Production Reveal!

After months of questioning and speculation from the children, we finally revealed our production title for this summer…

Following all of their hard work this week, the children have had a fun-filled day of clue-solving and film watching and have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

To begin with, they went on a hunt around the school and had to solve mathematical questions where each answer gave them a picture clue linked to our production title.

We finally confirmed that it is ‘Madagascar’ and the children cheered in excitement! They even watched an amateur trailer with some familiar faces in – I’m sure they will tell you more…

The doughnuts were clearly a hit and a well-deserved treat!

We watched Madagascar today and started to consider the characteristics for each role.

A letter has been given out about the production and we politely ask for this to be returned as soon as possible so we know which role your child would like to have. Auditions will be held in school next week.

May we wish the children a restful weekend; we are extremely proud of all of their hard work, resilience and positivity through their SATs.

Year 6 team

SATs Success

We’re at the half way point now and couldn’t be more proud of the Year 6 children: they are taking the SATs in their stride and have tried very hard over the last couple of days.

The last two afternoons have been full of creativity with robotic dance workshops and learning about the artist Eric Joyner as part of our art this term.

Our early openings have been very successful with children starting the day with a breakfast snack alongside some mindfulness colouring. We will be opening Year 6 at 8:15am Wednesday and Thursday also.

We wish them all the best for the remainder of the week!

Year 6 non-uniform this Friday

Dear parents and carers,

The Y6 pupils have made a great start to the SATs. Thank you so much for your efforts in supporting them and St Mark’s. We are honestly really proud of them.

You will be aware from our newsletters that on the 21st June, Y6 are going to Winchester Cathedral for their leavers’ service. They will need to be in their smart uniform. However, on the same day, the rest of the school are having a non-uniform day as a donation towards the summer fair which is on the 29th June.

In light of all of this, the Y6 pupils are going to have a non-uniform day this Friday, 17th May. As usual, sensible and appropriate non-uniform please!

We look forward a continued successful week. Mr Applegate

Year 6 Bikeability

We are pleased to confirm that you are now able to book places on the Bikeability course that we are running during half term. Please visit for further information and the booking form.

End of Term Mayan Fun

With this term’s project “Temples of Doom” drawing to a close, this week has been fun-packed for the children as they have been making a chilli in food technology and completing their inter-class challenge.


Food Technology – Mayan chilli

Several weeks ago, the children learned about what food the Mayans grew and harvested. From this, they then designed a Mayan-inspired chilli con carne in their groups by providing justifications for each of their ingredient choices.

The children made their chilli this week and thoroughly enjoyed eating these for their lunch. They learned how to cook meat safely and cut vegetables in order to combine and cook the ingredients to make a chilli. Hopefully, they will be showcasing their culinary skills at home for you this Easter.


Inter-class challenge – Pok-Ta-Pok

During the Mayan civilisation, the most popular game to play was called Pok-Ta-Pok. This competitive game involved hitting a rubber ball through a stone hoop. Players were allowed to use their elbows and knees to hit the ball. Shockingly, the losing team’s captain was sacrificed to the Gods!

We played a St Mark’s version of this game (minus the sacrifice!) where the children had to get a ball through a hoop choosing to either use their head, elbow or knee. The children could choose the hoop size with a smaller hoop giving them double points. Each child had just one attempt after a practice round and the class with the most points won.

Well done to 6D who won this term’s Inter-class Challenge!


Easter Homework

Over the Easter break, we have given the children their SATs workbooks to look through and complete activities for any areas they feel less confident with. We have also provided the children with the answer booklets so they can mark their work at home with an adult. You may wish to look after these until they have completed their tasks though!

We would like the children to spend a minimum of 2 hours on SPaG activities and a minimum of 2 hours on Maths activities over the course of the two weeks. If your child is keen, we are more than happy for them to spend longer revising.

Thank you for your continued support and we wish you a wonderful Easter break.

Year 6 Team

J Rock Photos

As the half term has come to an end, we just wanted to say another massive well done to all of those children who took part in J Rock this year. It was a huge success and it is safe to say that all children and adults involved had a fantastic day.

We are incredibly proud of all of the children and all of their hard work since October.

Below are a couple of the photos from the day and the performance. There will be a letter coming out regarding purchases of the photos within the first week back, so keep a look out in your children’s bags.

Thank you again for all of your support and we are already planning and looking forward to next year.

Miss Thomas and Miss Barnett


Food Technology – Mayan Inspired Chilli

As part of Design and Technology this term, Year 6 will be cooking a Mayan-inspired ‘chilli con carne’ one morning over the next two weeks. If your child has not yet received a letter, it will be sent home today explaining which day they are cooking on and to ask for a contribution towards one of the ingredients. Please can we kindly ask that ingredients are sent in the day previous to them cooking.

We will be cooking the chilli for lunch, so your child may have this instead of packed lunch or a school dinner if they wish.


Kind regards

Year 6

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.

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