Primary

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

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