Fantastic Voyage - Y4/5s Blast Off!

posted 11 Nov 2017, 04:50 by Richard Hanks   [ updated 11 Nov 2017, 04:56 ]

The topic for Year 4/5's this half-term is called Fantastic Voyage and we have been blasting off to explore the Solar System!

Mission Control for Apollo 13

In English we will be learning how to write effective news reports. We will be reporting on the events of the Apollo 13 mission (if you know what happens, don't spoil it for the others!)

We started by taking on the roles of personnel at Mission Control: Communication technicians, Doctors, Spacesuit Designers and Spacecraft Engineers. In these roles, we developed the technical vocabulary we would need to describe the mission and experienced the nervousness an excitement of a rocket launch!

Managing the launch of Apollo 13

Now the astronauts have left Earth successfully, we need to support them on their mission

Solar System Voyage

Using the latest technology our cadet astronauts were able to take a fantastic voyage around the solar system, making a map as they went.

Turbulence as we left the Earth's atmosphere.

Experiencing a lack of gravity, luckily our space pens worked in low gravity conditions.

Scale model of the Solar System

Children worked in TASC groups to produce an accurate scale model of the Solar system. A basketball with a diameter of 20cm was our sun. The planets were a lot smaller than we expected!


Using our models and basketball sun we carefully measured the distances between planets in the solar system.








Once the planets were in place, we could really appreciate how much space there is between them!
 

The furthest planets ended up across the playground and down the corridor!

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