Mark British ESA astronaut Tim Peake's landing back on Earth this weekend with engaging science activities and cross-curricular links
Tim Peake's planned landing slot is the morning of Saturday 18 June, so why not take this opportunity to revisit the Cosmic Classroom. Back in February, we hosted an unforgettable live link with the International Space Station, which saw Tim address school pupils across the world, demonstrate real science in space and answer questions from nine lucky competition winners.
We've picked some more of our favourite science and cross-curricular resources to help you bring the enthusiasm and energy for Tim's mission, Principia, into the classroom.
Explore life in space with your KS2 pupils using these two lessons on life in orbit and long space missions, which include both presentations and teacher notes. For younger children, let their imaginations lift off using this space-themed display for your role play area.
Make links with literacy in this passive voice writing activity that asks students to help Tim Peake report on a science experiment. You could even challenge pupils to develop their computational thinking skills by creating an interactive space quiz using Scratch.
If you're looking to bring Tim Peake's space experience into biology, chemistry and physics lessons, these resource packs on how the body reacts in space, how to power a rocket and the dangers of radiation are ideal.
Harness maths students' curiosity about space with a real-life application of circle formulae in this task that focuses on calculating the circumference of the Earth using facts about the ISS.
For non-science specialists, spark debate about the pros and cons of manned and unmanned missions using this fact sheet, which provides a starting point to explore the ethical issues of human space flight with your pupils.
|Primary resources||Secondary resources|
|Life in orbit lesson||How the body reacts in space pack|
|Surviving long missions lesson||How to power a rocket pack|
|Space-themed role play display||The dangers of radiation pack|
|Passive voice writing activity||Human space flight fact sheet|
|Interactive space quiz||ISS and Earth circumference task|
|Fact cards and space mobile cut-outs|