Big Question Thinking

As we come to the end of our Spinning in Space inquiry, we need to think about what we have learned about living on our amazing planet – Planet Earth!

What makes it the only known planet in our solar system with life on it? What are the special conditions on Earth that allow life to flourish?

What are the problems facing our planet and its environment?

What can each one of us do to protect our planet into the future?

You have already started working on your booklets, and you now have a Global Goal to focus your research on.  Here are some websites to help you with your research into the PROBLEMS facing Planet Earth or Threats to our environment.  

Some websites you can use for your research:

  1. 13 Incredibly Lucky Earth Facts website
  2.  What’s Climate Change? (for kids) website
  3. Global Goal #14 – Life Below Water facts
  4. Global Goal #15 – Life on Land facts
  5. Global Goal #15 – Life on Land infographic with ideas

You will be using these facts to create a poster to share what you have found out? and the SO WHAT can we do?  Remember Global Goals #14 and #15 are all about Life on Earth, on Land and Below Water.  

Mrs Veary 😎

Daily Workpad – Work for Monday 6 September

Good morning everybody and welcome to our relief teacher for today and to Stacey (Education Assistant)-

Please make your relief teacher welcome and show him or her how we do things, especially for news this morning. This is your work for today:


NEWS – Students know how to conduct this as STAND UP, HAND UP, PAIR UP – for two sessions. Tyla, Lewis and Angus? will set up timer and show you how to run it. 🙂

WRITING – all students to finish writing alien descriptions (and how you met him or her) in your writing books (near door).  All to proofread and then complete drawings of aliens and use lots of colour and background of planet (on teacher’s table).

MATHS – Subtraction A3 booklet (on teacher’s table)


11:25 to 12:55

INQUIRY – Life on a Space Station – A3 booklet using texts on booklet and start by showing students videos on Dolphinkids in the last post before this – “The International Space Station”.

Please also hand out Gravity Experiment letter to parents to take home and conduct experiment during this week – to share on Friday. (on teacher’s desk)

LUNCH – 2nd Duty in Earth area

SPELLING – Students are working on Spelling Workbook #10 (in their spelling folders) and can work independently.

2:20 pack up classroom for the day – MUSIC with Ms Helen and Bobo.

REMINDER to bring gumboots (if you have any) and wet weather gear for excursion tomorrow.

Mrs Veary 😎



The International Space Station

Here are some fun videos made by the Commander of the ISS a couple of years ago.  In this video he sings a David Bowie song which is perfect for life in the International Space Station, so high above Earth.  Enjoy it. 🙂

Here are some science clips showing you what life is like in space – with no gravity!  Ordinary things are certainly different.

Eating Lunch on the Space Station:

Space Exploration

This week we are learning more about Space Exploration.  We have learnt about the first man on the moon – which was 52 years ago, in 1969.  Now we want to learn more about the Space Race which is happening right now – how scientists are working right now on the ISS (The International Space Station) and how Space Science is being used to develop new technologies to make our lives on Earth easier.


These photos show you the International Space Station (ISS), astronauts working on a space walk, the Hubble Telescope and the Space Shuttle when it launched the Hubble Telescope into space in 1990.

International Space Station (ISS)

Hubble Space Telescope

Repairing the Hubble Telescope in Space


China and India have joined the race to explore the Moon (with robotics and lunar vehicles – not people).  China landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon this in January 2019 and India sent a spacecraft on its way there too and, of course, the United States is committed to exploring Mars too.

Enjoy finding out all about this exciting field of scientific discovery!

Mrs Veary 😎





Father’s Day

Follow the above instructions to make your card.

Next we will be making the necktie to go with it. Follow this video to make your tie. Then you can colour it in Dad’s favourite team colours or pattern of your choice.

Write Dad a message on the back of the shirt or open it up to hide your message a little.

Enjoy your day with Dad on Sunday. Happy Father’s Day to all our dads! 🙂

Mrs Veary


In Writing today we are going to be looking at descriptive writing.

This means writing in a way that allows the reader to picture exactly what you are describing.  You will be using words to paint a picture for your reader.  This means that you need to choose your words carefully and use lots of really good adjectives (describing words).

WHAT WILL YOU BE WRITING ABOUT?  You will be describing your alien friend.  Give your alien a name and decide which planet your alien comes from and how he or she got to Earth.  You have already created your alien and now you will have to describe him or her. 🙂

Describe different characteristics of your alien:
• Size
• Shape of parts of body
• How many heads, eyes etc. (make it interesting)
• Skin (colour, texture, made from…)
• Special features or extra body parts (like the Purple People Eater’s horn…)
• Personality
• Any special powers

To create a really good picture for your reader, you will also need to use some similes in your description.  A simile compares your alien to something that we can all picture.  It uses the words like….. or as…

Eg. “My alien has scarlet eyes as hot as the furnace of the sun.”  It’s eyes are as bright as a car’s headlights shining through the dark.

Here are some posters about similes to get your imagination going.  🙂


dog simile


frog simile


You all have such good imaginations that I’m sure you are going to invent really different aliens and write amazing descriptions today!

Click here for a PDF of the Description Rubric we are going to use to mark our work to see what your MUST DOs are.   Description Rubric for alien

 Mrs Veary 🙂


For Writing this week we will be writing a description of our own little Alien.  We will need to use lots of adjectives (describing words).

Listen to this song.  Here are the lyrics.  Listen for all the adjectives describing the Purple People Eater.  😎

The Purple People Eater – Lyrics

Well I saw the thing comin’ out of the sky
It had the one long horn, one big eye
I commenced to shakin’ and I said “ooh-eee”
It looks like a purple people eater to me

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater
(One-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater)
A one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me (One eye?)

Well he came down to earth and he lit in a tree
I said Mr. Purple People Eater, don’t eat me
I heard him say in a voice so gruff
I wouldn’t eat you cuz you’re so tough

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater
One-eyed, one-horned flyin’ purple people eater
One-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me (One horn?)

I said Mr. Purple People Eater, what’s your line
He said it’s eatin’ purple people and it sure is fine
But that’s not the reason that I came to land
I wanna get a job in a rock and roll band

Well bless my soul, rock and roll, flyin’ purple people eater
Pigeon-toed, undergrowed, flyin’ purple people eater
(We wear short shorts)
Flyin’ purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me

And then he swung from the tree and he lit on the ground
He started to rock, really rockin’ around
It was a crazy ditty with a swingin’ tune
Sing a boop boop aboopa lopa lum bam boom

Well bless my soul, rock and roll, flyin’ purple people eater
Pigeon-toed, undergrowed, flyin’ purple people eater
I like short shorts
Flyin’ little people eater
Sure looks strange to me (Purple People?)

And then he went on his way, and then what do ya know
I saw him last night on a TV show
He was blowing it out, a’really knockin’ em dead
Playin’ rock and roll music through the horn in his head

by Sheb Wooley

Now you can watch the animation with the song


Last week we started earning all about the moon.  We’ll look at what the Moon looks like from the Earth and then what it is like to actually visit the Moon too.  Mankind first stepped onto the Moon in 1969 and it was the first time humans had stood on another body in space that was not Earth!  In July 2019 it was 50 years since man first walked on the moon 🙂

For Inquiry we will be watching some of these websites and videos together, but you can visit the websites below (in red) and watch the video if you need to, to complete your worksheet on PHASES OF THE MOON.

THE EARTH AND BEYOND is a site where you can read all about the different shaped moons we see in the night sky at different times.  You can also read lots more moon facts there (and look around using the links).  There is an excellent animation of the PHASES OF THE MOON there.

COOL FACTS ABOUT THE MOON – is a kid-friendly site with interesting facts and phases of the moon explained.

and the original NASA footage of the actual landing!