Teaching primary science: humans in space NE002 / B18

Start date
18 Mar 19
3 Weeks
Online Course


This course is available for free to SEQM participants with a valid voucher code.

Learn online the context of human spaceflight provides an engaging way for learning STEM subjects.

There are many topics in the primary science curriculum where you can use the theme of space to engage pupils. For example, designing an astronaut’s space suit can bring in aspects of the science curriculum to do with properties and the uses of materials. Exercise, keeping healthy and having a balanced diet can be applied to an astronaut’s training regime and their time in space. You will also consider cross curricular links, for example, to numeracy and literacy.

Share ideas on how to use context to engage pupils. Get access to classroom resources and activities that develop practical skills and support working scientifically.  

Space Education Quality Mark

Taking part in this CPD will provide evidence for the Space Education Quality Mark (SEQM). It will also give you resources and subject knowledge that will enable you to plan lessons and enrichment activities to provide further evidence towards the quality mark. In the first week you will be presented with an activity grid to help you to identify areas which support the curriculum and give opportunities for working scientifically. This grid can also be used as part of the evidence for your submission.

Course content

Using the context of human spaceflight, you will explore:

  • exercise and healthy eating
  • properties and uses of materials
  • light
  • further cross curricular opportunities, including geography, literacy, maths
  • careers in STEM and in particular the space industry.


You will be able to:

◾ identify opportunities across the curriculum to use space as a context for learning
◾ engage children in practical activities using the context of human spaceflight
◾ design lessons that show science in an applied context
◾ identify careers that link in to the space industry
◾ contribute to shared resources that use space as a context


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Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£27.00 +VAT
State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£27.00 +VAT

Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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