Be a Scientist

 

On this page you will find information about all of our science topics this year.  First up is 'Earth and Space', followed by 'Forces'.  As we continue through the year, we will update the page with further links, reports, pictures and themes so keep your eyes peeled!  

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.  

September 2017

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'

Coming soon...