Mercury (Year 5)

           Welcome to Year 5 –Spring Term 2018

This term our exciting topic is SPACESHIP EARTH.

The first part of our topic will focus on the solar system and be very science led. After half term our focus will move to learning about planet Earth and be very geography orientated – more information will follow.

Through the first half of our topic, we will be exploring the following three questions:

  • What is the solar system?
  • How has man explored space?
  • What would life be like on other planets?

The children will:

  • Examine a range of explanation texts about the solar system and write own explanation text about an aspect of the solar system.
  • Learn about the history of space exploration and the space race
  • Study the earth, sun and moon and their relationship and effect with and on each other.
  • Carry out scientific investigations to discover: How the size and mass of meteorites affect the size of the crater they make on the planet surface. The effect forces have on a space shuttle during its flight. What gravity is and if space shuttles are to go into space how they overcome the force of gravity.
  • Extend sound vocabulary, including the use of ICT, and compose a soundscape entitled ‘Journey into space.’
  • Make origami stars
  • Produce a pastel drawing of the solar system focusing on how to make 2D shapes look 3D
  • Learn about website design and create a webpage on an aspect of the solar system.

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

Spelling, punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)To investigate word families, understanding the root can have prefixes and suffixes added to change the meaning.Endings which sound like shus spelt cious or tious.   Endings, which sound like shul (cial, tial). Words ending in ant, ance and ancy Words ending in ent, ence/ency.  Words ending in ible/ibly and able/ably.

Use commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity

Use relative clauses

Use brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis

Use technical vocabulary


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

Ratio – Finding ratio, equivalent ratios, word problems.

Decimals – Converting decimals to fraction. Multiplying and dividing by tens, hundreds and thousands and word problems.

Percentage – Converting fractions to percentages, percentage of a quantity, word problems.

Mean – Understanding mean, word problems


Dance – focusing on movement patterns, Volleyball, Swimming


Going for Goals, Good to me (Jigsaw scheme)


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


We will be linking our learning to the Solar System in our unit of learning in Music this term. We will be:

listening to music with focus and analysing its composition using musical vocabulary, relating sound sequences to images, developing the use of dynamics in a song, developing technique of performing rap using texture and rhythm and creating a musical background to accompany a poem.


During the Spring Term we will investigating beliefs and moral values within the Sikh faith. We will be learning to understand the relevance of Sikh stories today.

In the second half of the term, we will explore Salvation, asking the question: What did Jesus do to Save Human Beings? We will learn what Christians mean when they say that Jesus’ death was a sacrifice, using theological terms and we will make connections between the Christian belief in Jesus’ death as a sacrifice and how Christians celebrate Holy Communion/Lord’s Supper.

Reading  – Our class book will be Phoenix by S F Said      



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