Mercury (Year 5)

Welcome to Mercury class 2020-2021


To be tested Friday 23rd  October.

Statutory spelling words

To consolidate understanding of adding the suffixes s, ing and ed to verbs.

write,wrote,  slide, slid,  drive, drove,  can, could,  make,made teach,taught, catch, caught,  are,were

Please continue to write out your spellings in the book that you took home last week. Write each word out 3 times or more and then place the words in alphabetical order. Keep practicing them throughout the week ready for your test on Friday. Thanks.

Self-isolating at home?

If you are self-isolating at home then please follow this link.

It will take you to the Oak National Academy and you can find a schedule for year 5 of videos and activities that will help you to continue to learn at home.


We are all so excited to be returning to school for the start of what will be a fantastic year.

Our school day will start at 8:45 and finish at 3:20.   Where you have children in more than one year group please bring your child at the earliest time and pick them up at the latest time slot.

Mrs Jenkins will be teaching on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and Mrs Smith will be teaching on Friday.  Mrs Skipworth will be in class all week with Mrs Underdown in on Tuesday and Mrs Heron on Thursday.

Mercury will be having PE on a Friday, so please come to school in your PE kit which you will wear all day.  We will be outside, weather permitting, so please come dressed in appropriate PE clothing.

Our first topic of the year is – STARGAZERS

Journey through space – the final frontier! Let’s take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky.

During this first half term, we will read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts.   We’ll investigate the cycle of day into night, the seasons and the phases of the moon.  Experimenting with printing techniques we will create a piece of art showing the phases of the moon.  We will learn about Galileo the ‘father’ of modern astronomy and his famous astronomical discoveries.  Taking on the roles of the planets, we’ll use movement to demonstrate the motions of the planets and moons.  We’ll investigate lunar myths and write astronaut poetry.

Finally, our mission, if we choose to accept it, is to design a rocket for the UK Space Agency.  The rocket will be tested for robustness, aesthetics and height or distance traveled.

Maths – Numbers to 10 million, multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000, order of operations, word problems.

PE – Handball

We will aim to go outside whatever the weather, safety permitting.   Please ensure the children have appropriate outdoor PE kit: t-shirt, trousers, jumper and footwear.

Computing – Stop motion animation

French – Holidays and hobbies

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. Respectfully ask questions about some of the Sikhs choose to behave and the levels of commitment they show.

PSHE – Being me in my world


In class we will be reading Cosmic by Frank  Cottrell Boyce. We will also be basing some of our narrative writing around this book.

Please make sure you have a reading book in school with you at all times as everyday there will be an opportunity for independent reading.


Have a look at this great website for inspiration for books you may like to read:

Take a look at this page for suggestions of books if you like a particular author.


Spellings will be set weekly. These will be available on Friday and tested in class on the following Friday.

Maths homework will also be set on a weekly basis. This will either be timestables for those children who require them or a different type of maths homework.  Every Wednesday all children will practice their timestables in class.  More information to follow via class dojo. 


We look forward to seeing you very soon.