Key Stage 2 Space topic

Our science topic for spring term was space so I’ve decided to share the display that came about through the children’s learning.

Each term I have a science display in my classroom linking into the science topic which runs separately to the main topic for upper juniors. The above picture shows the display for our topic on space and as you can see it includes visually stimulating pictures, questions, children’s work and books for them to look through. As with all my displays children are encouraged to bring in items from home to add to it and are rewarded through our class money system (future post!). Two of the books in the above picture belong to children and one child brought in a piece of meteorite although this wasn’t on display at the time this photo was taken.

Because most of the science lessons were hands-on, there wasn’t much written work produced and for safeguarding reasons I can’t put up photo’s of the lessons in progress. A good scheme to follow, and this worked for year 5’s, is the BBC space planning which I tweaked slightly to personalise it to my class and can be found here.

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The three pieces of work that went into this display were; planetary reports, water-colour planets and these solar system strips above. The planetary reports are self explanatory, I gave each table a different planet to research for it to ensure a good mix of planets as well as allowing my lower ability children to be given ‘easier’ planets to research such as Earth. My highest ability table were given Pluto and asked to include what is different about it. The water-colour planets turned out pretty good after some trial and error testing with different paper types and colours. If anyone is interested in seeing them I will upload a separate picture of them.

The above work was my favourite piece of assessment showing the children’s understanding of relativity between the Sun, Earth and Moon. After a practical lesson on the relative sizes and distances (which was similar to the scheme I’ve linked to above), I gave out strips of paper; A4 cut into thirds long ways. The children were simply asked to show me what the Sun, Earth and Moon looked like in space. As you can see from the pictures above, you get an idea of which children understand that the Sun in much larger than both the Earth and Moon and how close they are relative to each other.

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It’s also important to set questions that make the children think and learn for themselves. The above question challenges pupils to investigate what the Sun does if it doesn’t ‘move across the sky’.

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