Welcome to Onyx Class! I hope you are all happy, healthy and safe. I am really looking forward to teaching you all this Autumn Term. Things are a little bit different at St Mark’s and to help the children progress this Autumn Term, we will be delivering the recovery curriculum. The aim is to cover some of the objectives you may have missed in Year 5 before progressing onto your Year 6 curriculum.

Onyx Summer 2020


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 order to ensure we haven’t missed any areas of the curriculum. There will be a real focus on place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 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.


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.

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.

PE (Physical Education)

Onyx will have PE every Tuesday. Pupils will require their full PE kit for these lessons.


In computing lessons, we will be using a variety of computing software and online applications to learn about communication and creativity. We will also be continuing to use Google Classroom for tasks across the curriculum.