Space Scientists Spring 2020

Centre for Life
 
We had a fantastic trip to the Centre for Life this week - what a way to end our Space Scientists topic. We designed and launched rockets, investigated space nappies, explored how our brain works and even spent some time on a model of the ISS. It was a fabulous day, and we very much enjoyed the hands on experience out of school. 
24 - 28 February
 
We have had a busy first week back after half term, and been working very hard all week! 
This week in English we have done some reading questions as well as looking at the subjunctive form of verbs alongside some grammar practice. We have also written a non-fiction information text about magnets and magnetism, showing off our knowledge gained in the mini-adventure. 
 
In maths, some of us have been exploring adding and subtracting decimals, while others have been working on algebraic formulae and equations. We were surprised to find that algebra was so easy!
 
In our min-adventure we have been looking at magnetism. We collected our responses to different questions, and you can see our thoughts on the pictures opposite. We discovered that the earth is like a giant magnet, and we used water, a magnet and some lollipop sticks to make our own compass. 
 
As well as all of this, we talked about fight or flight reactions in PSHE, consolidated our time telling skills in french, and played hockey in PE. Phew - what a week!
10 - 13 February
 
This week in English we have been looking at parenthesis, as well as revising grammar from the rest of the year. We watched a great video to help us remember that we can use commas, dashes or brackets when adding parentheses to a sentence. You can re-watch the video here; I would love to see you dancing and singing along at home! We have also worked on our reading skills, looking at an excerpt from our class novel: The Jamie Drake Equation. 
 
In maths we have continued our work on fractions, decimals and percentages. We have been finding equivalents, ordering and comparing them as well as finding fractions and percentages of amounts. 
 
In our mini adventure, we have been planning and carrying out an investigation into air resistance. We have observed how different surface areas can affect the way an object falls through the air, and continued to think about what makes a fair test. 
27 - 31 January cont
 
In French we have been learning to tell the time, as well as saying and writing sentences about what we do during the day, and at what time. If you want to keep practising this, there is a video at the bottom of the page which you might find useful. 
 
In RE we are continuing to look at the gospels; we are considering the question 'What would Jesus do?' and this week are talking about prayer. Together, the Pioneers are creating a worship and reflective space, considering what might be useful if people want to pray or reflect on what we learn in collective worship and RE. 
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. 
 
 
2-6 March
 
Pioneers have had another busy week, planning and writing our own scientific investigations for our Time to Shine projects, We were asked to think of a question which would investigate gravity, air resistance, friction or magnetism and complete our own experiment. It was really tough to think of a good question but we managed to do some really great experiments. 
 
In English, we looked at some different tenses, including past progressive (was doing) and present progressive (is doing). As well as this we did some creative writing, describing space settings based on pictures from the Hubble Telescope. Some of the photos are incredible - have a look here if you would like to see some of them!
 
In maths, year 5 have been converting between different types of measurement, and year 6 continued their algebra topic. 
 
We ended the week with a fantastic celebration of world book day, dressing up as our favourite characters and reciting poetry for visitors - what a week!
3-7 February
 
This week has been a busy one, with Bike-ability, science experiments, and lots more going on! In English we have been looking at our reading comprehension, inferring and retrieving information from texts and learning how to write concise answers. We have also taken home our 500 words entries, which need to by typed up ready to be entered into the competition. 
 
In maths we have been focusing on decimal place; turning fractions to decimals and vice versa, as well as ordering and comparing combinations of fractions and decimals. Some of the year 6 students began to represent fractions as percentages as well. 
3-7 February cont
 
In our mini adventure, we have continued our scientific theme by thinking about levers, and how they alter the force needed to move an object. If you want to, it would be really interesting to find out about how the ancient Egyptians used levers to build their pyramids.
 
We have also begun to plan our own investigation about air resistance, and are thinking about our question, dependent variable, independent variables and controlled variable. 
 
Those students who did not do Bikeability this week had some fantastic physics learning, putting into practice everything they know about gravity, friction and levers, building a Rube Goldberg machine; you can see their successful videos below!
27 - 31 January
 
This week has been full of experimentation in science, as we investigated the friction of different surfaces by sliding a ruler over each of them and timing how long it took to slide down. We discovered some surfaces that had so much friction that the ruler would not move! We have been practising writing up scientific experiments, with the intention of completing one independently in the coming weeks. 
 
In maths we have been working on decimal numbers, and changing them to fractions. We know that if a fraction is in hundredths or tenths, it is easier to convert between the two. 
 
In English we have been writing out stories for the BBC 500 words competition, and are going to type them up, ready to enter, over the coming weeks. We have also been enjoying our book, The Jamie Drake Equation, and learning new vocabulary from the chapters we are reading. The book is full of great science facts and we keep having to pause to find out more information!
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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