Science Week - 2017
An astronaut in school!
The Spaceman in school came to KS2 and entertained and educated us all about Space exploration. He told us all about famous astronauts he had met and showed us his autographed glove by Buzz Aldrin. He explained how the Spacesuits functioned and enabled the astronauts to carry out their work when landing on the moon.
The baked bean cans demonstrated the weight of a tin of beans on different planets. The smaller the planet the less gravity, therefore the lighter the beans,
He showed how far away the Moon was from Earth therefore showing the need for huge amounts of power for the rocket to lift off and blast it into space.
What a fun time KS1 had with the spaceman in their classroom. They found out lots of interesting space facts about life on the moon. They launched rockets into a target by jumping on the launch pad. They tried on the astronauts helmet. Caleb said "Everything looks yellow!" They were set a challenge to make a strong space station for Astronaut George out of objects that would be available on the moon. They were tested to find which was the strongest by using strong wind and by throwing meteors at them! Some were constructed in a different way and were very strong and survived the test.
EYFS have had such a wonderful week learning about space we are going to continue it as our topic. We have played astronauts, painted planets, wrote lists of things to take to space, read books about space and even experimented with rockets! We used a big ruler to measure how far we could launch our ‘rocket mice’. Follow this link if you would like to play rocket mice at home http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/educators/classroom-resources/activities/rocket_mice
KS1 made space gloves. They decided that they had to be comfortable yet strong and protective. They enjoyed making them and had even more fun testing them for strength.
Yr 5 have been looking into space. We payed particular attention to Mars, all the children could now be Martians.
KS1 made space rockets. They decided which materials to use by testing them for strength. They designed and made their rockets before testing them to see how strong they were.
Yr 3 have made their own Mars landers. They have to be able to land without falling over from different heights.
They tested their Mars landers from different heights to see if they landed upright or not. They then presented what they found back in class and talked about how they would improve their models if they were to do it again.
We have also been applying to NASA for a job as an Astronaut, after we have found out about all the attributes we would need. We are sure we could do it!!
Letters by Elena Birch Pullan and Evie May Stokes.
Yr 4 have spent their maths time solving problems about space. They have written applications to join a space training programme. The children have created their own mnemonics for remembering the names and order of the planets. They have also made mini rockets.
PROJECT: Find a New Earth
It is the year 2086
The children worked in groups to research 7 planets (which NASA have designated as the most likely planets that would be within the habitable zone). They noted down all of the pros and cons and came to a group decision as to why they chose their New Earth. They then presented their reasons to the class considering the following:
• The main reasons why your choice of planet is most suitable
• The difficulties that man would face there.
• Why this choice is better than any of the other choices.
Every group decided that Kepler 186f would be the most suitable planet for the human race.
What an inspiring week we all had!
Thank you Mr B