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Space Topic

Why Choose Space as a Topic?

Our children are naturally curious and want to know about the world they live in. We chose Space as our topic because it gives them the opportunity to ask big questions. We feel it's important to encourage children to 'look up' and think about what's beyond our planet. 

Curriculum Content

All Year One and Two children have covered elements of the new National Curriculum from the Science, History, Art, DT, Maths and English Programmes of Study. Our Reception children have covered elements from Understanding the World, Physical Development, Creative Development, Number and Communication, Language and Literacy areas of the Early Years Curriculum. 

We have found out about Planet Earth and where it is in our Solar System, why we have day and night and four seasons, the phases of the moon and what the lunar surface looks like, what constellations are and the stories behind them, the history of Space Race between America and Russia, who Laika is and why Neil Armstrong is famous, what the International Space Station is and what it looks like, how astronauts keep warm in space and programming lunar and mars rovers. We enjoyed a visit from a pop-up planetarium who took us on a tour through the solar system and onto the surface of the moon. We have had great fun with this topic and have produced some very impressive work!

 

Supporting Learning at Home

There is lots you can do at home to support your child's learning.

  • Visit the library and borrow some non-fiction (information) books about space.
  • Spot the moon in the sky. Talk about what you can see. Which phase is it? Full, crescent or gibbous? Can you see any craters?
  • Use binoculars or a telescope to look at the moon or planets such as Venus or Mars. Can you spot the rings of Saturn?
  • Try and find the North star and the Great Bear or Orion constellations.
  • Sing songs and nursery rhymes- Hey Diddle Diddle or 5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer.
  • Visit the CBeebies Little Stargazers page by clicking here and here.
  • Come and share the solar eclipse with us in the playground on Friday 20th March from 9.00am.