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Newsletter 10 - Friday 17th November 2017

This term's Christian Value is Friendship

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Text Box: Attendance
Whole School
Week ending
10th November 2017
Dear Parents,

It is Children in Need Day today and the children have all looked lovely coming in wearing their spotty clothes!  Thank you for supporting both Children in Need and the cake sale after school today.

Huge congratulations to Charlotte in Foxes who recently entered a poem into the Rhymecraft competition and has just heard that she is now going to have her entry published – well done Charlotte!

Are you a dab hand with a needle and thread?  Hedgehog Class are going to be sewing some felt tree decorations for Christmas and would love to have some help!  If you are able to spare any time to help with their sewing then please speak to Mrs Hazeldine or Mrs Lewis.

In the lead up to Christmas there are a number of dates for your diaries – please see full details later in the newsletter.

Just a reminder that now the weather is colder the children must bring a coat to school with them as we like to go outdoors as much as possible.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hazeldine
Acting Head of School



The Caring Cup, St Marks Cup and
Mrs Shepheard Personal Achievement Award

The Caring Cup has been awarded to Imogen H for completing her own work and then helping other children.

St Mark’s Cup is awarded to:

Hedgehogs –  Oliver

Squirrels – Isaac

Owls – Luca

Foxes – Rhys

Mrs Shepheard Personal Achievement Award was awarded to Mark S for persevering in completing a puzzle on his own.

Congratulations to all of you!





Well....the power cut on Wednesday fitted perfectly with our topic.  We had great fun reciting our funny bones story in torchlight!

 The children have really enjoyed finding out about nocturnal animals. They have been sorting animals, finding and writing nocturnal animal names and learning special skills that nocturnal animals have.

 In Maths, we continue to sort and count.  Our light box has enabled the children to make simple repeating patterns with our opaque pebbles and tiles.  We our loving ‘Owl Babies’ and have created our own role play area, based on the book.  Great sharing and turn taking Hedgehogs. We are so proud of you.

 Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Banfield and Mrs Hazeldine









We have been learning in History that the Great Fire of London started in or near the Pudding Lane Bakery, so we looked at how bread was made in Tudor times and made our own bread.  The children had decorated bags beautifully with illustrations of how the bakery might have looked in 1666.   Later in the week, on Thursday, we had a Tudor House making workshop and learned about timbers, wooden frames and wattle and daub.  The children made fantastic Tudor houses independently. 

In Literacy, we have continued our work on the Pie Corbett version of the Magic Porridge Pot, but this week, we have changed the characters and planned our own stories.  We have focussed on using command sentences and adjectives in our writing.

Thank you for all your hard work using the Mathletics programme.  We will update the website next week.  Thank you for all your support for Squirrels class and their learning.

Mrs Tayed and Mrs Mason

















In R.E and History this week, the children have been exploring the wonders of the Jewish religion, specifically the festival of light, Chanukah (Hanukkah).  They have learned that the word means ‘rededication’ and specifically relates to the time in Jewish history when the brave Maccabees recaptured the beautiful Temple of Jerusalem from the Syrian Greeks. It had been ruined, and during its rededication, marked by the kindling of lights on a menorah or chanukiah, a miracle took place over eight days and they knew that God was with them.  On each night of the eight day Hanukkah festival of celebration, a new branch of the candlestick is lit in memory of this significant and holy event.  


The pupils also used their mathematics knowledge within their RE lesson, to create a dreidel from a mathematical net, and play the fun Jewish game using their understanding of division and multiplication. The dreidel is a spinning top, with four sides, each marked with a different Hebrew letter (nun, gimel, hay and shin). The custom of playing dreidel on Hanukkah is based on a legend that, during the time of the Maccabees, when Jewish children were forbidden from studying Torah, they would defy the decree and study anyway. When a Greek official would come close, they would put away their books and take out spinning tops, claiming they were just playing games.  The letters on the dreidel are the first letters in a Hebrew phrase that means ‘A Great Miracle Happened There’.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring Judaism through these cross-curricular links.



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Enjoy your week-end together,


Mrs Balmer





The children look fabulous today for Children in Need and have made a great effort! To aid this, we found out yesterday about what Children in Need do and how they help disadvantaged children. We looked at some case stories and then created posters to encourage people to donate to a great cause!

Also this week, we have written, edited and presented our mystery stories as a book so that others can enjoy them. All the children have done a great job with creating tension, building suspense and creating an eerie atmosphere using lots of complicated devices! Well done!

With our Mystery and Magic theme this term we have been creating some of our own scientific potions! We mixed ingredients together to create potions and then looked at freezing, melting and filtering to see if we can reverse the changes. We had a great time (especially mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda!) and found 2 reversible changes and 1 irreversible. We will write up our reports next week.

In relation to the Big Sing you will find the music for the songs at the following websites:



The song lyrics will be sent out in a Parentmail. Please encourage the children to practise the songs at home as we will not have the lyrics on the day so they will need to be learnt off by heart.

Miss Dauris

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Other News

FMCS Rag Bags
The next Rag Bags collection is next Friday 24th November.  If you are able to donate any unwanted clothes or paired shoes then please bring filled bags to the outside front door of the school where they will be collected between 9.00 and 10.00a.m.

Christmas Events

  • Big SingFriday 1st December Foxes class singing at the Assembly Halls
  • FMCS Christmas Crafts afternoon for Years 1-6 – Friday 8th December 3.15 - 5.15pm
  • Nativity for Reception/KS1 – Wednesday 13th December 1.30pm & Thursday 14th December 9.30am
  • Christmas Lunch – Thursday 14th December
  • 7 Lessons and Carols (Foxes Class)  – Monday 18th December 3.45pm in church


Admin Matters

Parent Questionnaire

Just a reminder that we sent home a Parent Questionnaire this week – we would be grateful if you could please complete this and send it back to the office early next week, thank you.


Someone Else Picking Up?

If there is someone else collecting your child from school the class teacher needs to know.  Always write details in the book located in the plastic holder outside each classroom.


Please call the school office as soon as possible in the morning if your child is unwell.  The office staff can then notify your child’s teacher.

The 48 Hour Rule

Remember if your child has had a tummy upset or sickness bug we ask that he or she remains at home for 48 hours after the last bout of illness.

Lost Property

The lost property box is located just through the hall doors so if you think you may have lost something please do have a look through. Please, please name all uniform including coats, it makes it much easier to return lost items.

Emergency Closure

We will always attempt to keep the school open when there is severe weather which hampers transport and compromises safety.

When deciding whether to open or close the school, there are several factors we need to consider and will make our decision as early as possible in the morning.  If we decide to close the school, we will communicate this in the following ways.

  1. On our website: http://www.markcrossce-e-sussex.sch.uk
  2. Listen to BBC Radio Sussex, or Heart FM and/or use their websites
  3. Go online to: http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/schoolclosures.htm
  4. Sign up for message alerts via: https://new.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/schoolclosurealerts

Mark Cross CE School Diary Dates

Friday 24th November

Rag Bags being collected

Friday 1st December

Big Sing – Foxes Class singing at the Assembly Halls 5.30pm

Sunday 3rd December

St Marks’ Christingle Service 4pm

Tuesday 5th December

Last Football club this term

Friday 8th December

Uplands PE day (tbc)

FMCS Christmas Crafts afternoon for children in Years 1-6  3.15 – 5.15pm

Sunday 10th December

St Marks’ 9 Lessons and Carols service 6.00pm

Wednesday 13th December

YR/KS1 Nativity 1.30pm

Thursday 14th December

YR/KS1 Nativity 9.30am

Christmas Lunch

Friday 15th December

FMCS Secret Shopping event for the children

Monday 18th December

7 Lessons and Carols – Foxes Class 3.45pm in church

Wednesday 20th December

Father Christmas visiting school

Last day of Term 2



Tuesday 2nd January 2018


Wednesday 3rd January


Thursday 4th January

First day of Term 3

Monday 15th January

Deadline for Primary School Applications (Reception 2018)

Friday 9th February

Last day of Term 3

Monday 19th February

First day of Term 4

Thursday 29th March

Last day of Term 4

Monday 16th April

First day of Term 5

Friday 25th May

Last day of Term 5

Monday 4th June

First day of Term 6

Thursday 19th July

Last day of Term 6

Friday 20th July