Lift Off! (w.c. 29.6.20)

We Have Lift Off! This week, the University of Cambridge Primary School is embarking on a three week project that will culminate in the children meeting their new...


We Have Lift Off!

This week, the University of Cambridge Primary School is embarking on a three week project that will culminate in the children meeting their new class teacher at the final Virtual Family Friday on 17th July!

  • The UCPSpace Project draws on English and creative thinking skills as they journey through space to reach their new commander (new teacher!)
  • Many activities in the UCPSpace Project will link to the ‘Unlock Challenges’.
  • Children, make sure you watch the UCPSpace videos before completing the challenges on the blog!
  • Maths will continue as usual on the blog, although there may be additional Maths opportunities explored in the UCPSpace Project as it progresses.
  • Year 4, your unlock challenge for Maths this week is to count in multiples of 9: Counting in 9s

Your weekly emails will look like this:

  • Monday – No email
  • Tuesday – No email
  • Wednesday – No email
  • Thursday – Virtual Gardening Club link
  • Friday – Links to videos for following week: UCPSpace projects, overview for coming week, Tuesday wellbeing video and Premier videos
Monday 29th June 


UCPSpace Project 1:
  • Year 4, it’s down to you! Grab a suitcase and get packing! Think of items that you would need to take with you to space.
  • When you’ve got a list, go round the house and find the objects!
  • Once you’ve collected your objects, write a list of your items. Remember to use a colon to introduce  your list, and for an extra challenge explain why you chose each item.
  • You could write your list in your home learning journal or you can use this template if you’d prefer: Pack a suitcase and write a list
Tuesday 30th June


UCPSpace Project 2: (to be completed over two days)
  • Now you have your suitcase, it’s time to prepare for space!  As a UCPStronaut, the first thing you need to organise is something to travel in. UCPSpace is a new organisation, so we haven’t built any rockets yet. The first thing you will need to do is to find out all about rockets. Here are some useful websites that you can use to help you with your research…

  • Your next task is to design your own rocket, thinking about the research that you have done. Your rocket needs to have moving parts, such as levers or switches, to help it function. In addition to this, it should also involve magnetic forces, e.g. for movement or defense. Your extra spicy task (if you’re feeling brave!) is to build your rocket! You could get crafty, use lego, or a 3D simulation on the computer.
  • You can complete this project in your home learning journal or use this template if you’d prefer:Rocket research and design templates


  • Today you will be drawing a ‘sea of optimism’ with Ms Janes (video link will be emailed)


Wednesday 1st July


UCPSpace Project 2:
  • Continue project from yesterday
Thursday 2nd July
UCPSpace Project 3 (to be completed over 2 days):
  • Well done, you’ve researched and designed your rocket! To make sure other UCPStronauts can fly it, we need you to create an instruction manual on how to operate it.
  • When writing your instructions, make sure to include lots of detail to make the functions clear (and don’t forget to include clear diagrams to help your reader).
  • You can do this in your home-learning book or you might want to practice your touch typing and write it on the computer. Alternatively, you can use this template: Instruction Manual Template
Wellbeing: Gardening (video link emailed to you)
Friday 3rd July


UCPSpace Project 3:

  • Continue project from yesterday

Additional Resources

Handwriting & Spelling

  • If you would like to practice more spellings, Spelling Frame has home learning opportunities for you to work on.
  • Pen Pals, the scheme of handwriting UCPS follows, is currently also offering resources for free.


  • Audible (currently free)
  • First News is offering free weekly issues during this time frame.
  • Get Epic is an online library with 40,000 children’s titles available to read.
  • Oliver Jeffers’s will read one of his books every day. Readings will take place at 6pm UK time and are broadcast via Instagram Stories. All broadcasts have been recorded and will also be added to Jeffers’ website
  • Poets are reading out their poems here, with online prompts offering comprehension questions.
  • Storyline Online


  • Mark Kistler is hosting a live drawing session every weekday at 5pm.
  • Rob Biddulph is also hosting a Draw-A-Long every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Ideas for being creative outdoors can be found here.




  • Active History is offering one month free access to their simulations, games and quizzes. They cover a broad range of historical eras.



  • Singing is a great way to lift your spirits and connect with those around you. You can find songs with music and lyrics to sing on the SingUp website


  • If you would like to challenge your brain with some fun thinking visit this website for weekly challenges, riddles and games.


Sustrans Outside In

  • Walking, cycling and scooting are great ways to contribute to keeping us active and healthy in body and mind. During this time where we are mostly required to stay at home, these activities become harder to do so. Sustrans Outside In therefore aims to provide ideas and inspiration to bring health and wellbeing activities into the home.