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Space Activities

With the success of ‘Stargazing Live’ and the finding of a new planet by Chris Homes from Peterborough, I have uploaded some space themed activities I wrote for a year 5 class I taught a few years ago.

I have uploaded smartbord files accompanying these activities to the tes website.

  • Planet information gap

Information gap activities require children to work in pairs and share information verbally.

  • Planetary Routes 
  • Distance from the moon and diameter of the Earth (mysteries for 4)

  • Interplanetary football
  • Sum and difference rockets

I used this template explore the relationship between to the sum and difference between two numbers. When these two values are added, the number in the cone of the rocket is always twice the bigger number on the bottom. We continued to explore this by questions such as:

  • I think of 2 numbers.
  • When I add them, I get _____, one is ______ more than the other.
  • What are the two numbers?

We then explored why this is the case using paper strips, before moving into the realms of algebra.

  • Planet sequences
  • Planet Polypod (zids and zods)


  • Moons of Vuv
  • Four Planets
  • Word Problems

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Telling the time, reading timetables and working together.

Telling the time is something that quite a lot of my class need to practise often. I have already uploaded some of the activities I have written this year, but here is a few more. On this revisit we are focusing on 24 hour clock, reading time tables and collaborating to solve problems. Because we are working on block D, I have tried to make links to other block D objectives, so there is a bit of coordinates and a bit of finding the difference between times.

24 hour coordinates grid

Nicknames puzzles

  • time logic (one of these is inspired by For more information follow the link below).

Collaborative puzzles

Collaborative puzzles inspired by

I adapted two time puzzles I found on to make them collaborative. To find the original puzzles click here.

Below are some useful telling the time websites that we will visit.

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