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  • Onyx Class

    Welcome to Onyx Class
    (Year 5&6)


    Mrs Booth (was Newton)

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Coleman

    I am Mrs Booth (some may know me as Mrs Newton still!) and I am the Year 5/6 Class Teacher. I am joined by the wonderful Mrs Coleman, who is our Teaching Assistant, Maths expert, musical wonder, Science professor and generally our everything!

    What makes us us!

    Onyx class consists this year of Year 5 & 6 pupils. These years are some of the most exciting, dynamic years of a child’s education. The children are on the cusp of becoming young adults, developing their inquisitive minds ready to question and challenge the world around them.

    We aim to empower the children with the confidence to face the challenges and new situations that lie ahead-not just this year, but beyond Sound Primary.

    Year 5 & 6 really is an action packed time, with so many opportunities for the children to immerse themselves in-much more than just SATs! We believe that by the end of the year the pupils will have much to celebrate and reflect on, not just academically but personally too. Highlights of the year will include: cross-curricular learning experiences, opportunities to become invaluable school captains, trips, sporting and musical successes, leavers events, performances….not to mention the Onyx class trip to PGL & France!

    Onyx class aims to support and encourage our pupils to take pride in their time at primary school, leaving with happy memories, friendships and the confidence to achieve their potential in the next chapter of their lives.

    Important things that make us tick!


    Onyx class love to read! Every child in Onyx class is part of the Accelerated Reader Programme. We have a wide range of books, both fiction & non-fiction for pupils to choose from and each child is expected to read a minimum of 5 times per week, completing a ‘quiz’ within 24 hours of finishing their book. Currently, pupils quiz first thing in the morning in school, however in the event of a local/national lockdown, pupils will be allowed to quiz independently at home in order to keep up their wonderful enthusiasm. The pupils aim to achieve 100% in their quizzes and join the 100% club, gaining special treats and bonuses throughout the year! I wonder how many consistent 100%ers we’ll have this year?!


    Each child is given a diary at the start of the academic year. These diaries are our key to great communication! Children are expected to bring these diaries (as well as their reading books) into school & take them home EVERY day. Any messages from parents or staff will be added to their books, including weekly spellings, test results/targets/Accelerated Reader quiz results etc. Mrs Coleman and I check the diaries every Friday. In Onyx class, children are expected to take ownership of their diaries by writing in them themselves when they have read, as well as completing weekly reviews of their learning.

    Friction Pens

    In Onyx Class, it is expected that ALL pupils use legible, neat joined up handwriting in ALL areas of the curriculum. Each child needs their own blue Friction pen. If you are struggling to buy them, please send in £2 to Mrs Cotterell as she has a secret stash of them in her cupboard!


    We are passionate about physical activity in Year 5&6 and strive to get active and outdoors as much as possible. Our assigned PE afternoon every week is a Friday, so children are allowed to come to school wearing their kit for the duration of the day. Please make sure that they wear a white T-shirt, black or navy shorts/jogging bottoms and either our school jumper or a black/navy hoody. No Football kits should be worn. In addition to Fridays, we include an additional session of activity every day. This is important in order to keep the children (and staff) fresh, help them to transition back into school after home-schooling, to maintain positive mental health and attitudes and to ensure all our children understand the importance of daily activity/exercise in order for them to forge good habits for future life.

    New spellings are sent home every Friday. Your children stick these into their diaries. Please ensure your child practises these spellings as much as possible in as many different ways as possible. This is vital in helping them to not just put them into their short term memories for a test, but into their long term memories for life! Following a spelling test, your child will highlight their spellings in their diaries pink or green depending on how they did. If there are any green spellings, please set aside a time at home to practice these and ensure they go back and practice these throughout the year. Again, this is vital to help aid memory retention.


    After half term, the children will be bringing home homework in addition to their reading and spellings. Homework will be set from classwork, so all children will know exactly what to do. We also spend time going over expectations in class. Please make sure you set high expectations for your child’s work at home. All written work needs to be completed in Friction pen and set out neatly and how we expect it in the classroom. This is an ideal time to help independence as well. By setting a time, an area where they can concentrate and be free from distraction and by checking their work afterwards, your child will begin to become more independent and take more responsibility for their work/learning. Homework is expected to be returned by the following Wednesday at the latest. Please encourage your child to complete their homework early on and bring it in on the Monday, as this teaches them to stick to deadlines and not let work build up causing higher anxiety and stress levels.


    Year 5&6 have many trips throughout their time at Sound, but non of them beat our Residentials to St Omer, France and PGL! These trips are a vital part of gaining self-confidence, independence, resilience, teamwork and for us all to bond as one big family! 

    Geography & History

    We love our Geography & History focuses! Please see below what we will be covering this year:


    Class Blogs

    RSS Onyx Class – Sound and District Primary School blog

    • 🐣Easter Team Day🐣 March 31, 2021
      The morning started with looking at how other cultures and countries celebrate Easter around the world. We were really shocked at some of the traditions, particularly the Hungarian men throwing water over women in exchange for painted eggs! 🤣 Next up we held a debate: Should people who are not Christian celebrate Easter and Christmas? […]
    • 🐣Easter Orienteering 🐣 March 30, 2021
      A HUGE thank you to the PTA and Mrs Minshall-Thomas who set up an Easter Orienteering course for us today! The sun was shining, the grass was green, the birds were singing and chocolate eggs were waiting! 🤣 We had lots of fun and our map reading skills weren’t too bad either! 🤩👍
    • 🥇🥇Cricket winners! 🥇🥇 March 30, 2021
      To conclude our fantastic unit of Cricket, we all showed off our skills in a round robin Team Cricket tournament. Each team showed superb teamwork, made improvements each game and the enthusiasm was immense! 🤩 Congratulations to everyone but especially our overall winners……THE REDS! 🏆🏆🏆
    • 👒👑🤹🧑‍🎄Happy Wear a Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research 🎩🎓🧢⛑ March 26, 2021
      Thanks to our wonderful Head Girl Myla, Head Boy Callum and Yellow Team Captain Evie, we had lots of fun today raising money for Brain Tumour research. Hat hoopla, hat quizzes, photo booth…. we had a blast! 🥰 We hope our money helps in getting closer to a cure 🤩
    • Welcome back Onyx Class! March 10, 2021
      Well, what can I say? It’s been wonderful to have everyone back in Onyx class this week! The smiles, banter and fantastic team spirit are definitely what Mrs Coleman and I have missed! 😀 We’d also like to share with you all that we have a new class pet….. sorry, pets…. Welcome Frank and Poppy […]
    • CHRISTMAS DINNER December 11, 2020
    • Adinkra cloths December 10, 2020
      Our final pieces are complete after a practice run! All the children have created their own designs onto fabric. Our Adinkra cloths will look amazing displayed in the classroom…Mrs Huntbach
    • African printing December 9, 2020
      Onyx class have been studying the traditional way the African people produce beautiful prints on their fabric called Adinkra. The symbols used on the fabric have a symbolic meaning and tell a story. The class have made their own printing block, which includes a symbol they have designed themselves with a specific meaning to them. […]
    • 🤩🤩Active fractions🤩🤩 December 5, 2020
      To help us to consolidate our division of fractions learning we decided to get active (despite the rain!) Have a look at the fun we had- it was brilliant! Well done guys!
    • Chester Cathedral November 28, 2020
      This week the whole school made Christmas decorations for Chester Cathedral. We can’t wait to see the finished article!

    The pace in which the children are required to learn and the challenging objectives make Year 5, and particularly Year 6 a demanding year. In order for children to feel ready for life at secondary school, it is essential that they leave us with key skills in core areas.

    If we can picture a successful Year 5/6 learner, they have certain personal qualities that enable them to shine. Firstly, they have become self reflective learners. They know their own strengths and celebrate these with pride.

    They have recognised how they learn best and play to their strengths across the curriculum. Yet, these children also know their areas for personal development, ask for help when needed, and recognise ways in which they can support themselves to make progress.

    Essentially, the most successful children show self-resilience, understanding that we learn from our mistakes, and they are driven by self-motivation. These qualities coupled with a small dose of patience and persistence will enable them to tackle even the most difficult of challenges.

    Information on SATs is provided to parents and children once children are in Year 6 – a copy of the 2018/9 presentation can be found here:PPT-SATs-advice-parental-meeting-school.  Booster Clubs after school also take place in the spring and summer terms. Further information can be found here.


    The links below are useful sites for educational games and activities:







    Further information is provided in the ‘meet the teacher’ presentation at the start of the year.

    For useful links for games and activities please see links below or the Kidszone section of the website.

    Also, BBC Bitesize has a Primary Catch Up Programme.

    Oaks Academy also has a large range of lesson, online videos to support children’s learning.