On the 20th of September 2021, the Planetarium came to our school. We all went inside a huge dome. When we went inside, the man projected the pictures onto the front of the dome so we could all see it.
We learned that Jupiter has a giant hurricane that has been going for over 400 years straight. The Moon’s real name is Luna and is believed to have been made when many small asteroids hit Earth and almost cut it in half. All of the small asteroids started circling Earth. One day, they all joined together and created our moon.
The order of the planets (smallest to largest) are Mercury, Mars, Venus, Earth, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter. The coldest planet is Uranus reaching -224 degrees celsius. The hottest planet is Mercury, reaching 427 degrees celsius.
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are all gas giants. Saturn’s rings are full of small rocks and pieces of ice. The ring looks like it is not moving but it is actually moving extremely fast. The different shades of colours in Saturn’s rings show how close the objects are to each other. The darker ones are when the objects are closer together and the lighter ones are when the objects are further away from each other.
It was really enjoyable and we learned lots!
Year 6 launched their topic for this term learning facts about Brasil, its history, geography and culture. They engaged in: recycled instrument making; learning samba rhythms; capoeira and about the origins of carnival and how the costumes are designed and made.
The children enjoyed working with our guest musician José Carlos Gomes Ferreira known as Duda. They enjoyed hearing his story about living in Brasil and giving children from the street music as a way to have fun and for some to travel to Europe to perform. Who would have thought you can do so much using cast off materials to make instruments and music.