During the month of March we have been learning all about the theme ‘Space’. We spent two weeks learning lots of fascinating facts before we went on our Easter holidays. It was a very popular theme because it was so interesting and lots of fun!
Over the two weeks we learned all about the solar system, astronauts and the first moon landing. We learned all about the stars, the moon and the planets. We now know that the sun is actually a giant star and the position of all the planets in relation to the sun (thanks to a very clever song!). We discussed what it would be like to be an astronaut in space, read a very funny book called Aliens Love Underpants in English and discovered how shadows are formed. We also heard all about the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, and learned all about the crew in Apollo 11. We really enjoyed watching the video of the first moon landing from 1969, our favourite part was when Neil and Buzz danced around on the moon. We even wrote a short report on the life of Neil Armstrong and drew some lovely pictures.
At the home corner, the children had the opportunity to take on the role of an astronaut in both The Space Ship and Space Station set up in the home corner. Here they had to fill in a space passport, travel to space, enter data into the Log Book, use tweezers to find aliens and stars hidden in sand in the exploration boxes at the research area and to journey outside The Space Station to stick the Irish flag into the moon.
In the construction area, we spent one week making space ships out of the large wooden blocks and another making them out of junk art materials, including old wool spools, cups and silver paper. At the Art Table, we created flying saucers with aliens inside and designed our own colourful underpants inspired by our book ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. Lastly, the children spent time creating the solar system, planets, rockets and aliens from playdough. Have a look at our photos to see how much fun we were having!