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113723-001_PASSING_OUT_SR_19/10/11'Reece Fagan (9,left), Libby Sherwood (9,centre) and Joshua Webb (9,right) with their astronaut helmets following a passing out parade at the end of their space project at Wallisdean Junior School in Fareham.''Picture:Steve Reid 113723-001
113723-001_PASSING_OUT_SR_19/10/11'Reece Fagan (9,left), Libby Sherwood (9,centre) and Joshua Webb (9,right) with their astronaut helmets following a passing out parade at the end of their space project at Wallisdean Junior School in Fareham.''Picture:Steve Reid 113723-001
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AFTER studying the wonders of space primary schoolchildren celebrated their galactic accumulation of knowledge with a special astronaut passing out ceremony.

Year five youngsters at Wallisdean Juniors in Fareham made their own helmets out of papier mache for the proud occasion in front of their mums and dads, and shared all the exciting things they had learnt about outer space.

The nine and 10-year-olds had been studying the universe across all curriculum subjects during their first half-term, which meant they wrote about planets in English and examined the forces of the universe in science, among other activities.

Liz Baldwin, deputy headteacher, said: ‘They absolutely loved the topic and the passing out parade was a real success – the children looked fantastic in their astronaut helmets.

‘The great thing about space is that there are still a lot of unanswered questions which means the children can really use their imaginations.

‘We find the best way to engage our youngsters is to give them a topic that really grabs them – and this one certainly did.’