Miss Derbyshire together with our Foundation Stage teachers wrote an original Learning to Learn adventure with a space theme to develop pupils’ speaking and listening skills.
During the adventure the children met Albert the Astronaut who had received a letter form NASA asking him to return a small alien to his home planet. The children embarked on the journey with Albert over 5 weeks experiencing a range of adventures on the way. Highlights included ‘Blast Off’ day with children blasting off in a rocket to the moon, ‘Planet Surface Day’ when the Nursery was transformed into the surface of a strange planet and working with Tan Draig, a creative practitioner, to make giant spaceships, rockets, planets and aliens, including a giant space worm.
The adventure provided lots of opportunities for children to write for a purpose including making lists of things Albert needed to take on his journey, posters for the ‘Astronaut of the Year’ competition, instructions for mending the rocket, writing accounts of the journey to the moon and farewell cards for the alien. Children also completed ‘inter-galactic’ passports to enable them to board the rocket.
Children became immersed in the adventure and also made pods at home to keep the alien safe. At the end of the adventure, children took their parents on a tour of the classrooms to show them all of their work as part of our Gallery Day.