Evacuation Day

What a success Evacuation day was; the children looked brilliant in their WW2 style clothing and their learning was enriched through various activities throughout the day.



We began the day with ‘Evacuation Lottery’ where the children chose numbers which correlated to details such as their first name, surname, home town and place of evacuation. The children took on this identify for the day and wrote their new details onto an identity tag.

Singing kept morale high during WW2. During the morning, all of year 6 gathered together to sing ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera Lynn. We also looked at the lyrics and considered what might be meant by phrases such as ‘till the blue skies chase the dark clouds far away’. We also sang ‘Run Rabbit’ and learned about the alternative meaning to this song which took the mickey out of the Nazis.

To understand what evacuees must have felt like, the children took part in some freeze frames using pictures from WW2 as inspiration; the children had to say what they’d be thinking and feeling if they were in the shoes of an evacuee. This helped us to gather some ideas for postcards which they wrote ‘home’.

Entertainment in 1940 was very different from today. The children learned how to play a couple of different old-fashioned marble games; it was very enjoyable whilst also being rather competitive! Who’d have thought they could have so much fun without an X-box in sight!?

Children were evacuated to countryside locations which would have looked very different to the big cities they were used to. For some children, this was their first time seeing such lush fields and cattle. The children learned some watercolour painting techniques to create a picture inspired by countryside photos. We were so impressed by the children’s observational skills –it’s hard to tell apart the photos from the children’s paintings!

Other activites throughout the day also included reading a special WW2 edition of our ‘First News’ paper and answering some quiz questions.

At one point during the day, we sounded the air raid siren loudly. As an emergency procedure, we evacuated to the cloakrooms and turned off the lights just like they would have done during the Blackout. The children said it was quite scary knowing that the German airforce, the Luftwaffe, could be potentially dropping bombs!

To top off our learning, the following day we had some very special visitors in school – Mr and Mrs Hedgecock and Mr and Mrs Collier. They were evacuated during the war and answered lots of questions which the children had written; it was so interesting hearing about their first-hand experiences. Thank you so much for joining us for the afternoon.

We hope that the children have been sharing their learning about WW2 at home as they should have gained a wealth of knowledge in this thought-provoking topic.






Year 5 and 6 Fraction Workshop

There are still spaces left if you would like to come along tonight and secure your knowledge within adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions so that you can support your child with confidence.

The workshop will be in 6G at 7pm – hot drinks and biscuits will be provided!

We look forward to seeing you later.

Year 6 Christmas Display

To mark the Christmas spirit, the school have been creating festive displays. Year 6 have created a display to represent ‘Bethlehem’; a group of children designed themed houses and buildings then embellished them with gold paints and materials. To create the background, Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ was used as inspiration. The children used their fingerprints to create the North Star and the swirls in the sky.


Maths Fraction Workshop

Reminder to book on

If you are keen to come along and improve your knowledge and understanding about fractions then don’t forgot to book onto the fraction workshop course which is happening next Thursday at 7pm – we’d love to see you there and promise it won’t be anything too scary!

Miss Goddard will send an email to those parents booked on at the end of this week.

For more information and booking instructions, see previous posts.




Year 5 and 6 Christmas Carol Concert

Carol Concert Information 

As you know, the Christmas Carol Concert is fast approaching. We will be practising the songs in school but lyrics will also be sent home.

Due to two of our performances being in the afternoon, all children will be included in the concerts. If your child is not able to attend the evening concert of Tuesday 19th then please could you inform us so we can adapt seating. 

Children will be selected for particular roles such as Bible readings and taking part in the tableau in the coming week. If they have a specific role or are part of the choir, they must be able to attend the evening performance.

We are looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks time!


Year 5 and 6 Team.

Year 6 November News

Woolton Pie Success!

Year 6 have been extremely busy making their Woolton Pies which they designed recently. Each group had their turn in the kitchen; the children learned the skill of making pastry using the ratio of 2 parts flour to 1 part butter. They had to use the rubbing technique until the mixture resembled breadcrumbs then they added a little water to bind the mixture together to form a dough. The children had to peel and cut their vegetables before part-boiling them, adding flavourings and then assembling their pie. Once cooked, the children then enjoyed these for their lunch and were so impressed with their creations – I think lots of them surprised themselves with how delicious the pies were considering fairly basic ingredients were used.

Already children have been experimenting at home by making an additional Woolton Pie for their family or even trying different ingredients for the filling – it’s been lovely to hear that children have been applying their skills at home.

Thank you to parents and carers for supplying some of the ingredients towards these.

Evacuation Day
Just a reminder that evacuation day is next week – Tuesday 5th December. It sounds like many of the children have sorted a ‘1940s’ outfit for the day but please don’t worry if not – it really doesn’t have to be too onerous; try adapting their normal school uniform with items like long socks, braces or flat caps.

Year 5 and 6 Fraction Workshop for Parents

In order to support our parents, we are holding a Fraction Workshop aimed at parents who are not feeling confident in their own subject knowledge related to fractions. This will hopefully enable parents to feel able to feel more confident in supporting their children with their Mathematics education.

In this workshop, we will start with at the beginning by studying the basic foundations of fractions and take you through to looking at how we calculate with fractions using all four operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

The workshop will be run by Miss Goddard on Thursday 7th December at 7pm and will last for approximately an hour and a half.

We have 30 spaces available and booking is open now using the same system as our Parents’ Evening booking. To book onto this workshop, please follow these instructions:

 Booking onto the Maths Workshop

  1. Navigate to www.parents-booking.co.uk/stmarks
  2. Complete the form, entering the details as you would expect them to be stored in the School’s records, eg. Daniel rather than Dan. On the next page you should see a box with the Maths Workshop listed. Click on Make Appointments Individually.
  3. The next page will display the Maths Workshop slots. Click on the next available time slot. (Note that we are using the Parents’ evening application to book for this workshop, so it appears that you have a timed slot, but this is not the case as the workshop starts at 7pm.)
  4. Select Make Booking to confirm your place. You should see your child’s name in the slot chosen.

If you have any problems logging in, click on the help button at the top of the screen. If you continue to have problems phone or email the school office.

Tel. 01256 346111

Email: adminoffice@st-markscofe.hants.sch.uk


Confirmation of booking and a questionnaire will be sent to those attending in a couple of weeks time.


Year 6 News

We hope you all had a lovely half term break; we have a very exciting few weeks in the lead up to Christmas and have just started our next project ‘Could you have kept calm and carried on?’ which is a history based topic.

Evacuation Day

We have set a date for evacuation day which will be Tuesday 5th December. Children will come to school wearing clothes similar to those worn during the WW2 period and they may also bring a box for their ‘gas mask’. We will send a letter out soon with further details.

SATs Books

A huge thank you to all the parents who have contributed towards the SATs Buster books as these will be so useful for the children; they should have already brought home two of the books for their SPaG and Maths homework this week. If you haven’t already contributed, can we send another plea as we have only received enough payment to cover the cost of just over half. You can pay online if that is easier.

Please can we also remind children and parents that it is very important that homework is completed on time and that it is useful to have a go at the task set within the first couple of days so that we can help those who are struggling so they have time to take on board our advice and have another go.

The Woolton Pie!

As part of our History and Design Technology, the children have already been learning about rationing during the war and in the years which followed. They found out about the Ministry of Food who were responsible for encouraging families to eat healthily with a focus on foods which were not rationed. Lord Woolton, who was head of the Ministry of Food, designed a pie which incorporated different vegetables as these could be easily grown in people’s back gardens.

The children will be designing their own Woolton Pie in groups next week and we will be asking each child to bring in a vegetable to contribute to their pie. The children will then be able to have these as their lunch option on this given day. More information will follow next week.

Below is the official recipe which was printed in ‘The Times’ newspaper during WW2.


Fantastic First Term!

Wow – what a busy first half term that was! The children have been so enthusiastic about learning and have gained so much knowledge about the rivers and the Amazon rainforest. Thank you to all the children for their hard work and parents for being so supportive. We are already looking forward to another exciting project after half term.

River Project Homework

We are hoping that most children have started their river project homework which went home a couple of weeks ago. It’s important to remember that children should be using books and the internet to research their river and then putting this information into their own words rather than the information being copied and pasted from the internet. Final projects can be handwritten or generated on a computer; some children may want to use a mixture of both. If you are using a computer, please print your project. We look forward to sharing these river projects with our classes after half term.


This half term, our science unit has been about classifying living things. We began by learning about what a living thing constitutes as by learning the pneumonic ‘MRS GREN’ with each letter representing one of the seven life processes. The children learned about how both plants and animals do these life processes in different ways. Following on from this, the children then looked at the classification of animals in more detail by finding out the main groups of vertebrate and invertebrate. They identified differences such as appearance, how they produce offspring and their skin. For example, they learned that one type of vertebrate (an animal with a backbone) is an amphibian – these animals have moist skin, lay jelly eggs and are cold-blooded.

For our final lesson of the unit, we studied the classification of leaves and had great fun exploring the school grounds looking for a variety of different leaves. We brought them back to the classroom and studied them in more detail looking at their: edges, vein structure, shape, size, colour and texture. The children worked in groups to identify the differences and sorted 8 of their chosen leaves by creating a sorting tree with relevant questions.

Never too old to be throwing Autumn leaves in the air!

Imogen, Jacob, Will C, Katie, Louis and Eliza from 6G worked hard as a group to think of different ways to classify the leaves they had collected.

Supporting our Parents

This term, a few parents have mentioned that they would benefit from some support in either their own subject knowledge or ways in which they can support their child at home. The year 6 team are looking to run some workshops specifically aimed at year 6 parents to meet these needs. We would like your help as we need to know what you would benefit from; for example – understanding how long division works or helping your child with their SPaG homework. Please email adminoffice@st-markscofe.hants.sch.uk with your ideas – be as specific as you can and once we have enough feedback, we will decide on the most beneficial workshops to run and start to plan these.

Have a great half term and see you next week.

Year 6 team.




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