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Year 5 Astronaut Day

5…4…3…2…1 -> Year 5 are go!

Today, the children entered Silsden Primary Space Academy to experience what it would be like to train as an astronaut. Throughout the day, they undertook a series of challenges (all based on real astronaut training tasks) to test their physical, mental and communication skills.

Highlights included a bleep test in the hall, a tricky numerical memory test, a repetitive origami task and a maze with reverse controls!

All children (worryingly?) are now fully-certificated qualified astronauts!

Rocket Science – Final Measurements

UPDATE: Tim Peake has revealed that the space seeds were in the BLUE packet! A full report on the experiment will be published in the autumn.


Year 5’s seven week Rocket Science experiment has come to an end, and unfortunately the topsy-turvey nature of the weather over May was not kind to the plants!

We await the announcement as to which packet of seeds had been into space. Our conclusion was that the ‘Red’ seeds were slightly more successful than the ‘Blue’…

Rocket Science – Day 10 Measurements

Year 5 have today taken another set of official measurements on Day 10 of the Rocket Science experiment. We checked what percentage of the seeds have developed into seedlings in each of the 8 trays. Well, technically we’ve only counted the number in each tray so far – can anyone help out with the percentages?!

Blue Packet
Tray 1: 13 out of 25 (13/25)
Tray 2: 16/25
Tray 3: 11/25
Tray 4: 19/25
Blue Total: 59/100

Red Packet
Tray 1: 20/25
Tray 2: 23/25
Tray 3: 18/25
Tray 4: 21/25
Red Total: 82/100

Are the Red Packet seeds developing better?

Rocket Science – First Seedlings!

The first seedlings have started to germinate! 6 of the 8 trays are showing signs of life – 3 trays from the red packet and 3 from the blue.

Rocket Science

Year 5 are really pleased to be representing Hothfield as one of the schools taking part in the Royal Horticultural Society and UK Space Agency’s ‘Rocket Science Experiment’.

As featured recently on Blue Peter and BBC News, the experiment involves sowing 200 rocket (salad) seeds and monitoring their growth and development. The exciting part is that half of the seeds have spent the last 6 months with Major Tim Peake on the International Space Station. Nobody knows if it was the red packet or blue packet!

The children have sown the seeds today and set up the fair test by following the strict experiment instructions. We also made predictions: Will the time in space have had any affect on the seeds? Will we be able to grow fresh food in space in the future? Keep an eye on the blog for updates on how the seeds are getting on!


Solar system models

Thankyou to year 5 children and parents for all the hard work you have put into your solar system projects.  You should all be very proud of your fantastic models.

Mrs Carling