Learning Challenge - Spring 2 - 2021

This half term you can choose between 2 learning challenges. One is Science based whereas the other is Geographical. 
In the Science topic we will be looking at Space and the Solar System, in the challenge:
'Will we ever send another human to the moon?'
In the Geography topic we will study the continent of North America in the challenge:
'What's so special about the USA?'
'Will we ever send another human to the moon?'
This topic is all about the movement of the earth, moon and planets in our solar system. One of the best ways to understand this topic is to build a model of the solar system - as well as being fun!
Here are some questions to consider:
  • Can you explain why we have day and night? 
  • How can we appreciate the distances between and the sizes of the Sun, Earth and Moon? 
  • What can we learn about the solar system and the other planets in it? 
  • Who was Neil Armstrong and what would you ask him if you met him? (Links to USA topic)
Activities and research possibilities:
  • Could you create a moon surface and create a moon buggy?
  • Could you create a simulated moon landing and film it?
  • Create your own space themed top trumps cards.
  • You are going on a spaceship and can only take 10 things with you. What will you take? Either write or draw them in your suitcase.
  • You are going to meet some aliens on another planet. What 10 things would you take as presents for them? Draw them in a gift box. 
  •  Make an acrostic poem for one of the planets e.g. M.... A.... R.... S.... This could be a list of words beginning with each letter, a sentence for each line or even a rhyme. 
  • Find out facts about the space missions – What was the first creature sent into space? Who was the first astronaut? Who was the first man on the moon? What other interesting facts can you find? 
  • Bake your own space themed cookies or biscuits. They could be star, rocket or planet shaped. They could even include space rocks such as popping candy! Write the recipe on a poster or power-point.
  •  Make a 3D model rocket with a parachute to aid re-entry. 
  • Keep a sky at night journal for a whole week. Write about everything you can see in the sky. You could draw a picture of the moon every night. Does it change over the course of the week? 
  • Prepare a lesson to teach the class about an aspect of Space you enjoy (Be ready to teach it!) 
  • Design an alien (look to the natural word for features) and create an alien mask. 
  • Create a timeline to show the history of space travel. 
  •  Write newspaper report about the first moon landing. 
  • Create a new mnemonic that will help others in the class remember the names of the planets and their order from the sun. 
  • Make a space mobile that you could hang in the classroom.
Useful websites:
 'What's so special about the USA?'
This topic is all about the location, geographical features and culture of North America. Whilst studying a variety of aspects of the whole country in Geography lessons, you will need to focus in on one American state of your choice to explore in more detail.
Some activities and research opportunities to focus on:
  • What would you ask the President of the USA? 
  • Why is New York one of the world’s most visited cities?
  • Can you carry out your own research on one of the American states? 
  • Using the art of Andy Warhol, can you recreate his work using a famous American as your subject?
  • Who were the original native Americans? 
  • What can you find out about the sports Americans play? 
  • What do you know about the climate of the USA?
  • Can you create a short documentary, film clip, or information leaflet which explains why people should visit the USA?

When you are learning about different continents it is useful to learn some key facts. See if you can learn the following five facts about North America:


1) The longest river is the Mississippi River which is 5,960 km long

2) The largest lake is Lake Superior which is the largest lake in the world. It is 82,100 square kilometres.

3) The biggest country is Canada which is close to 10 million square kilometres in size. The UK could fit inside it 40 times!

4) The highest point in North America is 6,194m above sea level on top of Mount McKinley in Alaska.

5) The main languages spoken in North America are English, French and Spanish.