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Phases of the Moon


As part of our Earth and Space topic, we have been learning about the different phases of the moon and creating diagrams to show how the moon looks at different parts of the lunar cycle. We also found out about why there are different phases of the moon in each hemisphere.


Ria: 'I learnt that we see the moon because it reflects light from the sun. Since the Earth is spinning, the moon looks different at different times of the year.'

Growth in babies


Children in Year 5 have been using their knowledge and understanding of the growth in humans in order to create line graphs to show the average height of both boys and girls between 0 and 12 months. The children started by collecting data and putting it into a table before creating a line graph. 



As part of their 'Living Things and their Habitats' topic, Year 5 have been studying the life cycles of different animals. Children used their understanding of life cycles to create a diagram which shows the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly before independently using their knowledge and understanding to explain and describe each stage. 

Irreversible changes


Year 5 have been investigating irreversible changes. They conducted various independent experiments to observe the reactions made when materials are heated or mixed together. Using their observational skills, they came up with their own conclusions about what defines an irreversible change. Pupils independently cracked eggs and mixed them up, observed and recorded information about what happens to lit candles and our favourite was making 'Angel Delight'.


One child said, "I enjoyed this investigation as I was able to see the difference between reversible and irreversible changes. I didn't know cracking and cooking an egg was an irreversible change but now it seems obvious."