We began this unit by learning some space poetry. We were all given a ‘Space Rap’ based on one of the planets. We worked in groups to learn and recite the poem, using actions, rhythm and pace and performed them to the class.
We learnt about the phases of the moon using small balls that were painted black on one half (to represent the part of the Earth at night), and moved them around us so show the different phases. We then used Oreo cookies to shape and make the different phases and placed them in the order that they occur.
We had a visit from the Hertfordshire University astrology department, who brought an inflatable planetarium. We went inside the dome to travel into space and see the solar system on a much larger scale. We listened to the guide who was telling us lots of interesting information about the solar system, the planets, the international space station and the sun.