UPGRADE OFFER: Teaching primary science: human spaceflight NE002 / B20

3 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD


Online course. 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.  

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Book onto our Teaching primary science: human spaceflight online course through the STEM Learning website and you can purchase an upgrade for only £20 +VAT. You will get unlimited access to the course and recognition with a STEM certificate on successful completion.

Usual upgrade price is £42 on FutureLearn.

Join on FutureLearn for free to get time-limited access without a certificate.

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.

This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. This course will be facilitated in course discussions between 18 January 2021 - 21 February 2021.


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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In addition to STEM Learning Terms and Conditions, by booking on this course you are consenting to your details being shared with FutureLearn under their Terms and Conditions for Invited Learners. By booking onto this course, you agree that your information will be held by FutureLearn and National STEM Learning Centre as data controllers in common, and your progress on this course will be monitored by STEM Learning.

If you have booked in advance of the course being available, you will receive access to the course on FutureLearn no later than the course start date.

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Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£20.00 +VAT
State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£20.00 +VAT

Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

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