East Acton Primary School "Growing Together"

Week 3 - Space

Reading Task


Monday- Ask your child to select a book and imagine they are reading it in space. Try reading it with a flashlight just before bedtime.


Tuesday- Ask your child to listen to Look Up! read by the author and then take part in a drawing session with the book’s illustrator.


Wednesday- Take a look at these facts about space and read them together. Planets on Oxford Owl has further facts. Does your child have any further questions about space that you could investigate?


Thursday- Ask your child to list any space related words from the books they have read or listened to this week. Can they write the meanings of each word?


Friday- Listen to Beegu here. Can your child write a character description about Beegu? Encourage them to reference events from the story.


Phonics Tasks


Monday- The word ‘space’ contains the sound ‘a-e’. Ask your child to list as many words as they can containing the ‘a-e’ sound. Your child might identify words that contain an alternative spelling for ‘a-e’ such as ai/ay/a.


Tuesday- ‘there’, ‘move’, ‘climb’, ‘fast’ and ‘behind’ are some of the words that children in KS1 need to be able to spell. Can your child use these to write sentences about a rocket travelling into space?


Wednesday- Look at the words: want, wash, wasp, wand, swallow, squash, swap, squad, swamp, watch. Ask your children to sound talk the words and identify how the letter a should be pronounced in each of these words (/o/). Explain that when /w/ comes before vowels it can affect the pronunciation of the vowel.


Thursday- Write the names of the planets on seperate pieces of paper and practise reading them. Can your child order them alphabetically?


Friday- Play the online game ‘Yes/No Yeti’ or the Suffix Factory’. Can your child list words that end in the suffixes: ing, en, ly?


Writing Tasks

Monday- Ask your child to design their own rocket and create a bank of adjectives to describe it and verbs to describe how it moves.


Tuesday- Now that they have designed their rocket, ask your child to create an advertisement of the rocket launch. How much will it cost? What time will it launch? Is there anything else on offer?


Wednesday- Ask your child to plan their own trip to space – what will they take and what will they do there? Record this in a timetable.


Thursday- Encourage your child to research facts about a planet and then create a fact file about their chosen planet. This could be Earth.


Friday- Watch the Disney short “La Luna” here. Ask your child to write a short diary entry about the star crashing into the moon.

Maths Tasks

Monday- Ask your child to find a book in your house. Can they find three items which are longer than the book and three items which are shorter? Order the items from longest to shortest. Measure the items to work out the difference in lengths


Tuesday- Can your child write down the name of each family in order from tallest to shortest. Is the tallest person the oldest person or not? Discuss why this might not be true. They could measure family members using a measuring tape.


Wednesday- Play level 1 of this game to practise measuring things with a ruler. Write handy hints for using a ruler e.g. start at 0.


Thursday- Look outside, in your garden or on your walk, can your child find things that are taller than they are and things that are shorter than they are?


Friday- Can your child design a logo for their rocket? They must include the following 2D shapes: rectangle, triangle, hexagon and heptagon.


Topic Tasks


Our Solar System- Encourage your child to think about what they already know about space and create a mind map. Can they name the planets in our solar system? Use the Solar System Song to create a diagram showing the order of the planets. Or make real ones using balloons and paper mache.


 Astronaut Aerobics- Astronauts have to be fit and agile for their missions into space. Ask your child to design a home workout and put your agility to the test! You could even use Mr Mark's videos to help. Then, your child can plan a day of healthy eating for the aspiring astronauts thinking carefully about each food group.


What are Day and Night?- Share the video of day and night with your child. Watch the video and then create a poster about day and night explaining why we have day and night. Play the quiz and see how many answers you can get right!


Rocket Creation- As part of their writing tasks, your child has designed a rocket. Ask your child to create their rocket using objects they can find in the home such as cardboard boxes, newspapers and tin foil. Can they write a set of instructions to share with a family member or friend? Share on Twitter at #TheLearningProjects.


Is There Anything out There?- Tim Peake is a famous British astronaut. Ask your child to record the questions they would ask him if they could interview him. Can they answer the questions in role as him? Why not task them with designing a new space suit for him? What would make a good space suit?