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Welcome To Emerald Class Yr 4/5

Term 2 - Stargazers



Journey through space, the final frontier...  Navigate beyond the Sun: the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our Solar System!

Investigate the eight planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.  Take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits the Earth.

Programme a 'rover' to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity, and what happens when there is none!  Compare the time of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure!  Get in a spin making simple models of the Solar System and listen to the haunting sounds of space-themed songs.

Then it's three, two, one... BLAST OFF!  Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission.  Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has even undertaken.  Are we alone or are there other life forms out there?

Fun Facts

  • The Earth is not truly spherical: it bulges at the Equator, meaning that it looks fatter in the middle!
  • The Earth and everything on it spins through space at an average speed of approximately 1000 miles an hour.  That's fast!
  • The biggest impact crater on Earth is South Africa's Vredefort crater which has a diameter of around 300 km.
  • What we call the geographical North Pole is actually a magnetic south pole!
  • The Earth's magnetic field is caused by its spinning, sploshing molten metal core.
  • Venus is often referred to as Earth's sister planet because of its similar size and mass.
  • The planet Neptune is named after the Roman god of the sea. 
  • Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is thought to have seas of liquid methane.
  • In August 2012, the Mars rover, Curiosity, landed on the red planet.  Moving at a top speed of 2.5 cm per second, its mission was to find out whether conditions on Mars could support microbial life.
  • Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system and closest to the Sun.  Mercury can be observed from Earth passing across the surface of the Sun in an event called a 'transit'.  This only happens 13 times each century.  Look out for the next Mercury 'transit' on 11th November, 2019!
  • Jupiter, as a gas giant, is the largest planet in the solar system.  The Great Red Spot is a storm that has been raging on Jupiter for 350 years and it is so big that at least two Earths could fit inside it!
  • Five planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) can be seen from Earth with the naked eye.
  • The rings of Saturn are composed of billions of icy particles, rocky debris and dust.
  • The density of Saturn is so low that if you put it in a giant glass of water, it would float!
  • Uranus was the first planet to be discovered using a telescope in 1781.
  • The footprints and tyre tracks left by astronauts on the moon will remain there forever as there is no wind to blow them away! 

Term 2 2017 Home Learning - Due Monday, 11th December, 2017

Letter - join

Welcome to our new handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

Explore Purple Mash!

Useful pages about planets