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Book status: The book for this planning sequence is currently reprinting or out of print and therefore not in stock at most booksellers. If you do not already own the book, we would recommend this planning sequence as an alternative:

Alternative sequence

A Literary Leaf for The Race to Space


KS: Upper KS2

Year Group: Year 5

Literary Theme: Power vs. Principles

Author(s): Clive Gifford

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a 15 session Literary Leaf for the Race to Space. The Literary Leaf covers all areas of the KS2 content domain and actively models how to extract facts as well as how to use non-fiction to infer. Scientific and historic vocabulary is explored as we go through the text, e.g, 'iron curtain', to support the children's understanding of the context on a deeper level.

Synopsis of Text:

You know that man has walked on the Moon, but do you know the story of how he got there? With the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing on July 20th 2019, this book celebrates the Space Race rivalry between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Readers will learn about the neck-and-neck race between the two superpowers, through an illustrated story of the rivalry that gripped the world. From Russia's first satellite, Sputnik, to Neil Armstrong planting a U.S. a flag on the moon, discover the events that unfolded through amazing nostalgic illustrations and engaging text. Explore, too, how these two space agencies now work together, and how the monumental achievements of the space race have created world-changing technology that we all use and benefit from today.

Links to Curriculum areas, other Literary Leaves and Planning Sequences:

This works perfectly in conjunction with our planning sequence for 'Hidden Figures' in Y5 and would also complement 'Cosmic' which is a novel-focused Literary Leaf.

Literary Leaves within the same Literary Theme

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