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Space 2016



These are the voyages of the Starship Stobhillgate….

Its’ one week mission: to educate the young minds of all its pupils.

To boldly go where we hope Ofsted would love!

To seek out new information through life-long learning….

To boldly go where no school has gone before!


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Yes, we’ve had a fantastic time with this great all-encompassing topic. We’ve seen planets, moons, galaxies, strange life forms, star constellations, spaceships and much much more.  The children have buzzed with excitement and once again have amazed us by their knowledge and ability to learn even the most sophisticated of facts.


The space theme has drawn us all together with a lovely celebration assembly showcasing our little film of a snapshot of their learning.  We are hoping to add this to the website very soon for you to enjoy.


We were very fortunate to have a visit by some of the staff from Kielder Observatory with their inflatable planetarium.


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The planetarium is an inflatable 5m diameter dome that can seat 20 people.  It is inflated via an electronic air pump; the projection equipment sits inside with the presenter.  It is constructed of lightweight fire retardant material and has a semi hemispherical appearance.  Once inside the wonder begins, completely shielded from the outside lights….


A BIG thank you to Kielder Observatory for bringing this fabulous resource to our school and to Andrew Bryson, Northumberland County Council, for filming our space week.


Long may learning like this continue….

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We had some very big questions to answer during space week:

What is Space?                                                     Can you catch a star?

Where are the other planets?                                Can you touch the sky?

Can you live on the moon?                                    How hot is the Sun?                               

And more importantly...........are there aliens?


You definitely can't have a space week without having some Alien fun!

In our literacy lessons, we looked at story books about aliens; 'Aliens Love Underpants' by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort and 'Here Come the Aliens' by Colin McNaughton.  We had great fun painting our own aliens and designing underpants for them to wear.  We also decorated our very own alien biscuits.

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We did lots of problem solving in Maths to complete our space mission and used positional language to direct rockets towards the planets. 
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In our music lessons, we listened to 'The Planets' by Holst.  We talked about what we heard and how it made us feel.  We looked at some of the instruments used to make the sounds.  We then drew our own interpretation of the musical score.


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Space Week Planning