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Out-of-this-world competition win for Class 3/4!

It’s 3-2-1 BLAST OFF! for Grimley’s class 3/4, who are celebrating winning an international competition to zoom with NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott!

The class were chosen from over 200 entries into the SkyDay Fridays Challenge, with schools entering from around the globe. What an incredible achievement!

The challenge, which is organised by SkyDay,  uses art, science and literacy in the aim of bringing people together under one, shared sky. 

Each month, the children were each set creative tasks to complete. These included taking photographs of the sky, day and night; observing the setting of the sun and thinking about the direction and time this occurred each night;  writing a haiku style poem; and sky paintings.  The final task involved children exploring the World’s Air Pollution Index  (www.waqi.info), and creating a collage to represent the issues created by air pollution. 

All of Class 3/4s fantastically creative projects were uploaded to the SkyDay gallery website, and you can view the Grimley & Holt gallery at https://skydayproject.com/. (Simply scroll down to select view a gallery and then choose Grimley and Holt 3/4 Gallery from the drop down list.)  There, you can also enjoy the marvellous contributions from over 200 schools and groups that participated from all over the world. 

The children’s contributions were consistently creative, and evidently caught the eye of the judges, who announced on Friday that Grimley pupils have won the star prize of a zoom call with a NASA Astronaut!! 

Now retired, Astronaut Nicole Stott worked at NASA for 27 years. She was a Mission Specialist, who made two trips into space, spending 104 days off Earth overall. She has made plenty of history along the way, including becoming the first person ever to paint while in space.  Nicole now uses art and her space experience together as the founder of the Space for Art foundation. She also promotes the work being done in space to help us here on Earth, and uses her experience to inspire creative solutions to the planet’s issues. 

The zoom call with Nicole will take place on Friday 21st May, and class 3/4 will share the experience with one other winning school – St Thomas Aquinsas Primary School in Zimbabwe.  Before the event, the children are finding out as much as possible about Nicole Stott and preparing questions that they may like to ask her themselves.  We will of course share the details of the call after it’s happened! 

Grimley’s entry into the competition was coordinated by our Science lead, Mrs Patterson.  It’s safe to say she is bursting with pride! 

Thanks to all the children and parents who enjoyed and got on board with the SkyDay project tasks.  And a huge, cosmic well done to Class 3/4, we are all very proud! You have shown us that we should always reach for the stars!

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