending Earnings

As a reward of all their hard work, children will collect ‘coins’ when they play games. These can be spent in the ‘Shop’ section where children can buy new items and accessories for their avatar. Of course – the more coins collected, the more exciting the items are which can be purchased.




Class Competitiveness!

Miss Goddard and the Year 6 RockStars ambassadors are going to be busy checking statistics and will be coming around to classes in the next few weeks to reward children for their hard work. They will be giving out certificates for achievements such as ‘Highest Earner’, ‘Most Played’, ‘Rock Status’ and ‘Fastest Speed’. The competition is on!




We hope that children enjoy this exciting resource; please encourage children to have a go at logging in at home to aid their maths. Feel free to pop in and speak to your child’s class teacher if there are any problems or you need further guidance.


Happy Rocking!

Maths Team


Year 5 Investigators

We have had a very exciting morning today in Year 5!

After worship, we were all watching a video on Tim Peake when Mr Applegate came in,rather flustered, to ask us a huge favour. He had found some strange objects which had appeared on the field overnight. He wanted us to investigate what was going on and come up with some ideas about how these strange objects ended up on our school field.

With our notebooks, pencils and cameras, we went straight up to the field to investigate the unusual occurrence. The children then speculated what they think had happened. They came up with some amazing ideas and we are sure they would like to share them with you.

Welcome to Year 5

We have had a fantastic start to learning about our topic, Space Odyssey. We have started to think about the different planets along with how the Earth orbits and rotates.

Art has been very exciting!! We started off by thinking about the different animals who have been to space, and then created our own animals in space pictures. These we have proudly displayed in the Year 5 corridor and outside the Main Hall.

We have since worked on our artistic skills and had the challenge of creating as many hues of  grey to help us create a picture of the moon. For these we needed to mix together black and white in order to create different shades and hues.

We look forward to seeing you tonight at our Curriculum Evening.

The Year 5 Team.

Year 5 update

We are having a wonderful few weeks in Year 5 and enjoying the sunshine! Last Thursday we had our taster day to Brighton Hill and we were very pleased with the fantastic engagement and behaviour all children showed. They had the opportunity to take part in a range of practical lessons including creating a rainbow fizz in science; making a clay monster in art; playing hand-ball on the power league and creating a wooden box in DT. If the children made a clay model, this is currently at Brighton Hill being fired and will be arriving at our school over the next few weeks for them to bring home.

We ended last week with our reward afternoon. It was lovely to see the children enjoying playing on the Key Stage 2 equipment, drawing, creating their own dance routines and taking part in some cricket matches. These reward afternoons seem to be a big highlight for our year group! Our final one will be on the afternoon of the final day of term, Monday 23rd July.

In tennis, the children are making excellent progress with using their footwork and their understanding of appropriate selection shot. They are now progressing onto taking part in matches and understanding the scoring of these.

This week is RE week and we are deepening our understanding of our Christian values and how these link to our learning behaviours. This has been placed in the context of the Easter Story and the children are completing different activities to enable them to reflect on themselves, their ability to put others first and how we can disseminate this into our local community.

Following the Year 5 and 6 production letter, which outlined the children will need a costume of dark trousers and a green top, please can we ask their costumes are in school on Monday 9th July.

A reminder that on Monday 9th July we have the head teacher of Henry Beaufort Secondary School doing an assembly for our Year 5 pupils and you are welcome to join. This begins at 9am, in the main hall, and so please arrive promptly.


Many thanks,

The year 5 Team

Peter Pan Performance!

It’s that time of year again and in just under a month’s time, Year 5 and 6 will be putting on yet another show-stopping performance – Peter Pan! Rehearsals, lyric learning and prop making are well underway and the children are feeling excited about entertaining their friends and families.

Our booking system for tickets is similar to the Christmas Carol Concert. To request tickets for the performance of Peter Pan, please click the link below:


Kind regards

Year 5 and 6 Team


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