Imagine

Activities

Experimentally Yours

Activity 4.3

Curiosity makes a great scientist. This exercise invites students to design their own experiment to answer their own questions about life in space.

Astronaut Workout

Activity 0.1

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.

8 Minutes to Space

Activity 1.2

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.

Breaking News

Activity 2.2

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.

Create a News Report

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.

Looking at the Earth from Space

Activity 3.3

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.

Making History

Activity 5.1

Where are you in space history? Students will add their own birthdates to the space timeline and interview family and friends about their favourite space memory.

Space Habitat

Activity 5.2

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.

The Journey Home

Activity 6.2

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'.

Send a Postcard to Space

Activity 6.3

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.