Halstow primary school children have been busy over the last few weeks, practising for the Christmas performances. Each year group will be performing two shows to their parents and carers and the ‘Performance Season’ started this week, with exceptional shows from both Year 5&6 and reception children. Year 5&6 rocked the middle hall singing magnificent medleys from musical greats including the Beatles and David Bowie. Reception children enchanted their parents with the ‘Halstow’ version of the Nativity. Our recent ‘Space Week’ saw learning across the school dedicated to the the moon and the Apollo 11 landings which occurred 50 years ago. Amongst other facts, the children found out that it took NASA two years’ worth of studies to come up with five possible landing points on the Moon. They assessed where would be best using high resolution photos of the lunar surface. However, upon descending towards the lunar surface, the lunar module Eagle landed west of their planned target point. The Eagle was moving too fast and it eventually landed on a region of the Moon called the Mare Tranquillitatis, known as ‘the Sea of Tranquillity’. Year 5&6 took the opportunity to learn about the women who were celebrated in the book and film ‘Hidden Figures’. Margot Lee Shetterly’s book is perfect for young readers. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in the American Space Program. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. The children learnt about the stories and struggles of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender and racial equality.