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Year 5

This half term (spring 2 2020), children will study the topic of 'Earth and Space'.  They will:


  • 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.


Working scientifically, across Year 5, children will be:


  • Planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.
  • Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate.
  • Recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs.
  • Using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests.
  • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of results, explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations.
  • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.                         


Children will learn about two scientists this half term.  Jeremiah Horrocks (1618-1641), an astronomer from Toxteth whose work studying the Moon assisted Newton in forming his theory of gravity.  The children will also learn about Neil DeGrasse Tyson (1958-), a black American astrophysicist who was first inspired by space when he visited a planetarium in New York- today he is in charge of that same planetarium!