Space-themed lessons to celebrate Tim Peake's return

Heather Charles
16th June 2016
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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. 

Our blog post round-up contains all the Cosmic Classroom videos and clips, plus we had two posts from launch that highlighted primary and secondary ideas for teaching space.

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.

Primary resources

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.

Plus, don't miss the TES Resources colourful fact cards, which cover space, our solar system and the ISS, as well as solar system cut-outs to help children make their own space mobile.

Secondary resources

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.

Quick links

Don't forget we also have blog posts with Cosmic Classroom primary science resources and Cosmic Classroom secondary science resources if you're looking for more space-themed inspiration!

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