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:













Autumn 2: Could you have kept calm and carried on?

The children are enjoying their history-led topic learning all about World War 2. So far, the children have been learning about the cause of World War 2, identifying some of the key events which happened during this period of time as well as learning about which countries and leaders were involved.


Rationing and Food Technology

Last week, our history focus was rationing. The children learned about the role of the Ministry of Food and changes which were implemented such as encouraging families to have allotments, discouraging waste and changing eating habits. When rationing was introduced, families had to plan their meals carefully. They made use of foods which were not rationed as they had to limit the amount of sugar, dairy and meat they were having. Lord Woolton, who led the Ministry of Food, worked together with chefs to come up with new meals and recipes which families could try at home. The Woolton Pie was one of these recipes and it was included in The Times newspaper in 1941.

In class, the children learned about how this pie was made and then in groups, designed their own. They got to choose which vegetables they were going to include and how they were going to enhance the flavour. The children will be learning the skill of making pastry by hand in order to make this pie. We will be cooking these pies next week and the week beginning the 10th December. You should have received a letter home which explains which day your child is cooking and an ingredient which we would be grateful if they could bring in to contribute to their pie. They may have this for their lunch on the day they are cooking.


Evacuation Day Enrichment

On Friday, we sent a letter home about Evacuation Day which is happening on Monday 10th December. Here is a copy of the information:



Dear Parents/Carers,

As part of our project, ‘Could you have kept calm and carried on?’, we are holding an Evacuation Day on Monday 10th December. For this day, we would like the children to come to school prepared for an ‘evacuation’.

Firstly, we would like the children to dress in clothes similar to what they would have worn during World War Two. This could simply be making a few changes to their school uniform however, you could be more imaginative if you like. For example, boys could wear a flat cap with shorts and long socks and girls could wear a dress or a skirt with tights or long socks. You may be able to find some cheap items in a charity shop that would be suitable. We do not want to make this onerous so an accessory to their normal school uniform is perfectly fine!

When children were evacuated during World War Two, they were not able to take many belongings with them when they were moved to another city or town. Because there was not much room in their luggage alongside their clothes, it is likely that they would have only been able to take one personal possession which may have been a letter, a photo, a hobby or maybe even a teddy. To enable the children to empathise, we would like them to bring a personal possession which they would have taken with them – something that is special and meaningful which could potentially keep them entertained or comfort them in times of hardship. We will share these items in circle time on Evacuation Day and say why they are so important.

Children would have also taken their gas mask when they were evacuated, which was stored in a box, in case a gas bomb was dropped. Another optional task is for the children to make a gas mask box and bring it with them on Evacuation Day. In order to do this, the children can use their mathematical knowledge by making this box from a net. They can use the net design that is on the reverse or they can create their own net to make a cube or cuboid. The boxes were rigid so it would be good to use a strong material like cardboard to make the box (empty cereal boxes would be perfect!)

We hope that the children are looking forward to this very exciting day!

Kind regards,

Year 6 team

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

Year 6 Residential: Day 1 and 2

What a fantastic first couple of days Year 6 have had on their residential trip!

Day 1

As we said, the journey down to Hailsham was very smooth with a stop at Seven Sisters Country Park – a stunning nature reserve which looks over the estuary of the River Cuckmere. After the children had lunch, they went on a walk around the country park, stopping half way for a competitive river quiz led by Miss Goddard to earn the first points for their cabins!

We finally arrived at Windmill Hill PGL centre at around 4 o’clock. The children checked straight into their cabins and unpacked their bags ready for the first of the room inspections – of course they are looking rather tidy at the moment.

After a comforting dinner of sausage and mash, the children dressed up warm for their evening activity of camp fire where they listening to funny stories, sang songs and joined in with silly dances. They were certainly ready for bed by the end of the day and they slept well.


Day 2

This morning, the children were spoilt for choice at breakfast – bacon, mushrooms, sausages, cereal, toast, fruit, yoghurt – something for everyone! 

They have been enjoying the first day of their action-packed activities and luckily, there has been no rain as yet!


The children are off to spend their pennies at the tuck shop soon and will later be participating in an evening activity called ‘Passport to the World’ where they have to work in teams to find flags around the site and answer a question which relates to that flag’s country.

We will update you with more fun tomorrow.

From Year 6

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