Learn to be an Astronaut with Tim Peake's Principia Space Diary programmeQuick View

Learn to be an Astronaut with Tim Peake's Principia Space Diary programme

This is the introductory chapter to the Principia Mission Space Diary, a unique STEM-literacy programme that allows children to follow the course of Tim's mission and make their own book. Download the supporting Teaching Notes here: http://principiaspacediary.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Classroom-Kit-Prelaunch-Space-Diary.pdf This introductory chapter is all about fitness, physical health and mental health and helps children to understand what it takes to be an astronaut. We encourage you to print out the chapter and teaching notes and use your school's outdoor space and library facilities to complete the tasks. The chapter is also introduced in a video by Lucy Hawking and TV Presenter Dallas Campbell. Video: http://vimeo.com/141318292 Themes and STEM Linkages: Literacy, design and technology, health living, healthy eating, science, physical education, scientific inquiry, research and reporting. If you would like to participate in the full Principia Mission Space Diary programme sign up for free at www.principiaspacediary.org. We are releasing a new chapter each month during Tim Peake's 6-month mission. About the Space Diary Written and developed by Kristen Harrison at Curved House Kids and author Lucy Hawking, and with illustrations by Ben Hawkes, the Principia Mission Space Diary is a creative, engaging book that teaches the science of space exploration in a simple way. Puzzles have been created with the help of Professor Peter McOwan at Queen Mary University in London and visual literacy expertise is provided by publisher Kristen Harrison at Curved House Kids. The project is supported by the UK Space Agency, The European Space Agency, Principia Mission, Queen Mary University and Curved House Kids and we are also very grateful to the London Science Museum, the location for most of the videos in the programme. www.principiaspacediary.org
Finding FossilsQuick View

Finding Fossils

A four page worksheet to support KS2 cross curriculum fossil activities. Using visual literacy, these worksheets aid student's understanding of fossil science by getting them to draw detailed diagrams and then write a 'scientific' report articulating their knowledge.
Picture Poetry: SpaceQuick View

Picture Poetry: Space

Two poetry worksheets to support cross curriculum Space activities. Using visual literacy, these worksheets aid student's articulation of Space Travel and Exploration by getting them to write their own poems under space-related themes.
Picture Poetry: Making BreadQuick View

Picture Poetry: Making Bread

A poetry worksheet to support cross curriculum Making Bread activities. Using visual literacy, this worksheet aids student's articulation of the individual steps surrounding making bread by getting them to write their own poems about the entire process.
Ahoy Sailors: A Poetry/Drawing, Visual Literacy ExerciseQuick View

Ahoy Sailors: A Poetry/Drawing, Visual Literacy Exercise

This is a fun STEM-literacy exercise that allows pupils to illustrate their own poem while they do some creative problem-solving. In this simple poem, the author asks readers to imagine what special power they might have to keep themselves afloat at sea without a boat. For literacy learning (and visual literacy): Ask children to read the poem aloud to get a sense of the rhythm. Ask students what devices have been used to construct the poem (e.g. rhyme). Why has the author chosen to use 'ere and not here? What words in the poem can help them to create a drawing of the scene? Pay particular attention to size and scale (i.e. above the whales and sharks and fish the size of me). For STEM learning: Ask students to imagine how they might stay afloat if that were at sea without a boat. Brainstorm as a group and discuss what might be possible scientifically. For example, what could we do to the water to make it easier to float in it (add salt)? How could we change the water so we can walk on it (freeze it)? By getting kids to imagine a solution, test their hypothesis and report back, you can develop great scientific thinking skills and build science capital in young learners. Away, me hearties!