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In Autumn, Year 5 are learning about 'Forces' and 'Earth and Space'

Solar System - Wikipedia


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Earth and Space


Knowledge and Understanding:

We are learning to:

·  describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system

·  describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth

·  describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies

·  use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky

Knowledge and Understanding:

We are learning to:

·  explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object

·  identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces

·  recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect

Example Investigations:

·     How is the size of shadow affected by the time of day/distance from light source/brightness of light source?

·     How does the position of the Sun change during the day?

·     How does the shape of the moon appear to change over a month?

Example Investigations:

·   What affects the time of the swing of a pendulum?

·   What affects the height bounced by a ball?

·   What affects the time for different Plasticine shapes to fall in water?

·   How does air resistance affect our ability to run?


Scientific Enquiry Focus:

Researching using secondary sources


Scientific Enquiry Focus:

Comparative and fair testing




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