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Year 1/2

Year 1 and 2 CLPE Reading project for the wb 4th May - Beegu

Year 3/4

Reading project of the week (wb 18th May) - Charlotte's Web by E B White

Reading project of the week (wb 11th May) - The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Reading project of the week (wb 4th May) - Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Year 5/6

Y5/6 Reading project of the week (wb 18th May) - Street Child by Berlie Doherty

Reading project of the week (wb 11th May) There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar

Reading project of the week - Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (see Twitter for links to Miss Horne reading a chapter of this daily!)

Year 5 and 6 Archived Science Lessons

Summer Term 

1st Half Term 

Session 1: week beginning 20th April


We will begin by learning about gravity: we will learn what gravity and resistance are, and about balanced and unbalanced forces. 


Please find resources below. 

Please note: on the resources for this lesson, some are differentiated according to ability and you will need to self-select your own ability level. One star = 'easy'. two stars = 'medium' and three stars = 'hardest'. 


1. Read through the Powerpoint to slide 11. 

2. If you have a sibling to play with, and someone to act as 'teacher' you could play Idenitfying Forces Bingo (slide 12-13 on Powerpoint, and PDF resource)

3. Complete the Talk About Forces activity sheet (slide 14-15 on Powerpoint and PDF resource)

4. Complete the Forces in Action activity sheet (slide 16-17 on Powerpoint and PDF resource). 


Extra challenge: how could you explain what gravity is to a younger child? Create a teaching activity or game that you could use to help someone understand what gravity is and be able to identify different forces. You could video yourself teaching it, if you like, and Tweet it to us!

Session 2: week beginning 27th April


This week, we will learn more about gravity, including Newton's role in our understanding of gravity. 


Read / watch the following BBC links:


Watch this Youtube link where the fantastic Professor Brian Cox explains Galileo's famous gravity experiment. What did you think? Was it surprising? 


Now watch this Youtube link for a more in-depth understanding.


Now read the  Newton and Gravity Fact Sheet (below) about his life and his theory. Then answer the questions on the Newton and Gravity Activity Sheet


Extra challenge: do some internet research to see if there are any ways you could investigate the difference between weight and mass. 

Session 3: week beginning 4th May


This week, we will learn about air resistance and more about Galileo's experiment, which you had a taster of last week (watch that video now, if you didn't last week). 


Linking back to our topic last term, imagine astronauts are returning from a mission to the International Space Station. Why do you think they need a parachute to assist their landing? 


It's all to do with AIR RESISTANCE


Watch this video, specifically between 5:00 minutes and 8:20 minutes. 


Air resistance is the result of collisions between the object's leading surface with air molecules and so is a form of friction. . The actual amount of air resistance encountered by the object relies on a variety of factors. In simple terms both the speed of the object and its cross-sectional area impact upon the amount of air resistance encountered.  Greater speeds and bigger cross-sectional areas = increased air resistance. 


To test this, take two pieces of scrap paper of equal sizes. Screw one up into a ball and leave the other flat. If you drop both from a height, what happens? The larger surface area of the flat piece of paper increases the air resistance and slows it down, even though the mass of both pieces of paper remains the same. 


Now watch this video, 'Could you use an umbrella to parachute?' 


Your task is to investigate the helpful effect of air resistance and create the best design for a new parachute. The perfect parachute will obviously be the one that makes a person fall slowest! If you have a sibling at home, why not attempt this challenge with them, either working together or make it a competition to create the best parachute! Or, if you don't have anyone at home to work with, why not try making three different parachutes, each slightly different, and see which is the best - and why!


One idea for how to construct a parachute is by using a sheet of plastic or card. Tie or tape string to the corners, and tie or tape the four pieces of string to an object such as a toy figure, paper clip or piece of modelling clay. I expect you might have more creative ideas, though!


Think about the variables when comparing your different parachutes, or yours and a siblings: the object attached to a variable, the shape of the parachute, the size of the parachute, the length of string used to attach the object, the height of drop....there are probably more! Remember that to create a fair test, we only change one variable. 


Use the sheets linked below to record your ideas and findings (choose your own level: 1, 2 or 3 stars). Then write a report about your best design. 


We would LOVE to see your finished designs! Post them on our new Lockdown blogs, or on Twitter!

Session 4: week beginning 11th May


This week, we will learn about water resistance. 


1. Read through the Powerpoint to slide 11, to give an introduction to water resistance. 


2. This BBC video shows how you can use modelling clay or play dough to demonstrate water resistance, like the Powerpoint suggests. 


3. For the next part of the 'lesson', you will conduct an experiment to test how to make a boat streamlined. See slides 12 and 13 of the Powerpoint. For this investigation, you will need: some junk modelling materials to make boats with (or even just tin foil is great!); a water container to test them in, such as a paddling pool (edit: or the bath! Thanks, Emma, for the idea!); a handheld fan. Please take care when using electrical equipment near water! Only do this with an adult supervising. You can write the details of your investigation on the PDF. 


If you do not have this equipment and cannot complete this investigation, do not worry. Simply reading the Powerpoint, watching the video and doing the play dough experiment (if you could) is enough. We know that when learning at home you may not be able to do things exactly as we would in school. Or, perhaps you could design your own investigation, based on what you do have at home, to rest water resistance.


As always, we would love to see what you have been up to! Please share on your class blog or the school Twitter page!

Session 5: week beginning 18th May


This week, we will learn about friction. You will have touched on this in the first lesson, but you also learnt about it back in Year 3!


1. Read through this handy BBC guide: What is Friction? There are a couple of simple activities at the bottom, too. Or, you can read through slides 1-5 of the Powerpoint


2. The How is Friction Created video will further your understanding.


3. Some more short videos:

A compilation of clips showing examples of friction in everyday life. 

Friction between the tyre and the road

Friction on the ski slopes


4. Read slides 6-9 of the Powerpoint, which explains how you will conduct an investigation into friction. Make sure you understand the section called 'reliable results', all about fair testing. 


5. Conduct the investigation into what material makes the best brake pad. We understand that when working from home, you will not always have the equipment needed to do these investigations. Do your best with what you have got and if you can't do it, don't worry. You could always try the extension activity below instead! There are also two other fun ways you can demonstrate friction in the activities below. 


6. Slides 10-12 of the Powerpoint guide you through writing up your experiment, using the sheet 'Investigating Friction Activity'. 


Extension activity: make a short video on a mobile phone or tablet showing examples of friction around the home. Imagine it is for a science programme for younger children. As the presenter, see if you can explain to the children how friction works. For example, to start you off: a normal rubber uses friction to rub out your work. Can you demonstrate and explain how it works? If you do this, we would love to see your video!


Further / alternative experiments to try!


How to demonstrate friction using rice. I actually managed this once with a previous Year 5/6 class. They were very impressed when I managed to pick up a whole bottle of rice (and it was a larger one than in the video too!) using just a chopstick! (Do ask your parent or parents before trying this! If you have one, you might want to use a chopstick like I did, to avoid getting pencil lead on the rice!) 


A friction experiment using Lego cars. This is a fun and easy experiment to see how different materials produce different amounts of friction.