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Welcome to our new topic: Moon Zoom!

CRASH! Stand back everyone – it looks like a UFO has crash landed. Find out who might have landed by exploring the craft and investigating scattered scientific specimens. Create a ‘Welcome to Earth’ box for an alien explorer. What can you put in it to help explain what life is like on our planet? Would you like to be an astronaut? You’ll need a pretty sturdy spacecraft if you do. Start off small by making an air-propelled rocket. How far can you make it travel? Find out the names of the planets. There’s Mercury, Neptune, Mars and – do you know any others? I’ve forgotten the rest. Then, an alien is found. Can you help get him home? It’s got the experts in a right kerfuffle. Professor Pong doesn’t know what to do. Are you ready for take off Year 1? Hold tight. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… LIFT OFF!

Introduction Activities:

Before you start any of the topic, RE or RSE lessons below, have a look at these two worksheets and look at the skills that you will learn this half-term.  We have completed these sheets at the start of our other topics and you need to think back to the skills you learnt in those topics and from last year too.


Read "What skills will I learn?" to discover the skills you will learn and then complete the "What skills have I already learnt that might help me?" section.  For example the children may say for design and technology that they already know how to choose appropriate materials for making items because they have already made dinosaurs, sock puppets and the tree boggarts.   In the history section, the children have already started to compare life now with when dinosaurs were alive and this can be linked with geography because they compared the different scenery, e.g. the lack of houses back compared to now.


Afterwards, ask the children what they already know about space and add this in the "What do I already know?" section.  This could be names of planets, facts about the moon or the sun.  Please do not do any research into this yet because we want to understand what they already know.  Then, complete the section "What would I like to find out?" with questions or facts they would like to discover during our topic.  This could include planets, what happened to Pluto, astronauts or stars - anything space related.


The same boxes are there to be filled out for the science sheet.  The skills that they may have already learnt are compare items in previous topics, naming every day materials and noticing a change during experiments.  What they already know could include the materials, questions they had and answered and so on.  Again, with the "What would I like to find out?" section is the same as above but with a scientific focus using the skills set out in the "What skills will I learn?" section.


There is a sheet for both topic and science which will need to be completed before any of the other lessons below.  There is a PDF and Word Document version of the sheets below.  When complete, please send to your class teacher via Class Dojo or submit onto your child's portfolio.

Monday: Memorable Experience - Topic lesson 1

Look back at the sheets from the introduction activities and at the section of "Things we want to learn" on the topic sheet and keep those things in mind as you complete the activities below.


You need to follow the link below and watch each of the videos of a tour around the International Space Station.

After each video, tell an adult or write down all the different facts that you have learnt from the video.  Then move on and do the same until each video has been watched.


Once all the videos have been watched, can you answer any of the questions from the "What I would like to find out" section of the introduction topic sheet.  If so, write or record the answers and send to your class teacher.  Have you got any other questions that you now want to find out during this topic?


Please send all facts, answers and further questions to your class teacher.  You could always make a short video and post this to Class Dojo on your portfolio.

Tuesday: Topic lesson 2

Using google earth, identify the different features of the earth – mountains, land, sea.  Explore the Earth from above on mapping websites, identifying basic geographical features such as a sea, ocean, land, island, forest, city, lake and river.  Afterwards, compare these to pictures of Mars from the Mars rover on the NASA website.  Follow the links below.  When you have finished looking at the pictures, can you write simple sentences or make a comparison table of the similarities and differences of Earth and Mars.  Send these to your class teacher via Class Dojo when completed.

Wednesday: Science lesson (This lesson will be taught on Thursday on Zoom so please don't worry if you do not have the resources)


For this lesson you need to collect some items from the crash site.  You will need some items such as:

*Green jelly        * Shaving foam        * Word cards        * Foil and wire        * Sparkly rocks/gems        *Porridge
* Sparkly space dust (baking powder mixed with glitter and sprinkle with water to make it foam)


Explore samples collected from the crash site. Describe what they look like, how they feel and other scientific properties. Record the properties of each sample by writing down simple adjectives, such as hard, sticky, slimy, magnetic or cold, on large sheets of paper or sticky notes.  Extension – Write a simple sentence comparing two of the items.  E.g. The jelly was slimy but space rocks were hard.


Below are some word cards, that will help with the children's adjectives to describe the items.  Send the sentences and descriptions to your teacher via Class Dojo.

Thursday: RE lesson

Start the lesson by allow the children to look at their baby photos.  Ask the children who they think gave everybody their name.  Explain to the children that this half-term we are learning about the religion of Sikhism and that they celebrate the birth of a baby and give them their name at a naming ceremony called Naam Karan. 


Show the children the video of a Sikh naming ceremony (Part 1 only).

Ensure that they understand that the new mum and baby go to the temple show respect to their god and give thanks and they use the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh’s holy book) to help them choose the baby’s name (by turning to any page and the first letter on the top left-hand side will be the first letter of the name) and this is how they have their god’s help to choose a name.


Allow the children with a bible/other books to go to their tables and open the book and find the first letter.  Write down one boys name and one girls name beginning with that letter.  How many boys and girls names can they think of starting with that letter?  Send these to your teacher via Class Dojo.


Afterwards, ask the children about any other baby ceremonies they have been to e.g. a christening/baptism.  Watch the video below to explain it further.  Verbally discuss similarities and differences - send these over to you teacher via Class Dojo.

Friday: RSE lesson

This half-term we are learning about Dreams and Goals and today's lesson is about identifying our strengths and working out what we are proud of.


Work through the powerpoint below and then complete the worksheet.  Send this to your class teacher via Class Dojo when you are finished.