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Year 5 Ready to Launch: Mission to Mars!

Year 5 welcomed their parents for their Exit Point on Mission To Mars this afternoon.


Exit Points provide purposeful closure to a learning unit as they give a platform for our students to celebrate and feed forward what they have learnt. During the Exit Point, students have the opportunity to share their knowledge, demonstrate their skills and articulate their understanding to our school community.


Unit Summary What is the next step in human evolution? Could humans, if they needed to, find a new home in our solar system? Mars could be the answer. We need scientists to come on a mission to see if you can help solve the challenges of surviving and thriving on Mars. 





Explaining the Theme


In Physical Education, we’ll be learning about: 

  • Increasing stamina and fitness for a Mars mission.


In History, we’ll be learning about:

  • Space exploration to date that could influence Mars mission.


In International, we’ll be learning about: 

  • Why humans might one day need to live on another planet 

  • The Outer Space Treaty

  • New rules for space travel and visiting Mars.


In Geography, we’ll be learning about: 

  • The geographical features of Mars.


In Science, we’ll be learning about: 

  • The sizes of planets in our solar system 

  • The different lengths of orbits and rotations 

  • The gravitational pull of celestial bodies

  • Options for crewed space missions – Venus or Mars

  • Forces on Mars

  • Conditions for seeds to germinate

  • Plants that could grow on Mars

  • Testing soil acidity

  • How to test for the presence of life.


In Design, Technology and Innovation, we’ll be learning about: 

  • The technology that has been used to explore Mars 

  • Designing and making a robot rover to explore Mars 

  • Designing shelters for humans to live on Mars.


In Health and Wellbeing, we’ll be learning about: 

  • The challenges of doing everyday tasks in space

  • Coping with mental and emotional challenges on space missions.




Science: The sizes of planets in our solar system and the different lengths of orbits and rotations. 



Maths: The planets, measured and created to scale. Science: The sizes of planets in our solar system and the different lengths of orbits and rotations.



Design, Technology and Innovation: Designing and making a robot rover to explore Mars. 



Design, Technology and Innovation: Designing shelters for humans to live on Mars. We printed our designs in 3D.


English: We explored the science fiction genre and wrote our own sci fi stories.


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