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

To begin this term, we will begin to learn about the name of our class, Taiga. We are learning all about the Taiga biome, the climate, flora, fauna and the threats to it from climate change.


This term in English we will be studying Narrative Units including the texts ‘Tales From the Caribbean’, ‘The Otherside 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 looking at the journey of life from a Christian perspective. We will also discuss the idea of a Christian pilgrimage and debate whether every Christian should go on a pilgrimage.

History and Geography

In history we will find out about the ‘Kingdom of Benin’, which ruled between the year 900-1900AD. We will look at the art, culture, British influence and debate whether or not the Benin Bronzes should be returned to Nigeria.

In geography we will be looking at the geography of North America with a special focus on the Caribbean. We will look at the human and physical geography and use  atlases and digital mapping to find out more.


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 theorists.

PE (Physical Education)

Taiga class will have PE every Tuesday afternoon and Friday just before lunch. 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 25th 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 their own pieces with Mr Allinson.

Class Information/Key dates

Year 6 Class Assembly – Tuesday 19th September

Secondary Transfer Meeting – Monday 25th September in the school hall at 3:45.

Swimming – WB 25th September (Intensive daily swimming course 10:30-12:30)