Although the article itself is unsuitable to be read byto primary children, it is full of ideas to spark curricular activities: Literacy: imaginative storiesdescriptions of alien landscapes. Acronyms and abbreviations. Poetry - acrostics using such words as "ALIEN", "MARTIAN", "METEOR" etc. Lists - of "goals", categories of lifeforms (eg mammals). Drama - change and growth, alien family life, communication.

Numeracy: "orbits" (circles amp; ellipses), scale, distance, sorting (categorisation). Number bases (if aliens have three fingers on each hand they will count in numbers with a base 6!) Very large numbers.

Science: discuss suitable environments to promote life and growth, structure of the solar system. Travel and rockets.

Artwork: landscapes, models of aliens, planets. Looking at everyday objects through alien eyes.

PE: alien movements through different terrain (an outing for apparatus!).

ICT: support all the above. Look at websites mentioned. Search for other information on the internet. Send "alien" emails!

Peter Gordon

Log in or register for FREE to continue reading.

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you