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Spring Term 1 - Stargazers



Welcome to the third of our exciting projects for this academic year, Stargazers. In this project the children will journey through space, the final frontier. Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our Solar System and investigate the eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They will look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth, programme a rover to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity, and what happens when there is none.


Children will compare the times of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure, create simple models of the Solar System, and listen to the haunting sounds of space themed songs. Then it’s 3, 2, 1, blast off.


An investigation will include the building and launching of a rocket for an important test mission. Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone? Or are there other life forms out there?

Homework Creations

Planetarium- Year 5 started their new project with an amazing visit from a planetarium. The children were shown images of the different planets in our Solar System and their size in relation to each other. They learnt about the moon and astronauts that have visited the moon and they were shown the different constellations that can be seen in the night sky. The children will be able to use this knowledge throughout the project to help further develop their understanding of our Solar System.

Mnemonics - Year 5 used an example mnemonic to create their own mnemonics to help remember the order of the planets in our Solar System.

Art work - This week the children used a printing technique in their art lesson to show the different phases of the moon.

Design and Technology creations- Year 5 studied close up images of the surface of the moon. They then chose different materials to represent the surface of the moon. Showing the creaters, mountains and darker areas of the moon. They even showed footprints as they discovered the footprints of the astronauts that have visited the moon are still there today.

Computing - Year Five enjoyed a computing lesson where they designed their own space rovers and then programmed them to move.

Science - The children enjoyed a practical science lesson where they explored why planets have craters and conducted an experiment where they dropped a range of balls with different masses into flour to observe the effect of gravity and see the relationship between mass and crater size.