International Space Day

Flora Michti
19th April 2019
International Space Day

Inspiring lesson ideas, presentations and assemblies to observe International Space Day

Celebrated every May, International Space Day is an exciting opportunity to get your students learning about and interested in the universe. Browse through our hand-picked resources and STEAM collection and, who knows, you might inspire some pupils to consider working in a space-related field in the future.

Primary resources

Topic planning 'Destination Outer Space'

6 weeks of cross curricular planning on theme of Outer Space, including topic web, continuous provision web, literacy planning linked to topic and numeracy planning linked to topic.

By comenius


We explored space from the starting point of Toy Story and Buzz Lightyear. This is a collection of Powerpoints that I collected together. Some are mine, some are my friends, and the rest were found on the TES resources site. Thank you to all those who contributors who let us use thier work.
By outonthewolds


This resource provides student friendly facts relating to the moon. Also included is an associated worksheet which challenges students to find information in the factsheet. The worksheet also provides students with an opportunity to develop their knowledge further through independent or teacher led investigation.

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By Out-Of-The-Box

Space topic - powerpoint resources

10 powerpoints, looking at the Earth, Moon, Planets and Sun; the Space Race, Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong and the moon landing, and the life of an astronaut:

PLANET EARTH - Answers to the following questions: How old is Earth? / How big is Earth? / What is Earth made of? / How much water is on Earth? / Does the Earth spin? / Why can we not feel the Earth move? / How hot is Earth? / Does Earth have an atmosphere? / Where is Earth? (demonstrates with pictures our position in the Solar System / Milky Way / Universe)

THE SUN - Answers the following questions - What is the sun? / How did the sun form? / What size is the sun? / Does the sun move around the Earth or does the Earth move around the sun? / What is the sun made of? It also describes a solar eclipse, sun spots, and the sun's core.

THE MOON - Answers the following questions - What size is the moon? / How far away is the moon? / How does the moon stay in the sky? / How long does it take the moon to orbit the Earth? / Do we see different sides of the moon? / Is it cold on the moon? / Is the moon a source of light? / Why does the moon seem to change shape? / What is it like on the moon? / How many people have walked on the moon? It also looks at gravity, the moon, and the sea.

PLANET FACT FILE - Looks at the 8 planets in the solar system and how they are studied. It explains the relative sizes of each planet, and compares them to the size of the sun. The planets each have their own page, with information such as: What is it like? What is it named after? Has it been visited by spacecraft? Can we see it? It contains a mnemonic to remember the order of the planets. It ends with a series of questions to see what the children have remembered.

THE SPACE RACE - A 14 page PowerPoint that looks at the main events that happened in the Space Race.

NEIL ARMSTRONG AND THE MOON LANDING - A biography of the life of Neil Armstrong, and how he became an astronaut, and the first man to walk on the moon. It describes the Apollo 11 mission, and the famous journey to the moon.

SPACE STATIONS - Describes the first space stations launched by Russia, and explains what a space station is. Talks about the International Space Station; how it is assembled, and what happens on it.

THE LIFE OF AN ASTRONAUT - A description of what life is like for an astronaut - Training / Work that astronauts do / Living on the International Space Station / Expeditions / Gravity in space / Weightlessness / Space food / Sleeping / Daily routines on the ISS / Clothing / Activities.
By highwaystar

Secondary resources

A Timeline of Space Science Discovery

The PowerPoint presentation takes pupils through the main discoveries and advances in our understanding of space and the universe. It starts with the creation stories from ancient civilisations and moves from the Greeks to Hubble. The dates are plotted on a timeline which may be used in a History lesson to demonstrate a timeline. This is a good resource to introduce the topic of space to a class. I hope that you find the resource useful and will leave feedback if you use it.
By dazayling

Introduction to Space

Ks3 (year 7/8) resource for introduction to space (2 lessons)
- All resources made and produced by myself, and a lot of detail and time has been taken to produce.
-Easy to see progress over two lessons from students.
- No practical, though a wide range of VAK tasks throughout.
Easy lesson good and engaging, space is always a fun lesson to teach, as class normally always engaged from start. This is the reason why it is spread over 2 lessons (never normally do this).
- Lesson 4/5 out of 5.

- Option of two starters.
- Lesson outline (Main components, but more of overview of lesson and explanation of set tasks and how to use resources, it has been broken down so easier to follow than a lesson plan).
- Detailed PowerPoint with animations. Also contains all answers to worksheets. (66 pages).
- All worksheets (Worksheet to be printed back to back with space left to glue into books).
- Interactive notebook slide for size comparison task.
- Three plenaries (9 question quiz, hidden images and splat)
- Two worksheets of exam style questions with answers and sheet on PowerPoint so easier to run through with class.
5 videos (average length 2 minutes), these are all hyperlinked in PowerPoint by clicking on images and back up hyperlink in note section of PowerPoint. Cannot upload on TES, but all easily accessible.
- Space song (outstanding song) called Outer space we are the planets and stars.
- Planet Earth compared to other planets and stars
- Solar system (Virtual Orrery)
- How do we know how many galaxies there are in the Universe.
- The smallest to biggest thing in the universe.

Aspects of National curriculum lesson covers (In varying detail):
- Gravity force, different on other planets and stars; gravity forces between Earth and Moon, and between Earth and Sun (More detailed in previous lesson).
-Our Sun as a star, other stars in our galaxy, other galaxies.
-The light year as a unit of astronomical distance.

Please review if bought and check out my free resources, will upload rest of lessons out of 5. Previous lesson are, The seasons, Night and Day and The moon phase.
By riches1157


Let's learn about Space!

This worksheet includes 14 pages with a large variety of activities and exercises about Space. The materials have informative exercises about many different kinds of topics such as the big bang, black holes, the solar system, the Sun and many other things! Crosswords, word searches, puzzles and other kinds of activities are included to make it a fun and interesting class. The answers and an answer sheet is included.

Page 1: Space vocabulary (word search)
Page 2/3: The Big Bang
Page 4/5: The Solar System
Page 6/7: The Sun
Page 8: Black holes
Page 9: The International Space Station
Page 10: Space Rubbish
Page 11: Objects in Space (Comets, Asteroids and Meteors)
Page 12: Fun Facts
Page 13: Space Crossword Puzzle
Page 14: Your thoughts about Space (Composition)

The following questions are just a few examples of the aspects handled in this worksheet:
- What are the planets in our Solar System?
- What are black holes?
- Why is there an International Space Station?
- What is Space Rubbish and how dangerous is it?
- Why do planets orbit the Sun?
- Who was the first person in space?
- What is the big bang?
- What causes the tides?
- Why is there no sound in space?
- What is the difference between meteors, asteroids and comets?

Space, satellite, galaxy, comet, asteroid, planet, sun, earth, NASA, alien, shooting star, space station, astronaut, saturn, mars, jupiter, venus, neptune, mercury, uranus, gravity, orbit, milky way, black hole, Neil Armstrong, Yuri Gagarin, big bang, stars.
By willemmacau

Space - Astronomy

A presentation suitable for KS4 looking at astronomy. Presentation includes multi-choice questions to engage students and get them thinking about the subject throughout the presentation.

Learning Objective(s):
Explore modern astronomy.

Main Skills: Interpret written text and diagrams.

Duration: Approximately 30 mins

32 slides covering:
• Starlight
• Telescopes
• Ground Based Telescopes
• Combining Telescopes
• Optical Telescopes
• Temperature
• Spectrum
• Looking at a Spectrum
• The Spectrum of a Star
• Looking at Spectra
• Distance to Stars
• Light
• Electromagnetic Radiation
• Atmosphere
• Space Based Telescopes
• Infrared
• The Helix Nebula
• X-Rays
By ljcreate


Space assembly

Use the word document as our main text. The powerpoint is simply a visual element. The children also produced art work and posters to illustrate each point made.

By natsplat

Outer Space Assembly - whole class, KS2


Included in this pack:

A short play (including a Word version of the script to change the number of speaking parts etc)
Two original poems (PPT slides + written versions)
PPT slides of all the planets

1) 'I’m the Most Important Planet' - a play about the planets arguing over who is the most important. It has speaking parts for a class of 30 children, but this can be altered to have less speakers. It includes several facts about each planet.

I have left it as a word document so changes can be made.

As well as the full script I have also included the individual planet script excerpts, to save everyone having to have a copy of the full script.

2) 'A Mass of Puzzling Questions' - a gentle, descriptive poem about outer space; it has two stanzas and is non-rhyming. This could be used to inspire artwork, music, poetry writing and dance work – all of which could be included in the assembly.

3) 'Fight in Space' - a short poem about spaceships having a fight in space; it has seven short stanzas and is non-rhyming. This is an action poem full of noises and could be used to inspire artwork, poetry writing, music and a dramatic interpretation - all of which could be included in the assembly.
By RhymeRockRole

Space - The First Man on The Moon: Class Assembly (30+ Parts)

Space - The First Man on The Moon: Class Assembly (30+ Parts)

Here you will find a script for a whole class assembly designed for 30+ children to perform
By Time Saving Teacher

The Universe Assembly - World Space Week

An engaging and educational assesmbly that looks into some interesting facts about the Universe. Can be used as a part of World Space Week or any other time of the year. The assembly includes video's pictures and key information to amaze and engage your KS3 or KS4 students.
By sullfish

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