The children had to demonstrate their fitness ability as they were put through their paces by Mr. Clayden during a series of circuit training sessions. They learned about changes in our heart rate and how to build upper body strength and strong core muscles. Miss Wood helped the children to practice their reflex skills, an important part of being a successful astronaut. They also had to carry water to different stations making sure not to waste this precious resource. This helped them to understand that you need to ration your supplies of food and water in Space.
Mr. Ramsden challenged the children to work as a team, helping them to experience what it would be like to work with astronauts from other countries. They had to communicate with one another effectively and work together to complete the obstacles. Miss Moore developed the children’s balancing and co-ordination skills in the playground, ensuring they would be able to successfully complete a spacewalk. The pupils had to plan their strategy and communicate with each other to complete the challenge.
Finally, Miss McBride tested the children’s fine motor skills, asking them to complete models with heavy duty gloves, simulating the working conditions of a real astronaut. The pupils had to demonstrate perseverance and patience as well as a growth mind-set, by not giving up at the first sign of failure.
Thankfully all of the space cadets passed the tests and were awarded with a certificate for all of their hard efforts. The children were then ready to continue learning about Space as the term continued.
Dean Clayden, Year 5 Leader