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Dear all Emerald page visitors, 

Welcome to our class webpage! Here you will find information about our latest topic, links to useful websites, interesting facts about what we learn about, and much more! Over the year, I will add more photos, information, and other features!

If you need to contact me, you can email me at samp@netherfield.e-sussex.sch.uk or message me directly on ClassDojo. Parents can also make appointments to talk to me in more detail via the school office. 

Our Classroom

Term 1 2021 - Stargazers

solar system

Our Term 1 DICE Topic is entitled 'Stargazers' and is a science topic focusing on The Solar System, the Universe, and Space Exploration.

Journey through space, the final frontier. Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our Solar System. Investigate the eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth. Programme a rover to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity, and what happens when there is none. Compare the times of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure. Get in a spin making simple models of the Solar System and listen to the haunting sounds of space themed songs. Then it’s 3, 2, 1, blast off. Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission. Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone? Or are there other life forms out there?

Stargazers Fun Facts!

Did you know...

  • The Earth is not truly spherical: it bulges at the equator, meaning that it looks fatter in the middle!
  • The Earth and everything on it spins through space at an average speed of approximately 1000 miles per hour. That’s fast!
  • The biggest impact crater on Earth is South Africa’s Vredefort crater which has a diameter of around 300 km.
  • What we call the geographical North Pole is actually a magnetic south pole!
  • The Earth’s magnetic field is caused by its spinning, sploshing, molten metal core.
  • Venus is often referred to as Earth’s sister planet because of its similar size and mass.
  • The planet Neptune is named after the Roman god of the sea.
  • Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is thought to have seas of liquid methane.
  • In August 2012 the Mars rover, Curiosity, landed on the red planet. Moving at a top speed of 2.5 cm per second, its mission was to find out whether conditions on Mars could support microbial life.
  • Mercury is the smallest planet in the Solar System and closest to the Sun. Mercury can be observed from Earth passing across the surface of the Sun in an event called a ‘transit’. This only happens 13 times each century.
  • Jupiter, a gas giant, is the largest planet in the Solar System. The Great Red Spot is a storm that has been raging on Jupiter for 350 years and is so big that at least two Earths could fit inside it!
  • Five planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) can be seen from Earth with the naked eye.
  • The rings of Saturn are composed of billions of icy particles, rocky debris and dust.
  • The density of Saturn is so low that if you put it in a giant glass of water it would float!
  • Uranus was the first planet to be discovered using a telescope in 1781.
  • The footprints and tyre tracks left by astronauts on the Moon will remain there forever as there is no wind to blow them away!

Stargazers Useful Websites

These websites are related to our DICE topic, 'Stargazers'.

As always, although these websites have been checked by staff, it is recommended you look at them first before you share them with children to ensure you are happy with their content.

DKfindout! – What Causes Day & Night? - A useful website with diagrams that shows how day and night happens on Earth.

DKfindout! – What is a force? - A page explaining some common forces that act upon planets and upon items on Earth.

DKfindout! – Gravity - A useful page that explains the force of gravity and how it acts upon items on Earth.

NASA – NASA Space Place - A great webiste full of games, articles, and information about many aspects of our space topic.

NASA Space Place – Supermoon, Blood Moon, Blue Moon and Harvest Moon - A very informative page with information all about the different types of full moons. 

NASA – NASA Images - An image gallery full of some of the best examples of space photography available, including pictures taken by humans and by robots on Mars!

BBC – Norfolk Kids – Make a sundial - A great page with instructions on how to make a sundial with items you might have at home!

Useful Documents

Maths Shed


Letter - join

Welcome to our school handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using this letter formation. Details of how to download resources are available below. (Click the logo.)

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