Primary Science

Activities

Space Gardening

Activity 4.1

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!

Re-entry

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.

Make a Splash in Space

Activity 4.2

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.

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.

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.

Your Body In Space

Activity 0.2

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.

Space Dinner

Activity 0.3

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.

Design Your Spacesuit

Activity 0.4

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.

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.

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.

The Solar System

Activity 3.4

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.

Space Gardener – Get Outside and Grow!

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.

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.

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.

Robots in Space

Activity 5.3

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.