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Earth and Space: Is there anybody out there?

In this learning challenge we will investigate questions like “What makes up our Solar System? How was the space race to the moon won?’ What is life like as an astronaut? Can we ever live in space? And are we alone in this world?”


In English we will read together the story of ‘Skellig’ by David Almond to develop our thinking and imagination about life beyond our planet. In our writing we will learn how to express our feelings, ideas and language to write creatively in an organised and persuasive way.  To develop our thinking and listening skills we will take part in a number of class debates to discuss the question ‘Is anybody out there?’


In Maths we will use mathematical ideas to help us understand the big numbers that are out there in space. For example, we will learn how to count on and back in tens, hundreds and thousands, recognise and describe number patterns of two, three and four-digit numbers for multiples up to ten and learn how to organise and present these numbers in an appropriate way that serves our new understanding of Earth and Space.


Through Science we will look at the position of the Sun, Earth and Moon in our Solar System, how the Earth orbits the Sun and how the Moon orbits the Earth, and how the movements of the Sun and Moon affect life on planet Earth.  In particular, we will investigate the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky. We will also carry out experiments to show how a rocket can be propelled safely by using pressurised water and air to defy the force of gravity.


In Design and Technology we will design and make a model to show the rotation of the Sun, Earth and Moon.  While in Art we will be inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘The Starry Night’ to develop the idea of light and darkness as we create our own paintings of Earth and Space.


In History we will find about the Space Race and how this has impacted on our lives today. In particular, we will look at the achievement of the first women British Astronaut, Helen Sharman. While in Geography, we will learn how to use globes and satellite images of the Earth and Moon to describe the location of their physical and human features.


 In Music we will listen to the musical composition of ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst and the song  ‘Starry, Starry Night’, by Don Mclean to explore our feelings through a range of musical instruments.


Finally in Computing we will learn to programme a model of a moon buggy to follow a series of simple commands.


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St. Joseph's Catholic Primary and Nursery School

90 Oakhill Road

SW15 2QD


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