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 described the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. We learnt the order of the planets from the Sun and some fascinating facts about them! We also looked at why we have day and night, the phases of the moon and studied some of the constellations in our solar system.


In History we learnt 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 listened to The Beatles, and other music greats from the time, in Music and recreated our versions of these songs.

We studied Andy Warhol in Art, as he was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.  We tried out his techniques to create portraits in his style.  In Design and Technology we made our own moon buggies based on technology that has been used in space. For indoor PE we tested out our best 1960s swing dance moves!

In Literacy we wrote 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 learnt about different measures, an essential skill for any budding astronaut!

In PSHE continued to focus on our values. We found 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 thought about our own goals and ambitions and how we could also ‘shoot for the stars’. In RE we are continued to look at different religious places of worship. In Computing we used online tools to investigate, measure and compare the planets and moons of our solar system. We built a program to help us learn the order of the planets and used photo editing tools to make wonderful Warhol influenced Pop Art portraits. In Spanish we looked at the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

For our project outcome, we held a 1960s party, complete with games, dance offs and sixties’ food. Check out some of the photos in the gallery.