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Year 5 Become Astronauts For The Day

20 april 2015

The Year 5 team are proud to present the first cohort of the BISS Academy astronaut training scheme. Head of Year 5, Beth Westwood, explains…

  • Year 5 students at The British International School Shanghai, Puxi kick off their themed learning unit about Space
  • Year 5 students at The British International School Shanghai, Puxi kick off their themed learning unit about Space
  • Year 5 students at The British International School Shanghai, Puxi kick off their themed learning unit about Space
  • Year 5 students at The British International School Shanghai, Puxi kick off their themed learning unit about Space

To kick-start our Themed Learning unit for Term 3, ‘Space’, the whole year group became intrepid interstellar explorers last Friday as they prepared for their mission as the first BISStronauts to go into space. 

Students undertook a range of tasks designed to test their abilities to the limits.  Activities included:

  • Landing a Mars Rover, designed to test students’ precision and ability to keep calm under pressure while undertaking multiple tasks (not as easy as it first appeared!)
  • Working together as a team to pilot their spaceships through space. This activity tested the ability of teams to work together and solve problems along the way.
  • Physical challenges, designed to mimic some of the precision training undertaken by astronauts to prepare them for weightlessness.
  • The chopstick challenge, which tested manual dexterity as students tried to move space food using chopsticks and ability to work under tight time constraints.  Again, students had to work as a team and play to individual strengths in order to win the challenge.

Congratulations to the following teams for coming first in the precision training session. They will compete in a final selection process later this term:

  • The Awesomes from Team Newton
  • The BISStronauts from Team Galileo
  • The Easter Bunnies from Team Hubble
  • The Fluffy Pink Unicorns from Team Copernicus

What did the students think of becoming BISStronauts for the day?

“It was the best day of Year 5!” 

“We were able to communicate really well and so were really successful”

 “We learned that it was easier to land a Mars Rover with two people rather than doing it on our own.”

“It was really hard picking up the sweets using chopsticks when we had such a short time to do it.  I was really nervous!”

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