At Canterbury Primary, the classes are all named after famous people. We take our name from the singer songwriter, Freddie Mercury. Mercury class is one of two St Nicholas satellite classes, based within Canterbury Primary school. It provides for the younger children from the two class and has children from both KS1 and KS2. The lessons are differentiated from the national curriculum and have a practical play based structure. Children are learning to develop the foundations needed for learning across all subjects. There is a focus on speech and language skills, developing and extending sentences and using this in conversation; developing first reading and writing skills, and, the foundations of maths concepts. Child initiated play and adult led tasks, are alternated throughout the day, to promote motivation and concentration. The children are developing their personal independence and their social skills with support, as we work together to play and learn.

Welcome to Mercury Class

If your child is due to start with me in Mercury Class in September, I would like to say welcome. 

As you will know Mercury class is a St Nicholas Satellite Class based at Canterbury Primary School City View Franklyn Rd Canterbury CT2 8PT.
Mercury class follow the curriculum, teaching style and policies of St Nicholas School. We also follow St Nicholas term dates including training days. Please look on St Nicholas website for all information and use the St Nicholas phone number and reception for all contact. 
School dinners are provided from the Canterbury Primary kitchen but are booked and payed for via St Nicholas SimsPay not Canterbury Primary. This year we have eaten dinner in our classroom but I hope that in September we will be going over to the school hall to eat. We do promote healthy eating and I ask that children bring in fruit to share with the whole class for snack time: such as a bag of apples. This helps snack time be a social event and encourages everyone to try different foods. Lots of the children bring in a drinks bottles which we fill with water and we encourage drinking throughout the day. Cups and water is always available.

Our day starts at 9 am, just slightly staggered from Canterbury Primary to reduce the number of people dropping off at the same time, and we finish at 2.45 pm for the same reason. If your child travels on transport; you will need to inform the company of the change in satellite base and these times. Parents are asked not to park in the carpark as it gets very busy with children being dropped off at the nursery. We meet the children/carers at the school gate.

The children can wear Canterbury Primary uniform and the link to this is on our parent/carer webpage. Alternatively, you can choose purple uniform tops and dark bottoms from any uniform supplier. The most important thing in Mercury class is for your child to be comfortable. Their clothes should enable them to learn independence in dressing. 

Your child will need a PE kit - shorts/joggers, T-shirt and trainers in school every day. They will also need waterproof trousers, wellies and a coat in school every day as we do a lot of outdoor learning in all weathers. I do not have any spare clothes so if your child might need them please send them in. 

At playtime Mercury class mix with the main school on the playground with supervision and support from our own staff. I know playtime can be an anxious time for our children and please be reassured that we will be there to support them as needed. 

Term 1

I am pleased to say that so far things are going really well. Everyone is coming in nicely and starting to get used to the routine. The children are bonding nicely and integrating well with Hawkings class at playtime. 

This long term, our topic is Houses and Homes. We have already started making our book corner into a play house, with the children painting it. We will be sharing lots of books about houses and homes and in the coming weeks we will be making a shoebox into a house. We have lots of shoeboxes already but if you have one handy please send it into school.  

Thank you to those who have already sent fruit into school for snack time. We will continue to share the fruit that is sent in between the children. Please can you continue to send in a bag of approximately five pieces of fruit once a week. Apples, oranges and bananas are being enjoyed this week.   

As we get more settled, we will start changing for PE most mornings. PE kit needs to be in school every day and all uniform must be labelled. This is a great way to build independent dressing skills.

We have a new format of home contact books, which means that notes each day will be kept brief but I hope to start using the class web page more to show what we have been doing.

This term Swimming starts on 16th September. We will be swimming in terms 1, 3 and 5. We will have a couple of sessions horse riding later this term. Sadly, with the numbers of children now attending school we can not go for the whole term. We will be attending Forrest school sessions on a Tuesday in term 2 and the children will need waterproof clothing and wellies in school.  

My aim is to make class learning practical and fun, and I hope that pupils enjoy practicing their learning at home. Your child’s home learning Maths games can be found, by logging onto and entering your child’s individual user name and password, with the school code: dskt.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to me about anything, please contact me on

Helen Nicholson
Mercury Class Teacher



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