The mystery of Orion’s Belt

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By David Tomlinsonteacher and writer, London

By day Karl, Nabil, Jade and Simone are just normal everyday school kids in Year 5 at Hollowby Oak Primary, but once the school bell rings they are… the ScienceBustas! On receiving orders from The Professor they go places their mates couldn’t even dream of…

Science Bustas

Welcome to this instalment of 21st Century ScienceBustas in which the ScienceBusta gang face a new and exciting challenge – a mystery that can only be solved through science. Each story includes activities that can be taught in one lesson or split into shorter sessions. They are designed to directly involve your class in solving the mystery while supporting your science teaching.

This story focuses on constellations. Talk to your class about how, historically, sailors came to name star patterns after shapes they recognised. Try reading the stories in the Literacy Hour, focusing this month on speech and description.

Click here and here for two other ScienceBustas stories.

“HEEELLP!”

Karl’s skateboard flipped sharply to the left as the back wheels came flying off, sending him headfirst into the door of ScienceBustas HQ.

CRASH!

Flat on his back, all he could see were the stars above twinkling at him like they thought it was funny. It was Jade who opened the door and she looked furious.

“Glad you could make it, Karl,” the Professor’s voice came out loud and clear. Nabil, who had seen it all from the window, nearly fell off his chair laughing. “Sorry, um, late, the wheels….”

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