Welcome back Onyx Class! I hope all had a fantastic Christmas and are now ready for the challenges ahead!  I looking forward to working with you this year, 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 Spring Term we will start by looking at the narrative poem ‘The Ballad of Charlotte Dymond’. We will also be writing across a range of genres including writing inspired by our learning from our topic ‘The Shang Dynasty’. In preparation for SATs we will be looking at strategies to answer SPAG questions and preparing for our reading assessment.



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.


This term we will be learning all about the Shang Dynasty We will discover key information about the formation of the Shang Dynasty and the kings who ruled it. Learn all about everyday life, the music, cities and settlements, and the process of worship in this early civilisation.


In computing lessons we will be using online applications to learn about communication and creativity. We will also be creating games using Kodu software.


In Science we will be identifying sources of light & revising that light travels in straight lines. We will investigate light reflections and the fact that white light is made of many colours.


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

RE (Religious Education)

This term we will be learning about how the Christian message survived for over 2000 years.

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 Thursday. Pupils will require their full PE kit for these lessons. We will be playing basketball, football and preparing for the Islington Schools Cross Country Competition.


Homework will be set each Friday and expected back on the following Monday and then on a Tuesday to be returned on a Friday. 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.