Lesson ideas for World Space Week

Resources team
19th September 2019

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.

History of Astronomy

Worksheet to fill out the three main advances in astronomy- Ptolemy, Copernicus and Galileo
By ogrinter

Space Timeline: Posters for the Classroom

Attractive display posters of the most important events in the history of space travel for your classroom. Non-fiction, media texts.
I created this for my KS2 Gifted and Talented lessons, which was themed around space
By Vix_white

Space Intro and Follow Along Sheet

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.
By Woffles92

Space Exploration Timeline Activity

Students cut out the shapes and then match the dates to the event. Good research activity or can be used alongside Exploring Science 7 book.
By heelis

Primary resources


By hcjohnson

Materials Challenge: Make a space teddy powerpoint

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 combined to cover some DT with ways of joining things. The children love this activity and really make this their own. I can think of many ways to extend this to older year groups including planning how to test it, testing different materials for best choice etc. Have fun.
By joymears

Explorers in Space powerpoint

Power-point of Space travel mostly in pictures, including Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova, Laika the dog, Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins.

Moon Facts. Probably best for Year 2.

Please feel free to improve this ppt.
By Gweedore

Space Assembly

Space class assembly ideas

By peekay72

Space: Planet Fact File

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 they can draw the planets, and the other where an image is already on the information sheets.

You can use this activity in class, however lots of my class loved taking it home as a home learning project!


- Fact File Front Cover
- Differentiated Fact File Templates For: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
By Saving The Teachers

Year 2 Living in Space Comprehension - Science

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. It would be perfect for using during ‘World Space Week’ in October, during a space topic or during ‘Science Week.’

The booklets are based on the KS1 SATs reading paper. I have included 3 differentiated levels. There are a range of ‘what,’ ‘where,’ ‘how’ and ‘who’ questions, some multiple choice tick questions and some that require more detailed answers. The activity is also laid out in a similar way to the SATs booklets, with four pages of pictures and short written extracts to read and 2-3 questions per page.

By Blossoming Minds

Secondary resources

Satellites in Space (KS4)

A classroom activity that explores the how satellites are used in space including orbits time and speed along with transmission and frequency of light.
By RoyalObservatoryGreenwich


The Challenge:
Your team has been employed the National Space Agency to design and build a rocket prototype.

Your task is to design, build and test a rocket that not only goes the furthest distance, but is also the most accurate at 25 yards. The furthest flying rocket will win one of the challenges and the most accurate rocket will win the other. Can you win both challenges?

Here is what is in the activity:
1. A teachers guide to help students through the design and testing process of their rocket challenge.
2. Two prototype worksheets to help students with the design of their rocket.

Space Investigation

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).

By TeachElite

Space Exploration

KS3 - space exploration tasks.
By clareyfairy13

Activate 1 Space revision mat KS3

Revision mat used to revise space, following the Activate 1 scheme. Includes page numbers for pupils to find the answers in the Activate book, but these can be adjusted to fit your chosen textbook.
By sabanm

AQA KS4 GCSE Physics (Science) Space Revision Flashcards

This resource is a set of 9 revision flash cards for students to fill out to help them revise the space content in the 2015 AQA Physics specification.

Thanks for looking

By chalky1234567

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