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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds SPEAKER 1: Welcome to the Q&A session for exploring human spaceflight. We’ve had a question from Samantha, asking about how to structure curriculum coverage for the year and whether you should teach space as a stand-alone unit, or whether to weave it into other topic areas. I mean, this may actually depend on your school and how your school works. Obviously, it’s a good idea to teach some of the concepts by themselves. But it’s a really good idea to actually use space as a context and link in lots of other parts of the curriculum. And so it becomes something that children are learning about in lots of different ways. And they can apply the knowledge that they’re learning into the different subject areas.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds I really like the idea of teaching space perhaps, and then reviewing later by doing a topic on materials and their properties, and looking at that in a space context. Because again, it just will support the learning. And they can revise and review all the things that they’ve learned in space earlier in the year. I mean, there is a benefit as well in teaching earth and space more in the autumn, winter time because you have the darker nights, perhaps. Maybe, Tom, you want to answer a little bit more on that one?

Skip to 1 minute and 32 seconds SPEAKER 2: Yes, so it can be that if you’re doing a kind of astronomy type part of it, that you might want to use autumn kind of nights to go out and look at stars. But you can also do a bit of daytime moon viewing as well. We’ve got a resource for that that we’ve linked out to. So you can sort of do your own little shadow sticks and things like that, that link in. So you can do sort of summertime stuff on there. And we had a question from Colin about using or having a group that we can continue to share resources online around different key stages and things like that.

Skip to 2 minutes and 16 seconds And the best thing that we would say to do for that, I think, is to go to the primary community group on the STEM learning website, and continue to share there. If you go into the ISRO microsite on the STEM learning website, you can search within that for resources. So it’s broken down in terms of topics and key stages and things like that so that you can see just the space resources in there. And there’s also, if you search within that for ISRO resource audit, there’s actually an audit that somebody did for us that looks at the different types of space resources that are around and how that links into different areas of the curriculum.

Skip to 2 minutes and 59 seconds So I think it just remains for us to say, thanks again for joining this course. And we hope to see you in the near future on another one of our FutureLearn courses.

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