This activity begins by introducing learners to the Beehive Cluster of stars and asks learners to reflect on what they think it might be like in the stars, encouraging imagination and a possibility for scientific discussions. The PowerPoint then introduces Estron – an alien who lives on Pluto. He lives next to the Beehive Cluster and has decided he wants to visit Earth to try honey. He has to fly through the Cluster to get to Earth so learners have to describe his journey. This is not in a set way and different methods of presentation (videos, creative writing etc) are suggested.
Also included is scaffolding for 2 possible presentation methods; letters home on behalf of Estron and a blank storyboard sheet.
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Resources and links
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- PowerPoint with Audio
- Laptop / Projector / Screen
- Storyboard Worksheet
- Consider the Stars
Area of Learning and Experience
- Language, Literacy and Communications
- Expressive Arts
- Science and Technology
Eilidh Brailey spent most of her childhood at her local youth theatre, first as a participant and later leading workshops for younger people. She went on to devise and perform shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, helping to reinforce her view of the importance of the arts for young people. After completing her degree, Eilidh moved to Wales to complete her PGCE, training to be a primary school teacher. She recently completed this training and aims to implement creativity and creative learning in her lesson delivery to stimulate the imaginations of her pupils and help to develop their creative skills as well as promoting self-confidence.
Illustrations of Estron, his passport and his spaceship by Ellie Dooley.