This Key Stage 2/3 resource is part of the JACOSA scheme. It covers the structure of the universe, the solar system, seasons and the Earth’s moon.
This story based learning project provides students with a compelling learning experience that is designed to put learning into context.
The posters are often used at the beginning of lessons to excite learning. Teachers can plan lessons around the story.
This is a team based and self managing learning project and is appropriate for a high achieving year 6 group or key stage 3 class who are learning about space.
Divide your class into groups of 5 and assign each group member to a job. The skills required to do each job are outlined in the PowerPoint presentation. You can either encourage each group to assign roles themselves or assign the roles yourself, this will obviously depend on the class.
The pupils in each team then work together to create 4 textbook pages on rocks. It is really up to you what resources you provide each group with and how long to give them (the time frame can easily be changed on the PP). A laptop computer, various textbooks and encyclopaedias, posters on rocks, labelled diagrams are usually given to each group, but some teachers also provide a teacher session, this being a part of the classroom that the pupils can go to gain information from their teacher at certain agreed times.
This project obviously is designed to help pupils find things out for themselves and then apply what they have learned.
In the second task, the teams have to plan a three part lesson, which incorporates the use of the textbook that they created in the first task.
There is an alternative version of this project that covers a unit on rocks.
These projects are often used at the end of term:o)