Home Page

Springfield Academy

Together we can enjoy, believe, achieve

Year 5 - Team Determination

TEAM LETTERS - 2021-2022

Year 5 Team Determination Team Letter and Knowledge Organiser - Autumn Term

What's out there? 


Here is our fantastic display which has been made using work from our "What's out there?" topic. The children used and applied their understanding of why planet Earth is a Goldilocks planet and explained why humans are not able to survive on any other planet in the Solar System. Our display also features space inspired artwork from the artist Lucien Rudaux. The background to the display has been hand painted by one of our excellent artists. 


Maths anchor task comparing 6 digit numbers:


Year 5  enjoyed using our Maths manipulative as part of an anchor task to investigate which 6 digit number was bigger and why. The children first made the numbers, before drawing them and calculating which number was bigger, before finally explaining their reasoning. 




Kensuke's Kingdom:


Year 5 are studiying the book Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo during our Vipers reading lessons. We acted out the scene where Micheal along with his Mum, Dad and their dog Stella set off from the harbour on their yacht to begin their adventure, being waved off by their friends and family.



Why is Earth a "Goldilocks Planet?"

Year 5 investigated if humans could live on another planet? We watched a documentary which explained how the conditions on each planet would cause the human body to react and acted these out using freeze frames. We discovered that Mercury would be an inhospitable planet to visit because the daytime temperature was over 800° during the daytime and a bone chilling -290° at night time. Year 5 were also shocked to learn that one day on Mercury is actually 58 days on Earth!  We learnt that on Mars a gravity was much weaker meaning if you weighed 75kg on Earth you would only weigh 25kg on Mars. Year 5 were stunned to discover that Venus is actually the planet in the Solar System with the warmest temperatures and that the pressure is so strong it would be the same as being 3000 feet underwater and this would give humans a tremendous headache! We discovered that because Jupiter is a gas giant there is no solid surface to even stand on and the children acted out floating through the planet. We discovered that Earth is actually a “Goldilocks Planet” which has the perfect conditions for humans to survive and live comfortably!


Misson To Mars:


As part of our topic "What's out there?" Year 5 experienced a Mission to Mars on board a space shuttle using our Now Press Play resource. The children experienced blasting through the Earth's atmosphere and reaching outer space before travelling towards Mars and having to solve problems on board the shuttle. The children really enjoyed their experience and applied their understanding when writing their own newspaper articles later in the week!