It has been a very busy week! 

On Wednesday we went on our geography field trip, investigating the local area. In the morning the children worked in six different groups and they each made a map of the streets around our school noting the different land use, types of housing and buildings. They also made annotated field sketches of different geographical features, looking at the different natural and human features. In the afternoon they made maps of the shopping areas near school, Squires Gate and the shops on Common Edge Road,  and then they carried out a survey asking members of the public questions about the local area. Throughout the day the children worked very hard collecting lots of data which we will use to help us answer our questions about the local area. Excellent work Year 5, I'm very proud of how well you all worked and how well you represented our school.

During maths day on thursday, Year 5 took up several mathematical challenges based around our space topic.

Year 5 found out the average temperatures of the planets in our solar system and then recorded their findings on a line graph.

Using the scale 1 metre = 7.6 million kilometres, Year 5 worked out the scaled distance of the eight planets in our solar system and drew out the inner planets on paper and then marked the scaled distance out in the corridor for the outer planets. As you can see from the photograph, the inner planets - Mercury,Venus, Earth and Mars - are relatively close to each other compared to the outer planets which are much more spaced out.

Year 5 calculated the scaled diameters of the planets using the scale 1 centimetre = 4657.52 Kilometres and then using a compass drew the scaled size of each planet. We found that if the largest planet, Jupiter, had a diameter of 30 cm then the smallest planet, Mercury, would be 1cm diameter. In comparison, Earth would have a diameter of 2.7cm. The sun would be 298 cm, almost 3 metres wide!

Using bathroom scales, the children weighed themselves in kilograms (Kg). This was their mass. Then using the table of gravitational field strength, they calculated their weight on the different planets. 

Weight is a force which is measured in newtons (N).

The weight of an object can be calculated using the following equation:

Weight = Mass x Gravitational Field Strength

They recorded their results in a table. 

Have a look at the photographs of our great day...

AuthorKay McVey