From our Year 5 reporters this week:
On Tuesday, we had a visit from Dr Aybuke Yoldas of the Institute of Astronomy at University of Cambridge, who had prepared a powerpoint based on the death of stars, gamma rays, supernovas and black holes. The talk also invluded things about light and minions, a lot of minions. She had also placed a few diagrams and animations (two, no points for guessing) which helped explain what she was saying. Overall, the experience was wonderful.
Comparison of planets and Sun
In science, we learnt planets could be tiny compared to each other. Mercury is smaller than Venus, Earth around the same size as Venus, Mars is smaller than Earth, Jupiter is absolutely huge compared to Mars, Saturn is a tiny bit smaller, Uranus is smaller still and Neptune is the about the same size as Uranus. Nevertheless, the Sun is massive compared to all of them. Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are the size of beads next to the sun. Jupiter is a football and Jupiter is the biggest planet, Saturn is a basketball, so on so forth. However, the sun would be beach ball! One thousand Earths can fit into one Sun.
Note taking about space.
In English, we were note taking about the amazing ISS (International Space Station), HST (Hubble Space Telescope), the Drake Equation, the Goldilocks zone and Project Star Shot. We listened to a documentary by Tim Peak about the ISS and he had lived on the ISS for 6 months! Once we have gathered enough information we will write information texts about our chosen subject. We could pick from Project Star Shot, ISS or HST. On Friday, we wrote a topic sentence for our paragraphs. There is a lot to write about!
Paper Mache Planets and Diagrams of our Solar System.
In Topic, we have been doing Paper Mache Planets. It’s quite self-explanatory. We stripped newspaper and dunked it into gloop that was sticky. We then stuck it onto balloons in our triads and put one layer on at a time. For our diagrams, we used scratch paper. We used chopsticks to scrape the layer off and made some good diagrams!
In Maths, we did some addition mazes. We had to pick one path and go through it to try to add to one hundred. It’s more difficult than it sounds. Have a go!
Science and Topic: Space
English: Non-fiction texts
Special events: Neuroscience visitor via Teams on Monday