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Out of this World!

During our History lesson, we investigated the first man on the moon. Sycamore learnt that Neil Armstrong – the Mission Commander - was the first man to step onto the Moon, shortly followed by Buzz Aldrin – the pilot. In addition to this, we learnt about the Space Race between Russia (the USSR) and USA (the United States of America) during the 1960s.  In small groups, we recreated the Moon landing - using the mounds the represent the Moon’s terrain:

First Man on the Moon Drama - Practise

First Man on the Moon Drama

BBC Terrific Scientific Investigation

Sycamore took part in a BBC Terrific Scientific Project which focused on completing research and carrying out an investigation to do with Time. 

This investigation was designed to see if the change in clocks in the Spring and the Autumn has an impact on our bodies. Our bodies have their own body clock (known as a circadian rhythm) and this helps control our sleep and wake cycle. The hypothalamus (part of our brains) controls our body clocks and responds to like and dark signals. 


There is anecdotal evidence that suggests that our circadian rhythms are affected by the clock changes - so The University of Oxford is carrying out an investigation to see whether children's sleep and alertness are affected by the clock change. Sycamore class conducted this investigation to see whether we were affected by the changes. 


To complete this investigation we did the following tasks: 

1. Carry out a reaction test on Friday 24th March 

2. Complete a Sleep Diary for a week 

3. Carry out another reaction test on Monday 27th March 


Time Science Investigation (Part 1)

STEM Net Ambassador Visitor

Sycamore were very lucky to have another visit from France Gerard, a senior Earth Observation Scientist and STEM Net Ambassador, on Tuesday 28th March. We developed our knowledge of satellite data through using Google Earth - we really loved investigating different parts of the world and the changes that have happened over time. France showed us how to pin-point certain points on satellite images and use a ruler tool to measure differences.

Earth and Satellite Observation - France Gerard

Asteroid, Comet and Meteorite Investigation

Sycamore spent time learning about the top ten major asteroids that have hit the Earth (since its creation). We then spent time locating these craters on a World Map. Next, we filled a container with flour (to create a lunar surface) and conducted an investigation where we dropped different size rocks and pebbles into the flour to replicate the effect of a meteor or asteroid hitting the surface of the Moon. After dropping the rock, we then measured each crater in cm at its widest point; observed the amount of ‘ejecta’ created and recorded our observations. Here are some photographs of us conducting the experiment:

Sycamore's Out of this World! Open Afternoon