Looking Back – Astronomy Presentation

I’m doing a series called looking back, documenting learning the children and I did together prior to me blogging.  To be honest it’s more for my sake than anyone else’s.  Blogging is like having a scrap-book, but takes about a quarter of the time to stay up to date.

My latest offering is astronomy.  I’m not blogging about the whole Apologia book.  I basically did as I was told in the book, with few deviations – how far I’ve come! This was one of the first curriculum I followed coming off ACE and we loved it.  We did, as is normal for us, a presentation at the end of the year.  It was probably my favourite.  It was our second presentation and my brother, his girl friend and my mum came to see it.  I got to decorate the outdoor climbing frame in Turkey foil and bring it indoors to act as our space ship.  The children had written a very short play about man’s first landing on the moon and needed a space ship.  Enter the climbing frame:

It’s in the back ground, complete with American flag
This is T10 (probably about 7 or maybe 8 at the time) acting as Armstrong placing the American flag on the surface of the moon and saying those immortal words….’one small step for man, a giant leap for mankind..’

I made a very special, very appetising (!) space meal for everyone.  I had large foil tins, onto which I stuck some magnetic strips.  I made some macaroni cheese in a metal dish, stuck to the tray by the magnet; angel delight mouse in a bag, sealed with a straw stuck into it for sucking it out, also stuck to the tray with a magnetic strip; orange squash, again in a bag with a straw and stuck by magnetism; and finally some proper space, dried ice cream:

Before food in. The magnetic strips were to counteract the lack of gravity, ensuring the food remained on the tray rather than in the air!
And filled.  YUMMY! (My brother looked at it as if it were alien food.  I’m not sure he was terribly impressed!)

T, 7 at the time, did his presentation on man’s first landing on the moon.  He gave a talk and then demonstrated, using a space rocket he made himself, how each section was rejected and burnt up in the atmosphere as it was no longer needed:

T’s display
T’s demonstration

As part of his presentation he made a diorama of the moon:


I know he’s my son but, seriously, this was so cool.  The moon is made of talcum powder, and I think he flicked some on the black paper as stars out in the sky.  Here’s a close up:


C chose Jupiter to concentrate on and I believe, if I can remember correctly, she was a tour guide giving us a pretend tour around Jupiter’s atmosphere:

C’s display


She then did a demonstration of a storm in a bottle, to represent the raging storms on Jupiter’s surface:


L would be our most competent (and quietly confident speaker).  She and daddy came up with a presentation entitled Pluto: a planet or a dog?  She did really well with the humour but also managed to make the talk factual and informative, discussing whether Pluto should be reinstated as a planet:

L’s display


I just wish I was a better photographer, so I could do all their work justice.  Sorry kiddlywinks!


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