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PostcardsFromSpace!

The PostcardsFromSpace series takes in the Solar System. Junior astronaut Tanno, and their spacedog, Iguda, will send a series of 12 postcards straight to your home.

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PostcardsFromSpace Educational Benefits

The PostcardsFromSpace postcards themselves offer material that will stretch students’ vocabulary and scientific literacy. Especially:

Year 5 Programme of Study:

  • describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system
  • describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth
  • describe the sun, Earth and moon as approximately spherical bodies

KS3 Programme of Study:

  • gravity force, weight = mass x gravitational field strength (g), on Earth g=10 N/kg, different on other planets and stars; gravity forces between Earth and Moon, and between Earth and sun (qualitative only)
  • our sun as a star, other stars in our galaxy, other galaxies

PostcardsFromSpace Content

Each card features a different location with fun facts and the next instalment of Tanno and Iguda’s story. A QR code printed on the card links to a “secret” web page detailing fun activities and further learning.

Location

Activity

Skills & Learning

Equipment needed

The Moon

Design Moon Mission Patch
Research; history of science; space missions; drawing
Drawing pens and paper

Venus

Draw design for base on Venus
Research; properties of space object; planning; space missions; drawing
Poster making materials, pens and paper

Mercury

Poster about five craters on Mercury
Research; internet searching; space objects; cultural history; poster making
Poster making materials, pens and paper

The Sun

Write TV news script for solar eclipse story
Research; storyboarding; writing to a certain audience; creating video content;
Pens and paper (extension possibility: video recording)

Mars

Write fantasy journey to Mars, with illustrations
Creative writing; cultural history; drawing
Drawing pens and paper

Asteroids

Poster about asteroid Vesta
Research; source credibility; fact checking; poster making
Poster making materials, pens and paper

Jupiter

Research plan to search for life on Europa
Research; properties of space object; planning; space missions; experiment reporting
Report writing materials, drawing pens and paper

Saturn

Making model of Cassini probe.**
Following instructions; model making
Paper/card, scissors, tape, printer

Uranus

Mythology research and invention
Research; internet searching; space objects; cultural history; drawing
Report writing materials, drawing pens and paper

Neptune

Modelling the solar system.
Scale calculations; modelling; model making; the planets;
Tape measure, pens and paper, paper scissors

Pluto

Plan a new mission to the Kuiper Belt, including map.
Research; the range of space objects; planning; space missions; experiments; map and chart drawing
Report writing materials, pens and paper

Earth

Draw tree diagram for biological classifications of living things.
Research; biological kingdoms of life; classification systems;
Poster making materials, pens and paper

**adult supervision/help required

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