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From the Ground and From the Sky

This activity introduces the idea of remote observation by asking children to match photographs such as lakes, mountains and cities taken from the ground with early astronaut photographs. Children then compare the images from the ground with the astronaut picture of the same place. This activity is also suitable...

Principia Space Diary: looking at Earth from space

This creative writing exercise asks your space apprentices to choose a place on Earth that they have never been to, and imagine what it might be like to visit. They will use a selection of images that Tim Peake took while on board the ISS as visual writing prompts.

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STEM Learning magazine: primary - summer 2016

This STEM Learning magazine aimed at all primary teachers contains articles devoted to teaching science, mathematics, design and technology and computing at primary level. Articles include: 

  • What does primary STEM look like?
  • Taking the next step in coding
  • Could the...

Where Would You Photograph? (7-11)

In this activity children take on the role of Earth observation scientists submitting a request for an image they would like for their research. This gives them the opportunity to consider the possibilities of pictures taken from orbit (and the limitations) and to write scientifically for a specific audience. It...

Explore the Future

This activity pack, aimed at children aged 5-11, contains a range of different activities based on the theme “Explore the future”. The activities cover a mixture of topics including; including: Earth and Space, food, the water cycle, forces, magnets, energy and the environment.

Designed either for use in...

Design and Make a Foam Rocket

This resource, aimed at upper primary, links to the topics of forces and earth and space. Children design and make foam rockets. They then carry out investigations using the rockets, such as how the angle of launch affects the distance travelled.

The resource contains notes on running the activity,...

Colour in the Earth

This resource provides activities that link in which geography at primary level, using images of cities and Islands around the World taken from Space. These images taken by Tim Peake, support children in recognising human and natural features from an aerial view. They develop their understanding of maps and keys/...

Move It!

Aimed at primary level, this activity pack contains a range of different activities based on the theme of motion. The activities cover a mixture of topics including: states of matter, the water cycle, Earth and Space, electricity, forces and irreversible reactions.

Designed for use in class or within a...

Kennet School

This activity explores the pros and cons of a mission to Mars. The lesson requires students to evaluate evidence and to consider the wider impacts of a manned mission to Mars. The lesson begins with a starter activity to gauge the opinions of the students about a manned mission to Mars. In the main activity,...

Issue 39: It's in the News! Space Junk

This activity from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) Primary magazine takes the issue of space junk as its central theme. There are opportunities to develop and understanding of time and time zones, probability, mass, speed and large numbers relating to distances.

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