This term Year 5 are investigating the Earth in Space. The key Knowledge is in the graphic organiser ( a visual way of summarising information)
Learning Objective I can describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies
Question- What shape is the Earth? How do you know? Write down notes and draw pictures to explain your scientific thinking.
Video link BBC Bitesize clips https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zd3fb9q
Worksheet. See link below
Activity-Make a paper mache Earth
Challenge- Using spherical objects ( football, marble orange) can you make show how big the Moon is compared to the Earth and how big the Sun is compared to them?
Learning Objective I can describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
Question Why does the moon move across the sky? Asking questions is an important part of thinking scientifically. Make a list of the questions you have about the moon. Can you find the answers?
Powerpoint Describes the movement of the Moon
Worksheet Draw the orbit of the moon
Challenge Using a torch ( the sun) rotate a ball ( the moon) whilst it orbits the sun and look at the shadows on the moon.
Learning objective I can use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night, and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.
Question Why is there less sunlight in the winter?
Activity- Put a stick in the ground away from any source of shadows. Mark where the stick shadow is and how long it is. Do this throughout the day. What do you notice?
Find out how many the maximum and minimum hours of daylight we get in the UK. Is it different to other countries? What happens in countries near the equator or near the poles?
Learning Objective I can describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system.
Question Where are the other planets in our Solar system and can I see them? Do you know the names and order of the planets? Where did you get these ideas from?
Work Find out about a planet or the different planets. Make a planet poster use the resources below.
Space - a couple of interesting websites to look at
Design Your Own Experiment
Plan an investigation like you would at school:
- Come up with a questions to answer, eg, 'How Do Shadow Lengths Change During The Day'
- Make a prediction, eg, 'I predict that shadows will get longer as the day goes on
- List the variables/things to keep the same, eg, 'Measure in the same place using the same object, but change the time by measuring every hour'
- List equipment, eg, 'Measuring tape, stick to form a shadow'
- Results could be in a table
- Conclusion, eg, 'The results show that the later we measured...'
Which objects fall fastest?
How grippy are your shoes?
Does being taller make you faster?