Break the Rules Day - Wednesday 26th May 2021
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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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