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Transcript of Space
Year 5's project in summer term 1
Space and the 1960s
In Science we wanted to learn all about our solar system! We looked at the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. We found out why we have day and night and studied some of the constellations that are in the night sky.
In History we decided 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, so we looked at the sixties lifestyle. It was also a period of many advancements in space travel.
Year 5 blasted off into space for our new project in the summer term! We started by listening to "Space Oddity" by David Bowie, we had to guess what our new project was going to be about.
‘Space Oddity’ by David Bowie was released in 1969, the same year that man first landed on the moon.
The song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut, and was released during a period of great interest in space flight.
The Cold War
In History we learnt about the rivalry between the USA and USSR in the Space Race.
Both countries were desperate to be the first to send man to the moon. We listened to JFK's famous 'we choose to go to the moon' speech.
We then wrote newspaper articles detailing the day that Buzz Aldrin was the first man to walk on the moon in 1969...
Science - The
Earth & moon
We learnt that the moon orbits the Earth, which orbits the sun. The Earth rotates on its axis, which is why we have day & night and, depending on where the Earth is, why we have seasons.
History - The Moon Landings
We also debated whether man really landed on the moon! We looked at lots of evidence that were both for and against, such as that the flag is blowing in the wind in a photo on the moon, yet there is no atmosphere in space! On the other hand, NASA had almost half a million people working for them, which is a lot of people who would have had to lie. We held a really interesting class debate.
History - The 1960s
We looked at life in the 1960s including: music, fashion, dance and food.
We learnt the hand jive, then planned our own 1960s party and wrote the invitations.
Art - Andy Warhol
In Art we studied Andy Warhol, as he was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.
Warhol created prints of every day objects and celebrities. It was revolutionary for the time, cementing him as one of the most famous artists in history. We created our own Warhol prints using the Learnpads.
Music - The Beatles
The Beatles began their career in the 1960s. They moved through the late 1960s as favourites of the 'flower power' generation. We listened to lots of their records and then learnt the notes and chords to 'Eleanor Rigby'.
Art & Design - The Beatles
One of the songs that we really liked was 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', John Lennon wrote it after being inspired by his son's drawing. We chose a lyric that we liked from the song and created collages based on them.
Design & Technology - Lunar Rovers
In D.T. we designed, made and tested our own mini lunar rovers. These were used by the American astronauts on the moon's surface to explore.
We sawed wood to make a chassis and attached wheels. We used wires, batteries and elastic bands to make a working motor that controlled the wheels. We then tested them out to see if they'd work on a moon-like surface.
School Trip to the Science Museum
On Wednesday 25th May, Year 5 traveled to The Science Museum in London to learn more about space and see some real objects in person. We got to go into the IMAX theatre and experience what the moon landing would have looked, and felt, like! We had a great day and were fantastic role models for our school.
History - Close Encounters
We discussed what our favourite movies about aliens were. These ‘Hollywood movie’ ideas of aliens came from what happened in Roswell, New Mexico (USA) in 1947. We looked at the evidence from that night, such as eyewitness reports and newspaper articles, and debated whether or not we beieved what happened. We wrote news presentations and 5F voted Georgia and Lyla's the best. Take a look for yourself...
Science - The
Stars are really big balls of gas and can be lots of different colours. If you look carefully at the stars at night you can see patterns. We call these patterns constellations.
We made different constellation telescopes in class, using toilet rolls, black paper, elastic bands and pins!
When we came back from half term, we found a specially delivered letter from NASA waiting for us. It explained that they desperately needed our help in some research into the eight planets of the Solar System and to relay our findings to Houston, Texas. We received a message back from them!
Science - NASA Research
Project Outcome - A 1960's Party
Party day finally arrived! Everybody dressed up for our party, as if we were really in the 1960s. We had all brought in lots of 1960's food, such as: black forest gateau, cheese and pineapple sticks, frankfurters,
pineapple upside down cake and
scotch eggs. We looked fantastic whilst we did the hand jive and had good old fashioned 1960's dance off!
Well done Year 5, for working so hard on our Race to Space project!