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Stargazers

Journey through space, the final frontier… Navigate beyond the sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system!

Investigate the eight planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the moon, a celestial body that orbits the Earth.

Programme a ‘rover’ to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity… and what happens when there is none! Compare the time of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure! Get in a spin, making simple models of the solar system and listen to the haunting sound of space-themed songs.

Then it’s three, two, one… BLAST OFF! Build and test a rocket for an important test mission.

Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone or is there other life forms out there?

 

Curriculum Coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.

English

Mnemonics; Myths and Legends; Free verse poetry; Newspaper

reports; Science fiction/Graphic Narrative

Science Earth and Space; Forces; Working scientifically
Computing Programming; Stop-frame animation
Art & Design Printing; Design
Geography Locating physical features
History

Significant individuals - Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, 1960's

Space Race

Maths Problem solving using measures
PE Dance
D&T Selecting materials; Design research; Structures; Evaluation
Music Space-inspired Music and Lyrics