Week 1 (22.02.21) - 2 (01.03.21)
Lesson 1 – Introduction to Forces
This term, our topic in Science is ‘Forces’. Have a look at the link below and work through the first lesson ‘What are forces?’ for an introduction to our learning this term. Watch the video and have a go at the activities throughout the video. Then, if you would like, have a go at the quiz to test your understanding. The quiz only has 4 questions but they are a little tricky so don’t worry if you don’t get 4/4. Remember, making mistakes is an important part of learning 😊
Lesson 2 - Gravity
Gravity is the first force you will learn about. Work through this BBC Bitesize lesson to find out a bit about gravity.
Optional Experiment: Galileo was a famous scientist in the 16th and 17th Century. His most famous observation was that two objects of the same size but different weights hit the ground at the same time if they are dropped from the same height. This happens because the force of gravity acting on both objects is the same. Can you test his theory? Remember, you must have two objects that are exactly the same size and shape, but different weights. The reason for this is because if the objects are a different shape, air resistance will affect them differently. Perhaps you could use 2 identical plastic bottles and fill one with water and leave the other empty. You could film the bottles hitting the floor in slow-motion to see if they do hit at the same time. Remember to keep all other variables the same- you will have to drop them from the same height and at exactly the same time. Repeat your experiment a few times to make sure you have accurate results.
Optional Further learning: If you would like to, you could have a look at this lesson on the National Oak Academy to learn even more about gravity and another non-contact force, magnetism. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-non-contact-forces-6djkgd
Week 5 (3.2.21) - 6 (10.2.21)
For the next two weeks, we would like you to continue to learn about our wonderful solar system! There is a lesson all about explaining day and night and then another lesson about the movement of the moon.
If you’d like to have a go at another activity, try this lunar craters investigation! It is entirely optional and you will need a few resources for it, but they should all be things you can easily find at home. We think you’ll really enjoy this one! Maybe get some of your other family members involved too?
Use the instruction sheet to find out everything you’ll need and the step-by-step method you’ll need to follow.
We have also included two planning sheets that give you an idea for how you could present your findings from your investigation. You don’t need to print these off and fill them in, they are just there to guide you. Present your findings in any way that you would like to!
Finally, we have also included an observation sheet. Again, you don’t need to print this off, but it is great for showing you the parts of a crater. See if you can spot the same parts in your own crater!
Have fun with this investigation, we wish we could be doing it with you in school so we would love to see some photos of how you get on!
Week 3 - 4
For the next two weeks, we would like you to continue to learn about the planets in our solar system. There is a lesson all about spherical bodies and then a lesson about geocentric v heliocentric models for the solar system.
Once you have finished these lessons, if you would like to, you can learn all about solar and lunar eclipses (click here).
As a little (optional!) extra, the link below provides information from the University of Oxford about a whole evening of all-things-space that they have coming up on Thursday 28th January from 3pm-9pm, where they will be streaming live from their Youtube channel.