Mathematics and Numeracy



Activity 6.1

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.

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.

Your New Home

Activity 3.1

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.

Draw Your Own ISS

Activity 3.2

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.

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.

Investigating Materials

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.

Time for Launch

Activity 1.1

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.

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.

Fast-Track Rendezvous

Activity 1.3

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.

Earth to Principia

Activity 2.3

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.

Make Your Own Water Cycle

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.

Experimentally Yours (Extension)

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.

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'.

Egg Parachutes

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!