Archive for January, 2014

Year 4’s planet creations and Earth’s most recent creation!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2014 by Mr Davy

Year 4 have been learning about some of the geological features of Planet Earth, including forests, deserts, oceans, rivers, volcanoes and geysers. Additionally, we learnt about some of the features in our solar system. From the ice volcanoes on one of Saturn’s moons which shoot ice miles into space, to the potential ocean under the icy crust of one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa.

Here are a few videos showing some of these amazing features:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem/moons/enceladus_(moon)#p006x4sb

If you want to learn more about the moons in our solar system, click the link -> http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem/moons

Here are a few more you may be interested in:

===> http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html

===> http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/kids/science-space-kids/

===> http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/spacescience/

Year 4 have used this research, to inspire designs for their own planets. They have written presuasive holiday brochure articles to entice potential cosmic tourists to visit their planets. Year have created models of these planets and also developed their speaking and listening skills by playing the role of cosmic package holiday salespeople! Here are some pictures:

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The idea of paid trips in outer space is not mere fiction…..

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Introduction to the Solar System

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2014 by Mr Davy

Our Solar System is the amazing collection of rocky and gaseous planet which orbit our star, the Sun.

Today we investigated the distance between planets and our Sun. If it takes at least 6 months to travel to Mars from the Earth, then how long must it take to travel to the Kuiper Belt at the edge of the Solar System, where you would find the dwarf planet, Pluto.

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To help remember the order of the planets, we learnt the mnemonic:

‘My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Noodles (Pepper?)’.

The first letter of each word helps us name the planets.
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (which is now regarded as a ‘dwarf planet’).

Can you think of your own Mnemonic to help remember the order of the planets? Leave a comment!!!

Here are some videos showing how our Solar System was created:

Click the link for a great short video ===> http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p005xh69

The Universe

Posted in Uncategorized on January 7, 2014 by Mr Davy

Happy new year to you all! Fantastic to kick off our new topic today. The children asked really insightful questions and have already learnt about the Solar System and some of the planets within in it. Feel free to visit the classroom and see our Solar System and borrow a book from our class library.

Here is a song we learnt to help us remember orbits and the passage of time in our Solar System

Here is another video that helps us understand the scale of our Solar System, our Galaxy (the Milky Way) and other galaxies within our Universe. Some Physicists and Astronomers propose there could be many or even an infinite amount of Universes! Fascinating!