Space travel is due to take a giant leap as shuttle Atlantis prepares to set flight to carry out work on the half-built International Space Station.
An astronaut in space
The mission will be the first to resume assembly of the $100bn space station since the Columbia disaster in 2003.
To convey feelings, reflections or moods in a poem through careful choice of words and phrases
Introduction - part one
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Read a selection of space poems. For example, you could use
Space Poems by Gaby Morgan
Space Poems (Poetry Paintbox) by John Foster
Prompt: Ask children to listen out for key words and phrases related to space travel.
Draw an outline of a vertical space rocket on your board and ask children to discuss the space-related words they heard during the poems. Record their ideas in the rocket, leaving space at the bottom for later use.
Main activity - part one
Explain to children that they will be writing a variety of space travel poems which will then be used to compile a class book. Children draw their own rocket and half fill it with words associated with space and travel. If you have any early finishers, they could add design and colour to their rocket which could then be used on the back cover of the book.
Support: Provide science text books and dictionaries for children to undertake their own research.
Introduction - part two
Inform the children that their poems have to be based on an imaginary trip to space and how they would feel. Use questions to stimulate ideas.
Would you be happy or sad to leave your family and friends behind on Earth?
Would you feel lonely in space?
Would you be scared or excited if you met a space monster or alien?
Would you feel tired or full of energy after a long journey?
Would you be angry, amazed, shocked, relieved, victorious?
Main activity - part two
Children return to their 'words and phrases' rocket and add a selection of moods and feelings.
Next, ask children to begin drafting their poems.
Design a front cover for the class book. Give some elements which must be included, i.e. a space rocket, planets and stars.
Write a blurb.
Write an uninteresting start to a poem such as, ' I flew to the moon, I met some aliens'. Model how improvements can be made to attain the learning aim.
An alien from Dr Who
Up, up, up, alone, I flew to the moon.
Alone not for very long.
I met some ugly green aliens on Mars.
Down, down, down, scared, I flew back to Earth past asteroids and stars.
- Space agency Nasa says you must be physically fit and highly qualified in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics to become an astronaut.
- Businessman Sir Richard Branson is planning on using advanced technology to take members of the public into space. Sir Richard hopes the first flights will take place in 2007. But tickets won't be cheap at a cost of more than £100,000 each!