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Space. The Final Frontier…

Friday 30th November | Comments are off for this post
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These are the voyages of the Class 5L.

Literacy

In Literacy this week,  we have been breaking down the structure of a story and figuring out all the different techniques we can use to create an effective opening, dilemma, resolution and ending. To do this, we planned a science-fiction story as a class, based around the following image.

At the Window

The children came up with some fantastic stories over the course of these lessons. To give you a taste of the quality of the writing, I have included a couple of my favourite bits below:

‘The McBee house sat in the wrecked, chipped and crumbling town. Dark. Lifeless.’

‘The wind whistled past Billy’s ears as he ran. They were after him. The things that took his dad. There used to be other humans on this street, but they took them as well. he could be the last human alive.’

Science

Over the last few weeks in Year 5 we have been getting to grips with the sheer size of the Solar System. How? With toilet rolls of course!

One of the biggest problems we have encountered is that all the diagrams of the Solar System we could find seem to suggest that the planets are all quite close together.This is just not the case however, as we discovered in our lessons.

As a result, we came up with a way to demonstrate just how vast our solar system actually is. The children were each given a roll of toilet roll and told that every individual square would represent around 20,000,000 km (which even by itself, is a lot!). We then systematically went through each of the main planets (sorry Pluto) and plotted their approximate locations based on this scale. We also did our best to accurately represent the size of each planet, with the Sun being about 9cm. The end results were fantastic and really helped to demonstrate just how massive the expanse of space is.

If you would like to see for yourself just how big space is but you don’t have the time (or the toilet roll), a similar project was conducted where the universe was scaled using pixels – with the moon being 1 pixel in size. The link can be found below:

http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html

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