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Welcome to Year 5 2021-22


Welcome back to the Autumn Term. 

The teachers in Year 5 this year are Mrs Bickerdyke (Lowry), Mr Taylor and Mrs Kramer (Cliff). 


This term's learning will include;

English; The legend of Robin Hood, Biographies (David Attenborough) and poetry.

Maths; Exploring place value of numbers up to one million, developing written and mental fluency with all four mathematical operations.

Science; Exploring how materials change states (solid, liquid,gas).

History; Beginning to find out about how The Roman Empire was founded and spread. 

Geography; Discovering the physical and human features of North and South America. 


For further information on our curriculum please look at the documents attached below. 


Please continue practicing your spellings and keep reading with the children and record any reading at home on the Go Read app. 

Weekly home learning will be set for both English and Maths on through the online use of Google Classroom. We also expect you to use the Times Tables Rock Stars app

 Please find attached below a copy of the Year 5 Autumn 1 Fluency Facts, Year 5 Yearly Curriculum Overview, our class timetables and the Autumn Term 1 Curriculum overview. 


PE will be taught every Thursday afternoon with Mrs Hall and Mr Donkin. 


The Year 5 team.

Week beginning 18th October 2021;

Final pieces

LI: To plan and paint



Research used
Sketch basic outline
Paint in chosen style


We chose our favourite picture and sketched it, we used what is called “ghost” sketching. We then chose our favourite artist’s style, the tools we would like to use and the type of paint that we thought was the most appropriate for our piece.

Week Beginning 11th October 2021

Over the last two weeks of term, Year 5 will be learning about, researching and writing biographies. We spent the first day reading a range of biographies about inspirational men and women throughout time and across the world. We looked at their key features so that we know how to write the very best biographies possible. 


Week Beginning 4th October 2021

This week in maths we have been learning long multiplication. To solidify our learning, today we paired up to model and teach the process to a partner, this helped us to deepen our understanding.  Here are some pictures of us working together.

Week Beginning 27th September

In Year 5 this week, we finished off our English unit focused on Robin Hood.  We stepped into the shoes of Little John to write a diary entry of the last few days of Robin Hood's life.  We used adverbs, adjectives and figurative language to help get our emotions and feelings across.


We also had our second week of active Cornet playing with Mr Robinson.  We have been learning the importance of our body positioning when playing. 


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Week Beginning 20th September 2021

In Year 5, we have been looking at the different painting styles of artists. This week we looked at Renoir and impressionism. We studied  and researched the art work of Pierre August Renoir and copied his style to create our own landscapes. We sketched and painted outside with our friends in the same way that Renoir did with Monet. We used  small brushes, quick brush strokes and dabs of paint to create mood and movement  in our painting. Here are some photographs of us enjoying our learning. 


Week Beginning 13th September 2021

Year 5 were pleased to meet with Mr Robinson this week, who will be teaching cornets to us during our music sessions over this school year. 
He played us some music on his cornet, and gave us something to aspire to. He also shared some Tijuana Jazz which comes from Mexico (which we are learning about in Geography). Next week, we will try playing the cornet ourselves for the first time… we can’t wait! 

Week Beginning 6th September 2021

This week we started our new Science learning unit on 'Materials'. 

To start our new topic on materials, we used feely bags to see if we could predict what an object was and what materials it was constructed from using only our sense of touch.

See the photographs of us below enjoying our learning. Here is some of the vocabulary we discussed to support our learning about materials was permeable, conductor, magnetic, natural and synthetic. 

Next week we are going to further investigate thermal insulators and conductors. 


Year 5 2020-21

Year 5 team

Miss Cousins and Mrs Figueiredo (Cliff)

Mr Paice (Lowry)



W/B 12th July 2021 - Macbeth Lowry English

This week we have been rehearsing and performing our own mini-production of the Shakespeare classic - Macbeth. We read the script, made a storyboard of the scenes, cast and rehearsed the scenes. Some people wanted to act whilst others preferred to direct. On Thursday we filmed the scenes. We hope you enjoy our production.

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. 


Week beginning 28.06.21 -

Year 5 Sleepover!


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 

Shakespeare's Sonnets

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'. 


Sonnet 18

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Week beginning 14.06.21 - Cross Curricular Days: Healthy Lifestyles

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? 


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K'NEX Challenge 

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:

Strong for speed, comfort and safety

We though about:

Where will the pilot sit to fly your machine?
Will your machine carry passengers or cargo?
How does your flying machine land?
Can it land on water?
Can your machine fly into space?

The flying machine must have:

Some form of engine
Something to land on (wheels, skis, runners)


Science Adverts - W/B 17.05.2021

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. 

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W/B 10th May 2021 - Science

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. 

W/B 3rd May 2021 - Art

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. 

W/B 26th April 2021 - Art

Cliff class had an enjoyable afternoon experimenting with Mod Roc. We use cardboard, Mod Roc and our sculpting skills to build arches and columns. 

Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th April 2021

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.

Year 5 school of rock perfromance

School Of Rock

Year 5 Home Learning

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.  

 Cornets w/b 19th April 2021

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!

Week beginning 12th April 2021 

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%! 

Funny life of teachers W/B 22.03.2021

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.

Exciting electricity w/b 15th March 2021


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!

Persuasive speeches w/b 8th March 2021


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.

World book day W/B 1.03.2021

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!

Persuasion W/B 22.02.2021

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!

Art learning w/b 8th February 2021

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.

English W/B 01.02.2021

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?


WB 25/01/21 

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. 

Amreen took part in the humanities home learning challenge. Below is her learning - well done Amreen!

WB 18/01/2021

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.


WB 11/01/2021

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. 

WB 5.1.2021

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. 

WB 14/12/2021

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. 

When Santa got stuck up the chimney

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WB 7/12/2020

Angles - maths learning 

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!

WB 30.11.2020

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? 

WB 23.11.2020

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)!

WB 16.11.2020


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 :) 

WB 9/11/2020

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! 

Wb 2.11.20
Cinquain writing 

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.

WB 26/10/20 Singing assembly 

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!


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WB 12/10/20 Hurrah for Cliff Class

WB 5/10/2021

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.

WB 28.09.2021

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. 

Maths Tutorials - Finding Fractions of Amounts

WB 21/9/21

This week we have focused on recalling our prime numbers to 30. Watch the video below to find out which numbers are prime numbers. 

Prime Numbers Song

WB 14/9/20

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. 

WB 7.9.2020

Robin Hood 

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.

A hello from your new teachers

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Year 5 staff say goodbye to Year 5 2019-2020

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Welcome to the class page for Year 5


We are looking forward to sharing our exciting learning with you every week. Check here for regular updates.


The Year 5 Team:



Miss Jessica Tucker (Lowry Class)

Miss Ashley Johnston (Cliff Class)

Mrs Hannah Taylor (Setting)


Teaching Assistant

Ms Anne Mason 


Our PE day is Monday. Please ensure the children have the correct PE kit with them every day.

Home Learning WB 20/07/20
Home Learning WB 13/07/20

English 1 & 2 - Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Listen to this wonderful guide to planet earth and look at the beautiful illustrations.

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☀️Happy Half Term Year Five 😊

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                   Home School Learning WB 20.04.20
English Tasks 
Maths Tasks 
Additional subject tasks 

Hello everyone, 


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:


Don't forget you can get involved in the community projects too ☺


Stay safe. 


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


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.

White Rose Maths is a helpful website for extra maths resources - they have recently added some parent and carer tutorials to help access the website and resources.
Afternoon learning

Extra ideas for activities if all of the above is completed:

  • If you use this website and use the free access code: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS, you will be able to access lots of different learning activities appropriate for the children's key stage.
  • Audible is also free for as long as the schools are closed, so if children run out of books on BugClub, there are lots of audio books for children of all ages. Find this at: 
  • GoNoodle is good for practical dance and mindful activities
  • BBC Supermovers has videos relating to a range of activities
  • Topmarks has a range of interactive activities to support learning for a range of subjects


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:

History with Dan Snow

At 2pm - find at:

English with David Walliams

At 3pm - find at:

Food Tech with Jamie Oliver

At 5:30pm - find at:








WB 16/03/2020


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. 

WB 9/3/20

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.

WB 02.03.2020

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.   

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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.

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Half Term 

We hope you have a lovely half term break :) 

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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 Roman Home Learning Projects!