Literacy and Language

Activities

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.

Eatwell Plates

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.

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.

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.

United in Space

Activity 2.1

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.