Mercury (Year 5)

               Welcome to Year 5 – Summer Term

This term our topic is…Achilles, Atlas, Archimedes: A Greek Legacy


Through this topic we will be answering the following questions:

1.     What’s so special about Greece now and in ancient times?

2.     What can we learn about Ancient Greece from what has been left behind?

3.     What was so special about the Greeks and what did they care about?

4.     What would a study of the Ancient Olympics tell us about the Greeks?

5.     How have the Ancient Greeks influenced the people who came after them?

Through the topic children will:

  • Listen to Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and devise a class sound sculpture of Orpheus entering the underworld.
  • Make a series of clay pots/tiles representing the various periods of Ancient Greece.
  • Research and write a fact file on Ancient Greek deities.
  • Read a range of Greek Myths and write own myth based on a Greek deity.
  • Write a persuasive travel guide for the locations of Athens and Crete.
  • Read ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ and write a letter in role as a Greek child to King Minos.
  • Read ‘Daedalus and Icarus’, and write and perform a puppet play on it.
  • As a class make a modern day 3D map of Greece understanding the climate, topography and settlements.
  • Compare the human and physical geography of Greece with the UK.
  • Research important Ancient Greeks and understand how they have influenced the western world.
  • Learn about democracy and hold a debate as to whether the Parthenon should be re-built.
  • Research what Ancient Games was like, the opening ceremony, who visited and what they did; experience an Olympic opening ceremony with singing and feasting.
  • Research how the Ancient Greeks celebrated the end of the Games; host a class Olympic Games’ closing feast; prepare and deliver 2 minute long performances, such as speeches, juggling and wise philosophical words to the spectators at the Games’ feast.
  • Read and write poetry based on the Olympic Games.
  • Discover the food and cooking of the Ancient Greeks; make food typical of the Ancient Greeks; take part in whole class role-play, dressing up and feasting.
  • Learn about the lifestyle and clothing of the Ancient Greek people; design and make a decorated chiton
  • As a class read ‘Who let the gods out’ by Maz Evans.
  • Create a Greek amphitheatre using the software package Sketch up as part of the computing 3D modelling unit.

Some subjects will be taught separate to the main topic. These are:

Spelling, punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)

Prepositions/prepositional phrases

Colons, bullet points


Active/passive voice



Continue to use prefixes and suffixes and understand guidelines for adding them.


Geometry (angles, shapes, position and direction)

Perimeter and area, measures (volume, converting units)

Calculation strategies – consolidation and revision.


Properties and Changes of materials

Children will:

Know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution.

Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, woo d and plastic.

Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.

Animals including humans

Children will:

Discuss why living things need to reproduce and look in detail at human life cycle (describing the changes as humans develop to old age), comparing with other animals.

Study physical and emotional changes at puberty


Relationships, Changing me (linked to science unit of Animals, including humans)


Cricket, rounders, athletics, orienteering


On-going throughout the year – Intercultural Understanding, Language Learning Strategies, Knowledge about Language.


Beliefs and moral values: do beliefs in Karma, Samsara and Moksha help Hindus lead good lives?  (Hinduism)

Practices and ways of life and identity, diversity and belonging – An introduction to Buddhism


This will continue to be set and sent home on Friday with it due in on Wednesday.  Times tables or alternative number work will be set with a follow up timed assessment on Wednesday. Spellings will be tested on Friday. Please make sure you take a copy of the spellings so that when your child hands their book in on Wednesday they are still able to practise for Friday’s test.

Ways in which you can help your child.

Reading, reading and more reading! Please encourage your child to read as often as possible. Listen to them and ask questions about the text to develop their understanding.

Practise all times tables up to 12 x 12, especially the 7’s, 8’s and 9’s.

Test them on their spellings and encourage all homework to be completed to a high standard.

If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to come and talk to us.

The Mercury Class Team

Mrs Jenkins, Mrs Board and Mrs Markley