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A very warm welcome to our Laurel page. Here you'll find termly updates of our curriculum projects, what we've been up to, how we're living out our school values and striving to be the change we want to see in the world!


This term we're learning about Space and the Maya civilisation. Click on the project map below to find out more.

We're also taking part in the Archbishop of York Young Leaders' Scheme over this academic year - amongst many other learning opportunities.


For current Laurels, PE is on Tuesday and Friday and Home Learning is set on Friday and will be reviewed in class the following Friday.


Thank you and enjoy! 

As part of our Space Project we have been learning about the planets in our Solar System and devising mnemonics to help us remember their position in relation to the Sun.

Re-enacting a scene from The Iron Man in our outside learning space. The Iron Man returns!

The first Archbishop of York Young Leaders Session: we explored leadership and teamwork in the plastic cup challenge, came up with a list of characteristics of what makes a good leader, looked at the Parable of the Good Samaritan and have decided to act in a way that changes the world and shows us to be everyone's neighbour.

Autumn 1 Project Enquiry Question: Is it always right to explore? Space Travel and the Maya Civilisation.

Project Inquiry Question Summer 2 What does it mean to be free? The Geography of the Land of the Free, Voices of Freedom in the US Civil Rights Movement, Growing up with SEND. We will begin our project looking at Geographical features of the Americas. We will then explore contemporary childhood in the USA through the book, 'There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom' by Louis Sachar. This will lead to a comparative study of the three texts we have read this term (Street Child and The Boy on Top of the Mountain). In History we will look at the lives of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jnr and Muhammad Ali and the role their faith played in shaping their actions. We will pull all of this together through a piece of writing exploring how we find examples of our school values in the lives of the fictional and real figures we have encountered this whole summer term and see how these values link to the themes of rights, responsibilities and freedom that have guided our learning.

Pgl day 2

Laurel are having a wonderful second day. We have gone on the giant swing, problem solving and are now doing the trapeze. Later we have sensory trail and wacky races plus a trip to the shop.

PGL day 1

Laurel class are having a great time on their residential! We have managed to avoid most of the rain. Activities today have been raft building, orienteering, climbing and challenge course. We have campfire tonight before bed!

Laurel Curriculum Project Overview Summer 1: Project Inquiry Questions What are rights? What are responsibilities? What was life like as a Victorian Child? This half term we'll be looking at children's lives in Victorian Britain and exploring how class and economic status made this a highly varied experience. We'll explore similarities and differences in present and past experiences of childhood and the role of faith and beliefs for reformers who challenged injustice towards children and how this work still needs to continue. We'll explore the UNHCR Rights of the Child and reflect on both the rights of the children and their responsibilities towards each other, their families, their local and wider communities and their planet. Our central text will be 'Street Child' by Berlie Docherty, which deals with harrowing aspects of a child's life at the time in an age appropriate manner. Our class reader is 'The Boy on the Mountain' by John Boyne (which we began last term) and which will form part of a trio of texts (with Street Child and There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom) in Summer 2 where we will make comparisons of childhood experience across texts.

Laurel Curriculum Project Overviews. This term we have been trialling a new approach to the curriculum that seeks to give children a deeper sense of purpose to their learning in terms of skills, knowledge and how what they do is linked to our values both as a school community and a school of faith. It starts with a big question and is oriented towards end 'product' goals. This term our theme was risk taking and our area of curriculum focus mountains.

Using Fabric and Tissue Paper to Learn about Different Types of Mountains and their Formation

Austin's Butterfly. We're working on using constructive critiques to improve our work. Look how far this butterfly flew in one afternoon! Go to to understand more!

The Kids Are Alright!

Nativity - Coming to the community Staplefield Green near You!

Anglo-Saxon Village Scene with Celebratory Bonfires

Anglo-Saxon Brooches on Recycled Wood Cuttings

Some strange goings on investigating sustainable packaging materials in Science today!

Key Stage 2 Grammar Glossary

I'm going to attach a copy of the calculation policy for St. Mark's (and indeed the whole locality) - it is on the site but, this way, you don't have to hunt for it - so parents and carers can see what we do (it's how they learnt it at school when you get to Year 5 and 6). Also, the SATS revision document a bit lower down on the page has links to top tips on different areas of Maths.

Below are a link to a SATS revision timetable that begins April 9th. It offers links to explanations that will be of use in the revision process. Additionally, I have attached copies of the Easter revision homework and answer sheets that your child will be given hard copies of.


Good luck!


Mr Holmes

Curriculum Meeting Powerpoint

SATs Powerpoint From Parents' Meeting

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