Autumn 2 –
In year 5 we have had a very busy half term. We have had a visit from Mr Singh, a Sikh man, who came to talk to us about what it means to be a Sikh. We collected many questions for him and even wrote report about Sikhs from the information that we researched and from answers to questions asked during his visit.
The Sikh way of living has really inspired Year 5 this half term. Their commitment to help and support others regardless of their religion or culture made us think about how we could help others. We thought about the homeless in Manchester and thought about what they might need from us. What could we do to make their lives better? We decided to design a headband to help keep the heads of the homeless warm. So, we looked at different materials and thought about which would be the best insulators. We have designed the headbands and made prototypes. Now we are ready to make them!
Check the website early next year to find out how we do! We’ll post our finished products for you to see.
Autumn 1 –
Year 5 have been on a trip to Jodrell Bank!
We watched models showing us how the different planets in our solar System orbit the sun, which is our biggest star and holds the largest gravitational pull that we experience.
We learned that the moon has a smaller gravitational pull on us than the sun because it is smaller and learned that this affects the tides.
We performed some experiments to sort rocks from our planet, by observing them, to think about their colour, shape and texture. Some of these rocks were also from of the moon! We tested different samples to see if they were alkali or acid, using litmus paper.
We have learned that when we have day other continents and countries have night because they are facing away from the sun. We also know that the sun reflects on the moon, which is why we can see it. Our solar System has quite a few planets in it. They all orbit the sun at different speeds.