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Brant Broughton

Church of England & Methodist Primary School

To be the Best I can be

Pandas

This term, Pandas class will be answering our essential question: Could our children live on Mars?

'One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind'

This term Panda class will be exploring: SPACE!!!

Over the course of this term we will be looking at achieving four main outcomes: 

1. To create a detailed Non-Chronological report on a chosen planet. 

2. To create our very own paper-mache solar system. 

3. To confidently express the phases of the moon. 

4. To create our very own news documentary about an astronaut going into space. 

We have already hit three out of our four outcomes (which is fantastic news!!!) So, over the next couple of weeks we will start looking at hitting outcome number four and writing our own script for our news documentary. 

The panda class have LOVED our space topic so far. Two of their favourite activities have been: Making a replica planet and using Oreos to describe the moon phases. 

On Thursday 8th March we have an exciting Mission to Mars planned with a special visitor. At the moment this is top secret. Although we are bursting to tell the children what they will be doing on this experience day, we will have to wait and see. 

In literacy we have writen our own non-chronological reports about a chosen planet, a story based on the loss of gravity, a perspective story using the John Lewis- Man on the Moon advert and diary entries in the style of the writer Anne Fine. We then moving  onto script writing. This will support our final outcome. 

In Maths we have continued to follow White Rose Maths. This term we have focused on fractions, decimals, percentages and also algebra for Year Six. Panda class have really enjoyed this topic as it was a challenge to start with but once they knew the rules to work out fractions, decimals and percentages they were flying and incredibly proud of their achievements. 

During this term in Topic we have: already made our replica planets; looked at the phases of the moon and understood night and day. We are now moving onto looking at forces in depth with some exciting experiments in the pipeline. 

Our classroom is looking fantastic! We feel really immersed in space. Our ceiling and walls are black with a gigantic rocket on our maths wall. We have also got a lifesize space telescope and lots of books to enhance our knowledge on what's out there. On the ceiling we now have our planets hanging and an astronaut and chair suspended with no gravity. We have lots of working walls that are filled with incredible learning. 

We'll report back at the end of the topic. Pandas over and out.