Category Archives: Children & Parents

Open Mornings

On Tuesday, Year 5 had an opening morning about space. Parents also came in to see what it is like to be in Year 5. We were split up into 3 groups. One of the groups had to make a model of the ISS and we made it from cans, Pringle tins, paper and a glue gun. We also had a little quiz before we got started. This was really fun. Our next task was to make a constellation called The Plough. We needed card, string, scissors, tape, ruler and tinfoil. After we had finished putting it together it looked amazing. Our last task was to write a poem about a button. We had to pick a button and write things about it and describe it as well. After we finished writing it we put it into a poem by using some words and phrases. It was really fun and everyone’s sounded brilliant.

We had a great morning and I think the adults did as well. Can’t wait to see what we are doing next.

Mia Brown

Parent's working with Year 3 children.

Parent’s working with Year 3 children.

Moving about the ISS

This week has been AMAZING!

On Monday we all tried spinning on a chair with wheels without help. It is REALLY difficult on your own because you need somebody or something to push or pull onto because you cannot move all by yourself. We did this because we wanted to see how gravity works. Gravity was discovered by Sir Isaac Newton nearly three centuries ago.  If you tried to spin on a chair in space, you would just keep spinning round and round and couldn’t stop but on Earth it is hard to move and when you do you can put your feet down to stop.

On Tuesday we all tried to draw a spacesuit for our Out Of This World book.  First we had to draw the body of the spaceman in the suit, then all the gadgets on the spacesuit and then his helmet. We did have a picture to help us, but it was still tricky.  When we had drawn it we coloured it in.

We have had a really busy and fun week learning more about Space.  I wonder what we will learn next week. I can’t wait.

Carys Williams

It was really difficult to move without your feet touching the floor.

It was really difficult to move without your feet touching the floor.

Looking after the Sokol Spacesuit

Wednesday brought lots of science for Y5 as they made the most of the last week with the spacesuit.

As part of the amazing Space adventure currently taking place at Rode Heath Primary School, a group of children took it in turns to try on the spacesuit that they have borrowed from the International Space Centre. This demonstrated exactly how hard it is to get into it – according to our research it’s almost impossible.

Once the gloves had been extracted from the rest of the suit it was time to tidy up! We tipped some split pins onto the floor and put two yoghurt pots either side. We then picked two teams and one of them wore the gloves whilst the other one didn’t. Each person had to pick up their pile split pins (one at a time) and put them into the yogurt pots. Our results showed that it is easier to pick up small things without any gloves on.

Our last investigation was very interesting. On a piece of paper we wrote our name, then put on the glove and wrote it again. My writing was ok but some people’s went all over the place. It was so funny! However some people’s writing got better. I think some thick gloves might be included in school uniform from now on!

Sadly the spacesuit is due to go on Monday. However I can’t wait for the our next activity.

Hannah Taylor

How are we going to get into this?

How are we going to get into this?

Using the space gloves isn't easy

Using the space gloves isn’t easy

Mr Randall

Launch Day

On Wednesday 10th September, Rode Heath Primary embarked on an Out Of This World Space Day adventure!

The “Out of This World” project is led by Mrs Wiskow and her fellow space team: Mr Leech, the 3D technology; Ms Sinclair, the mathematics; Mrs Ross, the IT department; Mr Randall, the fitness coach and Mrs Pheasey, the healthy body organiser. There were a number of activities from Rocket Building to Designing a Space Patch – each jam-packed with learning and fun!

One of the exciting tasks was designing space patches and then entering them into the Blue Peter Space Patch Competition! The winning one will fly into space on Tim Peake’s suit – amazing! Another popular activity was designing and building an aerodynamic rocket! A Year 3 pupil said, “It was really good fun when we launched the rockets. We were surprised by the results because my team won.”

The younger pupils designed a smaller rocket made out of cardboard and a rubber nose cone. A lady names Wendy from Daresbury Laboratories came with her mini rocket launcher and launched the rockets for the Year 1 and Reception children.

To launch the junior rockets – the longest one, measuring 810cm – Rocket Scientist Roger and Rocket and Missile Engineer Dave brought in their home made super rocket launcher! A group of Year 3 girls had the longest distance measuring 63 metres! It was a fantastic event.

The whole day was filled with excitement and fun. It was certainly an inspirational day! The whole school is looking very much forward to the rest of the year’s activities with the space passports.

Millie Bradbury
Year 6


A Parent’s Perspective

The definition of a happy, enthusiastic pupil begins with their teacher and the school. As a parent of a Year 5 pupil, I could not be happier that he attends Rode Heath Primary. It is reassuring to know that he enjoys school, but is also excited to talk to me, sharing what he has done and learnt.

This year the school is immersed in the exciting topic of space. Mrs Wiskow believes that you should never underestimate what children can achieve – she sets high standards – and I have been delighted by the level of work my son has produced. Recently, he was very proud to be able to spend the morning working with me in Year 5. The ISS station we built together has now taken pride of place in his window and on a clear night he looks to see the star constellations we learnt about.

A child spends a lot of time in school and their contentment is essential. My son wants to come to school each day. Over this term, I have been delighted to see how his self-esteem, willingness to participate and contributions have grown.

The whole school are working together and supporting each other with their space project, which is creating a superb learning environment for the children. Over the next few years, with this focus on science, the school will produce a solid foundation for children to build on and expand their knowledge in the future.

Rachel Swinnerton

Pierce and his constellation.

Pierce and his constellation.