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:

  • 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, metaphors, active/passive voice, hyphens, semi-colons, inverted commas and to continue to use prefixes and suffixes and understand guidelines for adding them.

Reading – our class book will be, Who let the gods out by Maz Evans       



Ratio (finding ratio, equivalent ratios, word problems), percentages (converting fractions to percentages, percentage of a quantity, word problems), mean (understanding mean, word problems), area and perimeter, measures (converting between different units of measurement, word problems) and reflection, rotation, translation of shapes.


Living things and their habitats

Children will:

Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird

Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

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 and tennis.


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


We will be learning about Sikhism. We are learning to understand how Sikhs show their commitment to God and to evaluate if there is a best way.

In the second half of the term, our focus is Christianity.  We will use the question: What does it mean if God is holy and loving? The children will weigh up how biblical ideas and teachings about God as holy and loving might make a difference in the world today, developing insights of their own.


Our Music is linked to Science and PSHE and uses the theme of Life Cycles as a focus.  Children will be exploring the human life cycle with music by Johannes Brahms, Luciano Berio, Franz Liszt and Claudio Monteverdi.  The wide variety of musical moods, styles and genres will inspire singing, performing and composing using new techniques and structures.


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 Buck and Mrs Markley