Space Scientists Spring 2020

20 - 24 January
 
This week we have continued science work in our mini adventure, and have looked at the history of space travel. We looked at events that have happened over the years and tried to put them in order, and then match them to the dates. Some of the dates were quite surprising, and we were glad to learn that the first women in space was much earlier than we had thought! 
 
We have also looked at the effects of gravity, and used newton meters to measure the pull of gravity on objects in the classroom. We also discussed the effects of air and water resistance and how this affects the acceleration of falling objects, and after having watched a sky diving video, we are all desperate to jump out of a plane! 
 
In maths this week, we have done some revision on topics covered last term; if you are bored at home, practising adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions might occupy your time! We have also begun to work with decimals with 2 or 3 decimal places and will continue to work on these alongside fractions and percentages in the coming weeks. 
 
 
6 - 17 January
Welcome back to school! We hope you have all had a lovely break over the festive period; we have had a busy two weeks back at school already! 
We began the year with some work on resolutions in school and at home, and also talked about what we can do this year to make a difference in our community both locally, nationally and internationally. 
Within our topic of space scientists, we have completed some chalk art based on the moon, as well as learning about the lunar phases using chocolate cookies! We also created a moving model of the solar system on the school yard; those representing the earth and the moon did get quite dizzy! 
You can see some of the videos that we have watched this week at the bottom of the page. 
 
 
Please find the curriculum documents for this topic below:
20 - 24 January cont
 
In English, we are working on cultivating creativity and imagination, and are going to enter the BBC Radio 2 500 words competition. This is a short story competition, and you may write about absolutely anything! The judges are looking for something imaginative and creative, and are not looking at spelling or grammar! There is lots of information on the website, so do have a look to find out more. 
 
In one of the activities we completed this week, we were given the ending to a story and we had to write the beginning, this was quite tough as the story endings were quite random!
 
6 - 17 Jan cont.
In English we have been drafting, editing and redrafting our non-fiction writing on the subject of the solar system, day and night, and the seasons. We challenged ourselves at the beginning of this week to take notes whilst watching and listening to a video - it was tricky but we managed, and are continuing to improve our note taking skills. 
 
In maths, year 5 have been revising finding fractions of numbers, while year 6 have been solving problems with ratio and enlarging shapes using scale factors. 
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