Category Archives: Science

Predicting and measuring hollies

Year 5 Kestrels spent the afternoon looking at different holly leaves, their length and how many spikes they have. They began by predicting what they thought they would find out about these two factors.

Kaicie: I think the shorter the leaf is the more prickles it will have on it.

We had some good fun measuring the length of the leaves and counting the spikes. Afterwards the children used their data they had collected to create a scatter graph. They worked super hard and completed so much work. What a great afternoon!

Photosynthesis using microscopes

To begin their photosynthesis topic in Year 5, we discussed what we already knew about leaves. Year 5 had lots of really good ideas.

We then used our microscopes to examine different leaves. We did get a bit carried away and we found lots of other interesting things to examine under the microscope!

Overall, Year 5 had a very good lesson and worked really hard to produce some good sketches of what they could see on the leaves.

Take a look at how they looked under the microscope!

Understanding maps

We spent some time looking at the different representations of maps and the information they give.

There was a lot to take in and some interesting facts were found.

Evan discovered a small island called “Lewis”.

Lots of children found facts about countries, such as population size.

Daneil found out that 1% of Americas population is over 90 years old.

The class worked collaboratively to look at the different maps and found that all maps have some sort of key which explains the details on the map. The key could show:

– Rivers
– Motorways
– High to low ground
– Ground under sea level
– Lakes
– Population

The class went on to looking at maps of Paris and discovering the human (man made) features and the physical (natural) features found in France.

Think Tank comes to our school

Kestrels had such an amazing day at the Think Tank, and our fabulous behaviour must have made the Think Tank team want to visit Bells Farm. This week Think Tank set up a planetarium in school, whilst inside we got to learn all about different planets. Year 5 particularly enjoy looking at the stars above and the constellations, this is a group of stars that form a particular shape in the sky and have been given a name.

What did Kestels enjoy most?
Lewis – It was amazing! I felt a little dizzy in there but it was a cool way to learn about planets.
Wana – It was really fun, my favourite part was when we were looking up at the stars and trying to guess what shape they formed.
Sahara – The planets surrounding us made the learning more fun.

Think Tank trip

Today Year 5 have been to visit the Think Tank to learn more about space and the solar system as part of our science topic. We were first invited into the theatre for a space mission show! The memebers of staff were selecting children to represent planets, and also turning some into mini astraonauts, disucssing what items would be best to take to space and how they survive. we then looked at different pressures needed to ensure a rocket would be able to take off!

Tim Peake

We then explored the rest of the museum where we noticed a special Tim Peake exhibition, we are very proud of kestrels for their incredible behaviour throughout the day. All behaviours for learning were being followed whilst out of school, we have had a fantastic day!

Moon made of cheese!

Kestrels have started working on their new Science topic, Earth and Space. As a different introduction to this they considered what it would be like if the moon were made of cheese.

This also built on the Learning Behaviours work that they have been doing already over the past two days.

Ideas the children came up with include:

The class really look forward to going to Think Tank next week, where they will enjoy the Space Mission Show.


This week Kestrels were watching interesting clips and gathering information all about volcanoes. So what have we found out?

Nimca – Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano
Hanson – Lava can flow 25 miles per hour
Kyann – The core is made up of iron and nickel
Lewis – The earths crust is 50km thick

One of our behaviours for learning – ‘active listening’ was key in order to complete the work and gather the correct information, so a big well done year 5. If you want to watch the clips we were watching follow the link below –

Well done Omari!

Year 5 are putting huge amounts of effort into their homework, well done!

Last week we saw Hanson’s fabulous PowerPoint and this week we say a massive well done and thank you to Omari, he was given homework on ‘life cycles’ but Omari decided to go above and beyond to produce this wonderful PowerPoint.

Omari – the research was the trickiest part, it had taken lots of time to find the facts.