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Onyx Class

Incredible Inventors


Mrs Morris and Mrs Bagnall are the class teachers in Onyx Class. Mrs Bagnall teaches on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Mrs Morris teaches on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Pike is the teaching assistant who will be working with and helping the children in Onyx with their learning this term.


Our topic for the Autumn term is Incredible Inventors. We will have a History focus and will be learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We will find out about the tunnels, bridges, railway lines and ships he designed.


In Writing, we will be learning the story ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We will be sequencing the story, writing about the characters and writing our own versions of the story. While doing this, we will focus on our handwriting, punctuation and grammar. We will also research Isambard Kingdon Brunel and write informative reports about him.


In Maths, we will begin by focusing on place value in numbers to 100. We will use this knowledge to help us with addition and subtraction. We will be using practical equipment to help us solve problems and will begin learning about multiplication and division.


In Science, we will learn about materials and their properties. We will test the materials to decide which are the most suitable for a purpose. We will carry out investigations to develop our scientific skills.


There is a link to our curriculum map on this page for information about the other subjects we will be learning about.


PE is on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure that your child has a change of t-shirt, shorts (joggers can be worn during chillier weather) and suitable PE shoes (daps). T-shirts should be white and shorts should be black. All items of your child’s school uniform and PE kit should be clearly named.


Below is some guidance which will support you and your child in making good progress throughout the year:

· Asking them about what they have learned about in school that day.

· Discussing the topics that are being covered together.

· Reading about the topics at home.

· Visiting the library to find out more about the topics for the term.

· Bringing anything relevant into school to share with the class if your child would like to.

· Practising spellings (see list below)

· Learning times tables and helping with your child’s maths target.


All children should be reading at home DAILY and bringing their reading records to school every day to change their books. Please sign your child's reading record each time they read at home.


The children can change their reading books by popping them into the reading book box in the mornings. Feel free to talk to us or write a message in your child’s reading record if you feel their reading book is too easy or too challenging.



Thank you for your continued support. Please do pop in to see us if you have any questions regarding your child's progress or wellbeing.

Chatter Topics


Who was Isambard Kingdom Brunel?

What materials are strongest? 

What shapes would you use to build a bridge?

What materials are waterproof?

What would you invent if you could invent anything?

Can you find out about any other famous inventions?


Websites to support your learning...
Below is a link to the NSPCC website. This is not only a good website for information but also some super activities and games for children.