Space, the final frontier - the school curriculum by Year 7 Pupil - Hermione

LMS News Club is for budding young reporters. This report from Hermione Rolfe was her suggested topic based on a strong personal interest in space and astronomy. Her ideas and enthusiasm for everything to do with space are great - she's even got me reading up about nebula, now! Her main idea is that Space should be a larger part of the secondary school curriculum, maybe even a separate subject. Read her article and see if you agree!

Ruth Hewitt: Head of Department English

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Here are some gases that can be found in space, mainly helium and hydrogen, creating this amazing sight, known as a nebula – visible only through space telescopes.

Here are some gases that can be found in space, mainly helium and hydrogen, creating this amazing sight, known as a nebula – visible only through space telescopes.

 

Do you think space should be in the curriculum? I think so.

Now I know you might think this is a boring subject but you have to remember, this is only the beginning. Like everything, space gets more interesting as you learn about it. Maybe if people “gave it a try”, as suggested by one teacher, they might find it appealing. So, what I am about to say is: space is not in the curriculum but why not?

In fact, space is a small part of the curriculum in year 5 but, taking the National Curriculum as a whole, this is not much! Pupils only really cover a tiny part of space - the planets. I think it is time that space was added as a proper subject called Astronomy where you could take it as a GCSE or A Level. I, for one, would be keen to take it.

So, what could be included in the subject Astronomy? You could be making models of solar systems and even, if you wanted to, a whole galaxy. At its centre would be a super-massive black hole and around it stars and planets. Did you know that in a million years or so, no one knows exactly when, we are going to collide with the Andromeda Galaxy? Interesting, right? Just think what mind-expanding topics you could discover within Astronomy...

 

Hermione R