Mercury (Year 5)

Welcome to Mercury – Year 5                       Autumn 1 – Beast Creator



Engage – A bug, a creepy crawly, a beast!  He’ll tickle your skin then go in for the sting!  Arachnids, invertebrates, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks…..Come in search for these minibeasts or why not become a ‘Beast Creator?

Develop and Innovate – This half term, we’ll handle a range of minibeasts and small creatures. Taking photographs, making notes to help us understand how minibeasts move, what they eat and where they live. Using what we’ve learned, we’ll write an interesting minibeast report. In science, we’ll learn how to categorise minibeasts and investigate woodlice habitats. We’ll make detailed drawings of our minibeasts, present data about them and make maps to show the route of our minibeast hunt. Using wood, stones, garden canes and other natural materials, we’ll create ‘minibeast hotels’ and write adverts to attract minibeasts to stay in them. We’ll create a comic about deadly creatures and use interesting vocabulary to write minibeast poems. At the end of the project, we’ll write fantasy stories about a minibeast’s adventures, make a fantastic fact file and create a 3-D minibeast using a range of materials.

Express – We will end this fantastic topic with a celebration of all the work we have done on October 17th at 2pm – 3pm – everyone is invited.






RE -Sikhism – Belief into Action

Children will be learning to: 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.

PE – Tag Rugby and swimming

Music – linked to Science 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 structure.

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


This will 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