Welcome back to the Summer Term.
This term we will begin learning about The Romans as part of our history topic. In Geography we'll begin by looking at biomes and different habitats. This half term in science we explore life-cycles of plants and animals.
PE WILL BE ON MONDAY
Please continue practising your spellings and keep reading with the children. We also expect you to use the Times Tables Rock Stars app, below is attached a copy of the Year 5 Summer 2 Fluency Facts.
The Year 5 team.
Miss Cousins and Mrs Figueiredo (Cliff)
Mr Paice (Lowry)
Week Beginning 12th July 2021
In Design and Technology, Year 5 have been practising their joining and fixing skills to design and make their own Roman catapults.
They drew their designs with a mechanism and then made and refined their initial ideas.
Finally, they demonstrated their designs to the rest of the class.
Year 5 Summer Home Learning Projects
Week Beginning Monday 5th July 2021
Year 5 investigated the ways in which the Romans built there roads.
The skills and knowledge we are building on are;
*To understand impact of historical developments on modern life
*To understand the ‘Romanisation’ of Britain e.g. the impact of technology
Look at the photographs below which show the imaginative ways that the children approached this research project.
Last week, Cliff Class and Lowry Class enjoyed a sleepover at Highover School in Hitchin. The children camped out in tents and enjoyed socialising together. They played outdoor games such as bowls, rounders and football and enjoyed a special pizza dinner together.
After the year or so everyone has had, it was a wonderful opportunity for the children to spend time together in the outdoors.
Week beginning 21st June 2021
Year 5 have been learning about William Shakespeare, including learning about the story of Macbeth as well as reading, writing and performing sonnets. We studied iambic pentameter and found the rules for a Shakespearean sonnet.
Shakespearean sonnets feature the following elements: They are fourteen lines long. The fourteen lines are divided into four subgroups. The first three subgroups have four lines each, which makes them “quatrains,” with the second and fourth lines of each group containing rhyming words. Here are some of our performances of 'Sonnet 18'.
As part of our cross curricular days this week on healthy lifestyles, Year 5 have been exploring ‘Radio Taiso’. We learnt that Radio Taiso originated in 1928, and was designed to keep the citizens of Japan healthy by focussing on both strength and fitness.
In groups, we created our own Radio Taiso inspired routines and performed these to the class. Here are a few examples!
We also practised a range of different skills for Olympic sports such as triathlon, wrestling and canoeing.
Can you guess from the picture which sports we are using skills from?
Thursday 10th 2021
Year 5 had a fantastic day working as teams of engineers to design and build a flying machine of the future.
We used designing, fine motor and team work skills to make our final pieces.
Mrs Phillips and Mrs Figueiredo came and judged our learning .... the winning class will be announced tomorrow!
The design needed to be:
We though about:
The flying machine must have:
Over the last two weeks we have been learning about the inspirational work of Jane Goodall in science. Jane was inspired to learn about Chimpanzees when she was given a toy at a young age. Her journey took her to Africa where she observed the primates like no one had ever done before. Jane set up the Jane Goodall instiute to help protect the endangered Chimps. Below are some of the adverts from Lowry class and slogans created by Cliff Class.
We worked in small groups to research a range of biomes using ipads and non-fiction texts to research them. The key areas we had to research were; where they are located, weather, climate, vegetation, animals and adaptations. Then, we shared our findings with the rest of the class.
This week, it was the turn of Lowry class to experiment with Mod Roc. We are developing our techniques of layering and making relief on to a flat surface. We will begin to make a scale version of The Colosseum in the coming weeks.
Cliff class had an enjoyable afternoon experimenting with Mod Roc. We use cardboard, Mod Roc and our sculpting skills to build arches and columns.
As part of our Cross-Curricular Days Lowry and Cliff spent two days immersing themselves into the stage production of ‘School of Rock’. We rehearsed and performed to Year 6.
To finish the learning off we watch a production of The Wizard of Oz, pretended to be theatre critics and wrote reviews of the show.
Weekly home learning is set for English and Maths, you can find the Year 5 Fluency Facts for the Year and Year 5 Summer Recommended Reads below.
We were very excited to welcome back Mr Robinson this week as we had the chance to start our Cornets learning again. This week as you're listening to music, see which instruments you can identify!
What a great start to the Summer Term, Cliff Class were so proud to be the winners of this weeks attendance trophy with a superb 99.5%!
Following on from world book day, we used the Funny Life of Teachers (Jame Campball) to inspire our explanation writing. We thought about different teachers we may or may not have encountered in school and wrote our own entry for the book. Teachers included the Lazy teacher, the 'cool' teacher and the football mad teacher (who could that have been based on I wonder?) Our final pieces were collated and we created our own version of the book which can be found outside of Year 5.
In science this week we explored circuits. We learnt what we needed to create a simple circuit (a cell, wires and a bulb). We discussed how the electricity moves around the circuit and powers the bulb. We were then able to explore what would happen if we added other components to our circuit (like buzzers and motors). We were shocked with the results!
We were thrilled to be back in the classroom with all our friends this week. In our English learning we tried to persuade the teachers to start a new colony on Mars. We used TEEL to help us structure our paragraphs as well as a range of persuasive features. Why not ask your children about some of their arguments for starting a new colony on the red planet.
It was fantastic to see all the children dressed up for world book day - albeit virtually!
We had great fun sharing the different outfits and explaining our characters to each other. We then had an exciting assembly from the author, Jame Campbell. He answered our questions and shared part of his book with us. In the afternoon we were treated to 'Masked reader' where we had to identify who was reading which book!
We were very excited to be back this week. In English we began looking at persuasive writing. The children explored different examples and began identifying the features. Why not spot examples of persuasion as you go about your weekend. It could be in an advert or magazine, even on the radio!
This half term our Art learning has focused on sketching and shwding with pencil. We didn't let lockdown stop us! We drew inspiration from our history topic of the Romans to create a sketch of Hadrians Wall. The children started by lightly sketching the outline using a photograph of the wall. They then used a range on techniques including hatching, cross hatching, contouring and circulism to complete their sketch.
This week we have continued reading the book 'Boy in the Tower'. The children have really enjoyed the suspense and mystery book. We used our text retrieval skills to draw an image of the deadly 'Blucher' plants. Here we are sharing them in Google Classroom.
Next week we will be writing the next part of the story. What do you think will happen? Will Ade and his Mum survive?
We have been loving reading our new novel ‘Boy in the tower’ by Polly Yo-Hen. Every page is full of suspense and mystery. On Tuesday we focused on the main character Ade. He has a very interesting relationship with his mum which we explored. We also talked maturely about issues that arise for Ade and his feelings about these.
In our English Learning, we have started thinking about the genre of ‘Suspense and Mystery’. We used our VIPERS skills to predict what may happen in the story using just the front cover. We had to think about the characters, the setting and the plot as well as making sure we justified our answers.
To complete our unit on instructions, we published our instructions using google slides. This was a new experience for us but we utilised our PowerPoint skills and used them to help us navigate this software.
This week we have started our remote learning from home using Google classrooms. During our maths learning we have been learning about negative numbers. This video helped us to understand the rules when adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers.
This week the children in Year 5 have been learning a signed version of the Christmas song 'When Santa got stuck p the chimney'. Here are Lowry class performing their version.
This week in maths we have had fun exploring angles. As well as recalling facts about the different angles, we have used a protractor to measure them. We have learnt that angles on a line add up to 180 and angles round a point are 360 degrees!
As you're out and about see what angles you can spot!
This week we have started our new topic in our English learning. We have loved finding out about our new text 'How to be a world explorer', below is a picture of the front cover. What do you think the text might be about? What information might it contain?
This week we took part in our Autumn term cross curricular event which focused on the magic of 'The Wizard of Oz'. We had great fun writing our own newspaper reports, plotting weather data for Kansas, investigating tornadoes and creating the best broomstick. We wanted to share our favourite scene from the film, we like how everyone has been swept up in the tornado but think the witch is a little scary (it's the creepy music)!
Mr Paice and Mrs Taylor would like to say a huge well done to all of the children for their efforts when learning at home over the past 10 days. They have shown resilience and perseverance and we couldn’t be prouder! We are now looking forward to the children joining us back in the classroom :)
Our first week of learning from home!
We (Mrs Taylor and Mr Paice) would like to say a huge well done to all of the children for their efforts this week. They have coped amazingly well with the sudden change to their learning and have continued to show our PRIDE learning behaviours. Keep up the good work Year 5!
This week in English, Lowry have been exploring cinquains. We have used the book 'Where the poppies grow' and the poem 'In Flanders Field' to inspire our writing.
Take a look at some of the cinquain poems we have produced below.
This term we have been unable to have singing assembly - but that hasn't stopped Lowry class singing. As we are unable to project due to guidlines, we are learning how to sign the song too! Take a look at how we are getting on below!
This week we have been learning about different poetic techniques which include metaphors, similes and alliteration as well as the effect these have on the reader. Look at the very simple poem below can you improve it by adding in these poetic language features?
The snake went across the floor.
It was wiggling.
The iguana ran.
The snake snuck up on the iguana.
He ran away.
It went up the rock.
This week we have been calculating fractions of amounts. The video below gives a step by step guide to explain how to do this successfully.
This week we have focused on recalling our prime numbers to 30. Watch the video below to find out which numbers are prime numbers.
In our English learning we have continued to look at the story of Robin Hood. We focused on character descriptions and write our own character profiles. We had to use the text as evidence to support our description of each character.
In English this week, we have started to explore the legend of Robin Hood. We've heard and read different versions of the story and started to explore the characters in more details. The children will be looking at retelling the story from different viewpoints with a focus on their descriptive writing skills. If you have time this weekend, why not watch one of the versions together at home.
We are looking forward to sharing our exciting learning with you every week. Check here for regular updates.
Miss Jessica Tucker (Lowry Class)
Miss Ashley Johnston (Cliff Class)
Mrs Hannah Taylor (Setting)
Ms Anne Mason
Our PE day is Monday. Please ensure the children have the correct PE kit with them every day.
Home Learning WB 15/06/20
Home School Learning WB 04/05/20
We hope you have been getting on alright with your learning at home.
We just wanted to wish you a lovely Easter holidays.
We are not setting any learning over the holiday but here are some fun ideas that you could try, if you run out of activities to do: https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/
Don't forget you can get involved in the community projects too ☺
Miss Tucker, Miss Johnston and Mrs Taylor
Hello Year 5 parents,
Due to the upcoming school closure on Friday 20th March, we will now be providing learning through the website. This will be learning for the children to complete over the next two weeks at home. We recommend children continue in a daily routine to ensure a sense of stability and to allow them to continue to progress in their learning.
Below we have prepared activities that will allow children time to practise their maths fluency, spelling, reading, creative writing and some science, geography and history learning. As well as this, MyMaths and Bug Club will be updated with extra maths learning and books to read. The children were all given their logins and passwords recently for these so should be able to access them.
If you have any questions regarding this learning please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep safe and healthy and we will see you all soon.
Miss Tucker, Miss Johnston and Mrs Taylor
The English Faculty have been considering ways in which to make effective changes to our home learning expectations at Round Diamond. As part of this process, we have looked at opportunities to promote the enjoyment of high quality texts, both in school and at home.
To support this, each year group has created a ‘Summer Term Recommended Reading List’. The list has been put together by class teachers and has been designed to give children the opportunity to explore a range of texts at home, over the course of year.
Alongside this list are some question prompts which can be used to start discussions about what has been read. The questions are in line with our weekly VIPERS teaching, that focuses on individual skills within reading – Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Summarise.
Please note that this home learning is not compulsory. We hope that you will be able to enjoy some (or all!) of the recommendations by buying the texts if you wish. Equally, the question prompts can be used with any book you choose to enjoy with your child.
Extra ideas for activities if all of the above is completed:
Celebrity classes for the children to enjoy:
PE with Joe Wicks
Joe (the Body Coach guy who does the Lean in 15 books) is offering exercise classes Monday – Friday until the kids go back to school.
Each day, he starts with a warm-up, then exercises, then a warm down. Please find the link here: PE with Joe Wicks
Maths with Carol Vorderman
Take part in fun maths challenges with Carol Vorderman.
There are a variety of tasks, each tailored to different levels.
They are best for kids aged 4 – 11 years old.
The classes usually cost around £2 per week, but they are now free for everyone.
Please find the link here: Maths with Carol Vorderman
Home Economics with Theo Michaels
Theo Michaels is offering live cooking classes for kids each Monday and Wednesday.
Please find the link here: Home Economics with Theo Michaels
Music with Myleene Klass
These classes may be better for younger children.
Please find the link here: Music with Myleene Klass
Dance with Darcey Bussel
Join the Strictly judge for an afternoon dance session.
The classes are streaming live on Facebook.
Please find the link here: Dance with Darcey Bussel
Science with Maddie Moate
At 11 am - find at: youtube.com/maddiemoate
History with Dan Snow
At 2pm - find at: tv.historyhit.com
English with David Walliams
At 3pm - find at: worldofdavidwalliams.com
Food Tech with Jamie Oliver
At 5:30pm - find at: channel4.com/keepcookingandcarryon
Our focus in English this week has been around suspense and mystery. We have been thinking about how an author creates a great suspense and mystery story. We watched a video clip where Malorie Blackman described her craft. We have also this week focus on DASH paragraphs. This is a structure to follow when writing in the genre of suspense and mystery.
This week a large number of children have been taking part in Level 1 and 2 bikeability training. The children have focused on how to perform safety checks on their bikes before setting off, basic cycling skills and road cycling skills.
This week in Maths, Mrs Taylor's group have been focusing on imperial measures. We first identified the difference between metric and imperial measures, then group the measures into 'families' and finally converted from imperial to metric and vice versa.
This week, year 5 have impressed all of the teachers with the persuasive speeches they have written, about saving the Amazon Rainforest. We saw very passionate performances and their content was fantastic.
Below shows some of the children performing them.
We hope you have a lovely half term break :)
Year 5 have seriously impressed us with their amazing Home Learning Projects!
We have had such a variety of shields, made with different materials and patterns. We have all taken such pride in seeing them share their projects with great enthusiasm.
Well done Year 5! We cannot see what else is to come after Half Term :)
Miss Johnston, Miss Tucker and Mrs Taylor
Year 5 have been exploring their new Computing Topic. So far the children have been exploring Pivot Animator. They have found out how to make the characters move, how to add more characters, how to change their size, how to create frames and have discussed the effectiveness of slow movements. We also discussed how these animations relate toTV programmes such as Wallace and Gromit.
This week the children began to explore how to create different characters and add backgrounds so that they could begin creating their Roman Battle animation (linking to their History topic).
Year 5 had a very exciting, educational trip to the Airbus STEM Discovery Centre on Wednesday. We learned how to programme little Mars rovers to race against one another - getting from one line to the next. We also saw a few prototypes of the Mars Rover; Brian, Brittany and Bradley. After that, we made our own 'orbit' showing how the Earth orbits around the Sun and the moon orbits around the Earth. Finally, we learned about different star constellations, through a stimulating star show.
Pictures below show children enjoying their day...
In English Mrs Taylor's group have been reading the story of the Iron Man. Together as a class we have been reading a chapter at a time them answering a range of comprehension questions linked to VIPERS. The chapter below focuses on inference questions.
A Year 5 key writing skill is the use of parenthesis to add extra information into a sentence. This extra information can be added using commas, brackets or dashes. Below is a short music video that explains how to use brackets for parenthesis.
Our Spring Term focus will be on Geography and History. We have just started two new exciting topics. For Geography we will be focusing on map skills and looking at features of the UK and South America (Amazon Rainforest). History, on the other hand, is all about the Romans: discussing the Roman Empire, and many key figures such as Claudius and Boudica.
In other news, the children have settled back in well and have all started to enjoy the English topic of instructions; so far we have written a cold task (using prior knowledge), explored and evaluated different types of instructions.
As we approach the end of term, Year 5 are getting in the Christmas spirit. They have been practising their performance numbers and can't wait to share these with you on Thursday during our Christmas Production day.
This week in maths the children have been focusing on reasoning and application of skills. Have a go at home by opening the link below.
In Lowry's English class this week, we have been trying out different techniques to help us with remembering our learning. Today, we used a dice game to help us to use the correct verb tense (past or present). See pictures below...
In English this week Year 5 have been writing cinquain poems. A cinquain (pronounced SIN-cain ) is a short poem consisting of 5 lines. Follow the link below to find out how to write a cinquain.
WB 18.11.19 (XVIII . XI . XIV)
This week we have been taking part in the Autumn Term cross-curricular event which has been all about the ROMANS.
In English we have written a character description of the Roman God Neptune or Apollo.
In Maths we completed a roman roads activity using protractors.
In Science we dyed clothes using a range of natural dyes. We were testing to see which worked best.
In Art we created our own mosaic designs.
We've had a fantastic 2 days and really enjoyed learning all about the Romans.
Year 5 have started a Take One Book topic in English. We have been exploring different books (Grandad's Island, Poppy Field and Murder most Unladylike) in all classes and using different techniques to investigate these books.
Below shows Lowry class using freeze frames to summarise chapters and better understand Murder most Unladylike.
This week in Mrs Taylor's maths group we have been focusing on negative numbers. We've looked at identifying negative numbers, and calculating the difference between two numbers. Follow the link below to play a game linked to negative numbers.
In English this week we have been writing biographies about Sir David Attenborough. Click on the document below to find out more about his life.
In English this week, all of the Year 5 classes have been completing and editing their own Legends. Once these were to the best standard, the children have perfectly presented their learning. The teachers have been very impressed with their ideas and presentation.
We now are looking forward to starting our new topic: Biographies.
The whole of Year 5 have had exciting afternoon lessons this week. We have also been working on a project ready for Harvest Festival. As seen in the pictures above, the children have been designing their own Corn Harvest Knots and then creating them, either out of clay or wool.
In our Science lessons, Lowry class have been learning about conductors and insulators. In this week's lesson we re-capped the difference between conductors and insulators then spoke about electrical resistance. After this discussion, we hypothesised which conductor would make the bulb brighter and why. When we tested these hypotheses, we found that out of a 20 pence coin, another light bulb and a set of staples; the 20 pence coin made the bulb the brightest because it has the least electrical resistance and was the thickest material.
This week Year 5 begun exploring the story of Robin Hood. We are reading a range of different Robin Hood texts but have also watched a variety of videos to compare. Below is a link to our favourite clip.
We have had a great start to Year 5. The children have come back to school ready for learning. We have discussed our school values this week and each of us are able to explain how they contribute to and demonstrate the values of Responsible Determined and Successful.
This week in Lowry class we have been designing our own re-creations of L.S. Lowry's artwork.
Following their success earlier in the term, our Year 5 'Stevenage Speaks' team were lucky enough to be invited to have lunch with the Mayor of Stevenage this week! All children who took part in the competition went to the council offices on Monday afternoon, where they also had the opportunity to visit the council chamber and practise their public speaking skills.
In Year 5, our new topic is 'The Holiday Show'. For our DT lesson this week, Lowry class designed and made their own St Lucian cocktails! First, we had to taste different orange juices and rate them on aspects such as taste, texture, smell and colour. We then created recipes using our favourite orange juice and a variety of other flavours, We adapted our cocktails as we went along to make sure they tasted great. We then presented them in interesting ways to make them look more appealing. We also created posters to advertise our finished products, Finally, we evaluated our own cocktails in terms of taste and appearance.
12.06.19 - Stevenage Speaks Competition
Thank you to everybody who took the time to attend our Phasels Wood meeting on Wednesday afternoon. For those of you who couldn't make it, an information pack has been sent home with your child. The medical form needs to be signed and returned as soon as possible. The pack also included a kit list and printouts of the slideshow from the meeting (both of which can be downloaded further down on this page).
If you would like to see any more information, such as more detail on the activities, photos of the accommodation and a sample food menu, please visit the Phasels Wood website via the following link. We hope you are looking forward to the trip as much as we are!
As we approach our trip to Phasels Wood, we are looking forward to seeing lots of you at our meeting on Wednesday afternoon. If you would like to look ahead of time, a suggested kit list is attached below. For those of you who are unable to make it, all information will be sent home in a pack with your child the next day.
Cliff Class have been enjoying their cornets lessons. This week, they were lucky enough to have a Year 6 child, who has been having individual cornets lessons, share his expertise with them! Lowry class have been busy practising their song 'Spaceship Jam' ready for the upcoming Summer Music Festival.
Welcome to the Summer Term! We are looking forward to starting our new topics, including learning on the Mayan Civilisation in History and Living things and their Habitats in Science. We also have our residential trip to Phasels Wood to look forward to this term; we will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 15th May at 3.30pm in Lowry Class which will go through this in more detail. We hope to see as many of you there as possible.
This week in Year 5, we have had our cross curricular day. It was themed around the Railway Children, where children were fortunate enough to watch a performance of the novel. As well as, getting involved in a workshop with the cast. We learnt about the setting, voices, lighting, costumes and some children were able to act out one of the scenes. In class, we wrote a diary entry from one of the character's points of views, answered questions based on train timetables and we read the London underground map, which had questions to go with it such as riddles.
It has been another enjoyable this week, as year 5 took part in the K'Nex challenge. The children had to work in pairs to design then build their own new aircraft. Then, they would have to explain it to the class to be judged. There was one winning pair from each class. Everyone really enjoyed it and it was great to see the children work together and get very creative.
Thank you to all the parents who came to watch part of our English lessons. We hope you enjoyed them. Also, everyone looked fantastic in their World Book Day costumes. It was great to see a wide variety of costumes.
We have been really impressed by the Solar System projects we have received in Year 5 this week. We saw a wide variety of models made out of lots of different materials, ranging from polystyrene to papier mache - there was even some cake! We also saw some very impressive fact files and PowerPoint presentations to accompany the creative models. Well done to all children who took part in this piece of home learning.
It has been another fantastic half term in Year 5. We have really enjoyed learning more about Space in our topic and science lessons and we have all completed some challenging learning on fractions in Maths.
We hope you all have an enjoyable and restful half term break, and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our taster sessions in English on the 7th and 8th of March.
This week in English, we have been experimenting with writing our own rap poems.
Take a look at a selection of our performances below!
This week, four children from Year 5 represented Round Diamond School in a maths competition. There were some very challenging questions and tasks to do but the children did extremely well and came 7th out of 15 schools!
Well done to all of the children involved
In topic this week, we continued our learning on Space and found what nebulae are. A nebula is a giant cloud of dust and gas in space. Some nebulae come from the gas and dust thrown out by the explosion of a dying star, such as a supernova. Other nebulae are regions where new stars are beginning to form. For this reason, some nebulae are called "star nurseries."
We used a range of media such as chalk, paint and glitter to create our own nebulae.
16.01.18 - Trip to Airbus Discovery Space
Year 5 had lots of fun on their trip to Airbus Discovery Space Centre yesterday. They learnt about the Mars Rover and saw the prototypes in action in the Mars Yard. They were amazed to find out that the rocket containing the Mars Rover will take a whole 9 months to reach Mars.
The children also learnt about the phases of the Moon and made models to show how this works.
Finally, they learnt about different constellations in the night sky and how some of the constellations and stars got their names.
We have had a fantastic first week back in Year 5. The children are very excited to be starting their Topic and Science learning on Earth and Space. We are looking forward to our trip next week to the Airbus Discovery Centre to see the Mars Rover!
In English, we have planned our own instructions on how to fly to the moon and in Science, we have looked at different ways to prove that the Earth is a sphere shape.
We watched this video to find out more:
Happy New Year!
We hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break. We are looking forward to welcoming the children back tomorrow, ready to start the Spring Term and more fantastic learning.
Look below at our new class time tables and overviews for an insight into the learning we will be carrying out this term.
Wednesday 16th January 2019 -Trip to Airbus Discovery Centre
Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th February 2019 - Parent Consultations
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March 2019 - Year 5 English taster sessions for parents