Hello Onyx Class!  There are lots of fun and exciting things happening this Autumn Term at St Mark’s. It’s going to be great!


Our Enquiry Based Concepts this term are as follows.

Autumn 1: Our Journey – Studying history helps us to understand the world we live in today.

Autumn 2: Fulfilling Future – Society must work together to acknowledge and learn from the mistakes of the past.


This term in English we will be studying Narrative Units including the texts ‘The Other side of Truth’ and ‘The Rabbits’. 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.



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 place value, numbers and the four operations.


RE (Religious Education)

This term we will be learning about Buddhism and exploring what it means to be a Buddhist. We also discuss the idea of a Christian pilgrimage and debate whether every Christian should go on a pilgrimage.


Geography and History

We will be learning about the continent of Africa and the country of Nigeria 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 and food and trade in different countries. In addition to this we will find out about the ‘Kingdom of Benin’ which ruled between the year 900-1900AD.



Our Science topics this term is are Animals including Humans and Evolution and Inheritance. We will be identifying and naming the main parts of the human circulatory system and learning about how we evolved from our families. We will also research key scientific theorist.


PE (Physical Education)

Onyx class  will have PE every Thursday afternoon. Pupils will require their full PE kit for these lessons. We will also be completing an intensive, two-week daily swimming course at Caledonian Road Pool starting the week commencing 26th September.



In computing lessons, we will be using a variety of computing software and online applications to improve our digital literacy, exploring computing systems and networks. We will also be looking at IT 3D modelling.



This term we will be learning about mental health and how to keep our minds healthy. We will also be learning about drug, alcohol and tobacco.



This autumn term Onyx class will be participating in bucket drumming, and composing pieces with Mr Alinson.


Class Information/Key dates

Swimming – Dates TBC

(Intensive daily swimming course 10:30-12:30)

Year 6 Class Assembly – 15TH November 2022