Under the Sea picnic

On Monday 17th July Year 5 ended their ‘under the sea’ topic with a picnic. A chef from the BBC helped us to prepare our food for lunch. We made fish and chips, rice salad, pasta salad, prawn cocktail, tuna salad, king prawn skewers and more! We also made and decorated cupcakes with a sea theme. We had a wonderful day and learned lots too.

Guitar talent

We were so impressed by the musical skills showcased at our guitar assembly this term. Herbie was brave enough to let us record him performing. Here is an extract of one of the songs he played. Amazing! Well done for all your hard work!


Peter Pan IGNITE Day

On Friday 16th June, Year 5 ‘ignited’ their learning for their English topic of Peter Pan. We had a wonderful day. The children particularly enjoyed making mini tee-pees for the Lost Boys.

Early Years Sports Day

Sports day events

This week early years had their Sports Day activities.

At the beginning of the week we had a field events morning. Skills including hockey stick dribbling, bean bag throwing, catching and bouncing and football goals.

We finished off on Friday morning with the traditional races, Relay, Sprint, Hurdles and Egg and Spoon.

All the children did very well for their house teams. A big thank you to the Year 6 Team Captains and their helpers for supporting this event.

Olympian workshop Year 4

Year 4 Workshop

On Monday 26th June, Year 4 had a workshop with the Olympian, Toby Garbett. The workshop was focussed on friendships and working as a team.

The children carried out some trust exercises on the field which they thoroughly enjoyed and finished the morning by creating their own ‘positive poses’ and affirmations to say to themselves when they need a boost!



Olympian visits the school – Toby Garbett

On Monday 26th June we were lucky enough to have Toby Garbett, an Olympic rower, come to Markyate. He led a whole school assembly which was great fun and a fabulous way to begin our sporting week.

He explained to the children why he loved sport and how he had persevered to achieve his dream. The children thoroughly enjoyed listening to him speaking and also trying out rowing and triathlon techniques.

Years 4, 5 and 6 will also be taking part in workshops with Toby over the next couple of weeks.


Forest School Mandala Patterns

Mandala Patterns

This week we have continued with our Forest School learning. We collected different natural materials t make Mandala patterns on the ground.

The children enjoyed finding leaves, sticks, stones and grass to use.

Visiting Author – Jack Trelawney

Jack Trelawney- Author Visit

On Monday 19th June, Key Stage 2 had a visit from Jack Trelawney- a published author. Jack spoke to the children about how he gets his ideas for his stories. Explaining that he mostly writes about things he knows about. He also likes using pictures to get his ideas. He read a few chapters of his story ‘The Crystal Pool’ which the children enjoyed.

After the assembly, the children followed up his visit in different ways. Year 6 did some drama which focussed on the made up creatures he spoke about and Year 4 wrote stories which included a creature they had made up themselves. The visit certainly inspired the children to write and be creative with their ideas.


Nursery – Forest School leaf printing

Leaf Printing with hammers!

Today the Nursery went to the dell armed with hammers and pieces of white sheet.

We collected different types of leaves and then placed them between the materials and gentle hit them with a hammer. All the children were shown how to safely use a hammer. The effect was lovely and provoked lots of conversation about the different colours and shapes.