Welcome back to St Mark’s C of E Primary School and welcome to our new families and children who are joining our school!

We are very excited about the beginning of this school year and getting to know the children and their families/carers in Emerald Class. We are looking forward to having a fun and productive year and involving the children in lots of exciting activities!

For Autumn Term 1, we have chosen the topic ‘Magical Me’. This is a great topic which focuses on ourselves, our families and our community. Many of these activities will be introduced through the use of story time and circle time and will continue through the various provisions provided throughout the day. We will be looking our all of our similarities and differences and celebrate these through various activities. We will also make our own individual timelines and encourage discussion about similarities, differences and change.

We will have lots of literacy opportunities to encourage the children to read and write such as listening to stories, joining in rhymes, retelling stories, writing our names and creating stories with an adult.

Phonics at St Mark’s C of E Primary School is taught following the Fisher Family Trust “Success for All Phonics” programme. This is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme that has been validated by the DfE. Phonics is an integral part of the curriculum across the EYFS (Reception class). Lessons will be taught daily to ensure that children develop the skills needed to become successful readers and writers.

We will be having PE lessons every Monday, the children’s PE kit will be needed after the Christmas holidays.

Please continue to check our Reception news page and Home Learning page for the timetables and some great learning activities for you to enhance your child’s learning journey at home.