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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...

Viva Las Vegas

This activity shows how Earth observation can be used to study human geography by comparing the satellite images of Las Vegas over the last few decades. Linking to measurement of irregular areas and addition and multiplication of fractions, it asks children to measure the area of Las Vegas at three separate times...

Moonsaics

This collection of five Moonsaics have been created by the National Schools' Observatory, they consist of five different images of the Moon, separated into multiple picture panels per image, much like a "giant jigsaw puzzle". Students are challenged to assemble the completed images, offering them the opportunity to...

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...

EO Detective Competition

The EO Detective competition is for children in primary and secondary schools in the UK. The winning three entries will have the opportunity to have a photograph of the Earth, taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station. Details of how to enter are given in the competition details sheet and example...

Earth and the Solar System

This resource from Physicists in Primary Schools (PIPS) supports the teaching of Earth and Space at Key Stage Two. A presentation introduces Earth and the planets of our solar system, with an activity in which children help demonstrate the relative sizes of planets and the distances between them. It moves on to...

Apollo scene setting

This lesson sets the scene for the study of the Lunar Discs, and gets students to think about the contexts and history leading to the collection of the Lunar samples in the loan boxes. By considering the events of the space race, role playing taking a moonwalk, and considering the actions of the astronauts,...

Sarah Outen science (7-11)

This resource provides ten enquiry based resources for 7-11 year olds which look at living things, within the context of Sarah Outen’s epic London to London journey. The lessons look at the role of exercise and diet in keeping healthy, the human skeleton and muscles and their role in movement, the effect of...

Lesson 4: Using our seas with Emily Penn

In this resource children investigate the main uses of the sea and analyse data demonstrating the worth of the major marine industries to the UK economy. Children develop both a knowledge of the marine economy and their data analysis and numeracy skills The activities are introduced through a presentation featuring...

Lesson 1: The UK seas with Paul Rose

In this introductory lesson to the Our Ocean Planet topic children explore the seas and coasts of the United Kingdom with explorer and TV presenter Paul Rose. Children name and locate the UK’s surrounding seas, major marine features and landmarks. They also develop their knowledge of geographical vocabulary and map...

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