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St Mark's C.E Primary School

Life in all its fullness

WEEKLY UPDATE

 

Award Winner (Week 3): Congratulations to Alice who has won this week's Headteacher's Award! Alice shared an incredible piece of writing this week which was created in her morning work time - it really was quite tense and creepy! She has shone for always being on task and for showing kindness and compassion towards others.

Award Winner (Week 2): Congratulations to Tamzin who won this week's Headteacher's Award! Tamzin received the award having had a super positive week. She has given everything her best shot and and has smiled her way through each day. She is making a tremendous effort to push herself. 

Term 6: Week 2

 

  • This week in English, we have been becoming alien experts by learning a range of general phrases that we can use at the beginning of our sentences such as, most aliens, some aliens, usually etc. The children really enjoyed asking and answering questions in our hot-seating activity.
  • This week in Maths, we have been learning how to read a scale when measuring mass. The children were challenged to find objects that weighed certain amounts which gave them plenty of opportunities to read the scale and discuss any missing values.
  • In PE this week the children have been learning techniques to sprint effectively and also how to triple jump.

Term 6: Week 1

 

  • In Maths this week, we have been converting time between its analogue, 24-hour and 12-hour form as well as writing the time in words. 
  • In English this week, we have been learning to use the correct homophones for their, there and they're as well as when to use to, two and too. The children have been spotting these examples in their reading books and are beginning to understand why these different spellings exist.
  • In RE, the children learned about the importance of a Gurdwara to Sikhs. The children now understand what happens inside of every Gurdwara and how Sikhs behave in their place of worship.

Award Winner (Week 6): This week's award winner is Ellis. Well done Ellis, you have stood out this week for your incredible effort in all lessons, and for your positivity and smiles throughout the school day. We have loved your company!

Term 5: Week 6

 

  • This week in Maths, we have been learning about am and pm and are learning how to convert these times to the 24-hour clock by adding 12 hours.
  • To celebrate the platinum jubilee we all tuned in to Rob Biddulph's YouTube channel and learned how to draw a corgi as well as of course welcoming grandparents to our jubilee celebration - we hope they all had a lovely time!
  • Check out some of the pictures below of our outdoor learning time - it really was one muddy afternoon!

Award Winner (Week 5): Well done to Matilda who is this week's winner! Matilda has shown great focus in her learning, having missed much of the teaching, she continued to be creative and displayed wonderful maturity and determination to produce a fantastic story.

Term 5: Week 5

 

  • In Maths this week, we have been learning to calculate 'how much time has passed' within the hour. The children have been using their 5 times table to quickly calculate how many minutes the minute-hand has moved.
  • In English this week, the children have been self-editing and publishing their stories, ready to share with their classmates and the rest of the school.
  • In Topic this week, the children have been creating and annotating sketch maps of our school and its grounds. Take a look at some of the wonderful examples below.

Award Winner (Week 4): Well done to Luca who is this week's award winner! Luca has shown a tremendous understanding of our class book, 'Children of Castle Rock', and is contributing positively to lessons. Keep it up!

Term 5: Week 4

 

  • This week in Maths, we have been learning to tell the digital time. The children have been learning that the left-hand side of the digital clock represents the hour and the right-hand side represents how many minutes are past the hour.
  • This week in English, we have used sentence stems to help us write all 6 sections of our story. We couldn't be more pleased with the effort, creativity and attitude of all pupils this week! 
  • In RE this week, we have been learning about the events of Pentecost and considering the thoughts and feelings of the disciples during each stage.

Award Winner (Week 3): This week's winner is Ella. Ella always stands out for choosing to be kind; for working peacefully in class and for modelling how to make the right choices - what a great role model she is!

Term 5: Week 3

 

  • This week in Maths we have been recapping what we know about time before exploring how long an hour and a minute really are.
  • This week in English we have been learning to innovate a story. The children have created their own plans that follow the same structure as a wishing tale and are very excited to start writing.
  • Our highlight of the week was our outdoor learning time. The children were free to den build, make herb soup in the mud kitchen or just generally enjoy exploring the wild area, the microhabitats and the living things it has to offer.

Award Winner (Week 2): This week's winner is Isabella for always making positive contributions to lessons, for working incredibly well with others and for being resilient in her learning which has contributed to the wonderful progress she is making.

Term 5: Week 2 

 

  • This week in Maths, we have been recapping methods for division using our outdoor area and materials. 
  • In English we have been recapping how to use fronted adverbials to describe when, where and how something happens. The children are using these fantastically well.
  • In Computing this week we have been learning about features of a digital device and are beginning to understand that each digital device has an input, process and output.

Award Winner (Week 1): This weeks' winner is Joshua. He has made a very impressive start to Term 5 showing a  very mature attitude towards his learning and is using every second of the school day positively. You have shone this week and we are very proud of you!

Term 5: Week 1

 

  • This week in English, we have been learning a story called The King of the Fishes. We will be adapting this story over the next couple of weeks to create our own wishing tale. We started by taking a descriptive sentence and replacing words to make it our own but ensuring that we kept the same structure. 
  • In Maths, we have been learning how to balance number sentences, understanding that the = symbol means 'same as'. They have been amazing and are beginning to use the inverse to find missing numbers.
  • In Topic this week we have been learning about different types of land use. Children are beginning to understand the terms: residential, commercial, transport, agricultural, public building and recreational.

Term 4: Week 6

 

  • In Term 4 the children worked extremely hard to learn a hip-hop dance motif. When pieced together this is what it looked like.

Award Winner (Week 4): This week's winner is Ava. Congratulations! You have been positive and hard working, shining in our class this week. We are really proud of how well you have worked independently and how well you are using the bar model to represent fractions. Great week!

Term 4: Week 4

 

  • This week in Maths we have been learning about equivalent fractions, using the bar model to find equivalent fractions for halves, quarter and thirds. Year 4's are beginning to learn about tenths as decimals. and are already adding decimals (less than 1).
  • This week in English we have been developing and drafting our simile poems about someone or something very special, as well as learning about synonyms and antonyms.
  • Science Day kickstarted our week. Our task was to investigate how we could return astronauts safely back to Earth and what parachute would best do this and why. We found out that a large parachute would generate greater air resistance thus making an astronaut's return safer. 

Award Winner (Week 3): This week's winner is Evie G. Well done! You always show an exceptional attitude towards your learning; you are consistently committed to furthering your learning and you are a great friend and role model to others.

Term 4: Week 3

 

  • This week in English, we have been inventing our own similes. We are looking forward to using some of these similes to create our very own simile poem about someone special.
  • In Maths this week, we have been learning to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. The children have used the bar model exceptionally well to support their calculations.
  • In Science this week, the children were set the challenge to remove an ice cube from a cup of a water using only a piece of string. They really enjoyed ice fishing using salt! There was some pretty neat science behind it too! Check out the photos below.

Award Winner (Week 2): This week's winner is Fraser! Well done for making an incredible effort in all areas of your learning. You have contributed enthusiastically and positively to class discussions and have displayed genuine kindness towards others.

Term 4: Week 2

 

  • In English this week, we have been learning to use 'show' description as an alternative to 'tell' description. The children have used some wonderful language to describe people's feelings and emotions. 
  • This week in Maths, we have been learning to count in fractions. By using the bar model to represent fractions (including mixed fractions) we have been able to count confidently in halves, quarters, thirds and fifths.
  • On Thursday, we celebrated 'World Book Day'. We enjoyed a wonderful day of sharing books and discussing our favourite stories. In the afternoon, every class (clutching their cushions) went from classroom to classroom listening to different teachers reading their favourite stories. It was such a memorable day! Thank you for all of your support with costumes, they looked fab! 

Term 4: Week 1

 

  • This week in Maths, we have been learning to identify unit and non-unit fractions, shading fractions and discovering what the numerator and denominator of a fraction tell us.
  • In English this week, we have been developing our inference skills. We know that we have to be detectives to infer because there are often clues in the text that help us to solve questions.
  • In Science this week, we have been learning about 'states of matter' and have been classifying household objects into a three-part venn diagram. We classified them based on whether they are solid, liquid or gas. 

Award Winner (Week 6): This week's winner is Daniel! Daniel was awarded the 'Historian of the Week' for being naturally curious and inquisitive. He showed a wonderful understanding of the Battle of Hastings and created a very impressive coat of arms for Rochester Riverside C of E School.

Term 3: Week 6

 

  • This week in English, we have been publishing our non-chronological reports and shared them with Armitage Class. Take a look at the photos below.
  • In Topic this week, we have been learning about Rochester Castle and how it has inspired the design of Rochester Riverside C of E School; we have learnt about some the events that have happened since the construction of the castle and some of the history leading to the building. Also in Art, we have been painting Rochester Castle and the Rochester cityscape in the style of Pablo Picasso and the children all took part in designing a coat of arms for the new school in Rochester.

Award Winner (Week 5): This week's winner is Elsie! Elsie worked fantastically well this week with others especially during a paired editing and improving session. She has raised the standard of her learning and is becoming more self-motivated. Well done, we are really proud!

Term 3: Week 5

 

  • In English this week, we have been drafting our non-chronological reports and enjoyed a very productive paired-editing session. We are now beginning to publish our reports and will share them with you next week.
  • This week in Maths, we have been learning to count money using column addition and we have also learned how to calculate change using column subtraction.
  • In Topic this week, we have been learning about what Stone Age people ate. Take a look at the photos below of David Walliams Class on their scavenger hunt searching for wild berries and prehistoric animals.

Award Winner (Week 4): This week's winner is Bonny-Lee! Well done Bonny-Lee for learning and sharing so many facts about the Stone Age this week and for producing an incredible draft. We are really looking forward to your published non-chronological report.

Term 3: Week 4

 

  • In Maths this week, we have been learning how to divide with remainders and have begun to apply our skills to problem solving, trying to find all possibilities for a given situation.
  • In English this week, we have been creating text maps for our non-chronological reports and enjoyed our time researching interesting facts about the Stone Age to help us make our reports really fascinating.
  • On Monday, we welcomed C S Clifford, a local author. The children were inspired by his journey and enjoyed his writing workshop. Take a look below at some of the photos from the day.

Award Winner (Week 3): A big well done to Molly! Molly has consistently shown a tremendous effort in all learning. She learns with a smile on her face and is enthusiastic about all areas of school life. Molly is an exceptional role model!

Term 3: Week 3

 

  • This week in Maths, we have been learning to divide a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number. The children have been grouping place value counters in order to fully understand the process of division by grouping.
  • This week in English, the children have been learning the features of non-chronological reports and have been practising sorting information into the correct sections carefully taking consideration of the subheadings (see photo gallery below).
  • In Topic, the children have been ordering prehistory on a timeline and have been learning what life was like in the Mesolithic period, and how this differed from the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods.

Award Winner (Week 2): Congratulations Owen! Owen has displayed a consistent attitude of 'doing his best'. His learning has wowed us and he has shown a desire to apply what he has learnt. He has taken great pride in the quality of his learning!

Term 3: Week 2

 

  • This week in Maths we have been learning how to use short multiplication as an accurate strategy to multiply 3-digit and 2-digit numbers by a 1-digit number. The children have wowed us with their understanding and are calculating at great speed and accuracy.
  • This week in English we have been writing a short narrative inspired by a stone age hunter-gatherer. The children are quickly understanding how to up-level their own sentences and have produced some very effective sentences.
  • In Art this week, the children learned skills for sculpting clay and enjoyed re-creating 'The Lion Man' - a stone age artefact. Take a look at some of the learning below.

Award Winner (Week 1): Well done to Ashley for being ready to learn, for listening to others carefully and for contributing well in lessons. You have been wonderfully kind and respectful towards others!

Term 3: Week 1

 

  • This week in Maths we have been using place value counters to multiply 3-digit and 2-digit numbers by a 1-digit number. This was a great way of understanding partitioning and repeated addition (see the pictures below).
  • In English this week we have been recapping some of the key ingredients of writing that we have learnt to use. The children have been up-levelling sentences by adding time conjunctions, fronted adverbials, adverbs and adjectives, and by finally replacing the verb for a more powerful verb.
  • In Music, the children were introduced to the song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley & The Wailers. Lots of the children instantly recognised the song and enjoyed discussing and appraising the song before learning how to sing it.