Sept. 29, 2020
World Space Week is a UN declared celebration of space held annually, every October 4 to 10. It is the largest space event on Earth, with over 8,000 events reported in 2019 and held in 96 countries. These events are organized by thousands of organizations, including space agencies, aerospace companies, astronomy clubs and museums.
Every year, World Space Week Association selects a theme, the theme for 2020 is dedicated to satellites and their broad benefits under the theme “Satellites improve life.” With this theme, the World Space Week will show the importance of satellites in daily life and how our lives are affected by satellites such as in communications, environmental monitoring, transportation, weather forecasting, telemedicine, science, and in many other ways.
Within Purple Mash why not get the children to research Satellites and how they not only improve life but also how important they are to daily life, children could then use 2Publish Plus to create a leaflet, webpage or information page to write about what they have found out. Children can create a solar system scene and write about, perhaps with information about each planet or a mnemonic to remember the names, or create a guide to the planets in the Solar System. Children can make use of our Planets Database in 2Investigate to find out the answers to a range of questions in our Planet Quiz. Children can practice their coding skills by sending a rocket to space using 2Code and creating a countdown to launch. We also have a range of printable resources for Space that are perfect if you do not have access to devices. There is also a tab of resources within Mini Mash including Pictures and labels for the classroom. Alongside this are a range of paint projects and writing projects all themed around the topic Space along with our popular Mashcams, there is plenty to use during World Space Week and beyond.
Serpents of the Nebula within Serial Mash would be perfect to read during World Space Week. It tells the story of when the spaceship HMS Horizon is attached by mighty space serpents, Tazz and Julam find they are the only ones who can help save the ship. There are 5 chapters perfect for guided reading or whole class reading, each accompanied by a range of grammar, comprehension and writing activities.