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Spring 2- Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are?

Spring 2

Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are?


We have begun our topic by going on a journey into space! We have used the VR headsets to take a trip around the world and see the moon. We even tried to count the stars. 


The book that we are using this half term is 'How To Catch A Star' by Oliver Jeffers


Key vocabulary

Planet names, full moon, half moon, crescent moon, new moon,  sun, meteor, asteroid, galaxy, atmosphere, comet, rotate, eclipse, astronomy, gravity, solar system, orbit, sunset, sun rise, axis, Neil Armstrong, supernova.


As authors we will be learning to

Create fact books about planets. 

Write short captions and begin to write sentences. 

Type questions into google to find out facts about space. 

Begin to use set 2 sounds in writing.

Create our own story maps.


As mathematicians we will be learning to 

Confidently name 2D shapes including hexagon and octagon. 

Name 3D shapes and discuss their properties.  

Construct rockets/planets and vehicles using shapes appropriately. 

Count backwards from 10 orally and from 20 with a number (Rocket blast off) .

Create pictograms and tally charts to record mathematically.


Weekly Questions

Week 1 – How many stars are there? 

Week 2 – Can you see a star in the day time? 

Week 3 – Do stars make patterns and what are their names?

Week 4 – Who has been to see the stars?

Week 5 – What planets surround our stars?

Week 6 – Would you like to go to see the stars? 


Communication and Language 

To ask questions about space. 

To learn and use vocabulary related to space. 

To remember and recall some facts about space e.g. the first man to land on the moon/what planets are made of. 

To learn about the names of different stars and constellations.


Physical Development 

To compare space food to normal food. 

To understand why we can live on our planet and not others.

To use tools to shape materials and use joining materials to make space themed vehicles.


Personal, social and emotional development 

To discuss their own feelings about going into space. 

To work together as a team to build models e.g. space vehicles. 

To discuss how they would catch a star.


Knowledge and understanding of the world

To name the planets in space.

To understand why we have day and night

To study a key person (Neil Armstrong)and learn why he went to space. 

To understand that the internet can be used to research and begin to use Google to research facts and our questions about space.

To use language of emotions to describe how astronauts might feel in space.


Expressive art and design

To use movements to express how astronauts move in space when there is no gravity. 

To design and then construct rockets and space vehicles, representing their features well. 

To create narratives in role play about visiting space.

To use techniques such as marbling to create space art work.