Ms Russon (Class Teacher)
Mrs Ebbs, Mrs Hose and Mrs MacFarlane (Support Staff)
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.
Mercury class are having an exciting summer term. One of the highlights being the trip to Shortenills which was a great success. They took part in activities including pond dipping, orienteering and team building. It was a great experience for everyone.
The children are enjoying the Mountains topic in geography lessons, researching the highest peaks in the world and the number of ascents that have been made.
The class have started designing their drawstring bags and are getting ready for sewing them to together. They will feature their own designs and decoration.
Sport features highly this term and the children are benefitting from specialist coaches for athletics and cricket. We are looking forward to meeting representatives from local clubs so the children can continue their new found enjoyment of the sport.
Mercury class has a fun-packed term ahead! In particular, we are looking forward to our Bikeability training later on in January which will teach us all about road sense and safety. In maths we are moving on to division and fractions and in English we are starting the term with suspense and mystery writing. Our topic will be Ancient Greece and we will be looking at what it was like to live through these times and how this ancient society shaped generations to come. The children will also make clay vases inspired by Greek designs.
Year 5 have really enjoyed their learning about the Ancient Greeks. There were many different opinions on whether it would have been better to be an Athenian or a Spartan. They were keen to hear all about the Battle of Marathon, especially how the small army of Athenians were able to defeat the Persians with their clever tactics.
Our DT topic was linked to our work on the Ancient Greeks. Children made clay vases inspired by Greek pottery. They started by making their own designs after looking the design of vases throughout history. Children then thought of how they could be decorated and chose their own patterns based on Grecian ideas. Lastly the finished vases were painted in suitable colours, the end results were very successful.
Year 5 have had a great start to the year. Children have really enjoyed learning about the Victorians. We have learnt about Victorian inventions, prisons, workhouses and much more in our history lessons. The Victorian projects children brought in were of a very high standard and everyone learnt a lot when children shared their knowledge.
In DT children have made moving toys using cams, and in art made Victorian silhouettes. These took a lot of careful work and careful cutting out. We were all pleased with the results.
Next term we will be looking at the work of William Morris in art.