Cosmic Classroom blast-off!

Heather Imrie
10th December 2015
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Join the Cosmic Classroom and talk to an astronaut in space

British ESA astronaut Tim Peake is blasting into space to go to the International Space Station on Tuesday 15 December, and TES is over the moon to be able to bring you the chance for your school to interact with Tim in space!

In early 2016, we will be simultaneously linking up schools across the UK with Tim Peake live on the ISS as part of our Cosmic Classroom. Right now, we're asking you to register your interest and you can visit for more information about the mission and Tim himself.

We need your ideas!

Part of the Cosmic Classroom live link-up will be interactive and we want you (and your students!) to get involved and submit your ideas for things that Tim could do or show in space.

This segment of the live session will help pupils to understand how everyday tasks, and life as they know it, changes in space - things like brushing your teeth or drinking a cup of tea!

So get your pupils thinking over the Christmas holidays about ideas and any questions they might have for Tim about life in space. Register your interest and we’ll be in touch in the new year to collect your galactic ponderings, but if you’re super keen you can share your thoughts using #CosmicClassroom or you can email us with your suggestions.

Teaching space at secondary

There are a wealth of curriculum links that can be made to the Cosmic Classroom and Tim's trip to the ISS. To get you started, we’ve selected some of our favourite space-related resources for secondary students.

For KS3 students, this space project combines a detailed introduction to the solar system with independent research tasks and activities. Challenge pupils to show their understanding of the planets with a game of space-themed monopoly, and consolidate learners’ scientific literacy with a language and grammar booklet.

Familiarise pupils with the movements of the planets by showing this brief video history of our understanding of the solar system. Additionally, using this interactive PowerPoint presentation, you can test your class on their knowledge of the Space Race. We also have a comprehensive collection of earth and space lessons, activities and games that features some of the most downloaded space resources on TES.

Finally, for all your scientific teaching needs, why not take a look at our detailed resource packs for secondary physics, biology and chemistry, each catering specifically to recent curriculum changes with suggested teaching materials listed objective by objective.

What next?

Once you've registered your interest, we'll keep you posted on the next steps and latest updates. If you have any questions, feel free to drop us an email in the meantime.

Watch this space for more blog posts (primary teachers, we've got you covered too!) and related resources in the new year.

For the timings and outline of the live event, check out this blog post.

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