Welcome to Onyx Class! I hope all had a fantastic summer and are now ready for the challenges ahead!  I am looking forward to working with you to ensure your child can achieve their very best during this term at St Mark’s. Below I have outlined the subject areas we will be covering this term:


This term in English we will be studying Narrative Units including the texts ‘The Unforgotten Coat’ and ‘The Arrival’. We will be writing across a range of fiction and non-fiction genres as well as working on spelling, handwriting and grammar. We will also be looking at a number of stand-alone texts in Destination Reader lessons to help prepare us for our Year 6 SATs.



This term we are going to be revising all areas of learning in preparation for the KS2 SATs. We will consolidate and then build on our Maths knowledge and apply these skills to real life problems. Remember it is really important that your child can confidently recall multiplication and division facts.


Onyx Class will be learning about the continent of Africa this term through the subjects of History, Geography and Art. We will be covering lots of learning topics including African art, children’s rights, health, food & trade in different countries.  We will also be learning the life of Nelson Mandela and linking our topic to our Science work about animals and living things. In addition to this we will find out about the ‘Kingdom of Benin’ between the year 900-1300AD.


In computing lessons will be using a variety of computing software and online applications to learn about communication and creativity.


Our Science topic this term is called Animals and living things. We will also be identifying and naming the main parts of the human circulatory system.


Music will be taught every Monday afternoon. We will be working collaboratively using a variety of musical instruments.

RE (Religious Education)

This term we will be learning about the journey of life and death and how different faiths mark events in our lives. We will also discuss the idea of a Christian pilgrimage.

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

This term we will be learning about ourselves as people in the community and thinking about our relationships with our friends, families and other adults.


Onyx will have PE every Tuesday. Pupils will require their full PE kit for these lessons. We will also be swimming every Wednesday, working towards improving on our personal best.


Homework will be set each Friday and expected back on the following Wednesday. Remember to read every day and bring your reading log and home reading book to school every day. There will be a spelling test and mental maths test, including times tables, every Friday.