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 Fran Landau
Our PE day is Monday. Please ensure the children have the correct PE kit with them every day.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 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
Wednesday 19th December - Yesr 5 Christmas Performance
Open Afternoon - 08.11.18
Thank you to everybody who made it to our open afternoon today. The children really enjoyed being able to share their learning with you. There were some fantastic paintings produced and Lowry class really did themselves proud with their cornets performance! Cliff class have this to look forward to in the second half of the year.
Both Year 5 classes have had fun with their science investigations this week. We used our knowledge of materials to separate different mixtures. We used sieving to separate raisins and flour; filtration to separate sand and water; magnets to separate paper clips and rice and evaporation to separate salt and water. We had to leave the salty water for a few days but we can now see the results!
We hope you all have a fantastic half term. We look forward to hopefully seeing lots of you at our open afternoon on Thursday 8th November.
We are really getting into our learning on 'The Butterfly Lion' by Michael Morpurgo. This week, we did some drama activities to get into the characters of Bertie, Millie and the White Lion. We imagined what each of the characters would feel like in World War 1 and have now gone on to do some fantastic writing from the Lion's point of view
In English, all groups are currently reading 'The Butterfly Lion' by Michael Morpurgo, which is set in WW1. The children have been fully engaged in the story and cannot wait to find out what happens at the end of each chapter. Their enthusiasm has resulted in some very high-quality writing and all teachers have been very impressed. Today, Mr Carter's class did some hot seating, imagining what they would say if they were either of the main characters.
Lowry Class have impressed Mr Robinson with their fantastic skills and quick progress in their cornets lessons this half term! This week, we played 'Hot Crossed Buns' and 'Clair de Lune'. We are hoping to be able to share our cornets learning with you at our upcoming Open Afternoon on November 8th (more details to follow).
In Year 5 this week, we completed our investigations on thermal insulators. The challenge was to keep a cup of ice from melting. In Lowry class, the best insulator was bubble wrap and in Cliff class, the best insulator was wool.
You can do a similar virtual version on the experiment here:
It's been another busy week in Year 5!
We have been challenging ourselves in Maths, solving problems with long multiplication. In English, we have been exploring a range of figurative language to help us to write interesting Legends next week. We have also planned an investigation on thermal insulators in Science and we are looking forward to doing our experiment on Tuesday!
We have also been practising for our Harvest Festival, where we are remembering how lucky we are to have enough food in this country, as well as thinking about those around the world who are less fortunate. Lowry class have been rehearsing a poem and Cliff class have been preparing some role play (see pictures below).
Our Harvest festival is on Tuesday 10th October - we hope to see lots of you there
Week beginning 10.09.18
We have had a fantastic first full week in Year 5. The children have impressed us with their enthusiasm for their learning across the curriculum.
In Maths, we have completed some challenging learning on addition and subtraction using formal written methods.
In English, we have been looking at Legend stories and are making our way up to writing our own next week. Lowry class really enjoyed watching this video:
Next week, Lowry class are looking forward to starting their cornets lessons with Mr Robinson, so watch this space for updates on our progress! Cliff class have made an excellent start to learning the harvest songs with Mr Meek.
Welcome to Year 5!
We hope you are all energised for the learning ahead!
The Year 5 team:
Miss Norcott (Lowry class)
Mrs Bernal (Cliff class)
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.
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.
26.07.18 - THANK YOU!
We are in awe of the generosity shown by the children and their families today. It was the last day of a long year, and we were overwhelmed by the gifts and kind messages from everyone. All in year 5 should be feeling very proud of what they have achieved this year - we're all looking forward to seeing them rise to the challenge of year 6.
We hope you have the most wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you all in the new school year.
Thank you again, from Mrs Bernal, Miss Norcott, Mrs Herbert and Miss Mason.
Summer Home Learning
Well done to all children who chose to take part in our final Home Learning Project. We saw a fantastic array of Mayan headdresses, using a wide range of eye-catching resources, colour schemes and special features. The children clearly used their research and learning in class to influence their design, and many accompanied their learning with detailed fact files.
Despite the soaring temperatures inside the classrooms this week, we have produced some excellent learning in Year 5. In English, we have written our own versions of 'Little Red Riding Hood' from the point of view of the Wolf, and in Maths, we have challenged ourselves by learning about percentages.
This afternoon, we ended our topic on AD900 and worked in groups to deliver presentations to the rest of the class to celebrate the range of learning we have undertaken on the Maya, Benin and Islamic civilisations.
We hope you are all feeling prepared for our trip to Phasels Wood next week! We look forward to updating you and sharing photos on our return.
Excellent first week back. It was wonderful to see the children returning with energised and positive learning behaviours.
Thank you to all who attended the parent meeting about Phasels Wood on Wednesday, we're all very excited about the trip! Please ensure you are up to date with the payment schedule and that you have returned the medical form we sent out.
We hope you all have the most wonderful half term. See you in 2 weeks !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Lots of lovely learning this week. Look at some pictures from our learning below...
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
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!
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.
What a fantastic first week in Year 5 ! 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!