We finally made it through September, it was a long month! I am really enjoying teaching sixth class now that we are into the swing of things. We were doing Rugby World Cup projects for the month of September, which to be honest I wasn’t terribly enthused by. It did lend itself nicely to studying the countries involved in the RWC but I am glad we are finished with that particular theme. Our next theme is Space, and next week is Space Week which will be fun. There’s loads of excellent resources on the Space Week website if you want to take a look for inspiration. I have a few lessons planned.
We are going to start with the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, highlighting key events like the launch of Sputnik and the Apollo 11 moon landing. We will learn about Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong, amongst others.
Explore the Solar System
We will explore the Solar System through science and art, discussing each planet’s features, and we will study dwarf planets, asteroids, and comets too.The children will create fact about the Solar System or we might even build miniature models of the planets as a STEM activity.
Art and Poetry
There’s lots of space themed artwork on -line, I haven’t decided on which one we will do yet! I will also encourage them to write poems inspired by space, or fictional stories for free writing set in space.
Space-Themed Science Experiments
The old reliable, rocket ship science- we will build and launch model rockets. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/533043305886344643/
Space Documentary Friday
Watch a space documentary. Afterwards, I will facilitate discussions to encourage critical thinking and talk and discussion.
Mission to Mars Challenge:
Challenge your students to plan a mission to Mars. Have them work in teams to design a spacecraft, select a crew, and plan the logistics of a hypothetical journey to Mars.
I have a resource pack all about Space which I’ll be using with my class here: