Gravity adds weight to Reay’s Year 5 dance!

Year 5 at Reay Primary School have been thoroughly enjoying our sessions with Jo Rhodes of Siobhan Davies Dance.

We have combined dance with our topic on Forces and then used it to help us to fully understand about Newton’s Three Laws, resistance, gravity and aerodynamics and that’s just the science!

Here is how we have got on…

'This picture represents Isaac Newton's first law, the law of inertia. Inertia is a lack of force meaning that the only thing stop and object moving at a constant to speed is an unbalanced force. It also means that if it's still, it won't move without some sort of force.' Year 5 pupil

‘This picture represents Isaac Newton’s first law, the law of inertia. Inertia is a lack of force meaning that the only thing stop and object moving at a constant to speed is an unbalanced force. It also means that if it’s still, it won’t move without some sort of force.’ Year 5 pupil

'This picture represents Newton's law of acceleration. In this picture, if she had let go of his leg, he would have fallen over faster.' Year 5 pupil

‘This picture represents Newton’s law of acceleration. In this picture, if she had let go of his leg, he would have fallen over faster.’ Year 5 pupil

'This picture represents the law of action and reaction. It means that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. They are pulling inwards to stay there in a counter-balance so if they let go, they'd fall backwards with the same amount of force as pulling in.' Year 5 pupil

‘This picture represents the law of action and reaction. It means that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. They are pulling inwards to stay there in a counter-balance so if they let go, they’d fall backwards with the same amount of force as pulling in.’ Year 5 pupil

In our first dance lesson, we also learned a bit about air resistance and we were inspired and had to find out more so we designed our own paper aeroplanes and tested them to see which one was the most aerodynamic (we agreed this was an awesome word and should be used to describe dance moves as well as cars, runners and.. well… aeroplanes).

'We applied our knowledge of angles in maths to our moves in throwing the paper aeroplanes. In order to get the best trajectory, we decided that we would place our arms at a 45 degree angle.' Class Teacher

‘We applied our knowledge of angles in maths to our moves in throwing the paper aeroplanes. In order to get the best trajectory, we decided that we would place our arms at a 45 degree angle.’ Class Teacher

ViviLnk

‘I learned that air resistance is a force which works against gravity as it pushes objects up from below (keeping them in the air) and from the front (slowing them down).’ Year 5 pupil.

We were given an egg to take responsibility for. This linked to the dance lessons as in these, we have been working in partners and having to take responsibility for our friends’ safety as we move around the space and try out lifts and things. We all managed to take our eggs home for the night and bring them back safely the next day.

'We had to be eggstra careful with this eggsperiment.'

‘We had to be eggstra careful with this eggsperiment.’

'We all had an eggstemely good time coming up with some cracking egg yokes!' Year 5 pupil

‘We all had an eggstemely good time coming up with some cracking egg yokes!’ Year 5 pupil

We then designed and made parachutes for our eggs as we dropped them out of the window on the second floor to see if they would survive. If we’re honest, some did, many didn’t but we learned a lot about air resistance as a result and adapted our parachute designs for next time. We then incorporated the imagery of the eggs falling to their deaths into our dance routines. Some of them were so beautiful and realistic that everyone knew eggsactly (sorry) what the dances were about.

Before...

Before…

During...

During…

After... :-(

After… :-(

'We found interesting ways of making the parachute shapes with our bodies.' Year 5 pupil

‘We found interesting ways of making the parachute shapes with our bodies.’ Year 5 pupil

'We changed our dynamics to show the egg dropping or floating down. Mine dropped.' Year 5 pupil

‘We changed our dynamics to show the egg dropping or floating down. Mine dropped.’ Year 5 pupil

The science has been just one small aspect of what we learned about during our dance lessons and our classroom activities after them. We have also obviously been learning all about dance and how it can help us physically, mentally and with our relationships with our friends, families and teachers. We have learned to be able to apply the knowledge we learn in dance across the curriculum.

Here are some of the things we have discovered, either about dance or about something else, so far.

‘I learned that I work better in a pair than by myself.’

‘I learned that when I jump up, I come back down because of gravity.’

‘Our centre of gravity helps us to balance and goes through our bodies.’

‘I learned that I can trust Myles and that he is my real friend.’

‘I learned that air resistance makes us fall slower and if I bend my knees when I land, that absorbs the impact.’

‘I learned that air resistance is all around us.’

‘The three laws of motion are: Inertia; Acceleration and Action-Reaction.’

‘I’ve learned that I work better in a 5 than in a 2 because we can share more ideas and get more work done.’

‘I learned that learning isn’t about feeling safe – you can feel unsafe or unbalanced or maybe both! I find it a little bit hard sometimes.’

‘I learned that you can balance on more than just your feet.’

‘I learned that if your vision is gone, it is harder to balance and to know where you are.’

‘I learned that my head weighs 9 pounds!’

¬†Year 5 at Reay Primary School would like to say a big, ‘THANK YOU!’ to Jo for all her help and inspiration so far on this wonderful project. We are really enjoying it and learning ever such a lot more as a result of your help and expertise.