Be a Scientist

 

On this page you will find information about our science topics this year.  This (Summer) half term's theme is 'Living Things and their Habitats'.

In each theme, you will also find suggestions for home learning opportunities and we would love to see any outcomes from any exploration completed outside of school! Or, maybe, you might have some interesting facts to share or activities/links to suggest.  

Living Things and their Habitats (Summer)

This term we are finding out about the life cycles of plants and animals. 

The following are some links to help you find out more about asexual reproduction in plants:

https://sbi3uplantsjan2012.wikispaces.com/Asexual+Reproduction+in+Plants+-+Research+Page

http://www.biology-resources.com/plants-vegetative-reproduction-01.html

http://leavingbio.net/vegetative-propagation/

https://www.online-sciences.com/the-living-organisms/the-asexual-reproduction-by-tubers-in-plants/

 

Here are some videos about propagation.  Maybe you could have a go at home!

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/plants/gymnosperms.htm  

http://sciencelearn.org.nz/Innovation/Innovation-Stories/Zealong-Tea/Videos/Propagating-tea-plants-using-cuttings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo7oKcIZVqY

Here are some sites you can use to research animals, their habitats and their characteristics

http://www.dkfindout.com/uk/  DK Find Out

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z6wwxnb  - All living things, BBC education

 

 

Earth and Space (Autumn)

We don't mean to brag or anything but...yeah...we made the solar system!

The talented scientists in Year 5 were thinking about how to understand the scale of our solar system when we collectively thought, 'Let's just make it.' 

"How?" you cry.

"With a bit of maths, a bit of space (pun intended), some toilet paper, several items of fruit (including one seed) and some willing volunteers," we respond.

First we decided on a scale, working out what each sheet of toilet paper would represent.  Then we measured out each planets' distance from the Sun.  Using the various pieces of fruit (and one seed) to represent the size of each planet, we placed these along our toilet paper.  These were:

Peppercorn - Mercury
Cherry tomato - Venus
Raspberry - Earth
Blueberry - Mars
Watermelon - Jupiter
Grapefruit - Saturn
Apple - Uranus
Lime - Neptune

...and here you can see our finished solar system:

Pretty big, huh?

Home learning suggestion: Discuss the differences between the distances (each is the distance from the Sun).  Can you work out the distance between different planets? What is the largest distance between any two consecutive (nearest to eachother) planets? The shortest? Can you make up your own questions to investigate?

If you've enjoyed doing the task above, maybe you could find the difference in diameter between planets.  Here is some useful data from the nrich site.

You might also like to try playing 'Solar System Top Trumps'*.  Printable versions can be found here (full colour) and here (ink saver). 

*Full credit to the original creator.

'Earth and Space'

 The following links are great places to find out more about earth and space (click on each image):

 

 

 

Can you suggest any more?

 

Home learning suggestion: Find out what you can about the planets and solar system. Report your findings at school.

The following websites are good places to start looking:

Find out about planetary movements here:

'Forces'