Have a look at what we’ve been learning…
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their Space Day. We watched live footage from the International Space Station and couldn’t believe the beautiful views of the Earth they had and how they were suspended from the station. We then investigated the phases of the moon, watched a solar scientists describe the sun before making our very own pop up cards. Finally, in the afternoon, we learnt about the bones, muscles and joints of astronauts and how, if they didn’t exercise, they would be so weak returning to Earth. To understand the workouts that they do to prevent this, we all participated in a workout fit for an astronaut!
Just So Stories
In Year 5, we have been reading books from 19th Century author Rudyard Kipling such as the Jungle Book and Just So Stories. We have done lots of work linked to them and decided to write our own Just So Story about a creature and how it got its strange feature. We have looked at all sorts of different animals from giraffes to blob fish! We then used Puppet Pals to recreate our stories into animations that would be suitable for our Reception children to watch. Click here to have a watch of some of our recordings!
What do shadows tell us about how the Earth moves during the day?
Today, we made the most of the sun to find out what shadows tell us about how the Earth moves. We built on our knowledge from Year 3 where we drew around our shadows to find out how they changed. This time, we used tape measures and an protractor to see what was going on scientifically. We found out that the length of the shadow changed across the day, becoming shorter over midday and longer as it went into the evening. We could also see an angle change throughout the day which shows that the sun is moving across the sky. This is proof that the sun moves around us.
Geocentric v Heliocentric
Today, we went through time to investigate what scientists and previous civilisations thought about how our Solar System was organised. We found out that through thousands of years, our understanding of the planets and the Earth has changed. To start with, people thought that the sun travelled around the Earth (a geocentric view), however, as science discoveries were made, we discovered that actually the Earth orbits the sun (a heliocentric view). To help us develop our understanding, we took the role of the many scientists involved in changing our understanding about the planets, including Isaac Newton and Galileo! It made us wonder what might change about our understanding of the world over the next few hundred years.
A Scaled Model of our Solar System
In order to understand the true size of our solar system, we first used our mathematical skills to compare and order the planets in terms of their diameter. We chose a ball to represent the size of that planet. Then we used our times table knowledge to help us reduce the scale of the planets from the sun, to that of sheets of toilet paper! We went outside to line up where our planets would be from the sun and couldn’t believe how far away from the sun some planets orbited!
Investigating the Mayans
We found out that the Mayans were discovered by Spanish explorers who stumbled across an area built up of elaborate buildings. We put ourselves in the footsteps of the Spanish and imagined how they were feeling. We then explored some artifacts to find out what WE would have discovered about the area and the unknown civilisation that lived there. Have a look at the photos and see what you think they were used for.
To help us learn the French alphabet, we had fun playing French hangman and a French game of Countdown after we’d listened to a song based on it. If you’d like to learn the l’alphabet francais, have a listen to the video by clicking here.
To help us learn and revise the different word classes, we played a sorting game. We had to find cards that fit the description of adjectives, verbs, adverbs, determiners and prepositions etc. We then wrote definitions and examples in our books to create our very own ‘Word Class’ dictionary.