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Space and Beyond

In this first term we will looking at and researching all things space. We will be finding out about the planets and their characteristics, how the Earth moves, how the sun and moon move (if they do) and lots of other interesting things about space. We will also look at the moon landings (this year is the 50th anniversary) and look at key events in space throughout the years.

As much as we can, we will be linking the non core subjects to space as well.

 

If you have anything at home that you think will help us with our topic, then please don't hesitate to contact me.

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On Friday 29th November, we travelled to Sibsey Free School to listen to talk from Space Scientist, Dr Suzie Imber. 

She talked us about her experiences as a Space Scientist and training to become an Astronaut.

Suzie is a scientist at Leicester University and studies all things space. At present, she is leading a team that are researching about life on the planet Mercury. A space vehicle set out in 2017, and will reach it's destination in 2025!

Suzie also told us of her experience on the BBC TV Programme: The Astronauts: Do you have what it takes? She explained some of the challenges she had to to do. Suzie was eventually chosen as the winner of the programme.

Suzie is also a very keen mountain climber, and has even climbed mountains that no-one has ever climbed before! She even got to name some of them!

The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit and listening to Suzie and her inspirational talk.

This linked in perfectly with our Space topic.

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As part of their homework for our Space Topic, the children were given various tasks to complete. Some of these tasks were to plan, design and make their own rocket and to make a sundial. 

These are some of the models that they have made so far.

A fantastic effort - well done. 

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Weeks 1,2, 3 and 4

During this term, we have continued with our Space theme.

In literacy, the children have completed a biography about a famous person associated with space. They have also written a diary entry from the point of view of the same person, based on the most important event in that person's life. The latest piece of space related literacy the children have done, is to look at poetry. As a group they have created verses based on various related space themes. You can read some of them below.

In Maths, Years 6 have been adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. Next, they will be moving onto decimals.

Year 5, have been doing formal methods of multiplication and division and using them to solve word problems.

In Science, we have been looking at how the Earth orbits the Sun and how the Moon orbits the Earth. 

Weeks 3 and 4

In Literacy, after finishing their space narratives, the children have been researching, planning, drafting, editing and publishing a newspaper report based on the Moon landings of 1969.

 

In maths, Year 5 have been using formal methods of addition and subtraction. Year 6 have been multiplying and dividing numbers by 2 digit numbers.

 

In Science, the children looked at Geocentric (Earth is the centre of the Universe) and Heliocentric (Sun is the centre of the Universe) beliefs about how the planets orbit and rotate. They have used evidence from philosophers and astronomers to understand how the planets move.

 

The children also painted their abstract pictures based on their drawings they did in week 2.

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Learning Journey

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We kicked off our first term back introducing our ‘Space’ topic. The children were very keen to learn about all things space and to share some of the knowledge they already have.

In literacy, we are going to write a narrative based on a space theme. The children have been creating settings and characters to go into their narrative.

In maths, both Y5 and Y6 have been learning about place value and what each digit in a number actually means.

In Science, we looked at evidence and gave opinions for why scientists believe the Earth to be round, and why in the past it was thought that it was flat. We have also started to look at the planets and finding out the order they are from the sun and some other facts about them.

In Art, the children will be doing abstract painting along the lines of a famous space artist called Peter Thorpe.

 

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