Welcome back Onyx Class! I hope all had a fantastic summer and are now ready for the challenges ahead!  I looking forward to working with you this autumn term, 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:

Onyx Autumn 2019


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 we will be using online applications to learn about communication and creativity. We will also be programming environments using Kodu.


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.


This summer term Onyx Class will be preparing for their class assembly! We will be singing, dancing and acting!

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)

In PSHE we will be learning about making decisions and coping with changes.


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. In addition, children be participating in morning exercise three times a week and running the mile twice. Children will require appropriate footwear every day.


Homework will be set each Friday and expected back on the following Wednesday. Remember to read every day.