During Year 5 the children will learn about and investigate the following topics:

Could you be the next CSI investigator? – Properties of materials

The children will compare and group materials based on their evidence from comparative and fair tests including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal) and response to magnets.

 Could you be the next CSI investigator? – Changing materials 

The children will understand that some materials dissolve in a liquid to form a solution. They will use their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating. The children will discover that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes. They will explain that some changes form new materials and this change is not usually reversible, including changes with burning and action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.

Can you feel the force? – Forces

SWe will explain that unsupported objects fall towards Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object. We will identify the effects of air and water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces and we will begin to understand that force and motion can be transferred through devices such as gears, pulleys and levers.

Do all animals and plants start life as an egg?

Animals and their Habitats

The children will explain the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird. They will also describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. 

When working scientifically the children will observe and compare the life cycles of plants and animals including from around the world and ask questions and suggest reasons for similarities and differences.

Animals including Humans

The children will describe the changes as humans develop from babies to old age and draw a timeline to indicate the stages in growth and development in humans

When working scientifically the children will compare data about the gestation periods of humans and other animals.

Will We Ever Send Another Human To The Moon? – Earth and Space

We will discover how the planets in our solar system move in relation to the Sun and how the Moon moves relative to the Earth. We will describe the Moon, Sun and Earth as approximately spherical bodies and use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain how night turns into day.