Mercury (Year 5)

           Welcome to Year 5 –Autumn Term 2017

This term our topic is called VIKINGS: Good or Bad? 


 Through this topic we will be answering the following questions:

  • What happened after the Romans left?
  • Who were the Anglo-Saxons?
  • Who were the Vikings?
  • Where did the Vikings come from and why did they invade?
  • Where and why did the Vikings settle in Britain?
  • How did the Vikings live and what did they believe in?

Through the topic children will be:

  • Using Viking Longboats as inspiration, design, build and evaluate a boat able to be powered by the wind and carry a small cargo.
  • Learn about and undertake investigations to explore the forces of gravity, friction, air/water resistance.
  • Understand how materials can be grouped, changed – some of which are irreversible.
  • Design and write a simple computer game using Scratch.
  • Plan, write and edit a narrative based on the Legend of King Arthur.
  • Read The Lady of Shallot and produce a prequel to the poem.
  • Write a short descriptive narrative based on the film, ‘Bjorn.’
  • Finding out about the Viking invasion of Britain, Viking settlements, way of life – homes, farming and mythology.
  • Discover where the Vikings came from and learn about those countries and the similarities and differences between them and Great Britain.

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

Spelling, punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)

To use modal verbs or adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility

To apply growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes

To use expanded noun phrases to add interest

Use co-ordinating and sub-coordinating conjunctions to join sentences and add detail.

To continue to distinguish between homophones and other words that are often confused.

Link ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time, place and number.

Use a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs


Whole numbers (I) – Numbers to 10 million, place value, comparing numbers within 10 million, rounding to the nearest thousand and estimating.

Whole numbers (II) – Using a calculator, Multiplying and dividing by tens, hundreds or thousands, order of operations, word problems.

Fractions – Adding and subtracting unlike fractions, division, converting fractions to decimals, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, word problems, product of proper and improper fractions, product of a mixed number and a whole number

Area of a triangle – Base and height of a triangle, area of a triangle

Ratio – Finding ratio, equivalent ratios, word problems.



Identify forces as pushes and pulls. • Explain gravity as a force that pulls objects down. • Identify Isaac Newton’s discoveries. • Explain the effects of friction, including air and water resistance, on moving objects. • Identify different mechanisms. • Recognise that there are different variables in an investigation. • Predict what will happen in an investigation. • Make observations.


Follow instructions to test a material’s properties. • Explain the uses of thermal and electrical conductors and insulators. • Order materials according to their electrical conductivity. • Explain and investigate dissolving. • Explain the processes used to separate mixtures. • Explain irreversible changes. • Identify the variables in an investigation. • Make observations and conclusions. • Be able to answer questions based on their learning.


Being me in my world and Celebrating differences.


Swimming, Dance, Tag Rugby and gymnastics – Bridges


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



We will be taking time in our RE lessons to reflect on the Christian understanding of God’s promise and covenant.

Children will:

Describe current practices which pollute or exploit the Earth’s resources, describe the stories of Adam and Eve and Noah and show understanding of how Christians believe the original harmony in creation, make links between the Christian concerns for the planet and their hopes for the future and raise questions and suggest answers to matters of right and wrong and the consequences of actions.

Sikhism – Belief into Action

We will also be learning the compare the different ways in which Sikhs put their religion into practice.

Children will:

Use the correct words to describe some of the ways Sikhs show their religion is important to them and start to explain why not all Sikhs practise their religion in the same way and respectfully ask questions about some of the Sikhs choose to behave and the levels of commitment they show.


Keeping Healthy

We will be linking our music learning to PE by:

Exploring beat, singing syncopated melodies and developing rhythm skills through singing, playing and moving, singing and playing scales and chromatic melodies and accompanying a sing with sung and played drones and developing an arrangement of a two-part song and reading grid or staff notation to play a bassline.

 Our Community

We will be linking our music learning to History:

Learning to sing a song, understanding metre through singing and playing instruments and conducting metres of two, three and four, writing lyrics and extending arrangements of songs, learning to sing a song from our musical heritage (Jerusalem) and developing accompaniments using ostinato and invented rhythms, rehearsing performances and performing with an awareness of an audience.


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