Over the last four weeks we have been learning about Space. The children started the project by copying out some verses from Genesis Chapter One on how God made the Heaven and the Earth. They found out that the Solar System is our family of planets and that the Solar System makes up a tiny part of our Milky Way galaxy.
They had fun playing with our Solar System jigsaw
and made planets out of play dough to compare and contrast the different sizes.
Together we made a glow in the dark mobile of the Solar System. They loved this so much that I had to split it into two and hang some of the planets in the girls room and the others in Nathanael's.
We watched some interesting video clips on how astronauts do various things in Space and we have enjoyed reading the book To Space and Back.
We planned what we would take into Space in our rocket!
The children found the Moon fascinating
and they each wrote their own legend about the Moon based upon the story of the
Man in the Moon.
In the January sales I made a bargain purchase... a cardboard rocket! The children enjoyed colouring the pictures and playing inside it, imagining they were travelling to space.
We revised what we already knew about the Sun from our previous Seasons project and found out more facts from books and video clips.
The children made their own galaxies using lots of glitter
and made meteor craters by smashing play dough shapes into a tub of flour.
On our visit to Jodrell Bank we saw the Lovell Telescope
and identified the different planets on the moving clockwork Solar System.
We have taken a break from our Space project and plan to revisit it in a few months.
"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
and the son of man, that thou visitest him?"