The Race to Space

‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’ (Neil Armstrong, 20 July 1969.)

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…..Blast Off! Year 5 are blasting off into space for their new project!

In Science we will be describing the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. We will learn the order of the planets from the Sun and some fascinating facts about them! We will also look at why we have day and night, the phases of the moon and study some of the constellations in our solar system.

 

In History we want to learn about the Cold War and the race between Russia and America to send man to the moon.  The 1960s was a period of great change in people’s attitudes, as they did not want another world war. Musicians, such as David Bowie, released songs such as Space Oddity as there was great interest in space flight during this time. We are going to listen to The Beatles, and other music greats from the time, in Music and recreate our versions of these songs.

 We will study Andy Warhol in Art, as he was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.  We want to try out his techniques to create portraits in his style.

In Design and Technology we are going to make our own moon buggies based on technology that has been used in space. For indoor PE this term we will be testing out our best 1960s swing dance moves!

In Literacy we are going to be writing persuasive texts to convince people to come and live on another planet, before moving on to read Charles Dickens’ (an abridged version of) A Christmas Carol.

In Maths we will be moving on to our measures unit, an essential skill for any budding astronaut!

In PSHE we will continue focusing on our values. We want to find out more about Tim Peakes (famous British astronaut) who had to show many of the values in order to become the first British astronaut on the ISS. We will think about our own goals and ambitions and how we can also ‘shoot for the stars’.

In RE we are continuing to look at different religious places of worship.

In Computing we will use online tools to investigate, measure and compare the planets and moons of our solar system. We will build a program to help us learn the order of the planets then use an online orrery finally building our own version using code in Scratch.

In Spanish we will be thinking a little closer to home and looking at the story of Little Red Riding Hood in Spanish.