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Konnie Huq

Language: English
Genre: Science
Age group: 6-8, 9-11

Blue Peter superstar Konnie Huq joins us on Authors Live to share her first ever novel, Cookie! and the Most Annoying Boy in the World. The book is the first in a hilarious new series for young readers and introduces Cookie, a 9-year-old who loves science and is ready to take on the world! Join Konnie for a lively reading, a fun quiz game and insights into her career as a writer. 

If you only do one thing...

We know time is tight, so here is just one activity you could complete before or after watching the broadcast with Konnie Huq.

Create a solar system (MNU 2-03a, MNU 2-11a, SCN 2-06a)

Once a year all the pupils in Cookie’s class take part in a science competition. Cookie’s entry this year is a to-scale model of the solar system (which is also edible). Why not make your own to scale solar system as a class? Before making your model planets, work out the distances between the planets and what the best scale to use to suit your classroom would be. Pupils will also need to work out which items are best to use for the different planets. For example, Cookie struggles to select suitable items when she realises that the sun is 820,000 times bigger than the earth. The problem being that the melon she wanted to use for the sun is not 820,000 bigger than the pea which represents the earth. Encourage your pupils to be as inventive as possible to solve these problems- Cookie uses sugar to create the asteroid belt. Can your pupils come up with similar solutions when creating their model solar system?

For more ideas for exploring space in your classroom, see our space learning activities below.

For shorter clips from this event visit the BBC Scotland Learning (this link will open in a new window)website.

A fill transcript is available to download.