As part of their Earth and Space topic, children in Year 5 have been learning about the phases of the moon. We know that the phases of the moon depend on its position in relation to the Sun and Earth and as the Moon makes its way around the Earth, we see the bright parts of the Moon’s surface at different angles, known as the ‘phases’ of the moon.
We had a fun and ‘tasty’ afternoon using biscuits to represent the phases of the moon.
In Year 5, our DT unit was on using electronic systems in a greetings card. We looked at electrical circuits and the components needs to make one work, then how these could be adapted to use in a greetings card. We found out the graphite was a conductor, but it wasn’t as reliable as copper tape (which we used in place of wire). We designed Christmas cards that had a light-up element and we used LEDs for the lights as they are small, easy to work with and powerful. We used coin cell batteries as these worked best with the type of switch that we included (we didn’t want our cards to run out of battery too quickly!) It was tricky at times to ensure our circuit was complete, with gaps in the tape where the LEDs and the battery were. We were really pleased with our end results and hope that they bring joy to our families this Christmas.
In Year 4, we are learning about sounds in our Science lessons. We made these string telephones and as one person talked into their cup, the vibrations travelled down the string into the other person’s ear.
In Year 4’s Science lessons, we are learning about sounds. We looked at how sound vibrations could be demonstrated using some visible evidence: a drum skin with grains of rice, a plucked elastic band, the tip of a vibrating tuning folk placed in water and a ruler clamped to the table and taped at one end.