Year 5 Autumn Term

Stargazers - Autumn 1

(solar system, planets and gravity)


Journey through space – the final frontier! Let’s take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky.


During this half term, we’ll read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts. We’ll make a Solar System and investigate the cycle of day into night. We’ll learn about Galileo, the ‘father’ of modern astronomy and his famous astronomical discoveries. Taking on the roles of the planets, we’ll use movement to demonstrate the motions of the planets and moons. We’ll investigate lunar myths and write astronaut poetry. Then we’ll make a space shuttle or satellite, testing the materials for durability, and we’ll program toys to explore a lunar landscape.


How you can help your child prepare for their project
The possibilities are endless when you’re thinking about the vastness of space. Why not work together to make a papier mâché model of your favourite planet? You could also watch a science-fiction film or read a book to see how space is presented. Alternatively, visit the local library together to find fascinating non-fiction books about space.

To start this topic, we will work in collaboratively to recall facts from previous learning and create our own solar system presentation, using a variety of art techniques. We will also include facts and information to label the different planets.   

In English, we will be exploring non-fiction texts to learn about space; this will help us to write our own information texts, teaching our readers about the planets. We will use fiction to inspire us to write stories, learning how to build cohesion, engage the reader and convey our ideas clearly using a range of grammar and punctuation. We will also read about important figures from space exploration, reading and writing biographies. 

In science, we will learn about the solar system, the planets and gravity. We will explore the movement of the Earth and other planets within the solar system and we will look at the movement of the moon relevant to Earth. We will work scientifically to gain an understanding of historical scientists and astronomers and their theories about the position of the Earth within the solar system.