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Year 2 are off to Shuttleworth on the 22nd / Year 4 are off to Caldecotte 22nd to 24th May, enjoy!

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

We hope you are all energised for the learning ahead!

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The Year 5 team:

Miss Norcott (Lowry class)

Mrs Bernal (Cliff class)

Mrs Herbert 

Miss Mason

 

SUMMER TERM

In English our first unit is based on Alice in Wonderland. In Maths we will continue to cover all areas of learning, deepening knowledge through problem solving and reasoning. Our Topic learning is focused on AD 900; which covers the Maya Civilisation, the Kingdom of Benin, and the Islamic Empire. In Science our topic is Living Things.

 

 

Important Days/Notices


Our PE day is on a Wednesday. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit, including jogging bottoms and a jumper, as well as appropriate trainers at school every day.

 

Wednesday 13th June 2018: Parent meeting to discuss Phasels Wood trip.

 

18.05.18

Getting ready for Phasels Wood

Please keep an eye out for information regarding our residential trip in July. Today we sent out a Parental Consent form (sent with children); please read it, edit it (if needed) and return it to us as soon as possible. Also, can you please look at your payment schedule and ensure you are up to date with payments. We have sent out information regarding our pre-trip parent meeting, it will be taking place after school on 13.06.18 in one of the year 5 classrooms.

11.05.18

Terrific trumpeting!

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Cliff’s cornet learning is going fantastically - we can now play 5 different notes!

04.05.18

The end of another successful week. Although Lowry class didn't win the attendance cup this week, we were really impressed to see 100% of children in Lowry class in from Monday (attendance is measured Thursday to Thursday). Keep up the effort and I am sure you will win the cup soon. Come on Cliff class, we want the cup too!

 

We hope everyone enjoys the long weekend and warm weather.

ROOTS!! Very excited to see the beginnings of roots on our cuttings.

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ROOTS!! Very excited to see the beginnings of roots on our cuttings. 2

27.04.18

This week we had an excellent Science lesson investigating asexual reproduction in plants: learning partners took cuttings from a geranium plant and then placed the cuttings into fresh water - we are all eagerly awaiting to see if they grow roots. Watch this space! 

 

Topic learning (AD900) has also started very enthusiastically: children now have a growing understanding of the Maya culture and next week we will start comparing the Maya culture to the Kingdom of Benin.

 

We hope you have found the link below to VIPERS READING SKILLS useful. We are encouraging children to read for at least 20 minutes at home every day. Feel free to speak to us if you are unsure about how best to support your child with their reading at home.

20.04.18

Welcome back, we hope everyone enjoyed the Easter break!

We have had a successful first week. The children have thrown themselves wholeheartedly in to our new English unit - the bizarre tale of Alice in Wonderland has really captured their imaginations. This week we focused on reading the book and children used VIPERS reading skills to comprehend the text. If you would like more information about VIPERS reading skills, and want some ideas on the types of questions you could ask your child while reading with them at home, then have a look at the link below.

29.03.18

Thank you to all of the parents who came in on Monday afternoon to see the fantastic range of solar system projects that we had in Cliff and Lowry classes this term. It was lovely for the children to be able to share their learning with you.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a lovely Easter break. We have all really enjoyed the Spring term and look forward to more fantastic learning in the Summer term.

 

Spaghetti Rap

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This week, it was Cliff Class’s turn to start their learning on Rap Poetry. All children in Year 5 have been busy writing their own raps and are looking forward to performing them on Monday!

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

After watching a fantastic production of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' to launch our Spring Cross-Curricular Days, Year 5 were lucky enough to take part in a drama workshop. We learnt lots of behind-the-scenes secrets, such as how to do quick costume changes; working the lighting and sound effects and how the actors managed to change the impressive scenery quickly between scenes. We ended the session by putting our acting skills to the test, taking on roles of different characters from the show.

Cross Curricular Day

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Spaghetti Rap

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In Lowry, we have just started looking at Rap Poetry in English. Here is a little taster of one of our favourite poems.

Earth and Space Home Learning Projects

Wow! What a fantastic array of home learning projects we received this week! We were really impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm shown by all of the children. Each project is entirely different and impressive in its own right. A huge 'Thank You' to you all for your amazing efforts. Come and take a look at the range of models we now have brightening up our classrooms:

Cornets

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Cliff Class have taken well to their cornets lessons and have already mastered ‘Hot Cross Buns’ and ‘Clair de Lune’. Take a look at this video of them playing with Mr Robinson this week!

Friday 2nd March

 

Despite the snowy weather this week, the children in Year 5 have participated in some excellent learning. Thank you for your efforts in getting the children to school this week, and for being so accommodating in the weather arrangements!

In our topic learning, we have travelled back in time to 1969 and written newspaper reports on Neil Armstrong's moon landing. We also talked about how people had parties and dressed up as aliens to celebrate this historic event!

In Lowry class, we looked at some music that was composed to represent the planet Mars and Cliff class continue to enjoy their new learning in cornets.

Next week, we will be starting the Spring term spelling assessments against the Year 5 word list, so no individual spellings have been set this week. Please continue to complete activities on My Maths and Bug Club.

 

Friday 23rd February

Today, in Year 5, we had a visitor come in and she told us we were taking part in the K'Nex Challenge. This involves 100 schools in Hertfordshire.

Our task was to design a fully working crane to lift a small bucket. We had a set time of 60 minutes to complete the task in pairs and we had to show good teamwork and dedication. We had to include a pulley or gears in our crane too, which made it very technical!

We all received a certificate, pencil and ruler from Mrs Goodwin and a winning pair was chosen in each session.

In the morning, the winners were Matthew O and Mark. In the afternoon, the winners were Michelle and Atremis - well done!

A big thank you to Mrs Goodwin for leading us in our K'Nex challenge today!

(Written by Angel - Cliff Class)

 

W/B 05.02.18

What a fantastic final week to our half term. Footpath Flowers was our Take 1 Book unit and it inspired some fantastic learning. Take a look at the video link below to read the story yourself. Children wrote character descriptions, a diary entry and acted out scenes - it was greatly enjoyed by all.

Cliff class were treated to a cornet concert by Lowry class. It was fantastic to see the progress the children had made in their music from the start of the year. Cliff class are very excited to be taking up the cornet from after half term. Lowry will now be focusing on other areas of music with another of our specialist teachers.

Our week finished with us celebrating our British Values and creating people to represent ourselves - it was a vastly fun afternoon and enjoyed by all. Matas, in Lowry, said 'I feel like a fashion designer!' See examples of the children's learning below.

We hope you all have a great half term, see you back on the 19th.

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W/B 29.01.18

We continue to be impressed with the engagement and enthusiasm the children have for their Space learning. Do you know the difference between Geocentric and Heliocentric models of the Solar System? Year 5 have been learning all about it this week and created some great posters for their learning walls.

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This week the children blew our minds with their use of hyperbole within their English learning. Next week I am sure they are going to use this technique to great effect in their persuasive writing.

In maths we have been mastering the skill of calculating area and perimeter, in some cases tackling some extremely challenging decimal calculations. The week ended with a fun House afternoon, where all the year groups mixed and children throughout the school proved their perseverance with a cotton bud dotty painting activity!

05.01.18

Welcome back to all and Happy New Year. After a great break it was fantastic to see the children in Cliff and Lowry drive straight back in to their learning with enthusiasm. We are looking forward to a fantastic term.

 

15th December 2017

We are all incredibly proud of the children this week, after being hugely successful in our production of 'A Victorian Christmas'. It was lovely to see the children so enthusiastic about each performance and the acting and singing was fantastic from all children. Thank you for all of your efforts in providing costumes for the children to ensure that they looked the part.

 

As we are now very nearly at the end of term, we will be handing out children's old exercise books for them to take home. Please send your child into school on Monday with a carrier bag if possible.

 

Thank you for all of your support in the children's learning this term - we have really enjoyed our first term at Round Diamond and look forward to the rest of the year. We wish you all a restful and enjoyable Christmas break when it arrives on Tuesday!

 

NB- remember school finishes at 2pm on Tuesday 19th December.

 

 

 

 

 

1.12.17

It is hard to believe we are now into December! Rehearsals for our Christmas production are now well underway and the children have been fantastic in learning their lines and the songs. In Year 5, we will be focussing on 'A Victorian Christmas'. To look the part, children will need their costume in school as soon as possible, but no later than Friday 8th December. We are asking that all children who are speaking be dressed in Victorian style outfits and narrators to be in all black. Non-speaking children have the option to either be in Victorian dress or all black.

If you would like to practise the songs at home too, that would be great! We are singing:

'Holly Jolly Christmas'

'Deck the Halls'

'The Christmas Song' (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

Performances will be at 9:30am and 1:45pm on Wednesday 13th December and Thursday 14th December.

We look forward to seeing you then!

Cross Curricular Days

On Wednesday morning, we came in to school as normal to find a terrible crime had been committed! The precious Round Diamond from the entrance hall had been stolen! Police were on the scene to report the crime in assembly and needed our help to find the culprit.

We wrote a crime report and analysed lots of clues to help us solve the mystery. We learnt how to take finger prints; used a map of the school to plot and locate clues and used our ratio knowledge in maths to work out the thief's height and draw a scale diagram of them.

Thankfully, the diamond has now been returned.

The children were extremely engaged in all of their learning over the two days and it was great to see them bringing their skills and knowledge from different subject areas together to produce great outcomes.

 

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Year 5 Open Afternoon - a huge thank you to all who came!

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Week beginning 13th November 2017

 

This week, Year 5 have been learning all about Air Resistance in Science. We planned our own investigations and we are looking forward to making our parachutes and carrying out our investigations in our next Science lesson.

 

On another exciting note, we are busy planning for our Open Afternoon which is taking place on Tuesday. It will start at 2:30pm in the main hall. We look forward to sharing our learning with you and getting you involved in various activities across the curriculum.

Go 5 Open Afternoon

A big thank you to all of the parents who came along on Monday afternoon to share our Go 5 learning. It was a fun afternoon where the children enjoyed showing their adults things like: how they had learned to plan a balanced meal; inventive ways to make a '3 out of 5' breakfast  and different ways to add up 60 minutes of active exercise each day. The highlight was being able to make strawberry and yogurt smoothies! The children have enjoyed their Go 5 sessions and have been able to discuss small ways in which we can make changes to lead a healthier lifestyle.

 

 

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Week beginning 30.10.17

This week, Year 5 have been reading the poem 'Jabberowocky' by Lewis Carroll. The poem contains lots of nonsense words so we had to use our reading skills to work out what the made up words might mean. We ended the week by planning and carrying out performances of the poem to the whole year group, making sure we thought carefully about using our voices effectively, adding good quality actions and collaborating with the rest of our team.

Watch this space for videos of our performances!

13.10.17

Lots of lovely learning this week. Look at some pictures from our learning below...

Proud of our Chinese dragons and Harvest Assembly learning.

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The children did a wonderful job in their role as teacher. They considered a learning journey, planned, made resources and then taught a 10 minute lesson. We learnt about a range of interesting things from the migration of a turtle to origami dogs. Great learning all round!

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The children did a wonderful job in their role as teacher. They considered a learning journey, planned, made resources and then taught a 10 minute lesson. We learnt about a range of interesting things from the migration of a turtle to origami dogs. Great learning all round! 2
The children did a wonderful job in their role as teacher. They considered a learning journey, planned, made resources and then taught a 10 minute lesson. We learnt about a range of interesting things from the migration of a turtle to origami dogs. Great learning all round! 3
The children did a wonderful job in their role as teacher. They considered a learning journey, planned, made resources and then taught a 10 minute lesson. We learnt about a range of interesting things from the migration of a turtle to origami dogs. Great learning all round! 4
The children did a wonderful job in their role as teacher. They considered a learning journey, planned, made resources and then taught a 10 minute lesson. We learnt about a range of interesting things from the migration of a turtle to origami dogs. Great learning all round! 5
The children did a wonderful job in their role as teacher. They considered a learning journey, planned, made resources and then taught a 10 minute lesson. We learnt about a range of interesting things from the migration of a turtle to origami dogs. Great learning all round! 6

After experiencing what it is like to lead a learning activity the children now have a greater understanding of the role of a teacher.

"Everyone can be a teacher, no matter who they are!!!" Angel, Cliff class

"If Mrs Bernal wasn't here then I want to be her replacement because it is very fun. I want to be a TEACHER!" Brooke, Cliff class

"I found it hard with a bright light (from the projector) in my eyes and loud children calling out. Everything is just hard to be a teacher." Justin, Cliff class

 

 

6.10.17

Today, in English, we completed the unit on Legends. All children Perfectly Presented their learning and should be really proud of the learning journey they have been on over the last three weeks. Next week we 'Take One Book' ... watch this space to find out which book the children choose!

 

This week we have been busy practicing for our Harvest Festival Assembly. We are really excited about sharing all our learning on harvest celebrations in China and North America/Canada. We hope to see you next Thursday (12.10.17) at 10.30am.

 

Look at the link below to see what we have been focusing on with the Go 5 project this week.

29.09.17 Goodbye September, hello October!

 

Wow, this week has flown in year 5. We spent some recently reflecting on the first month back at school, there have been many positive learning experiences. In English, over the last couple of weeks, children have been focused on learning skills to use in their legend stories next week. In Maths learning we've been looking at multiplication and division, it was wonderful to see the children developing their knowledge and number confidence throughout the learning journey.

 

Preparations for our Harvest Festival are well underway and we look forward to sharing our learning with you in the upcoming assembly.

 

22.09.17 Go 5 Project

This week both teachers and children were surprised when we learnt about the amount of sugar there is in some of our favourite drinks!

 

'I was shocked when I found out that a small bottle of coke has 15 sugar cubes in it!' Rhys, Clff class.

'I didn't know that Ribena wasn't good for you!' Kyle, Cliff class.

'You're supposed to only have seven sugar cubes in your daily diet.' Lauren, Cliff class. 

 

I think we will all be sticking to water for a while!

Too much sugar!!

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15.09.17 - GO 5

 

Cliff and Lowry class enjoyed starting our Go 5 project this week. Go 5 got us to discuss our normal daily diets and we made some fresh fruit salad kebabs. We were impressed with the children's attitudes to trying new things; lots of children had never tried mango before, but really enjoyed it.

 

Today we completed our Recount unit in English - the children Perfectly Presented a final copy of their recounts. Everyone should be very proud of their learning journey over the last 2 weeks. Next week we start a 3 week unit about Myths and Legends.

 

 

08.09.17.

What a fantastic first week in Year 5 frown! It was wonderful to see everyone coming in with such positive learning attitudes. We have made a really good start on recounts in English and the children stretched their place value knowledge in Maths.

 

Spellings, times tables, Bug Club books and My Maths tasks have all been set - so children can now continue to consolidate their learning at home.

 

Cornets start next week for Lowry class and Singing for Cliff class (this will swap half way through the year). Lots to look forward to!

2016-2017

Welcome to Year 5

Welcome to our class page for Cliff and Lowry class.

We are excited to share some of our fantastic learning and what we get up to in class.

07.07.17 Take One Book

 

In English over the past two weeks, Lowry class have been reading Skellig. It has been a really exciting topic and we are looking forward to finding out more about the story. We have completed lots of activities including: exploring the definition of an angel; setting descriptions and looking at different sentence structures.

 

'I enjoyed reading the book Skellig, and it gave me some new ideas for descriptions' (Mariam)

'I enjoyed it when we described Michael and the garage because I tried to include figurative language in my writing' (Layla)

'I really enjoy reading Skellig because it is very interesting and has lots of descriptions. I enjoyed exploring definitions of angels and had to look in the book for clues to help me' (Mariah)

'I think it is very interesting, because it sounds like a diary, following Michael's life. I really enjoyed describing the setting. I used the book to help me imagine I was Michael and used this to help me use figurative language' (Demi)

30.06.17 Go5

 

We are really enjoying our Go5 project this term. Last week we looked at the amount of sugar in different drinks and this week we looked at designing healthy and balanced breakfasts. We learnt about the importance of having a healthy breakfast every morning.

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26.06.17 - British Values Day

 

Today, Year 5 and 6 took part in different activities to celebrate diversity. Children learnt how to say 'Hello' in 32 different languages, they were taught Bollywood dancing by a professional dance coach and designed and drew beautiful mandalas on the playground. Children really enjoyed themselves and certainly learnt a lot.

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23.06.17 Cross-curricular day - When I Grow Up

In Maths we analysed data about different jobs and their salaries. We were surprised to find out that, on average, MPs earn £35.00 an hour. We calculated average earnings using their average salary per year and their average hours worked per week. On average, veterinary nurse can work up to 70 hours a week, which means they could only be earning £4.94 an hour.

 

In Computing, we used the internet to find out some more details about our chosen professions. We researched working hours, salaries, qualifications needed and career progression. Here are some of our posters we created:

 

When I grow up, I want to be a...

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22.06.17 Cross-Curricular Day

Today children dressed up in costumes to show their aspirations for the future. We had children dressed as teachers, F1 racing drivers, doctors, athletes and more.

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22.06.17 Cross-curricular day - When I grow up

 

In English we wrote about our aspirations for the future. We wrote about what we wanted to be when we grow up and why. We also thought about the people who have inspired us to make these choices.

 

In Geography, we looked at different countries and identified them on a world map. We explored the different jobs that are in demand in different countries and compared this with the UK. Across the developed countries of the world, skilled professionals are in high demand. We found out that software engineers are needed in 24 countries, nurses are needed in 18, while 11 countries report a shortage of accountants.

 

In PSHE we continued learning about the changes to our bodies when we grow up. We watched a series of BBC clips showing us what it is like to deal with the changes we experience. We learnt about hair growing on our legs and under our arms, how to deal with changes in our mood and explored relationships with friends.We discussed how we can manage these changes when they start happening to us.

16.06.17 Congratulations Lowry Class on winning the attendance trophy this week! 99.3%

16.06.17 Congratulations Lowry Class on winning the attendance trophy this week! 99.3% 1

15.06.17

Maths

This week, in Holbein, we have learnt a new multiplication method called the Gelosia method. We think it is a great method, but we still need to keep practising using it. In Lowry and Cassatt we have been finding the area and perimeter of compound shapes. We have found it challenging trying to identify missing lengths, but we are determined to succeed. In Cliff class, we have learnt how to convert mixed numbers and improper fractions and solving problems containing fractions.

 

English

In English, we have been writing recounts about our trip to Cuffley Camp. We have tried to include many features of recounts in our writing, including: first/third person, past tense, time adverbs.

My favourite memory from Cuffley Camp was when Dominic took up 3 beds, leaving me to sleep on the floor. (Ben F)

My favourite memory was when we were in our tent at night and we screamed when a found a spider. Even the boys heard our screams from their tents. (Jess)

 

Science

In Science, we made graphs to represent the growth rate of baby boys and girls. We had to use our skills learnt in Maths to help us. We found out that, on average, boys grow quicker than girls.

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Year 5 had a great time at Cuffley Camp. We enjoyed building shelters, creating artwork in nature and we liked exploring the environment. We had camp fires every night and even roasted marshmallows. 

Please enjoy looking through our photos to see what we got up to.

12.05.17 Lowry Cornets

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Here are Lowry class during one of their cornet lessons.

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Here are Lowry class during one of their cornet lessons.

Maths

In Cliff Class, we have been looking at many aspects of problem solving. We have been reasoning, predicting, forming conjectures and investigating all possibilities.

As an extension, some of us have also been creating problems for our peers. We thought that you might like to have a go at solving some.

 

Here are some 'Find the Combination' problems.

You have to find the 4 digits that, together, fulfill the criterion

to open the locks. 

 

Puzzle number 1 by M

Try to solve this lock combination problem.

Rule 1= The first number is half of the last number.

Rule 2= The third number is 2 quarters of eight.

Rule 3= The second number is double the first number.

Rule 4= The fourth number is one multiplied by two.

This question is made by Marie!

To find out the answer to this question you need to look at the window in Cliff class.

 

Puzzle number 2 by Finley B

Can you solve my combination lock riddle? Find the four digit number by investigating each of the clues.

  • The first number is 50% of 4
  • If you multiply the third number by the first number, you get the  last number
  • The third number is the first number times by itself
  • The sequence is even,odd,even,even
  • Then second number is one less than the third number

 

Puzzle number 3 by Sam M

The first number is half of 64 divided by 16

The second number is quarter of the last number

The third number is half of the first number

The last number is 1 third of 24

 

You can find the answers on Cliff Class window.

Good luck!

 

 

Week commencing 15th May 2017

Maths

In Cliff class, we have been doing algebra. We have created our own questions and we have some here:

Question 1

If a is 56 more than z what is the algebraic expression for a?

Question 2

If r is 55 more than o what is the algebraic expression?

Question 3

If o=102, what is r?

 

* Answers can be found on Cliff class window. *

 

English

In English, we have been writing our own Alice and the Wonderland stories. Lots of people enjoyed writing our Alice in the Wonderland stories. We also have been completing assessment sheets. The teachers are really impressed with our extended outcomes. Ask us about them. 

 

Science

In Science, we have been learning about Jane Goodall. Jane Goodall is a scientist who studies chimpanzees in Gombe Nationals Park in Tanzania.

 

PSHE

In PSHE, we have been voting to see who will be are class reps.The candidates designed posters and slogans to encourage people to vote for them -  there were lots of candidates and the speeches were amazing. Afer lots of thinking and deliberating, the people who won with the most votes were :

 

 

Lowry

Cliff

Demi

Mason

Jessica

Ellie

 

Topic

In topic, we have been doing life cycles. We chose an animal and we drew their life cycles. Then we put all different types of animals in a life cycle and we had to complete it.

 

PE

In PE, we have been playing Cricket, Rounder’s and Football. In cricket, we did pair cricket where it is everyone vs your team of 2. In Rounder’s , we had 2 teams and played 2 games of rounder’s.

 

It has been a very busy week. 

 

21.04.17

English

In Mrs Cole’s class, we have been writing 100 word summaries of Alice in Wonderland. For 2 days, Lowry have been drawing mind maps for chapters 1-6. In Mrs Dring’s class, we have been devising summaries of Alice in Wonderland for 2 days and have been spotting the key events, characters and settings.

Maths

In Mrs Cole’s class in fluency and maths, we were looking at Roman numerals. In addition, we have been rounding decimals. In Mrs Dring’s class, we have been investigating divisibility rules.

PSHE

In PSHE, the whole school did ‘take one picture’. We chose starry night by Vincent Van Gogh. We went into our houses and worked together in one class. St George went into Lowry and composed music, based on Starry Night. St Andrew went into Monet and painted miniature paintings of Starry Night. We all enjoyed this afternoon.

Science

In Science, we are beginning to look at the life cycles of animals. We all picked our favourite animals and drew their life cycles.

 

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In English, we have been looking at the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah.

We studied Benjamin and his poetry and looked at the themes, rhymes and structures of a range of his poems. 

We created our own versions of his poetry. Here are some of our favourites.

 

We think that Benjamin would really appreciate this current and emotional poem by Elijah.

I used to think wars didn't matter,

I used to think fighting was fair,

I used to think bombs were all harmless,

Until one went off over there.

By Elijah Gentles

In the style of Who's Who by Benjamin Zephaniah.

 

Round Diamond could never be described as boring and this poem, by Aiden, really proves the point. frown

I used to think teachers were women,

I used to think doctors were men,

I used to think schools were boring,

Until I joined one of them.

By Aiden Tarr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topic

 

In topic, these past few weeks, we have been developing designs for our very own Mars rover!

 

We started out looking at actual images of Mars rovers for inspiration, then thinking about all the different features these machines will have! Omar suggested that a rover should have all-terrain tyres so it is able to move across any surface. Charlie suggested it could have a claw in order to pick up items that may be found, like rocks or strange objects.

 

We were then tasked with drawing a few designs of our Mars rover, and we had to think about what materials we would use to make our models. Rylee decided his should be covered in tin foil in order to give it a metallic, space-age look!

 

After working on our plans, we all chipped in, bringing in boxes, cardboard, plastic cups, cereal boxes and much, much more.

 

We then went into the hall to set up stations to work on our rovers. Look how some of these turned out!

 

 WC: 27/03/17

 

In maths we have been working on word problems, using skills we have learned to work with fractions, percentages and decimals.

 

We had lots of little sheets that contained word problems, one being:

 

"Write the smallest fractions in order starting with the smallest"

"3/4, 3/5, 17/20, 9/10"

Ash worked out that we need to convert these into /20 fractions, which means that all fractions would be:

"15/20, 12/20, 17/20, 18/20"

"3/5, 3/4, 17/20, 9/10"

 

Another example of a word problem we have solved is:

"250,000 people visited a theme park in one year. 15% visited in April. 40% visited in August. How many people visited the park in the rest of the year?"

 

Trixabelle worked out that:

15% of 250,000 is 37,500.

40% of 250,000 is 100,000.

 

She then worked out that the answer will be found when you add these totals together and minus them off the original amount. So:

37,500 + 100,000 = 137,500

250,000 - 137,500 = 112,500

 

112,500 people visited the park in the rest of the year!

 

WC: 23/01/17

Maths

In maths, we have been looking at chronology. We have been calculating durations of time and reading timetables which are important life skills.  In addition, we have been creating our own word problems; would you like to try to solve some?

 

Answers will be posted next week.

 

Sherlock Holmes starts at 9pm. The next programme is Match of the Day highlights, which starts at 11.15pm. How many minutes does Sherlock Holmes last? 

By Aaron. 

 

If Dance, Dance, Dance starts at midday and lasts for an hour and twenty minutes, what time does it end?

By Mariam.

 

Match of the Day starts at 15:35 and ends at 18:05; how long does it last? 

By Sam M

 

 

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English

During English in year 5 we have been making instructions/recipes. In Lowry we’ve been doing instructions on how to make a marvellous medicine and in Cliff class, we have been writing instructions for sandwiches.

 

Maths

In maths, we have been calculating decimal numbers (times add and subtract)

 

Topic

In topic we have moved onto a new topic which is all about space and the solar system. So far we have seen the first rocket launch in history which took place in 1969 and Neil Armstrong said his famous words “one small step for man one giant leap for mankind”.

Science

In science we have been learning about the moon and this week we have created fact pages in our book. This is related to our topic learning SPACE!

Other subjects

This half term we will be looking at the rule of law. We have discussed the difference between rules and laws and concluded that rules are for certain people and laws are for everybody.

 

Our achievements

100% Attendance this week for Cliff Class!

Extra news (awards, special days, class attendance)

Club allocations will be released this week

Reminders

Don’t forget that family fun film night is this week on Thursday!

 

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Congratulations to Cliff class who won the attendance award this week with a whopping 100% attendance! Well done!

The Kindness Elf has been visiting Lowry class this week. He will be visiting the class for the rest of the term and will be delivering a message of kindness each day.

The Kindness Elf has been visiting Lowry class this week. He will be visiting the class for the rest of the term and will be delivering a message of kindness each day. 1

Week commencing 28.11.16

 

Science

In Science over the past 2 weeks, we have been learning about the Global Goals. The Global Goals consist of 17 goals to meet by the year 2030  and were put in place to help our world.

We need to make sure that people don't waste food, water, electricity and other resources. We learnt about 5 of the Goals and researched technologies that exist to help reach the goal's targets. We created posters in small groups to develop the awareness of these goals.

Take a look at some of our posters:

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Lowry class take the cup!

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Happy 70th Birthday, Stevenage!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO STEVENAGE NEW TOWN.

Year 5 wish Stevenage a very happy 70th birthday.

Take a look at the video which shows a very famous lady walking along familiar streets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1duYti-6kI 

Cliff class take the trophy! 100% attendance!

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Year 5 grab the rosette!

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Hurrah!! Year 5 won one of the rosettes for our creative corridor display, which features a 3D castle and fire-breathing dragon! If you haven't already seen it, pop down to nursery corridor to take a look.

Week commencing 31st October

Welcome back to Autumn 2. We hope that you had a super break.

We have had an action packed week. We thought that we would share some of the highlights:

English

In English, we have been studying the poem 'The Jabberwocky'. It has a lot of made up 'nonsense' words in it and some rhyming couplets. We identified word classes of the words we didn't recognise. We collaborated and practised performing the poem in groups to an audience. We used a range of movements and focused on how we could use tone, intonation and gesture effectively. We really enjoyed sharing our performances to our peers.

Science

This week, in Science, we have been learning about electrical conductors and circuits. We tested a range of materials to discover which was the best electrical conductor.

We tried:

  • a metal knife
  • a 2p coin
  • a 5p coin
  • tin foil
  • a paper clip
  • a drawing pin

We had a variety of outcomes but most people thought that the tin foil was the best conductor.

We justified this because the bulbs shone brightest when tin foil was used to complete the circuit.

What do you think?

Week Commencing 8th October

It has been an action packed week. We have performed in our Harvest Festival in front of a big audience and THE MAYOR OF STEVENAGE! We were really proud of ourselves and our performance with Monet class. Our focus was the role of the food bank and the spiritual beliefs that might be associated with Harvest and giving thanks. It really made us consider how lucky we are. 

 

Thank you to all of the friends and families that came along. 

 

On Wednesday, we had our Halloween Disco which was fantastic. Lots of us dressed up and spent the evening laughing, dancing and eating quite a lot of  sweets.  We are very thankful to the FORDS who organised it. 

 

In English, we are taking part in a Take One Book week. Cliff class are looking at Anthony Browne's Voices in the Park, which is one of Mrs Dring and Miss Mason's favourite books. In Lowry class, we are looking at Holes by Louis Sachar, which was chosen especially by Mrs Cole. You can take a look at the animated version of Voices in The Park at http://research.kingston.ac.uk/booksalive/flash/book.html 

 

We are really enjoying Take One Book and like the opportunities it gives us to explore a book in so many ways.  

 

In Maths, we have been studying Geometry and have been describing,comparing and classifying 2-D and 3-D shapes. We have added some photographs to show you the kinds of things that we have been doing. We are using and developing our mathematical vocabulary - we have learnt the word congruent and used words such as vertical, vertex and dimensions. In addition, we have learnt the conventional markings for lines which are parallel and perpendicular and have used Venn and Carroll diagrams to classify shapes . 

 

In French, we have been listening to French speakers and translating what they have said to English. At first, we found this very challenging but with some practice, we have got quite good at it. 

 

We can't believe that there is only one more week until the end of this half term. It is going so fast.

 

 

Learning about sorting 2D shapes

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Creating 3-D shapes from 2-D images

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Cliff class were the first winners of the new attendance cup winners. Look at that beautiful trophy!

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Week commencing 26th September 2016

In mathss, we were doing fractions and learnt how to convert into decimals/fractions.We also compared fractions and then did  Arithmatic on Friday which let us show all that we now know about fractions.

In English,we have been continuing to learn about legends/myths.We have been identifying key features and comparing legends. We have been choosing our favourite legends and will use these to help us to write our own. 

In Science,we had completed our investigation - we looked at different materials and tested which was the best thermal  insulator.   

 

 

 

Week commencing 26th September

This week's learning:

We have had a great third week in year 5. It was full of excitement and new learning.

 

In science, we were planning an investigation - we looked different materials and wrote a hypothesis, method and prediction. 

In maths, we have been doing multiplication and division. At the end of the week, we had arithmetic to show how much we have progressed throughout the week.

In topic, we looked at ancient Greek maps. We identified city states and physical features of Greece. We also compared modern Greece to ancient Greece. Also, we found out the capital of Greece which is Athens..

In English, we explored legends and wrote our own as a cold task. Also we watched a Greek legend, annotated a picture and acted the legend out.

In PE, The girls are doing tag rugby while the boys are learning the hacker which is a dance that the they do in rugby.

In RE, we are doing a carousel with Year 6. With Year 6 were doing Judaism and Christianity.

Typed by: Theo, Trix, Ben and Kadie

Week commencing 16th September

This week's learning:

We have had a great second week in year 5. It was full of excitement and new learning.

In science,  we started to think about materials and their properties. we also started to think about definitions of the properties.

In maths, we have been using column addition and column subtraction. Everyone of us got a bit of green on our learning which is great because it means that we are making progress and challenging ourselves.

In topic, we have been making models of ancient Greek buildings, such as Olympia and the Theatre of Pompeii.  

In English,we have been looking at recount. We completed our hot tasks and blew our teachers away with our progress.

Typed by: Theo, Trix, Ben and Kadie

CLUBS ARE BACK!

We are very excited that the clubs are starting up again this week.

There are some brand new clubs this term including Comic Strip.

We hope that you have signed up for a club. They really are good fun.

We have had a very busy first week in Year 5 and the teachers and children have enjoyed getting to know each other. This week we have launched our topic with an afternoon of DT. The children have created a fantastic array of models to represent different ancient Greek and Roman buildings. In addition, we have been learning about the features of recounts and have analysed a range of texts. In Maths, we have been rounding and estimating, using our knowledge of place value and applying this to real life situations. 

 

Thank you for all of your positive feedback and support so far. We can't wait to see what next week brings.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Dring and Mrs Cole

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Be SMART and SMILE when using the Internet!

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High Five for Home Learning. Home Learning has been set for this week. Don't forget to log on to My Maths and Bug Club.

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Welcome back to RD and to Year 5!

 

We hope you have had a fantastic and enjoyable summer break, and are keen to start Year 5! 

We are always very proud of our learning and achievements at Round Diamond and will share these successes with you.  

 

We add videos, photographs and other evidence of our learning all the time; make sure you pop along frequently to see the most recent additions.  


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The Year 5 Team

The Year 5 Team 1 Mrs Kennedy-Weeks, Mrs Dring, Mrs Cole, Mrs Parker

Music festival

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Music festival

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Cornets

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In year 5, we are lucky enough to have weekly cornet lessons with Mr Robinson. It is one of the highlights of our week. We have been learning the notes and now we are beginning to put them together to create some super music. We hope that you enjoy our video. Can you identify the song?

Scratch coding

Scratch coding 1 Year 5 learning to code and writing algorithms
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