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Activities

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.