This year at Northern Parade Infant and Junior School we will be celebrating our 80th birthday.
With this in mind, each year group from both schools have been set the task of researching a decade.
We believe that each topic should start with an exciting and contextualised hook to engage the children.
So the Year 2 children were given the mammoth task of sorting through the school’s history boxes from each decade.
However, one key decade was missing – the 1960s.
The children set to work making a list of everything that they already knew which was very short.
The children discussed ways they could find information about the 1960s and have spoken to friends and family to begin to build their knowledge and understanding of that era.
Some children discovered that an important event happened in 1969, when the first man walked on the moon.
We were keen to give the children a first-hand experience so the school hall was transformed into our own Mission Control.
Year 2 travelled in their own space rocket through space, orbiting around the moon and landing safely.
While taking their first steps they uttered the famous words ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’.
They went on to experience how difficult it would be to walk, how they would collect samples of moon dust and rocks, while taking their own photographs of the surrounding landscapes.
After a while spent exploring, the American flag was triumphantly placed on the moon recreating the historic moment when the famous astronauts did the same.
Once travelling safely back to earth and landing back at Northern Parade they began to consider how it felt for millions of people watching and listening to the event and how they would have reacted.
For the children to have an understanding of how both the astronauts and general public would have felt at this time, we watched actual footage and discussed how a major event can impact on the world around us.
Over the forthcoming weeks the children are going to look in detail at the life of an astronaut and write an information booklet, then go on to look at an actual diary entry of a child who attended Northern Parade Schools when the moon landing happened.
We will also have visitors with a travelling planetarium that will give us experience of the whole solar system.