Space: 5 to 7 year olds
This list is designed to link to suitable resources to use space as a context for teaching STEM subjects for 5 to 7 year olds.
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Links and Resources
In this resource students will have the opportunity to think about how plants impact on people’s daily lives in space as well as on Earth. Students will have to think and write about the reasons for taking plants to space and eventually Mars. The resource has been designed to improve key literacy skills such as vocabulary, poetry writing, creative writing and exposure to non-fictional writing within the scientific areas of botany and space travel.
The Rosetta spacecraft was sent on a mission to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Part of its mission was to deploy a lander, Philae, on the surface of the comet. The resource contains seven activities themed around the mission:
Using interactive games, children will learn to recognise the names of the eight planets in the Solar System and they will learn that planets revolve around the Sun.
Children will learn the difference between a star and a ‘falling star’, and how friction can cause heating effects.
In this activity, students learn about craters that can be created by impacts from space.
This activity uses the context of Philae's landing to: explain why unsupported objects fall towards Earth.
Weight on other Celestial Bodies
The series of activities in this resource helps children to understand the difference between mass and weight.
Distances in the Solar System
In this resource, children are guided through activities which will help them to use models to understand the scale of the solar system.
What use is Solar Power?
Solar power is vital to the operation of satellites and to the Rosetta spacecraft. This activity requires children to make a solar powered vehicle, using solar panels, a motor and gear and other simple materials.
This careers pack, for primary schools, uses space as a context to highlight the importance of STEM subjects. The resource has been written to highlight some of the STEM career opportunities available so that students, teachers and school communities can discuss and explore, from an earlier age, the breadth of jobs opportunities available.
This is an excellent resource for early primary age, and includes many worksheets and simple experiments to try out.
This cross-curricular resource for primary schools looks at reaction-time for astronauts and distances travelled by the International Space Station in that time. Children learn about the body and how nerves allow us to respond to events. This resource is linked to the Astro Pi competition www.astro-pi.org
This video and images can be used to start a discussion as to how we can get into space.
This resource suggests ideas to address students early perceptions of time and space, the difference between night and day, and seasonal changes
These images of astronauts can be used to spark discussion as to what an astronaut is and why they have to wear suits when out in space.