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It's gardening time! Use the Zappar App to find out about the 10 foods that scientists can grow in space and choose one to research. If you have a gardening programme at your school or home perhaps you can incorporate a space garden!
A simple puzzle helps students understand the complicated and dangerous process of returning to Earth from the ISS. Students can watch videos to see how the process works, and they can research space junk (space debris) which is one of the main hazards.
Water is scarce on board the ISS and an intricate recycling systems allows astronauts to reuse every drop. Students will research and draw a lifecycle of a water droplet on the ISS.
The ISS is an extremely complex structure and at first glance it can be intimidating. This activity simplifies the design of the ISS by getting students to focus on the different shapes within it, and looking at what those shapes do.
Time to draw a diagram of the ISS and reinforce the learning from Activity 3.1. Students will complete a dot-to-dot then, create a colour code and then colour their drawing.
A 5-circuit exercise workout combines maths and PE. Students will learn about personal health by learning what astronauts need to do to get fit for space. Students will do cardio, core, balance and mindfulness exercises and will need to work in teams or pairs to time, count and also measure each other's height.
A 10-question quiz about what happens to the human body in space. The final question is one the students must make up themselves to test their peers. Students will learn about their own bodies and the impact that a low-gravity environment will have on the human body. This activity also includes an augmented-reality app which can be downloaded free, and students can use to check their answers.
Students will plan and draw a space dinner using the Eatwell food plate as a guide for choosing healthy options. Learn about health and nutrition and also about how astronauts make and consume food when in space. Students can also use the Zappar app to watch a video of Tim Peake making scrambled eggs on board the International Space Station.
Every astronaut needs a spacesuit to keep them safe. With digital and multimedia resources provided, students will research the types of spacesuits astronauts need, and the features they include, then they will design their own suit.
Extension Activity 0.3
This activity supports Space Dinner (Activity 0.3 of the Pre-launch Chapter).
Learn the seven food groups, what they do and why they are important. This activity contains three sub-activities which will help students learn about health while practising their literacy skills.
Extension activity 0.4
This activity supports Design your Spacesuit, Activity 0.4 in the Pre-launch Chapter.
Put on your lab coats, Space Apprentices! This activity asks children to investigate different materials, while they research the best insulator for a spacesuit. Students learn about recording and assessing results, as well as developing graphing skills. Students can investigate three different materials to determine which is most suitable for keeping astronauts safe in extreme temperatures.
Learn about time and duration while completing a comic strip! The creative/visual elements in this activity, such as drawing, provide a way in to the complex topic of time, and challenge students to make links between analogue and digital time.
This creative writing exercise is accompanied by an audio writing prompt (via Zappar) of astronaut Richard Garriott describing how it feels to launch for the first time. Students are encouraged to write an emotive piece, encouraging personal expression and development of literacy skills.
Understanding how the Soyuz capsule gets from launch to the ISS is a complex concept. This exercise allows children to create a visual diagram of the path Tim's Soyuz took, simplifying the concept for primary-aged children.
Extension Activity 1.1
This extension activity supports Time for Launch - Activity 1.1 in Chapter One.
In this activity, students learn about the two parts of the Soyuz and their functions. Students can then make their own Soyuz with either balloons, a UKSA template, or by designing their own and using craft materials. Students can examine images of the Soyuz capsule to determine which materials they should use.
It's time to find out about fellow astronauts and research the countries who have been to the ISS. Students will research a chosen country and create a card to highlight the key points. They will learn about how information can be presented in different ways, for example in long form or short form.
Imagining they are astronauts, students will write a newspaper article about their first day in space. They will research other news reports on TV, radio, the internet and newspapers to look at different types of storytelling.
Budding young coders and mathematicians will enjoy this challenging activity. A message from space has arrived at Mission Control so students will need to work carefully to decode it. Use the Zappar App to access the answers.
Extension Activity 2.2
This extension activity supports Breaking News: Activity 2.2 in Chapter Two.
Imagine you were an astronaut. What would you want to tell the world about your experiences in space? And what if you were a journalist? What questions would you ask an astronaut in an interview?
In this activity, students take on the roles of astronauts and journalist, developing questions and answers using the 'Zones of Relevance'. They can then write or record their own interviews. You could even use this activity to develop a class newspaper or journal.
Inspire research, discovery and writing using Tim Peake's incredible images of Earth from space as the starting point. Students will explore a gallery of photos that Tim took, then choose one to research for a Travel Blog.
Explore the Solar System, learning about the weather and conditions on each one. Students will colour the planets and write weather reports and you can extend the activity to make models too.
Extension Activity 3.1
This extension activity supports Your New Home: Activity 3.1 in Chapter Three.
This group activity asks students to work in teams, building different components of the ISS which can be joined together to make a complete model.
Extension Activity 3.4
This extension activity supports The Solar System: Activity 3.4 in Chapter 3.
Creating a model of the solar system is a great way to help students learn about the different planets and understand their orbits. This activity provides a range of options for building solar system models, either in groups or individually.
Extension Activity 4.1
This extension activity supports Space Gardening: Activity 4.1 in Chapter Four.
Planting seeds and monitoring their growth is not only fun but helps students practise scientific recording. If you have access to a school or community garden, or can set up some planter boxes, challenge your students to grow some of the plants most suitable for gardening in space.
Extension Activity 4.2
This extension activity supports Make a Splash: Activity 4.2 in Chapter Four.
Tricky concepts like evaporation and condensation are so much easier to understand when you can watch them first-hand. This activity involves a simple experiment which will help student follow and record the water cycle.
Extension Activity 4.3
This extension activity supports Experimentally Yours - Activity 4.3 in Chapter Four.
Time to put your experiment under the microscope! Once you've designed your experiment in Activity 4.3, examine it more closely using the provided iMat. Learn about variables, the scientific method and peer review, and practise plotting your results.
After completing the Solar System activity students can create their own imaginary space habitat. They will need to choose a real planet and make sure their home and resources are suitable for the conditions on that planet.
Humans need robots to do some of the jobs that are too difficult, or too dangerous, for astronauts. This lessons invites students to research the kinds of robots that are used, what they do, and then design their own.
Challenge your students with this great map-making activity. This lesson compliments teaching on units of measurement, length and distance (cm, m and km) and will develop pupils' understanding of the concept of 'scale'.
Our Space Apprentices (and Tim!) are back safely on Earth, so it's time write a postcard to the astronauts on the ISS and let them know we are all back safely. Students will use creative writing skills and succinct language to convey their special message on the postcard.
Extension activity 6.2
This extension activity supports The Journey Home: Activity 6.2 in Chapter Six.
Challenge your future engineers! Can your students come up with a parachute design which keeps an egg from cracking when it lands? Provide them with a range of craft materials to see what they can create!