WHAT ARE WE LEARNING ABOUT?
In this topic we will be finding out all about the moon landing in 1969 – who was on the mission and what they did. Our English focus is the Simon Bartram’s story “The man on the moon”, where we will be doing lots of drama and role play in getting to know the story. In DT we will be making our own rockets by junk modelling, including our very own logos designed in computing. Our science topic is uses of everyday materials, and we will be looking at what things are made of and why? We will be learning about recycling and up-cycling and why it is so important.
In English we will be reading the Simon Bartram story “The man on the moon”. We will be hot-seating the characters to find out how they are feeling and what they are thinking. We will be doing some descriptive writing of the moon and writing letters in the role of Bob.
We will also be learning how to write biographies of astronauts such as Neil Armstrong and information leaflets about them.
In this unit, we will begin by learning about Number and Place Value. We will compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100 using <, > and = signs.
We will be continuing to practise our written methods for addition and subtraction (both taking away and finding the difference) and solve problems with these methods. We will also be learning how to measure mass and capacity and how to estimate amounts using the correct standard units.
In this unit we will be learning all about the astronaut Neil Armstrong; finding out about his life and why he chose to become an astronaut and risk his life travelling to space. We will have a DT day where we will be designing and making our very own space shuttles, using ideas and images of rockets from our research. Our final outcome will be a “Space Day”, where the children can come to school dressed in a space theme – astronaut, planet, rocket or even an alien! We will commemorate the moon landing by designing our own stamps, interviewing people about their memories of the moon landing and much more!
How can you help?
You can help your child this term by visiting the library to see if they have any stories that are set in space. In the information section, they may also have books on the moon or Neil Armstrong to help with our history topic. Talk to your child about what materials things are made of and why, and show them what you recycle at home and how you do it. Some products tell you what they were before, so talk to them about this, and maybe do some internet research about how different materials are recycled.