Archive for January, 2012

NEWSFLASH!!!! Lego man in Space!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2012 by Mr Davy

Two 17 year olds from Canada had a dream to send something special into space. It was one small step for a Legoman! One giant leap for Legokind!

Enjoy the story and video!

What a lovely example of determination and creativity!

=========>  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16759220

Check here for the full video of the ascent

======>  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/26/canadian-teenagers-lego-man-space?INTCMP=SRCH

What would you like to send into Space? Leave a comment. Or, tell us if you have any brilliant ideas we can investigate!

Mr D.

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Take a LIVE look at the Aurora Borealis (northern lights)

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2012 by Mr Davy

Take a look at this live picture of the Northern lights.  The Aurora Borealis (commonly the Northern Lights) is a beautiful green and majestic display in the sky that sometimes occurs towards the Northern and Southern poles of the planet.

 

There are especially amazing views currently reaching Northern Britain and Northern Ireland as the Sun is currently very active. The BBC published some great photos today too and there is a video from Newsround too!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-16686116

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15962006

 

Explore our Galaxy, The Milky Way!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2012 by Mr Davy

Our Solar System is a huge and marvellous system of planets orbiting a Star, our Sun. But this enormous orbiting system is, as we know, part of the Milky Way Galaxy which contains between 200 – 400 billion stars. (200,000,000,000 – 400,000,000,00!) .

Thats a lot of Stars!

If you can begin to get your head around that many Stars, consider for a moment that the Universe contains billions and billions of different Galaxies! AMAZING!

Here is where we are roughly located:

If you have ever dreamt  of travelling through the Milky Way, then here is your chance!

 Thanks to Alice for sharing this amazing website: ========> http://skysurvey.org/

We will go through the operating of this great piece of software in class. Enjoy!

Star Constellations

Posted in Uncategorized on January 16, 2012 by Mr Davy

Today we spent time learning about different star constellations.

We have been using our measuring and predicting skills to measure pictures of star constellations. Then we used multiplication strategies to convert all the measurments to a larger size. Once we had completed this we used Virtual Planetarium software to identify and name the constellations, then we used our new data to accurately draw the constellations onto the playground.

I was very impressed with your accuracy and the team working skills.

Here is a link to a website that has pictures of the constellations we were drawing =====>>>> http://www.science-teachers.com/constellation_flashcards.htm

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Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12, 2012 by Mr Davy

Each day Nasa publish a photo or computer generated image of a wonder of the Universe. Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page to look at previously published photos in the ‘archive’. See what image was published on the day of your birth!

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

National Schools Observatory – Liverpool University Telescope – Your Telescope Login details!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2012 by Mr Davy

As promised, here is a link to the Liverpool University robotic telescope website. It is a great website with amazing pictures of space, interesting information and fun activities like the age calculator and gravity simulator.

You can also request the telescope to take a picture of  a part of space (including Planets, the Moon etc.) and email it to you! Although be prepared to wait as there is a backlog of requests. Try exploring the ‘Student Zone” for more games and quizzes.

http://www.schoolsobservatory.org.uk/

Your login will be your school login name and the password is ‘password’:

For example Alex Taylor would type:

Username: 07alext

Password: space123

If you have any problems, write a comment on this post.

Le Voyage Dans La Lune – Homework challenge for tomorrow

Posted in Uncategorized on January 9, 2012 by Mr Davy

The Film

As part of our Literacy learning, we will be spending time developing our fiction writing skills. Today the class watched a film made in 1902 called ‘Le Voyage dans la Lune’, which as we discussed translates as;  ’A Voyage to the Moon’. 

It is fascinating to see the weird and wonderful ideas from over 100 years ago. Particularly the aliens that the explorers find on the Moon, the alien surroundings of the as the ‘space rocket’ they designed. Remember, this film was made nearly 40 years before the first rockets were invented! (Remember the V1 and V2 Rockets in WWII?).#

Homework

Today we began planning our own voyage to the Moon. Please draw your two characters, the alien and the Moon’s surface/craters. You can then add adjectives around the pictures to help develop the characters and help with your story writing.

If you would like to watch online or download a free copy of ‘Le Voyage dans la Lune’ Click the below link.

It is only 15 minutes long so shouldn’t take too long to download:

 http://www.archive.org/details/Levoyagedanslalune