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Space Stories - Literacy

This week our theme for our learning will be 'space'. There are lots of space related stories but below are a few of my favourites. Maybe you could listen to one each day and tell me which one is your favourite. 


The Darkest Dark written by the world famous astronaut CHRIS HADFIELD! This fun book for kids is a perfect story time read-aloud for primary school children....

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James McAvoy - 'The Dinosaur that Pooped' (CBeebies Bedtime Stories)

James McAvoy reads The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet and takes us on a space adventure with Danny and Dinosaur.

Aliens Love underpants - Books Alive! Read Aloud book for kids

Books Alive! Read aloud Claire Freedman and Ben Cort's super funny tale of how Aliens nick our knickers! More funny reads here

How to Catch a Star - Oliver Jeffers

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What would you take to space? - Literacy

Would you like to go to space? Imagine what it would be like. What 10 things would you take with you? Can you write a list of the most important things you would take so you don't forget anything? Remember that each item needs to be written on a new line. You can use the template below or simply write out your list on paper. See if you can use your phonics to write the correct first sound in each word. 

What would you ask an astronaut? 

Imagine you met a real astronaut. What questions would you like to ask them? I know there are many things I would like to find out about space. 


What do questions begin with? Re-cap with your child the type of words questions begin with i.e. what, when, who, when, why etc...


Your child can have a go at writing the question or maybe you can scribe the questions they think of. Here are some ideas:

Can you see the planet Earth from space?
Can you see the stars twinkling when you are in space?
Have you ever met an alien? 
Is the moon really made of cheese?


This week our focus will be on the sound 'z'. Introduce this sound to your child and how to write it. Listen to the Jolly Phonics song and video below to help to consolidate the sound. 


Can your child make a zebra craft? See the picture below. While making it, keep reinforcing the sound 'z'. 

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Letter Formation - Literacy

Fill a tray with some special 'moon glitter' and encourage your child to practice writing some familiar sounds in the glitter using their finger. You can write a sound on a piece of paper so your child can see the shape and try and copy it. Below is an image to give you an idea of what to do. 

Counting Backwards / Taking Away

This week in maths we are going to be focusing on counting backwards and taking away. Practice counting backwards from 5 to 0 to begin with and then extend to 10 to 0 with your child. You can use the songs below to support this or pretend you are in a rocket counting down for blast off!  Practice at every opportunity as this is an important your child needs to master in order to help with subtraction. You could also ask your child to order numbers on the floor, starting with 10 (or 5) and laying them in order until they get to 0. 


Make some moon rocks (these could be make by simply scrunching up paper or foil) and draw a large moon on a piece of paper. Place 3 rocks on the moon and ask your child 'how many?' If I take 1 away - how many will be left? Encourage your child to count back one to find the answer. 


Repeat the activity with different amounts of moon rocks. 

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Moon Rock Count & Throw

Make some simple moon rocks by scrunching up paper or foil. Place a basket or a box on the floor and ask your child to count how many rocks they have thrown into the box. Encourage them to count using one to one correspondence. Once they have counted them they can they practice writing this number on paper or a white board. Who can get the most in the box? 

Melting Experiment - Knowledge & Understanding

The sun is the biggest star in the sky. We have been enjoying lots of sunshine this week so I thought this experiment would be perfect for us to do. 

You will need:
A cake / muffin tray
Various objects (some that melt and others that don't) These could include - an ice cube, crayon, chocolate, candle, butter, Lego brick, marble, wooden block. 

Place one item in each of the cake sections of the tray. Ask your child to predict which ones they think will melt in the sun. Why? Place the tray in the sun and encourage your child to observe the items throughout the day. Which ones melted and which ones didn't? Can they explain why some melted and others didn't? 

The First Moon Landing - Knowledge & Understanding

During this activity we are going to find out about the first moon landing. Watch the video below and talk to your child about what they can see. Would they like to walk on the moon? 

Can you find out some simple facts about the moon landing? These could include:

What was the name of the first person to walk on the moon? 
What was the name of the rocket?
When did it happen? 
What did the astronauts place on the moon before they left? 


You can record your information by using a mind map, poster, or simply ask a grown up to write them down for you.  

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Look at the painting below called 'Starry Night. It was painted a long time ago by an artist called Van Gogh. Do you enjoy looking up at the stars? What can you see when you do? 


Look carefully at Van Gogh's painting and describe what you can see. What shapes / colours can you see? Can you create your own painting similar to Van Gogh's Starry Night? Maybe you could use paint, chalk or pastels to create your picture. 

Space Challenges

Here are some fun challenges you can do throughout the week based on the theme 'Space'. 


1. Make some delicious space food. Below is the recipe for star biscuits or maybe you could make some special rocket lollies using fruit. The best part will be eating them!


2. Build a space rocket using items you find at home. Can you make your own space rocket? You can be as imaginative as you can using items from home. Remember to ask a grown up if you are allowed to use the items first. I would love to see pictures of these! 


3. Can you make some planets out of play dough? How many have you made? Which one is the biggest / smallest? Below is a recipe for playdough. If you add black food colouring and some glitter and star sequins, your planets will really sparkle! 


4. Can you make a rocket using 2D shapes. Ask your grown up to help you cut out some simple 2D shapes out of paper and arrange them to make a rocket. If you are feeling really clever, you could write the letters of your name on each square part and arrange them to spell your name (see picture below). How many of each shape have you used?