Lesson ideas for World Space Week

Celebrate World Space Week with your primary and secondary classes with the help of these booklets, quizzes, and activity ideas.

Tes Resources Team

World Space Week

Inspire an interest in space exploration with these themed resources, hand-picked for World Space Week

Observed in 4 – 10 October every year, World Space Week was set up to celebrate the contributions of space science to the advancement of the human condition. The largest annual space event in the world, there’s no better time to encourage learners to discover more about the importance of exploring it.

To help you to do just that we’ve brought together a collection of teaching ideas, to not only introduce the topic but engage students of all ages.

Introductory resources

Get a feel for students' knowledge of the solar system before launching into a week of space-themed learning with this collection of introductory activities and displays.  

The Planets and Solar System - Posters + Table
adamf13

The Planets and Solar System - Posters + Table

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- A set of posters on each of the planets and other parts of the solar system. Can be used as part of a carousel activity as it includes a table for pupils to fill in. - For an extension task you can ask students to plot a graph of temperature against distance from the sun. * Updated without Kg
Space Intro and Follow Along Sheet
Woffles92

Space Intro and Follow Along Sheet

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A powerpoint explaining some of what we can see at night when we look up at the sky. Contains a follow along sheet where the pupils fill in missing words, or choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

Primary resources

Materials Challenge: Make a space teddy powerpoint
joymears

Materials Challenge: Make a space teddy powerpoint

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I created this challenge for KS1 children as a way of assessing who understood different material qualities. it came at the end of a unit of work on space and materials. It was designed so the children could apply their learning of opaque/transparent/translucent, waterproof, warm and heavy, It also ...
Space: Planet Fact File
Saving The Teachers

Space: Planet Fact File

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This Planet Fact File is the perfect activity for your children to learn all about the planets in our solar system by completing their own personal booklet. They are required to research key information about the planets in order to complete the booklet. This pack contains two sets, one set where th...
Year 2 Living in Space Comprehension - Science
Blossoming Minds

Year 2 Living in Space Comprehension - Science

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This resource is a non-fiction comprehension activity for year 2. The theme of the comprehension is **'living in space'** and the booklet covers what it is like for astronauts living in space stations, including what they eat, how they sleep, how they exercise and what they do in their spare time. I...

Secondary resources

Space Investigation
TeachElite

Space Investigation

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This is an independent learning investigation about our solar system. Pupils are asked to research the planets and find relevant information about them. This includes extension tasks whereby pupils research the origins of the universe and current theories (Big Bang and Red Shift).