New skills have been learned in computing recently to manipulate photos such as changing colours, removing backgrounds and adding effects. The children have been busy designing a photo which captures their personality; they have considered important factors such as: photo angle, layout, shot size and what they are going to be doing in the photo to show their personality. Some children have decided that they will be doing their favourite hobby such as reading or sport. For this, some children may need to bring in clothing or accessories. We will be taking these photo over the course of next week so could we urge children to bring in anything they need from Monday onwards.
Year 6 are going to meet with their Year R buddies on Tuesday afternoon where they will be reading them a story and having a general ‘get to know you’ session. Could we please ask that the Year 6 children either bring in a book from home or collect a Year R appropriate book from the Key Stage 1 Library before this time. We will be telling the children who their buddy is over the next couple of days.
End of Project Outcome
As mentioned in our last website update, Year 6 are working towards an end of project outcome where we will be showcasing our stunning artwork and presenting a speech about deforestation. We would love for you to join us; our outcome will be on Wednesday 17th October at 2.15pm. We hope to see you there!
Year 6 team
What a superb start Year 6 have had to the Autumn term. Their enthusiasm for learning and determination to be recognised as excellent role-models has really impressed us!
We immersed the children into our first topic ‘There’s a Rumble in the Jungle’ with an extraordinary Bush Tucker Trial where the children experienced delicious rainforest food from ‘rodent brain’ to delicacies from the ‘forest floor’. With each meal consumed, there was a fascinating information card on the underside of each plate revealing facts about the Amazon rainforest. Here are some photos from our exciting afternoon…
We’re not sure Abigail’s enjoying her bush treats!
The children waiting in anticipation as the next bush tucker is revealed!
Getting their teeth stuck into a well-seasoned rodent brain
Mixed reviews about the forest floor
We look forward to updating you more about our learning in the coming weeks, including an afternoon for you to come in and hear about flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest and why it needs protecting.
Year 6 Curriculum Evening is tonight at 7.15pm. We will be giving general information about Year 6 as well as information about Windmill Hill. You will also have the opportunity to collect a medical form and kit list for Windmill Hill. If you can’t make it, we’ll send these home with the children this week.
We will also be holding a SATs information evening on Wednesday 10th October at 6.15pm where we will be giving information about SATs week and how we can best support children for these exams.
PE kits should be in school Monday – Friday.
Homework will be starting this week with Maths coming home on Friday, due in the following Friday. We will send home the first SPaG homework next Wednesday, also with a week’s completion time, due in the following Wednesday.
All production photos are now up in the office area to view. There are whole cast photos, photos of the children in their performance groups, photos of the performance in action and also friendship group photos.
The children should have brought home order forms but there are spares in the office also.
As we would like to get these ordered so they will be ready by Monday, the cut off to order these is tomorrow at 4pm. If you are attending the Leavers’ Service at 10am, you may want to take the opportunity before or after to view and order the photos.
May we take this opportunity to thank Mrs O’Reilly who was our superb photographer for the second year running – we appreciate all your help and expertise.
Year 6 Photos
As you may be aware, Snappers photographers were in school a couple of weeks ago and took individual, class and a year group photo of our Year 6 pupils. The children were sent home with a code for their class photo which could be purchased.
The individual and year group photo is complimentary and will be sent home this week in a special Leavers’ Yearbook.
We hope this clarifies any confusion.
Just to let parents, friends and family know, we have sold out of tickets for the evening performances of Peter Pan but still have plenty available for Wednesday afternoon at 2.00pm.
If any children require a packed lunch for the buddy picnic this Thursday 19th July, please let the office know by the end of Tuesday.
Year 6 Team
It’s a busy time at school, especially for Year 6, so we wanted to remind you about key events and times from now until the end of term.
Performances dates: Tuesday 7pm and Wednesday 2pm and 7pm.
For the 7pm performances, children may arrive from 6.15pm, until 6.30pm at the latest to ensure that everyone is registered and ready in time for the show. If children need face paint they need to arrive at 6.15pm.
Photos will also be available to purchase next week.
The children will be having a picnic lunch with their buddy on Thursday 19th July. Please could you provide a packed lunch for this. If they would like to bring in a small treat for their buddy then they may.
Our School Leavers’ Service will take place on Friday 20th July at 10am. The service will last for around an hour and then we welcome you back to classrooms for nibbles and drinks.
This is arranged by parents and will be taking place on Friday 20th July 7pm – 9pm. If you have paid for a ticket then this will be given in due course.
If children would like to get their shirt signed as a keepsake, they can do this on the last day of term, Monday 23rd July.
Year 6 Team
What a spectacular day we had at Winchester cathedral last week for the Church Schools’ Leavers’ Service.
When we arrived, many children were awestruck by the mere size of the cathedral and were keen to start exploring this historical venue. After we were welcomed, the children split off into groups and completed two tasks over the morning period such as creating mosaics, a photo trail or even making a bishop’s hat. The children thoroughly enjoyed using their creativity whilst also learning about the history of the cathedral.
Following lunch, which we had on the beautiful green outside the Cathedral, we assembled back into the Cathedral to await the Leavers’ Service. The service consisted of meaningful hymns, stories from the Bible and also prayers, which were confidently read by our Year 6 pupils – Molly, Luke and Emily. We also paraded our school banner and collected a special candle which was a gift to us from the Cathedral.
Each year there is a theme – this year we were looking at everyday heroes. The Cathedral asked us to design and make a chair which represented a hero to bring with us on the day of our service. It was wonderful to see the different media which was used and the creativity in ideas as their chairs were all so varied! When we designed our chair, we considered jobs which represented everyday heroes and what makes a job heroic. Many children thought of teachers, nurses, policemen and firemen however, the majority of children wanted to base their design around a veteran theme as this also linked with the centenary of WW1. We combined ideas from different designs and the children contributed towards making each and every part. A large group of children made over 100 poppies of different sizes, other children decorated allies’ flags with significant typography words whilst others helped to make replica war medals. We are very proud of our collaborative chair and it turned many heads at the Cathedral! We should have it back in school in a couple of weeks so please come and take a look.
A wonderful day had by all! What a lovely service and we look forward to our own Leavers’ Service at school near the end of term which parents are invited to.
Year 6 Team
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:
Year 5 and 6 Team
Bikeability week is fast approaching; here are the last pieces of information to be aware of.
Timetable for the Week
Due to the Henry Beaufort transition days and the Music Concert, we have re-structured the week and placed each child in a group (which they are aware of). The timetable of this is below which shows which days they will be cycling on. Please note that some children will have their provision over two days and some children’s will be over three days.
Bringing in Bikes
We have not got storage space for 90 bikes so we ideally need your child’s bike to come in and go home with them each day of their provision training. If this poses a problem, then a limited number of bikes may be stored in the year 6 shared area; however, it is the child’s responsibility to bring their bike in at the end of the school day.
Bikeability run their training over different time intervals. One of these sessions runs over the lunch period meaning that they may be back too late for hot lunches. If your child’s provision session does run over the middle session (11:00 – 1:00), then please could you provide a packed lunch for the days required. If this is a problem, please speak to your child’s class teacher or the office.
It is essential that your child is dressed appropriately for their provision in order to ride safely and comfortably. Shorts, leggings and some tracksuit bottoms would be suitable alongside trainers. These items should already be in the children’s PE kits so there is nothing additional which they need. The children can change into these at school or wear them for the whole day of their provision if they wish.
We hope that the week runs smoothly and the children learn some life-long skills.
Year 6 Team
We hope you all had a wonderful half term. Can you believe that it is the children’s final term at Primary School!?
Sex Education Information
A reminder that there will be an information session tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday 5th June) at 2.15pm in the main hall about the Sex and Relationships Education which the children will be learning about soon. We will explain how we run the sessions, be showing the video resources and you will also have the opportunity to ask questions. We will be teaching these sessions to the children in the week beginning 11th June.
Good news! We have managed to organise Bikeability so that all children will receive the required hours of training to gain their achievement. Those children who are going to Henry Beaufort will be completing a full days training on Monday 18th June and 2 hours training on Tuesday 19th June.
All forms should now be in – can we remind you that a working bike should have gears and brakes (BMX bikes are not appropriate). These bikes should be brought in and taken home each day of the training; if this is an issue then please discuss further with your child’s class teacher.
Winchester Cathedral Leavers’ Service
Please can any remaining forms come in as soon as possible.
Year 6 Performance
We hope the children are excited about the up and coming performance. We will be refining lines in the next week or so before sending home final scripts and lyrics for the children to learn.
We will also send home a letter stating what each child needs to wear; where possible, we will try and keep this simple.
Year 6 Team
I’m sure by now you have heard a lot about this year’s production – Peter Pan. We’ve had a very entertaining week watching the children’s auditions and have been so impressed with the confidence, talent and well-rehearsed lines. With such a huge bank of talent, it has been nearly impossible to decide on which children are going to have the different roles; especially with so many children wanting the main parts! We have even had to create extra roles to allow each child to shine! We will be announcing the cast tomorrow and will give out the final script in the first week back.
We hope you appreciate the time that has been spent carefully considering each child to ensure they are happy. It will be an absolutely fantastic show – an incredible experience for the children to end their time at St Mark’s!