Secondary resources for World Space Week

Nicola Davison
29th September 2016
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Inspire an interest in space exploration with these themed resources, hand-picked for World Space Week

Observed from 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. As 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 also engage students across all three sciences.

Introductory resources

Launch into learning about the history of space travel with these informative posters, detailing the most important events over the last 75 years. From there, show pupils this short video, which introduces the work done on the International Space Station.

For more of an astronomy focus, this introductory quiz is ideal for finding out what learners already know. They can record their understanding of the three main advances in astronomy on this well-structured worksheet.

Alternatively, this detailed display explores space travel in relation to habitable exo-planets and alien life and considers whether the galaxy needs guarding from extraterrestrial visitors.

Understanding astronomy

Complete with pupil workbook, this comprehensive planning outline explores the basics of astronomy in a weeklong project for KS3 classes. Or, these well-designed GCSE workbooks, mapped to the requirements of specifications, double as a complete set of revision notes ahead of the exams.

Why not extend learning with this interactive presentation, which covers a wide range of topics, including A-level material?

Exploring life in space

Ask pupils to think about adaptations in a different way, by getting them to devise and explain the characteristics of an animal from an alien planet. And discover more about the role of microorganisms in space travel with this interesting video.

To stimulate discussion, use this information sheet to start a conversation about the ethical questions associated with genetic selection in the case of astronauts.

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