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Autumn 2 Year B 2020-2021 - Stargazers


Year 5 will begin the second half of their Autumn term by answering some of the fascinating questions that children ask...What is a star? What is the Sun? Where does the Sun go at night? 


This amazing topic will give the children the opportunity to look at the 'Space race' of the 1960's and at the feats of science and technology this has involved. We will study film and documentary evidence of our solar system and our place within it as we debate whether they could be life beyond our planet...


Have a look at our parent curriculum grid (coming soon) for more information about this awe-inspiring learning adventure! See how you can help at home with our 'project homework grid.'

Journey through space, the final frontier...navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system!

Investigate the eight planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. take a look at the moon, the celestial body that orbits Earth. 

Programme a 'rover' to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity...and what happens when there is none! Compare the time of day at different places on Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to explore landscapes. Get in a spin, making simple models of the solar system, listen to the haunting sounds of space-themed songs. 

Then it's three, two, one...BLAST OFF! Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission.

Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone or are there other life forms out there?  



On Fridays, we have a problem-solving Maths lesson so that we can apply the skills we've learned during the week to real-life problems. We really enjoy these lessons, although we find them hard, because it gets us thinking in different ways to find solutions to the problems we face.


As part of our problem-solving, we collected sticks from the woods and created Christmas-themed decorations. We know that problem-solving makes us more resilient and better able to work as part of a team...but it's also very frustrating sometimes!! 



Learning outside the classroom is a big part of our curriculum, we love to explore the woods outside and take our lessons there:)