Celebrating Tim Peake’s take-off at Irchester!

On Tuesday Tim Peake launched to the International Space Station (ISS), to become the first British astronaut to go there!

Miss Draper and her Astro Science group ‘launched’ a special space day with a very exciting assembly telling us all about the mission, the ISS and Tim Peake.

To learn more about life on the ISS, and to get ready to watch the launch we did a variety of space experiments on Monday.

EYFS built junk rockets (photos to follow)

Year 1 created Soyuz rocket pictures with coloured paper.

When space walking, Tim will have to wear a spacesuit to protect him from UV rays, very hot and cold temperatures and the lack of oxygen. Year 2 designed their own space suit helmets – which one do you think Tim would like?

Year 3 looked at how water behaves in space using oil and food colouring.


Year 4 and 6 made a space pudding. It is dry so it weighs less, and it’s easier to launch into space.  It also doesn’t go off, which is important as the astronauts only get new food every 3 months so they need to make it last. To eat it we added water, which turned it from a dry powder to a tasty pudding and then sucked it through a straw.

Year 4 also looked at the absorbency of hydrogel using nappies. It will take Tim over an hour to put on his space suit, then he has jobs to do outside the ISS, and then another hour to take the suit off again so hydrogel is used in his spacesuit just in case he needs a wee!


Year 5 have looked at how astronaut suits have a type of goo that is like oobleck (cornflour mixed with water) in them called D30. When you put a lot of force or pressure on it, it will instantly turn hard and when you don’t move and don’t apply pressure then your hands just sink in the goo. This is to protect the astronaut from being hurt when hit by things.

As well as making space pudding, Year 6 also located all the countries involved in the ISS on a world map.

Lab_13 made a model of the ISS, with some pupils from year 2, 3 and 4. We made it out of recycled rubbish and lots of silver foil!


And Jamie from 4TT was so inspired he went home and made a Soyuz model out of a bottle and some foil:

img_20151217_095157Tim Peake launched off into space at 11:03 on Tuesday 15th of December. The one big problem is: he will be spending Christmas in space! I couldn’t bear it, but could you? Everyone in the school tried to watch the lift-off but the internet crashed which was very frustrating, so we watched it a bit later and it was amazing! He arrived at the ISS at 5:33 in the evening, and finally got inside at 8pm.

We will be trying to see the Space Station at Science Club this evening, let’s hope for clear skies at 4:23pm when the Space Station (and Tim!) will be passing overhead!


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