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5w 2016-17

Do you know the life cycle of a human? Do you know he difference between the stages of a human life? We have produced some pleasing work about this. Have a look below. 
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We have been on a wildlife hunt. We classified the animals we found into their classes. We have created a pic collage for the creatures we found.
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Today we have been classifying invertebarates. Do you know which group a spider belongs to? Or an ant?
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We are currently classifying animals. Below you can see some of our PicCollages and blog posts about types of vertebrates (animals with a backbone)
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In Summer 2, we are studying living things send their life cycles. We have started by learning how scientists classify animals. Today, we classified types of vertebrates.
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To review our knowledge of forces, we had a bit of fun exploring some forces at work and recorded what we noticed about them. Some were balanced and some were unbalanced. Do you know what this means?
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We have been investigating water resistance and whether the shape of an object will change the amount of water resistance it encounters, therefore also changing its speed. Ask us what we discovered.
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We have been exploring different types of forces. This week, it is air resistance. We planned and conducted an investigation to discover whether the size of a parachute will affect the amount of air resistance acting against it. We found that it did. Our larger parachutes were far slower.
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We are currently studying forces. Which types can you name?
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Our new topic is forces. You can see our working wall below. Can you name any forces?
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We have been studying how seeds are dispersed. This is necessary so that seeds can find space to germinate and can find their own nutrients and light to help them grow into a healthy adult plant. You can see one of our PicCollages about the methods of dispersal below. 
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We have moved onto studying the flower and the parts that are necessary for flowers to reproduce. We dissected some flowers and labelled their key male and female parts.
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We have been investigating the factors that are necessary for germination of seeds. We discovered that they need heat, air and water. We also discovered that seeds can germinate without light but that they will not continue to grow healthily without it once they have germinated.

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We have been discussing the parts of a plant. Do you know what job the roots, stem, leaves and flowers do for a plant?
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For the next half term, we will be studying the processes that allow plants to stay alive and remain healthy. We have started by discussing the reasons why we can class plants as living things. They complete seven key processes to stay alive, which you can read about below.
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Have you ever wondered why we have a temperate, mixed climate and different lengths of daylight at different times of the year? We have been studying the seasons and why we have them. Find out more about this by reading the explanation below.
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We have been exploring the reasons why we have night and day. We used torches to replicate the light of the sun and observed how it appeared to move across the sky as the Earth rotated.
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Here is one of our brilliant explanations about why we have night and day.
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We have been discussing sources of light and how light travels from our sun, allowing us to see objects around us. We have also been sorting light sources into two groups- natural and artificial.
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To find the most interesting facts possible, we split into groups and researched one planet in our solar system per group. We then presented what we found to the rest of the class. With everything we found out, we created some planet top trumps cards to play with. Ask us which planets were the winners and why.
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We have started our new space topic by researching some facts about the planets. Do you know their order? We learnt a nmenoinc to help us.
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Today we looked at irreversible, chemical changes. We performed three experiments. Ask us about what we discovered about oxygen, carbon dioxide and chromatography.

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Ever wondered how to separate a mixture of solids and liquids? Or a mixture of two solids? Read about the methods that we have discovered below.
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As part of our studies of reversible changes, we have explored mixtures and the methods that can be used to separate them. Why not ask us about the types of materials that can be separated using magnets, sieving, filtering, decanting and evaporation?
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We have been studying examples of reversible changes, particularly focusing on evaporation and condensation. These are two processes that take place in the water cycle. We learnt a song about this cycle, which you can watch by following the link below.

This half term we are thinking about reversible and irreversible changes. We have started by experimenting with some changes to see what processes take place during the change and whether or not the materials created can be changed back to their original form. Ask us about the changes we studied.
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We have been considering absorption this week. We have been testing materials to see which would be the best for kitchen roll. We found that our tissue was very absorbent and that bubble wrap was not.
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We have been busy testing materials to see how waterproof they are. We found that bubble wrap was the most waterproof and that tissue paper was the most permeable.

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We have been exploring magnets and magnetic materials. We have also been discussing the uses of magnets. Why not ask us where magnets can be seen being useful in the classroom and at home?
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We have planned and performed our first Year 5 investigation. We tested for the best heat conductor out of a set of materials. We found that the best conductor was tin foil and the best insulator was fabric. Ask us to explain how we ensured that our investigation was fair.
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Here are the materials that we have found to be conductors and insulators.
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We have also been revising the meaning of some key vocabulary. We have been discussing the properties that materials can have. You can see some of our definitions below.
 
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This half term we are studying materials and their properties. We started by having a recap of the properties of solids, liquids and gases. You can see our conclusions below.
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We have researched and presented information about the life cycles of differs animals and how they differ from humans.
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Summer two in Science is all about the life processes of living things. We have started by learning how to classify animals and plants. We have been learning about the invertebrate and vertebrate classes. We can sort species according to their key characteristics.

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We had lots of fun using classification keys and magnifying glasses to identify and classify animals and plants in the habitats around our school. We found lots of invertebrates. Do you have the same species at home?
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We have been studying famous scientists and what legacy they left. We researched lots of different scientists and created a biography about one of them. Ask us about what we learnt.
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We found the ducksters website below particularly useful for our research into the famous scientists.
With Miss Wood, we have been discussing water resistance. This is a force that acts upon objects that are moving through water. We thought about the factors that may affect the speed at which an object moves through water. Ask us about what we found. 
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slow motion water resistance

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We can use our understanding of forces, and particularly of water resistance, to answer the following questions.
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We have studied the force of air resistance. We planned a fair investigation to test how the force of air resistance and speed of an object's fall changed according to the size of the parachute.
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Today we have been looking at the effect that gravitational pull from the earth has on objects. We experimented by dropping bean bags from different heights to investigate if they would fall at different speeds. 

Forces

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We have been discussing how seeds are made. As our review, we created short role plays to demonstrate the processes of pollination and fertilisation.

Pollination and fertilisation

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Pollination and fertilisation

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Germination is the process that takes place when seeds start to grow. We have been investigating what seeds need to germinate. We conducted fair investigations and found that they need certain conditions. We found that they need heat, air and water. They do not need light as most seeds germinate under the ground.
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Today we explored flowers. We talked about the parts of the carpel (female part of the flower) and the stamen (male part of the flower). We started to identify the jobs that each part does for the flower.
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Our new topic for Spring 2 is plants and their life cycles. We have started by revising our knowledge of the parts of a plant and what they do.
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There are seven thing that living things need to do to count as being alive. We used MRS GREN to remember them.
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We have discovered that the moon appears to change shape across a lunar month because we see different amounts of its lit side during a lunar month. When the amount of light is building, we say the moon is waxing. The opposite, when the amount of light is reducing is known as waning. What moon was in the sky last night? 
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We have been learning about the seasons. Some of us created I movies to explain what the different seasons are like and why we have seasons. 
 
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This fantastic video will tell you a bit more about the tilt of the Earth and why we have seasons. It is cross-curricular too, because it shows the Mayan city of Chichen Itza, which we have been studying together. The Maya were inspirational scientists. 
 
Ever wondered why we have night and day? Ask us to explain it to you. 

This term we will be concentrating on the Earth, Sun, Moon and planets. We have started by looking at the planets themselves. Below is a mnemonic we could use to help us remember them. Can you think of your own?

Do you know why Mars is known as the red planet? Or why Earth is an ocean planet? Why is Pluto a dwarf planet? We have done lots of research so ask us. 

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Check out the link below. It takes you to an educational song about the planets in our Solar System. We had great fun listening to it in class.
Which changes are reversible? Which are irreversible? We did a range of experiments to test this. We enjoyed the melted chocolate best! 
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We were amazed to discover that the inks in our pens dissolved in water and indicated how soluble they were. We used chromatography to test this. Ask us how this could be used in the wider world to aid policing and historians. 
 
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How can materials be separated? We explored a range of methods in a carousel of activities. We discovered that sieving can be used to separate solids of different sizes, that filtering can be used to separate insoluble solids from liquids and that evaporation can be used to separate soluble materials from liquids. Why not ask us what some of these words mean? 
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We have been studying materials and their properties. Which of these would be the best for a radiator? Why? Which would be the best for a ruler? Why? Which ones are conductors? Magnetic? Opaque? Permeable? Test us! 
 
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