Year 5 Autumn 1: Earth and Space - Space Presenters

Prof Brian Cox is in the process of commissioning a new series of Stargazing programmes aimed at young children and he’s hoping you are willing to help him out. He needs three episodes that cover the planets and solar system; night and day; and the lunar month. You will need to come up with a title for each episode and include practical and clear explanations and demonstrations of the science behind each phenomenon. Are you up for the challenge and do you have what it takes to be a Space Presenter?

Hamilton’s science scheme provides children with a broad but comprehensive experience of primary science that systematically covers all of the National Curriculum for England objectives. Each year group is split into 6 blocks of 6 sessions, each of which can be completed within a half-term. We present them in a recommended teaching order, but you may adapt this to fit your requirements. Working scientifically, investigations and meaningful outcomes are fully incorporated in each block.

Friends and School Subscribers have access to some additional supporting material, including year and block overview documents, assessment grids and specially commissioned background science documents for Key Stage 2 subjects to give teachers added confidence and depth of knowledge as well as ideas for how to learn more.

Supporting documents for science
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01: Coming up with the intergalactic goods - developing scientific enquiry

You need to show Prof Cox that you have what it takes to be a great scientist. Explore his ‘space facts’ and come up with some great enquiry questions and processes.

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02: Planetary scales - modelling the solar system

Do you have what it takes to create a scale model of the solar system? Prof Cox has sent you through some fruit to substitute for your planets!

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03: The minor matter of how the solar system works

Can you build your own orrery to demonstrate how the solar system works? It’s time to decide what will make the final cut in your first Stargazing episode.

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04: Day and night - changing shadows

Can you demonstrate that the Earth spins on its own axis? Prof Cox is keen that you set up an investigation for this one, tracking the sun through shadows.

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05: Sundial designers and time zones detectives

Can you be a designer and a detective all in one session? You need to make a working sundial and interview people in different time zones around the world.

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06: A moon month

Can you implement some investigations to show why the moon appears to change shape throughout the month - you could also do some stargazing of your own!