Teaching Primary Science: Human Spaceflight
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
- 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.
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more
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?
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.
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