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Year 4/5 - Emmeline Pankhurst Class

Year 4/5 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information


At the start of the Autumn term we will be ‘taking off’ on a journey to explore our first topic all about Space. We will be reading an exciting book called ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce. This hilarious roller coaster adventure takes the central character, Liam Digby – an extraordinary, TALL twelve-year-old – up into space… by accident. This cleverly written novel identifies individual differences between children, as well as adults, with a focus on individual strengths.

As we explore the book, we will be thinking about the key themes highlighted in the story including relationships, the differences between right and wrong and looking at how everybody is a unique individual. As we discuss these themes, we will explore our school value of ‘acceptance’ and we will learn about the importance of treating everybody equally and fairly.

As the book is centered around the theme of Earth and Space, in History we will learn about key events during the Race to Space including: Sputnik, Nasa, the first man in space and the first man on the moon. In Design and Technology, the children will have the opportunity to design and build a Mars Rover and in Art we will discover the work of Peter Thorpe – a space artist – who is well known for painting rockets. 

We will further use this book to learn about the solar system, the universe and experiment with gravity (don’t worry, we aren’t sending anyone into space!). With inspiration from the book This Rock, That Rock, we will create an acrostic poem to help us remember the order of the planets. We will also be using a beautifully illustrated picture book called ‘On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein’ by Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky to learn more about gravity and how this links with space.

Throughout our learning in this topic, we will be trying to answer our Big Question which is: Who is Neil Armstrong and how did he contribute to the space exploration? To help us answer this question, we will be time travelling back to 1969 to watch a clip of Neil Armstrong taking his first step on the moon. As a class we will also be researching and building our knowledge on influential scientists such as Isaac Newton, Neil Armstrong, Galileo, and Aristotle. We will discuss what it might be like to be an astronaut – what questions we would ask them and whether, one day, we would like to be an astronaut. Whilst reading these books and poem we will explore our school value of ‘perseverance’ and think about always trying our best and never giving up.

We have many more exciting opportunities planned this half-term, which we cannot wait to share with you! Including, heading out to visit the National Space Centre (COVID dependent) where the children will participate in exciting activities such as experiencing what it is like to live on a rocket and live life like an astronaut.