Year 5

With most of our lesson plans there are lots of potential learning outcomes so have a look and choose a few that are most pertinent to the area of learning or topic you want to teach.  You can download the lessons and edit them to your needs. Please note these are written in Google Docs so if downloading in Word or as a PDF you may see some formatting errors. Google Docs is available for free to anyone with a Gmail account.

Although we have set these out in year groups have a look at the surrounding year groups as the lesson might suit the children you are teaching.

As ever, your feedback is much appreciated and have fun!

The Moti-Lab Team

Watch It Fall

This activity explores the effects of gravitational forces on everyday materials, sending different objects down the gutters at different angles into a reservoir full of sand.


This activity explores the magnetic properties of different materials and how the strength of magnetism changes when materials and placed in between the gutter magnet and the wall, it also investigates attraction and repulsion of magnets with practical investigations and observations.

Slime Time

This activity investigates the properties of liquids with different viscosity (stickiness).  Using “Gelli Baff” added to water in different amounts children can explore the effects on the flow of the liquid as it gets thicker; moving on from Y4 properties and changes of material can be observed and described as well as the effect of gravity on a falling object. The activity  requires the planning of scientific enquiries to answer relevant questions, predicting outcomes and using comparative and fair tests to draw conclusions, recording observations accurately. A number of mathematical enquiries can be performed to solve problems including the four operators and fractions and well as converting measurements of volume, capacity and time to decimal places and percentage and using statistics to interpret and  record observations.

Save The Water

This activity investigates water conservation, water is poured down the gutters and collected to see how much is lost; moving on from Y4 simple investigations are created using a range of scientific equipment to draw conclusions, along with the  mathematical investigations and understanding gravity using measurement and properties of shapes. Scientific enquiry is observed and demonstrated by interpreting discrete and continuous data which are recorded and classified using line graphs.

Muddy Waters

This activity investigates filtration. Soil is mixed with water and poured down the gutters, everyday objects are placed in the gutters to see if they catch any of the dirt: moving on from Y4 describing how mud mixes with the water and how this changes over time, describing how gravity acts on water and  timing the run and measuring the speed volume and weight of both clear and muddy water and predicting how different objects will perform by investigating their physical properties. Recording results using a range of charts.

Let It Roll

This activity investigates how different objects move down a ramp, a range of everyday materials are sent down the gutters to see how they move; performing predictions and tests and classifying and recording results by asking questions and solving practical problems: moving on from the activity in Y4 the force of gravity is introduced along with measurement of position, direction and speed by  designing fair tests to determine how fast different shaped objects move down gutters at a range of angles including the effect of pouring water or blowing air behind the object . Results of the tests are interpreted and recorded using a range of charts.

Degrees Of Treasure

This activity uses the gutters to measure and describe different types of angles: accurate measurements are taken, recorded and the units are converted to gems in order to calculate the total amount of treasure.

Don’t Rock The Boat

Moving on from the activity in Y4, this activity uses the cuboid to compare the relationship between boat size, sail material and size and speed, by performing simple practical tests with cardboard boats in the reservoir. Predictions and  observations are recorded in a range of charts.

Ball Games

This activity uses balls to practice mental maths both subtraction and addition.

Friction and Stiction

Explore the effects of friction forces on different objects as they travel down the gutters.  Which ones are the stickiest?