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Mercury – Year 5

Ms Russon (Class Teacher)

Mrs Ebbs, Mrs Hose and Mrs MacFarlane  (Support Staff)

Summer 2019

Mercury class have been very busy this half term. We have started a new text in English and they have taken on the challenge of understanding the work of Rudyard Kipling. They discussed the stories and recently created their own based on Rikki Tikki Tavi. The ability of the children to give their characters human-like qualities through their use of speech and carefully plotted action was a pleasure to read.

In maths we have been working on multistep problems and scaling. The children are able to create their own questions for different contexts and prove their secure understanding. All of the children have demonstrated excellent research skills in geography. After using an atlas to find mountain ranges, they have gone on to discover and record information about them. This is leading up to an adventure story about a mountain expedition as an extended piece of writing.

Mercury class continue to impress me with their hard work and with the progress they have made over the year. We are looking forward to upcoming events such as District Sports, sports day and the Year 5 and 6 production.

Mercury Class have returned refreshed and ready for the summer term. We are all looking forward to our upcoming trip to Dell Farm and some final details will follow shortly. We will start the trip with a visit to Whipsnade Zoo and then enjoy caving, orienteering and a survival challenge.

In English, we will be starting the term by studying The Highwayman and will then use our trip as the basis for report writing. In maths we are starting off by consolidating our understanding of percentages and using it to calculate percentages of different amounts. We will continue to apply our skills to give detailed answers to reasoning questions and when solving problems. Our new science topic is living things. After learning about how plants and animals reproduce, we will study their lifecycles in detail. In P.E. we are lucky to have cricket coaching starting up for a six week period.

Our new curriculum planner will be sent out shortly, where you will find further details about our learning across the whole curriculum.

Spring 2019

Mercury Class have had an exciting spring term so far. In addition to the excellent learning the children have completed in maths (where our main focus has been fractions), they have also enjoyed our English topics. They produced some excellent mystery and suspense stories and then moved on to persuasive writing. It appears that their powers of persuasion are very impressive, although I am sure you were already aware of this! In DT the children have made cam models, which have now been sent home. They designed them carefully before beginning construction.

Outside of the classroom, we enjoyed our trip to St Albans Cathedral which was hosting the Jewish Living exhibition. It was a really valuable experience for the children to speak to the volunteers who tour the exhibition in order to advance understanding and acceptance between communities. The children were engaged, polite and thoughtful in their responses. I was very proud to receive such positive feedback from the organisers about Mercury Class.

Bikeability has been another highlight of the term. The children all got stuck in, regardless of their starting point. They practised all of the manoeuvres expertly and as well as having great fun, they made sure they were focused on the learning.

It was great to see so many of you at the recent parent consultation evenings. I am sure the children will continue to make excellent progress over the rest of the year.

Last term was busy and productive and the children produced some excellent work based on their learning. They really enjoyed our history topic on the ancient Greeks and this fed through into their English work based on The Odyssey. We had a great time with ‘History off the Page’ and learned lots about life in Ancient Greece, including the structure of society.

This term we have started new topics in History and Science. We have focused on life in Victorian Britain, with a particular focus on the lives of children. In Science we continued to carry out investigations to bring the topic of ‘forces’ to life. Curriculum planners will be sent out shortly so that you can see a complete overview of the work that we will be completing for the remainder of this term.

Autumn 2018

Welcome back to the new school year. Mercury Class have returned in fine form and we have already completed some excellent learning. You should have received a curriculum planner that details what we will covering throughout the first term.

It was great to see many of your at the recent meet the teacher session. If you were unable to attend, you should have received a pack that included a list of suggested reading and maths games to help the children embed their understanding.

We are all looking forward to our class assembly on Friday and hope to see you there. The children are very proud to share their learning with you all. We also have an ancient Greek History off the Page day on Thursday 27th September. I look forward to sharing some photos of the day with you.