On Tuesday 21st May, the children at St Mark’s took part in Happy Shoes Day. They came to school using active modes of travel and wearing their favourite shoes. Strider came along to say hello to the children as they arrived at school in the morning. We were also lucky to have an assembly to present us with our prizes for being the winning school for having the most active trips. This is due to the children and parents walking, cycling, scooting and using the park and stride system when coming to school every day. Well done everyone!
Over the last 2 weeks of March both Year 3 and 4 children have had pedestrian training provided by The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership in order to increase the knowledge and skills of young pedestrians. Each child has taken part in a practice walk, learning how to safely cross over roads. On Thursday 4th April the children completed an assessed walk following the route practiced the week before. The children did really well.
Also provided by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, Year 1 and 2 received a seatbelt safety session where they tested what would happen to Humpty Dumpty going down a ramp in two scenarios. The first, where he was in his car wearing his seatbelt and the second where he had not got his seatbelt on. The difference in outcome was vast. The children talked about the importance of making sure they wear their seatbelt on every journey in the car no matter how far they might be going.
On Thursday 28th June, Years 4, 5 and 6 participated in a Pop day exploring the theme of social media. Throughout the day, pupils had the opportunity to learn, record and perform three songs that discussed issues around social media and thought about what we can do to protect ourselves online. We had a fantastic day and pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves, their singing sounded great too!
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Walking in the Light:
Will You Like Me:
On Thursday 23rd November St Mark’s took part in road safety day. Each year group learnt about how to keep themselves safe when out and about. They also learned the Green cross code, to stop, look, listen and think. Reception completed finger painting to help them remember to hold an adults hand whenever they cross a road. As a school we were also presented with our Bronze Modeshift Stars award showing our success in supporting sustainable travel so far. We continue to work hard to maintain this achievement.
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On Tuesday 3rd October we held a ‘Harvest Big Breakfast.’ Children and families were invited to come into school and share breakfast together. It was a huge success and we raised £225 which was used to furnish an orphanage in Kenya. Maisie Johnstone (Mrs Johnstone’s daughter) and Megan Bloore (Mrs Bloore’s daughter) visited Kenya to help to decorate and furnish the home. Our school’s name is on a plaque which was unveiled during the opening ceremony. We should all be proud of how we have helped children who are less fortunate than ourselves!
On Friday 19th May the children at St Mark’s took part in Happy Shoesday. They walked to school wearing their favourite shoes. Strider came along to say hello to the children as they arrived at school in the morning. We raised £288 for the living streets charity. Well done everyone!
Greenpower supply schools with kits to build their own battery powered car and St Mark’s has purchased one! The club is designed to inspire and get children interested in engineering in a fun and innovative way. The project gets the children to build their very own functioning and drivable electric car. The kit comes flat packed with a step by step instruction guide. The build introduces children to basic mechanics. Once it is built, we will race it against other teams in the city. Watch this space and see our car transform!
This autumn, St Marks were visited by Key Strings. The whole school had the opportunity to see and hear a variety of instruments including guitar, violin, cello and double bass. The children were taken on an informative (and hilarious) musical journey through history, experiencing pop music in all its forms and understanding how it has changed over time.
In addition, the children had the opportunity to play the various instruments as well learn specific key musical vocabulary, such as pitch, tempo, rhythm and timbre, which we discovered all contribute to the music we know and love.