Lesson ideas for World Space Week

Nicola Davison and Victoria Haughton
19th September 2018

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.

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

History of Astronomy

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

Space exploration card sort

Students have the dates, events and names for 6 landmark events in the history of space exploration, they need to match them up. This comes with an answer sheet, and some answer slides to display with pictures.

This is a great start to the satellites topic, and puts the space topic into a human context.
By beccy597

Primary resources

There are plenty of ways to thrill pupils with the wonders of the universe. From maths games to designing teddy-bear space-suits, engange potential budding astronauts with this selection of themed activities.


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

Space Exploration Lesson - a comparison between the 1969 Moon Landing and the 2000s.

Lesson Objectives:
* To know facts about the 1969 Moon Landing
* To know what has changed between then (1969) and now (2000s) in space exploration

This lesson was for a Year 2 class of pupils studying space exploration in History. This resource contains the following downloads:

* Space History PowerPoint - This introduces the 1969 moon landing, and simply explains how it all started. The presentation suggests video-clips (YouTube) where children can watch the take-off and landing on the moon. The presentation also includes a time-line of space exploration from 1949 through to the 2000s to give pupils an idea of chronology.

* Mars Reading - this is a factual short text about the current Mars space exploration, and a comparison about what has changed between space exploration in 1969 and now. The second part of the document shows images of 1969 and 2000s space buggies, space suits, rockets and space food, which the children can look at and compare.

* HAP answer sheet - Reading comprehension questions to the above text.

*LAP answer sheet - A template for pupils to write similarities/ differences that they have learnt between 1969 space exploration and present day space exploration.
By V1990

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

Secondary resources

Stimulate discussion, explore the basics of astronomy and have fun creating prototype rockets this World Space Week. With this handy selection of ideas your lessons will be out-of-this-world!

GCSE Astronomy (Edexcel) workbooks

With each activity mapped directly to the syllabus points these sheets are designed to provide students with a complete set of revision notes once completed.

Ready to print on a double-sided A3 sheet,
they are perfect for research sessions with the odd demo and video thrown in!

Model answers are being uploaded over the coming weeks - many thanks to J Farry for these!
By rolffantom

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


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.

The Astronomy Masterclass

An interactive presentation to accompany a 6 hour astronomy masterclass, originating from Hitchin Girls School. Primarily aimed @ very able year 10 students - although much of the material is appropriate for many KS5 topics. Structured as 6x1 hour sessions, written in Prezi and accompanied with detailed speakers notes. Note: the download version (marked as “other” below) has no commentary embedded on it

By seethestar

World Space Week 2017: How to become an astronaut

World Space Week is held every year from October 4th-10th.
It is an international celebration of the contribution that space, science and technology has made to the human race. This year's theme is 'Exploring New Worlds in Space'.
Tutorial resource in prezi that looks a some of the challenges faced in becoming an astronaut.
Includes transferable skills question.
By sojellyfish

Space Exploration

KS3 - space exploration tasks.
By clareyfairy13

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