Personal Development

Activities

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'.