We've had so much fun exploring world space week ! Here's a look at some of what we learned and how we put this knowledge into creative practice.
We've learned about our solar system & the planets , and how the sun keeps all the planets in their place as they orbit around it. The positioning means that planets orbit the sun at different rates, some faster and some slower , which also means that time is measured differently on each planet, depending on how long it takes to make it's journey around the sun.
It also included learning some interesting facts such as : Which is the hottest planet? Venus. The red planet? Mars. Closest to the sun? Mercury. Only planet to have living elements on it? Earth. The largest planet? Jupiter
We learned about travel in outer space , which also lead to a discussion about gravity and how movement in a rocket (and outer space in general) is very different to the way we'd move around here on earth.
We watched a video about building rockets, and then assembled pieces together to create our own rocket as a group activity. Our educators helped us with some of tools, which are safely used by adults.
We also looked at the changes of the moon throughout the month and created an artwork of 'the night sky' using dark colours.
& to top it all off we discussed the incredible designs of the groups of the stars , which we learned are called constellations. We also learned about some well known constellations, like the big dipper, orion, ursa major and the southern cross.
Gaining some inspiration from videos about the constellations , we used recycled materials to design and create our very own unique constellations. Some of them even looked really close to real life constellations (such as the Big Dipper!)
We look forward to expanding this knowledge as we continue to learn and understand more about our wonderful universe.
HAPPY WORLD SPACE WEEK! IT'S BEEN OUT OF THIS WORLD!