This week’s learning theme is Transport.

Your tasks this week are:

Design your own mode of transport and then create an information leaflet about it. Consider how it works, what it looks like and safety procedures whilst on board.

Create your own tiled design based on the London Underground tube stations. You can represent the design in the form of a collage or mosaic, or you could draw your design on paper using crayons, felt tips or paint.

Have a great week 5GT 🙂

This week’s Learning Theme

Your learning theme this week is Space.

Imagine that you have woken up to find an alien at the end of your bed. Your task is to write a detailed description of the alien, thinking about the size, appearance and sounds it makes. Have a go at drawing your alien.

Science ideas

Here are some fun science ideas for you.

Practical Ideas: two ideas this week that both use toothpicks. One is very simple and the other needs more patience!

Make a Wooden Star

Equipment: 5 wooden cocktail sticks, plate, water.

How to: bend each stick into a ‘v’ shape without breaking them in two; place them in the centre of the plate with ‘v’ shaped points together to form a star; add a few drops to the middle of the star and see what happens.

What is happening? The wood fibres of the cocktail sticks absorb water and as they do, they expand.  This pushes the edges of each ‘v’ shape apart until it pushes against the stick next to it.

Taking it further: you could explore different numbers of cocktail sticks, amounts of water and types of liquid.

Make a Balancing Butterfly!

Equipment: stiff A5 card, coloured pencils/pens, scissors, tape, toothpick, 2 small balls of blu-tack that are the same size.

How to: fold card in half and draw half a butterfly from the folded edge; with the card folded, cut around the shape of the butterfly; open the card and colour the butterfly; on the back of the butterfly, stick the toothpick along the spine and then each blob of blu-tack at the top tip of each wing; turn your butterfly over and practice balancing it on your finger using the tip of the toothpick.

What is happening? The blu-tack on the wing tips are heavier than the butterfly itself, changing its centre of mass and allowing it to balance on the tip of the toothpick.

Taking it further: you could explore placing the blu-tack in different places on the butterfly to see if they can still make it balance.

*Check out this supporting video by fellow Robbie Taylor where you can also see how to make a climbing bug.

Online Links

Check out That Science Lady for resources to support you in returning to school.

Amazonas comics

Amazonas Comics celebrates the Amazon with entertaining stories, games and information pages. You can read and download for free on their website.

Around the World

This week’s home learning theme is Around the World.

Make sure that you check google classroom to find out what your tasks are.

Have a super week and don’t forget to share examples of your work.

Science activities

Try out these science activities:

Make a Solar Oven

Equipment: foil, cardboard box, 2 sticks, scissors, paper plate, black paper/card, marshmallows and/or chocolate buttons, clingfilm.

How to: Cut the lid of the box so that it opens on a hinge like a pizza box; cover the inside of this lid with foil; place the black paper/card on the base of the box; place food on a paper plate and place inside the box; cover the opening above the food with clingfilm to keep the food clean; prop open the lid with the sticks and position the box so that the foil reflects light onto the food.

What is happening? The black paper/card absorbs the heat and the foil reflects the heat from the sun onto the food, making it melt.

Taking it further: You could explore what happens when you use black card/paper as your plate. At what speed do different types of food melt?

Minibeast Modelling

Equipment: foil.

How to: Use a piece of foil to create an insect and a spider. Think about what is different about them and what is the same: body parts, habitats, what they eat, how they move etc.

Taking it further: You could classify, sort and compare your different minibeasts.

Have fun!

Topic work this week

This week’s learning theme is FAMOUS/SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE. Don’t forget to explore the tasks below:

Famous Brits- Lots of significant people in history have been British. Emmeline Pankhurst, Guy Fawkes and Mary Anning are just a few. You could research one of these or another famous Brit of your choice and create a fact file, a presentation, a chronological report of their life or present your research in any way you like. 

Inspiration for Inventors- These inventors talk about where they found the inspiration for their inventions. Think about what problems you incur in your daily life? What inventions would make your life easier? How could you turn your idea into a product? You could mind map ideas of how you could solve the problem before designing and annotating a product. You may even want to make a prototype or test parts of your design to see if it would work. 

Significant to Me- Think about a person who is significant to you. This could be a famous person who has inspired you or someone who has made a positive impact on them from your everyday life. Discuss with an adult the attributes that this person has – why are they inspiring? You may wish to draw a portrait of this person.

What it Takes- Watch this interview with Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas. In this interview it talks about the dedication needed to be a successful sportsperson. Can you set yourself a goal to work on every day? You could create a poster outlining your goal and the steps you will take each day to work towards it. You could include steps they will take when you return to school. 

I look forward to reading your work (don’t forget, you can stream what you have been learning).