Hello Onyx Class,

Happy New Year and a huge well done for the completion of your first term!  There are lots of fun and exciting things happening this Spring Term at St Mark’s. It’s going to be awesome!

Our Enquiry Based Concepts this term are as follows.

Spring 1: Life and Learning

The power of the written word should not be taken for granted.

Spring 2: Value of God’s Word

Hope motivates us into taking positive actions that can lead to positive results.



This term in English we will be studying Narrative Units including the texts “Fire, Bed and Bone” and the narrative poem” The Highwayman”. 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 Guided Reading lessons to help prepare us for our Year 6 SATs in May.



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. We will focus primarily on fractions, decimals, percentages, algebra, geometry, unit conversion and ratio.


RE (Religious Education)

This term we will be learning about Buddhism and exploring what it means to be a Buddhist. We also discuss what the monastic traditions within Christianity show us about living in community and how the Christian festival of Easter offers hope.


Geography and History

We will be learning about China and the Shang Dynasty this term through the subjects of History, Geography and Art. We will be covering lots key information about the formation of the Shang Dynasty and the kings who ruled it. We will learn all about everyday life, the music, cities and settlements, and the process of worship in this early civilisation.


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. We will also investigate electricity.

PE (Physical Education)

Onyx class  will have PE every Thursday afternoon. Pupils will require their full PE kit for these lessons.



In computing lessons, we will be creating spreadsheets and organising data into rows and columns. We will also be discussing our digital footprint in our online safety lessons. We will also look at computer science such as programming.



This term we will be learning about drug, alcohol and tobacco education. We will also look at identity, society and equality, focussing primarily on human rights.



This autumn term Onyx class will be song writing and using Glockenspiels and Ukuleles to compose pieces with Mr Allinson


Class Information/Key dates:

Junior Citizen Workshop – Wednesday 18th January.

North Library Visit – Tuesday 24th January.

Class Assembly – Tuesday 31st January

Osmington Bay – Monday 13th March – Friday 17th March 2023.