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Teaching Primary Science: Human Spaceflight

Learn how to use the topic of human spaceflight to excite and engage your pupils across the primary science curriculum.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Take your pupils into orbit by using space for primary science learning

From knowing the properties and uses of the materials required for an astronaut’s spacesuit to having an understanding of diet and exercise in order to keep an astronaut healthy–human spaceflight is a rich context for learning.

On this course, you will learn how keeping humans alive in space and how our view of the Earth from space can be linked to the primary curriculum.

You will discover a variety of topics in the primary science curriculum where you can use the theme of space to engage pupils, including the STEM subjects and cross-curricular links to numeracy and literacy.

What topics will you cover?

Share ideas on how to use context to engage pupils. Get access to classroom resources and activities that develop practical skills and support working scientifically.

  • exercise and healthy eating
  • properties and uses of materials
  • light
  • further cross curricular opportunities, including geography, literacy, maths
  • careers in STEM and in particular the space industry

During the course you’ll build a curriculum plan, using the activities and resources provided to consider where space could be used as a context for learning. Completion of this course can be used as evidence for the Space Education Quality Mark in the UK.

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    This course started 11 Nov 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify opportunities across the curriculum to use space as a context for learning.
  • Engage children in practical activities using the context of human spaceflight.
  • Design lessons that show science in an applied context.
  • Identify careers that link in to the space industry.
  • Contribute to shared resources that use space as a context.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for primary school teachers of pupils aged 7-11 years old.

Who will you learn with?

Tom Lyons

Tom Lyons

ESERO-UK Teacher Fellow, working for STEM Learning, York. Using the context of space to inspire STEM teaching and learning. Teacher of physics, satellite engineer, father of two.

Rachel Jackson

Rachel Jackson

I spent 10 years working as a primary classroom teacher, 7 as a science subject leader. I've also supported schools as a leading science teacher before joining STEM learning as a primary specialist.

Who developed the course?

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

ESERO-UK, also known as the UK space education office, provides free resources, support and information for teachers to enhance the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) using space as a context.

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