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Year 5 enjoy a hands-on exploration of gravity

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Year 5 had a fantastic morning at Howsham Mill exploring their current science topic on gravity. After some lively discussion on gravity and friction with Helen, the Education Manager, the children worked in groups to design their own parachute for their cork parachutist, choosing from a range of materials. They then had great fun judging their effectiveness by dropping them from the balcony above the working area.

The next challenge for the children was to change one variable while keeping the others the same and predict the results. There was a flurry of activity while the children altered the size and material of their parachutes, with one group adding an extra canopy ‘Para style’. Lots of testing followed with drops being timed and recorded in order to gain results and prove or disprove their predictions. After we discussed the results and drew our conclusions, the children some free time to play in the woods before returning to school. A brilliant morning of hands-on learning and fun was had by all and we can’t wait to go back again!

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