Space Week Two

This week the children considered life without light! We looked at different light sources and recognised that the moon just reflects the light of the sun, rather than being a light source like we first thought!

We helped Plop, from the Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, investigate which would be the best thing for him to use as a night light. Cameron realised a bulb wouldn’t help unless it had a power source too! The deep level of understanding and thinking demonstrated by the children was excellent.

The Owl Who Was

Over the course of the week, the children have been a great help to the astronauts on the International Space Station, helping prepare the resupply shuttle to keep them healthy and nourished. They learnt about the difference between mass and weight. Our little NASA scientists considered how the gravity we experience on Earth is different to that in space and how this can change the weight of objects, but not the mass.

Then we explored different ways to compare mass. The resupply shuttle could only carry the lightest food items, so the children had to compare the mass of different fruits and vegetables. This also developed their knowledge of different fruits and vegetables that they may not have encountered before, such as passion fruit, aubergines and avocados.

Mass 12.11 (4) Mass 12.11 (8) Mass 12.11 (26) Comparing Mass Weighing Astronaut Food Mass 12.11 (27)

Once we worked out which were the lightest fruits and vegetables, NASA asked us to find out the mass of each object, as the shuttle can’t take off if it is too heavy. The children learnt that measurement is about equivalence and that they can use non-standard units to measure the mass of an object.

Then our focus was drawn back to life on Earth. We explored how humans change as we age. The children considered how a boy’s body is different from a girl’s, using the correct vocabulary for the different parts of our body.

Growing up (2)

Also this week our thoughts were drawn to Armistice Day. We learnt about the history behind this special day and considered why commemorating this event is a big part of British life each year. In our literacy sessions we focused on poetry and learnt how to create an acrostic poem. The children demonstrated just how insightful they could be when they created their own acrostic poems about Remembrance Day.

Rememerance Poem Remember Acrostic Poem Poppy Acrostic Poem

A little preview of next week…

We will be focusing on the life and historical significance of Neil Armstrong. The children will learn what a biography is and write a simple biography of him for our class reading area. In maths the children will learn to recognise all numbers to 100, gaining a deeper understanding of place value, which will then support their understanding when finding one more and one less than any given number. In music we will use Holst’s ‘The Planets’ as a stimulus for creating our own musical phrases for a given planet. We will also begin our mechanics learning in DT, exploring moving mechanisms.