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Diamond Class

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Welcome to the Diamond Class website page.

Diamond Class is Year 5 and 6, taught by Miss Self.

We are supported by Mrs Beckett De Banks and Mrs De Banks.

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Diamond Class

Long Term Plan

Summer Term 2

End of Year Production 'Greece Goes to Pieces'
In History, we have been learning about Ancient Greece. Our end of year production took the audience on a journey back to 431BC, where they heard about the Peloponnesian War and the battle between the Athenians and the Spartans. They met some famous Greek philosophers, saw the first Olympics and heard the sad tale of Theseus and the Minotaur. What an amazing performance it was from Years 5 and 6!!

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Aylmerton Residential
We set off on a 3 day residential to Aylmerton feeling very excited! When we arrived, we found found out that we were sleeping in bunk beds with 4-6 to a dormitory, we had to make our own beds up! On the first day, we completed some 'pirate training' activities - these included making fire, team building to cross a zip-line and den building, (all while being squirted with super soakers by our teachers!). As the sun began to set, we went for a woodland walk to Felbrigg Church, we were allowed inside to listen to a 'spooky' story from our guide 'Miah Man', which we all enjoyed! Once we returned to the centre, we drank hot chocolate and said goodnight.
The next day, we travelled to West Runton, which is famous for its rock pools and 'mammoth'. We searched in the rock pools for fossils (such as belemnite) and creatures. We then took off our socks and shoes and paddled in the sea, we laughed and splashed around together. That evening, we had a disco, the DJ played lots of our favourite songs and even the Teachers danced! 
On our final day, we went into Cromer to complete a town trail, which finished at the pier. We had ice-creams and lunch on the pier, it was sad to have to say goodbye and come home!

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Summer Term 1

Art 
In art we have been experimenting using a range of textiles and media. We researched the work of Antoni Gaudi and developed a batik design, which we then used to print images onto.
We also experimented with a range of weaving, using both man-made and natural materials. 

 

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Quad Kids U11's
We also attended a Quad Kids tournament at Hadleigh High School. We competed against other schools in running, jumping and throwing. We came 2nd out of 5 teams!

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Netball
This term we have been busy getting back into sports competitions! We took part in a Bee netball competition at Ipswich School Sports Centre. 18 children from our class represented the school. 2 children were awarded a Fair Play award.

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Spring Term 2

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In Science, we have been learning about inheritance and variation. We learnt that inheritance is the name for the passing of traits, or characteristics, from parents to offspring. Variation occurs in a species from generation to generation. Although an offspring will have some similar characteristics to its parents, it will also have many different characteristics. 

To help us understand these concepts, we used Mr Men and Little Misses. Here are some of our offspring:


 

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Diamond Class trip to West Stow

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As we arrived, we looked up at the village on top of the hill, we couldn't wait to look around. Our group started at the family house, inside was a raised wooden block, with woollen blankets. We learnt that they were used as beds, there would have been up to 10 family members sleeping in the small room. There was a fire pit in the middle of the room, for warmth. It must have been very smoky! We looked inside the farm house, the weaving house and then Lance (our guide) gave us a demonstration of how the Forge was used.  We then looked at the Oldest house, it was interesting because there were odd ways to shut the windows an the bed looked like a coffin.
After looking around the Anglo-Saxon village, we met up in the Hall and Lance explained the history of the site and people had a chance to ask questions. We asked about the Sunken house and he explained that Anglo-Saxons might not have built houses close to the ground as it would have been too cold inside.
In the afternoon, we looked around the museum. When we entered, we saw an animal skin hanging by the door, I thought it was a coyote but it was a wild boar skin. The cabinets were full of artefacts that had been found on the site and lots of information. In one of the cabinets was part of a real jaw-bone!
The final part of our day was an activity to look at artefacts and guess what they were. We held a brooch, a cleaning set, a piece of roof tile, a spear-head, a shield boss and a door lock. 
I learnt that the site was also lived on by Romans and people in the Middle Ages. Some of the Oak wood houses can stand for at least 65 years.
by Maya, India, Toby, Harrison, Cobey, Vinnie and Evie. 



 

Spring Term 1

In Science this term, we have been developing our understanding of electricity. We investigated different ways that static electricity is generated. We learnt that static electricity is an imbalance of electrical charge, in the atoms, on the surface of an object. Objects are then either attracted to, or repelled by other objects. 

 

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Beowulf vs Grendel

Would you be brave enough to take on the beast? Our English learning this term has focussed on the story of Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo. We
considered the skills and attributes a 
person would need to take on a beast 
like Grendel. How would we persuade 
anyone to apply for the job? Have a look
at some of our job adverts; would you 
apply?

PSHE and Safer Internet Day - in our class we know how important it is to stay safe online. Sometimes it can be tricky to keep our social interactions positive. We listened to some examples of children playing games together online and discussed whether the interactions between them were positive or negative. We then considered each scenario and the advice we would give to the children involved. We created our own rules for an online game, that would help the players to keep social interactions positive and fun.
 

Autumn Term 2...

In DT this term, we have been developing and refining our sewing skills! We have designed a felt case for a mobile phone. We needed to choose which sewing stitch would be best for us to use when making our cases, so we practised a running stitch, backstitch and an overcast stitch. We had to be very patient and resilient, particularly when threading the needles! 

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Our class assembly:

It was our turn to present our class assembly at the beginning of December. We were really proud to share our learning with the rest of the school and our parents. In music, we have been appraising and learning to sing/play 'Livin' on a prayer' by Bon Jovi. We had also learnt to sign the words. We surprised everyone with this at the end of the assembly.

Victorian Experience Day

Our History topic this half term has been Victorian childhood. We learnt about what it was like to be a child in Victorian times and that children often had very different experiences, depending on their background. Some children didn't even get to go to school, they had to work in dangerous factories or find other work such as farming or chimney sweeping. On our experience day, we came into school dressed as a Victorian child, we chose Victorian names which we used for the day. 
As we came in we had handwriting practice using chalk and black paper – it was very hard to write! We learnt some latin phrases, for example scientia potentia est which means ‘knowledge is power’. The teachers were really strict and quite scary! If children were badly behaved they would be hit with a cane or slipper. In maths, we practiced our times tables by reciting them out loud – we really enjoyed it! Then we completed arithmetic questions. In the afternoon, we played Victorian games, like jacks, pick up sticks, chess and tiddly winks.

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Our learning in Autumn Term 1....

We have been busy creating double-page spreads in English. While visiting a planet called Pandora (located 4.4 light years away from Earth) we discovered some unknown hexapods....take a look at some of the non-chronological reports we have created about the new creatures:

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In Science, we have been learning about animals and humans. We found out about how the heart works, blood types and why our heart rates change.

We also learnt about the digestive system. We worked together to carry out research and use our findings to create information texts.

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Baking for MacMillan Coffee Morning

We made chocolate chip cookies for the MacMillan coffee morning at Hintlesham Community Centre. We mixed butter, flour and sugar to make the cookie dough, then we added the chocolate chips and baked them. The next afternoon, we went to the cake sale after school and bought some! India and Lily. 

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Summer Term 2

Look at some of our exciting learning.. 

Modern Foreign Languages Day

On MFL day we had an afternoon learning about 2 different languages and their culture. We learnt about Spain and Japan. When we learnt about Spain we had to guess what country we were learning about. Some people thought it was Spain because of the picture of paella and the picture of the famous church called ‘la sagrada familia’. In Spain, with the tomatoes which had been overripe they have a festival where they threw the overripe tomatoes at each other. They basically have a giant tomato food fight. Some people in Spain do flamenco dancing and we got to have a go. For Japan we had a go at origami but it was quite tricky!

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Visit to Flatford Mill

On Tuesday 6th July we went to Flatford Mill. We went pond dipping and found some creatures. We found pond snails, a water scorpion and a fish. After a long session of pond dipping we went to have lunch. Our second activity was looking at lakes and streams. The lake was too deep to go in but we used some equipment to measure how deep and how fast it was flowing. When we went to the streams we were in groups and we had to measure the width, and then we had to drop a cork in and see how long it took to travel a metre. After our exciting day we went back to the coach and went back to school but some people had wet socks from going too deep in the pond!

Wellbeing Week

On Tuesday 28th June we had our Sports Morning. There were 12 activities and they were all different. There were stickers that you could earn by showing their values. The stickers were: Determination, Teamwork, Respect, Belief and Passion.

We also went into the hall and our teacher, Miss Self, read out a piece of paper about our senses and we had to smell, feel and taste a fruit pastille.

During another activity we had to write nice things about the people at our table. While we were writing we got to have biscuits and juice which was yummy! After we had written the kind things about the people on our table we made a chain and stuck the pieces of paper together then we got to take it home.

We learnt sign language for ‘The Fight Song’ because we weren't allowed to sing due to covid.

Suffolk Minds is a charity that helps people with their minds. They came into school to talk about what they do. We did activities about different needs and breathing, we learnt dragon breathing and we also learnt different things about our mind and how to keep it healthy.

 

Diamond Class Production

This term we are lucky to be doing a summer production. We are performing Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits. It is on Thursday 15th July at 1:20 pm. Classes 1,2 and 3 have been helping to make props. Class 3 is making the cave of wonders ,Class 2 painted the jars. Then Ruby class made the sultan’s throne. We have been rehearsing lots and we hope you enjoy it if you watching it on Zoom. 

 

French

In French, we have been learning about pets. Here some French names of pets you might have at home:

A dog - un chien

A cat - un chat

A guinea pig - un cochon d’lnde

A rabbit - un lapin

A tortoise - une tortue

Ms Jary teaches us French.

 

English

In English with Miss Self we have been writing a story based on the film clip Alma. This piece of work we are writing up neatly to go in our special writing books. With Ms Jary we are writing a poem based on the tale of the three brothers from Harry Potter.

 

This half term's blog written by Robert, Sofia, Bella, Lily C and Maya.

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Summer Term 1

Number Day 2021

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DT - Marble Runs
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Design and Technology day!

The challenge was to make a free standing structure that was steady.

Each group made a marble run using a variety of materials and tools.

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