Links to Early Years Learning & Development Outcomes
The “Journey into Space” incursion addresses the following Early Years Learning and Development Outcomes (Birth to 5 years):
Outcome 1: IDENTITY
Children have a strong sense of identity, when they:
- cooperate and work collaboratively with others eg. when they create a group storm on the planet, Venus;
- use role play to become the different elements in space and adopt their significant features and movement eg. twinkling stars, striking lightening.
Outcome 2: COMMUNITY
Children are connected with and contribute to their world, when they:
- use drama to broaden their understanding of space and the differences between the planets, Earth, Neptune and Venus;
- use drama to explore the effect of temperature on the environment eg. Neptune is cold enough to sustain ice but is too cold to live on. The temperature on Earth, however, sustains life.
Outcome 3: WELLBEING
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing, when they:
- make new discoveries about space eg. planets differ and there is no gravity.
- use physical activity and skills to adopt the movement and features of different elements in space eg. shooting stars and ice sculptures.
- use physical activity and skills to understand a concept eg when they pretend to be an astronaut to explore the concept of gravity.
Outcome 4: LEARNING
Children are confident and involved learners, when they:
- use role play to investigate and explore space, the differences between Earth, Neptune and Venus and the concept of gravity;
- discuss and reflect on why and how the planets Earth, Neptune and Venus are different.
Outcome 5: COMMUNICATION
Children are effective communicators, when they:
interact verbally and non-verbally to demonstrate an understanding of the differences between Earth, Neptune and Venus, and the concept of gravity.