Category Archives: Science for Year 5

Year 5 Emergency Lesson Plans for Science

Lesson plans for supply teachersThese emergency lesson plans for Year 5 Science are only to be used by supply teachers who are faced with no planning or easily accessible resources. Also to be used following the guidance notes here.


Topic Lesson Plan
Keeping healthy Design a poster which shows children alternatives to unhealthy snacks, and which promotes exercise too.
Life cycles Seed dispersal, what properties does a seed need to have to be dispersed by wind/animal/water/explosion?
Gases around us Evaporation: why do people hang their clothes on the line on a sunny day? Hang them on the radiator, put them in the tumble dryer? What has happened to the water? Where did it go? Explore children's ideas and help annotate drawings.
Changing state Reversible changes: what can we melt/freeze to make a solid/liquid/gas change state, but then let the temperature return to normal and the s/l/g will revert too? Water/wax… what can we not do this with? Eggs/clay (fired in kiln)
Earth, sun and moon The Moon orbits the Earth, but it also revolves around the Earth. As it is orbiting as well as revolving, we always see the same side of the moon, we never see the 'far side'. What different shapes of moon have you seen? What causes it to appear to change shape?
Changing sounds Recorders out! Explain that sounds are made air vibrating and the space that the air vibrates in is very important. Ask children to experiment with recorders how to change the pitch of the sound, and how that relates to the space in which the air can vibrate. Give one recorder per group of four/five!


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