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THE CLEANSING OF CONSTANCE BROWN presented by STAN'S CAFE
@ A E Harris, 1st - 19th March, 18.30 & 20.30 (running time 70min)
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Billesley Primary School
10 - 14 February 2014


We spent a week with Year Five and turned the school into the Billesley Space Academy. On the first day the pupils were split into groups each with a mission to explore a different planet in the solar system. For the rest of the week they worked in their teams on a series of challenges in order to complete their rigorous astronaut training

They worked with Jonny to create a lifesize version of the Apollo moon landing capsule out of wood and wire and to create cardboard space grabbers. With James they worked on some pretty tough maths to gain an understanding of the distances involved in space travel. With their teachers they undertook research into their given planet, discovering information about its size, atmosphere, distance from earth etc. With Craig they took part in a number of testing astronaut training exercises to prepare them for life and work in space and they created journals based on their research and experiences.

After the children had left school on the Thursday we put together all the bits they had built to create the landing module and, with the help of huge sheets of fabric, some lights and a smoke machine, turned an empty classroom into the surface of the moon. On their return to school on Friday morning the children, now qualified astronauts, were able to explore this new world and discover how all their making work during the week had come together.

We recorded their space journals for broadcast on Radio Billeseley and the results can be heard here on the Billesley Blog



Led by: Jonny O'Hanlon, Craig Stephens, James Yarker and the Year 5 staff
Photos: Ming De Nasty

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