Year 5 Science worksheets

Sunrise and sunset investigation

Sunrise and sunset

When we can first see the sun in the morning, we call this sunrise. When the sun disappears at night, we call this sunset. If you watch the weather on television, they often report when sunrise and sunset will take place. Look at this data table below which shows sunrise and sunset for London for each month over one year. Can you complete the data missing in the table? See if you can use this information to answer the questions below.

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Sun cream investigation

Sun cream investigation

When we go out in summer we have to apply sun cream or sun spray to help stop us from being burnt by the sun. Does this really work? Does it really stop us from being burnt by the sun’s rays? Try this simple experiment to find out!

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Separating solids investigation

Separating solids investigation

Ask an adult to provide you with a bowl filled with rice, sand, metal paper clips (or pins) and pasta (ideally penne) all mixed together. How could separate these materials? Ask to use a sieve, some plastic bowls and a magnet. See if you can use this equipment to separate out these solids.

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Reversible and irreversible changes: revision

Reversible and irreversible changes: revision

This activity is designed to help you revise a range of reversible and irreversible changes. Cut the cards out and place them face up on the table. Try to match up a material card with a process card – can you now find the correct reversible / irreversible card for this match? See how many correct matches you can make!

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Planet facts worksheet

Planet facts

Look at these pictures of the Sun and the planets in our solar system. Can you name them? One of these pictures is an intruder! Which of these pictures shows an object which is no longer a planet? Can you think of different criteria to sort the planets into (for example: size, colour, what planet is made of, type of orbit, etc.)?

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Paper airplane challenge

Paper airplane challenge

Make yourself a selection of paper airplanes. You’re going to race your planes against each other, but first decide on the parameters you want to measure (for example, speed or distance). Now predict which plane will win each completion. Were you right?

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Night and day investigation

Night and day investigation

What causes us to have a night and a day? Why is it night on one side of the Earth but day on the other? Let's investigate!
Moon phase diary

Moon phase diary

Use this sheet to create a simple moon phase diary. Look out of your window every night for a month and draw what the moon looks like. Record the date underneath each picture.
Make your own parachute

Make your own parachute

Using what you have learned about air resistance, your challenge is to make the most effective parachute for a toy figure.

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Make a planet fact pack

Make a planet fact pack

Look at these pictures of the different planets and the sun in our solar system. What information can you remember about each one? Do you know any interesting facts about each planet? If not, can you use books, talking to people or your online research skills to find out an interesting fact for each? Record your fact below each one.

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Life cycles card game

Life cycles card game

This game is designed to help you revise the key stages in different life cycles. The aim of the game is to collect all four stages in each life cycle.
Investigation: will it dissolve?

Investigation: will it dissolve?

When we add some solids to water (or other liquids), they dissolve. Try this simple experiment to see which household solids will dissolve and which won’t.

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Identifying good habitats worksheet

Identifying good habitats

Try to find four different habitats that animals or minibeasts live in around your house. Make notes on how effective each of these habitats is.

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Food experiment: reversible and irreversible changes

Food experiment: reversible and irreversible changes

Ask an adult to help you conduct this simple experiment into reversible and irreversible changes. Heat each of these food items and see if the change is reversible or irreversible when the item cools.

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Dissolving salt investigation

Dissolving salt investigation

In this experiment we will be investigating to see if the temperature of the water affects how quickly salt will dissolve in it.

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Dissolving experiment

Dissolving experiment

This is an experiment to help you learn about which materials will dissolve and which ones will not.

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Cleaning water experiment

Cleaning water experiment

In this activity you will learn how to clean some water!
Air resistance investigation

Air resistance investigation

Air resistance is a force which slows moving objects down. When things move through the air, they are slowed down. Planes can move more quickly through the air by having a more streamlined shape – this means less surface area for the air to resist against. Do you fancy having a go at running your own simple investigation into air resistance?

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Make your own magnetic compass

Understanding magnets: Make your own magnetic compass

The Earth has a weak magnetic field caused by the movement of molten iron in its core. The Earth’s magnetic field acts on a magnetised needle, pulling one end towards the north and the other towards the south magnetic pole. Understand more about magnets by making your very own magnetic compass from a polystyrene pizza base, a needle, a pin and a strong magnet.
Build your own periscope

Understanding light reflection: Build your own periscope

Mirrors change the direction of light and reflect it. We can demonstrate this practically by making a periscope. Light is reflected from one object into a mirror and then onto the other mirror before reaching your eyes. Collect your materials and find out for yourself!

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