World Book Day

It was such a pleasure seeing all the fantastic outfits which Year 6 wore on World Book Day. The day was full of fun book-related activities which included writing a postcard to Mr Applegate in the voice of their book day character, turning their classroom door into a book front cover and also, creating a new book character which had the Heartsmart values.


Inspiring Illustrators

Of course, part of the enjoyment of reading isn’t just the words, but also the pictures and illustrations. The children were set the challenge of researching different illustrators and choosing someone who captured their interest to focus on. After the children had chosen their illustrator, they carefully observed how line and colour had been used in order to mimic their drawing style and create illustrations of different teachers!


The results were rather amusing – here are a selection…




Windmill Hill DVD


If you haven’t done so already, just a reminder that the order form and money for the Windmill Hill DVD needs to be handed in tomorrow at the latest.

We are hoping to distribute these within a week.


year 6 team


Hockey Games

Well done to our school hockey players!

The blue team (Nayra, Ellie, Dylan, Thomas, Emily, Cian, Benjamin) won 4/4 games on Thursday – fingers crossed the 12 points scored will bump us higher up in the league!

The green team (Georgia, Ashton, Miguel, Rhys, Ruby, Summer, Poppy) lost 1, drew 1 and won 2 with one of the matches 4-0 to us!

Both teams played amazingly, showing such resilience and clearly demonstrated how ‘No way through isn’t true’ even in the pouring rain!

We have one more competition left and need to get into the top two in the league to go through to the Hampshire Games.


The children have been fascinated by our learning this term about life in the Polar Regions. We would like to share some of their Geography work with you – it is clear how important our learning behaviour of pride is by the stunning presentation of their work.


Geography in the Spring Term

They began their journey by learning about the World’s biomes: rainforest, desert, tundra, polar ice and taiga. During this lesson, the children considered why some places in the world are colder than others due to the position of the sun and the equator.

Polar animals were also studied. The children carried out research in order to sort animals by criteria such as whether they live in Antarctica or the Arctic; whether they are land, sea or air; and additionally, whether the animal is a mammal, a bird or something else. This activity revealed some surprising information that there are in fact, no land mammals in Antarctica. In order to gage how these animals survive in such extreme conditions, the children also researched how different animals are adapted to life in the North and South Poles.

In order to understand the conditions of the Polar Regions, the children made predictions about temperatures and precipitation around the World. They were then given facts and were very surprised by some of the findings. For example, the Antarctic is actually a very dry place, making it a desert! Cold days in England are bad enough, but the South Pole has reached temperatures of almost -89 degrees Celsius!

Another study in Geography is to understand lifestyles around the world. Linking to the Polar Regions, the children studied the Inuit – a large group of people native to the Arctic. The children chose an area which captured their interest such as clothing, shelter, food or transport. Some children also looked into how the Inuit way of life has changed over time and that nowadays, the Inuit have adapted to modern life.





Christmas is Coming!

Christmas Art

To add a touch of Christmas Spirit, each year group at St Mark’s has been getting creative designing and making a piece of Christmas art which represents a particular Christmas carol.

A group of children volunteered themselves to be involved in our Year 6 Christmas Art where they created a picture to represent ‘Hark the Herald’. Each child was given a piece of an original picture; they then used their observational skills to transcribe this onto a larger piece of sugar paper using the medium of oil pastels. The children were amazed when we put all the pieces back together.

Our finished artwork!

Our artwork is displayed on the middle grey board in the office if you would like to have a look over the coming weeks.


Christmas Carol Concert

Just a reminder to return the permission slip to attend the Christmas Carol Concert evening performance on Tuesday 18th December. It is an expectation that all children attend unless we are informed otherwise.


Evacuation Day

Our evacuation day is Monday and we have a range of activities planned for this special enrichment day. See our previous post for a reminder of the details:



Year 6 Team

Ghanaian Day: Raising Hope Foundation

Friday was a very thought-provoking day for Year 6 as the children considered the difference between the wants and needs of a child. As the Christmas season is upon us, it got the children thinking about their Christmas lists and the attitudes that can be developed from living in a fortunate Western society. 

The children wrote emotive poetry in order to challenge thinking, help others to identify the differences between us and the Ghanaian people and also to help people recognise and appreciate how lucky we are. We linked this to our Christian Value of Humility.

Here is a selection of their poetry:













Rockstars Competition: Who has the fastest Rock Speed?

It’s been lovely to see so many more children using RockStars to practise their times tables. If the children play enough in ‘Garage’, ‘Studio’ and ‘Sound-check’, their speed is measured to show their progress.

Last week, we looked at who had the fastest rock speed in the school. Here are the speediest players in each year group:

Year 2

Kalel ‘Sean Hulsey’ = 17.65 seconds per question

Kayla ‘K.Scogin’ = 23.08 seconds per question

Year 3

Benjamin ‘Al Who’ = 5.22 seconds per question

Aiden ‘Five Blackpoolrock’ = 12.24 seconds per question

Samuel ‘Terry Sherwood’ = 12.5 seconds per question

Year 4

Ayush ‘Justin Reading’ = 1.29 seconds per question

Daniel ‘Vic.T.Hendrix’ = 1.67 seconds per question

Jonathan ‘Johnny Hatrix = 1.78 seconds per question

Year 5

Amalie ‘Roxy Coppola’ = 0.93 seconds per question

Amy ‘Fruity Floyd’ = 1.52 seconds per question

Leo ‘Benjamin Rockpaperscissors’ = 1.67 seconds per question

Year 6

Imogen ‘Libby Stitch’ = 0.96 seconds per question

Sophie ‘Emily Malkmus’ = 1.13 seconds per question

Nayra ‘Ann Manning’ = 1.16 seconds per question


Well done! Come and see Miss Goddard to collect your RockStars certificate this week.

Next time, the winners of each year group will be those children who are showing resilience in learning their times tables. This will be children who are practising a lot at home and not giving up, even when they are finding their times tables tricky. These children will be announced in a couple of weeks.

Our past competition winners are displayed outside Year 3 in our RockStars ‘Hall of Fame’ – come and take a look if you can.





Year 6 Residential: Day 4 and 5

Day 4

Last night’s disco was a hit and the children danced all night – what a perfect way to end our fantastic week away.

Looking glam and glitzy on the dance floor.

Strike a pose Olivia! 

Day 5

Every single child was still sound asleep when the teachers gave them their wake up call this morning! The children are all packed up and enjoying their last two activities of the week before lunch.

We should be leaving the centre at 1:30 promptly. If traffic is clear, we should arrive home around 4 o’clock at the earliest but we’re anticipating that it will be a little later due to Friday traffic. We will give you a few updates on the way home to keep you informed.

I’m sure that you are looking forward to seeing your children and hearing about their exciting adventure. We are so proud of their achievements this week and PGL staff have made a point of commenting upon their excellent behaviour and manners – well done St Mark’s!

See you very soon,

Year 6

Year 6 Residential: Day 3 and 4

Day 3 and 4

Liam was the first of his group to clamber to the top of All Aboard – the idea is to get all team members standing on the top and then have a ‘bum war’ to push each other off!

Year 6 gathered in a ring ready to play a competitive game in the sports’ hall before lunch.

Preston and Emily demonstrating some excellent belaying skills which they have been learning throughout the week.

Most children have been filling up on the fresh and delicious salad bar to have alongside their lunch or dinner.

Last night’s dinner – these boys have opted for chicken curry and apple crumble for dessert. 

With Halloween in mind, this cabin room thought it would be rather amusing to give the teachers a bit of a scare when they came in to do a room inspection!

It was a little drizzly this morning but these children were kept dry in the safety hut whilst they waited for their go during archery.

Miss Pettitt’s group engaged in some exciting team building games with Windmill Hill’s famous White House in the background.

The children have been so supportive to their peers, encouraging them to take risks and always try their best. 

Georgia feeling confident about zooming down the zip wire.


The children are very excited about the disco tonight and are going to get glammed up after their dinner ready to dance the night away and celebrate such a successful week.

We’ll update you in the morning and throughout the day tomorrow with our progress.


Year 6


Year 6 Residential: Day 2 and 3

Day 2 and 3

A smiley group of girls munching on a well-received dinner of chicken nuggets and chip – yum!

Aiden managed to persuade Miss Lethaby to go to the top of the giant swing – their faces were a picture on the way down!

Dylan’s group working hard to fix the poles in place in order to strengthen their raft before they tried it out on the water.

Teddy bear competitions have commenced – this group of children set up a campfire scene with the teddy bears holding marshmallows; they even put the ‘stars’ in the sky!

During problem solving, this group had to distribute their weight in order to balance the giant see-saw.

A view of the children’s cabins.

Jaime, William and Miguel mid-way through their team effort to get to the top of Jacob’s ladder – a giant ladder which has eight wooden logs each with increasing space to the next log!

Sammy climbing to pole of trapeze ready to jump off the top.

In sensory trail the children are blind-folded and led through a rather unusual course which heightens their sense of hearing and touch.


The weather has been beautifully sunny again today and we’ve had a great day. The children are taking part in a team quiz game tonight before bedtime. We can’t believe we’re already half way through the week!

More from us tomorrow!

Year 6

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