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Science, the Ancient Greeks and Year Five

Science and History often go hand in hand. Year Five discovered that the Ancient Greeks used Science in their weapons. The Year Fives enjoyed making catapults in Science to see how far they could cause a variety of objects fly through the air. Catapults were invented by Dionysius of Syracuse around 400 B.C. The catapult changed how war was fought and influenced future war weapons.

Year Five also look at identifying and explaining the effects of water resistance. They investigated which shapes would have the least amount of water resistance. This knowledge was then used to understand how important it was to create warships that could move efficiently and quickly through the water. In times of war, the Ancient Greeks specially designed ships, along with well-trained oarsmen and strong sails, helped them to defeat their enemies in sea battles.