January 8th 2015 was the day Year 5 had our first Space Camp at Shrubland Street – we had known it was coming for weeks and we were really excited. Everyone in our class likes learning about Space.
First we came to school and we were told which tent we were in. The tents were all named after famous space craft - we were in pairs and I was with Ana in the Saturn V tent (Our tent was kind of messy). We imagined it we were on a mission to the deepest part of space.
After unpacking and we went outside to look at stars. We used Starwalk on the ipads to help to name the things we could see. We were also used binoculars which were amazing, we could see so many more stars. I saw Pegasus, Orion, Ursa Minor, Cassiopia and we saw a nebula in Orion which was a cloud of dust and gas where baby stars were forming.
We met an astronomer from Warwick University called Professor Andrew Levan and we asked him lots of questions. We learned that the universe is 13.7 billion years old and there are other planets going around other stars outside our solar system. While we were asking questions we had a cup of hot chocolate which warmed us up after being outside.
Later on that night we did a few activities year 5S had a tour of the Solar System and looked at all the planets while 5J did some Space arts and crafts. After half an hour we swapped around. In the arts and crafts we made constellation projectors, we drew constellations and made holes with split pins. Then we made some nebular pictures, we did that by blending pastel colours on black paper and dabbing tiny blobs of white paint on it.
We all went back to the hall and got our pyjamas on, the girls got changed in the library. After getting changed we settled down to watch a film called EARTH TO ECHO which was about a group of children helping an alien get back to his own planet. It was sad in parts and very exciting.
We all woke up to a wonderful breakfast of Bacon and Sausage sandwiches thanks to Gwen and Hazel, our cleaners. Then we had a REALLY big tidy up. After the tidy up we went to our classroom to watch the end of the film and finish our constellation projectors. When we had finished, we used torches to look at our star constellations, they looked so cool.
Later on we went into a Planetarium we look at a video about if there is life on other planets; it was called “We are Aliens”. Scientists think there could be life on one of Jupiter’s Moons – the planetarium show was presented by Dr Emilio from Warwick University. It was very kind of our experts to give up their time to share their knowledge with us – they must be very busy people, discovering the Universe. We finished of our space camp with an assembly for all the parents and we told them all about our space camp and what we had got up to. It was great to have so many parents in school to let them know what we have been up to and show them all the photos. Space camp is the best. I had a great time and learned lots of new things. I can’t wait till the next Space Camp in the Easter hoildays so that I can find out even more about planets and stars. When I grow up I would really like to be an astronomer or an astronaut, I just love learning about space.