Fabulous First Week!

We have had a fabulous first week with your children, getting to know them, building relationships and having fun together! We are amazed at how well they have settled in and how quickly they are finding their feet.

We will begin PE next week so please bring their PE bags in on Monday.

More information about PE, our topic for this half term and reminders will be coming home in our newsletter on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Baird, Mrs Hearn, Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Tickle.

Year R to 1 transition meeting

Thank you to all the parents and carers that could make the meeting this afternoon, we hope it was helpful and answered some of your questions you may have had. Please find attached the power-point presentation from this afternoon. Please do not hesitate to speak with any of the year 1 team if you have any further questions. We look forward to getting to know you and your children over the coming year.

Mrs Carter, Miss Jamieson and Miss Hall

Picnic with our buddies!

What an emotional day to mark the end of a wonderful year with their buddies! Year 6 were truly spoilt as they were firstly greeted with a heart-felt song named “Thank you” – a take on “Hey Jude” by the Beatles. The Year R children sung their hearts out and it certainly brought smiles and tears to the Year 6 faces.

After this, the Year R children presented their buddies with a hand-made clay tile of a lion, which was beautifully painted and varnished, and a thank you card. We are sure the Year 6 children will cherish these for a very long time.

It was then time for a feast: sandwiches, crisps, fruit, biscuits and doughnuts were just some of the yummy treats! It was so lovely to see the buddies sharing a special picnic together, talking about the great times they have shared this year.

We wish the Year 6’s all the best at their secondary school and the Year R’s a brilliant transition into Year 1!


Year R update

We have continued our journey around the world to the Great Barrier Reef and the children enjoyed creating their own under the sea art work. The children learned about how plastic pollution is affecting marine life and then incorporated this into their art work.

In Literacy we read ‘Tiddler’ and then made up our own stories about why Tiddler was late for school. The children had some very imaginative ideas! They found out about many different sea creatures in Bookclub, asking lots of different questions which we then found the answers to together using non-fiction books.

Next week we will be re-using the plastic bottles they have brought in and re-purposing them into herb and flower planters.

Last week we learned about ‘Special Clothes’ and the children enjoyed sharing their photos with their class and talking about why they were special. We learned about the similarities and differences between Jewish and Christian weddings, focusing on the special clothes worn. Our week culminated in a mock wedding celebration where children acted out the roles of the wedding party while the rest of the children were guests at the ceremony and then the reception. Highlights were eating their decorated biscuits while photos were being taken (we were aiming for as realistic an experience as possible!) and then having a boogie at the disco afterwards.

Next week we hop back into our balloons and carry on up into space!

walking up the aisle

exchanging of rings

eating canapes while waiting for the photos!

bride, groom and their parents

bride, groom, bridesmaids and flower girls

eating canapes



Around the world so far!

The children have really enjoyed travelling in our hot air balloon around the world this term. So far we’ve explored different castles in the UK before crossing the Atlantic to the South American jungle. Most recently we landed in the African plains and have enjoyed going on Safari and learning about the animals who live there. Our focus in Literacy has been non-fiction books and the children have been learning about their features. Why not find a non-fiction book at home and let the children show you?

Next we are travelling ‘down under’ to the Great Barrier Reef and diving deep under the sea to find out about sea creatures. We will also begin our ‘Change the World’ project. Following on from the work they did with you at home to create their posters, our project will be about plastic pollution and what we can do to help reduce and re-use it so that less waste enters our oceans.

We need your help! We are going to be collecting large 2 litre bottles over the next 2 weeks. If you have any at home please bring them to one of the Year R classrooms from Monday so we can re-purpose them as outdoor planters. Thank you!

End of term fun!

What a fun end of term we had in Year R! Last week we had an egg-cellent time celebrating Easter with lots of crafts and activities related to Springtime and New Life.

The previous week the children walked to Sainsbury’s with their Year 6 buddies to buy a hot cross bun and on the way we were spotting signs of Spring. All the children were extremely well behaved and represented St Mark’s beautifully.

That same week Farmer Chris came from Miller’s Ark farm, bringing a selection of different farm animals, including some very cute lambs, piglets and goslings. He shared a wealth of knowledge about these animals and the children we all able to get into the enclosures and stroke each animal.
Both of these activities enabled us to make links between the New Life that Springtime brings in the environment, and the New Life celebrated at Easter.




Geese, ducks and rooster

In other news the staff have been busy revamping a few of the learning areas in the unit, sprucing up our writing and small world areas and creating a new Maths Zone for the children to work in during Discovery Time. The children are already getting stuck in, exploring number through their play and further developing the mathematical vocabulary we have been working on this term.

Maths Zone

Small world area





Writing area

We hope you have a restful Easter break and look forward to next term when we are off on a journey around the world!

Happy Easter,
The Year R team

Year R Update

We’ve had a fun few weeks in Year R. Last week we rounded off our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic with a visit from the Fire Service and the Police on the same day! The children were very excited to be able to ask questions, look at their uniform and equipment, and have a turn to sit in the fire engine and police car.

This week we have been learning about dinosaurs. We explored clay to make our own dinosaur fossil tile and have also been enjoying lots of stories, crafts and other activities linked to dinosaurs. The children have been so enthused by their learning that we are going to continue the theme next week.

Thank you for all your efforts with your children’s Book Day costumes. The children all looked amazing and enjoyed the day, especially the ‘Booky Breakfast’. It was lovely to see so many of you here, thank you.

*Please note that as of next Monday (11th) we would like all PE bags brought in on Monday mornings and we’ll keep them all week, sending them home on Friday. This will allow us to be more flexible with our PE slots.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year R Team


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