Bringing deep space to the primary classroom

7 May 2021

2021 is a big year for space! When it launches in Autumn, the James Webb Space Telescope will be the biggest space telescope of all time, able to explore the universe as never before. The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, Webb has been built by, and will be used by, a global team including people all over the UK. It is amazing technology which will discover incredible things!

From September this year, primary schools in Ogden partnerships will be taking part in our Phizzi CPD for Light & Sound. As part of this CPD, teachers will received a fantastic Deep Space Diary Teacher Resource Book, published by Curved House Kids with ideas and inspiration to teach primary pupils about the incredible James Webb Space Telescope.

“We are delighted that the Science & Technology Facilities Council will be providing copies of their Deep Space Diary Teacher Resource Book to accompany our Primary Phizzi Light and Sound CPD programme,” says Jackie Flaherty, Teaching & Learning Lead for the Trust. "Space is a great context for teaching other science topics as children find it so inspirational and it allows us to show how topics are linked.

“The Lights, Camera, Action activity fits perfectly with our investigations into how light behaves and provides a context for the pupils to apply their knowledge to a new situation. There is scope for practical enquiry that will be help to secure important science knowledge for pupils,” continues Jackie. “The Phizzi resource boxes will provide all of the necessary equipment for the children to carry out their investigations.”

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Sign up for free CPD in May and June

To celebrate the forthcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, Discovery Diaries, Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Webb UK campaign have teamed up to offer free resources and professional development sessions to support primary school teachers to bring the excitement of this historic mission into the classroom.

These sessions will run as a pair of webinars, with all sessions from 4.00pm-5:15pm. Join either:

May 20 and June 22: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/151776279939
June 15 and July 13: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/152924416045

The training will focus on arts-based STEM learning using the Deep Space Diary, a cross-curricular primary science resource for KS2 (or equivalent).

Participating UK teachers will receive a free Teacher Resource Book and will be able to register for free class-sets of individual Deep Space Diaries for their pupils.

This flexible resource can be used with classes from Year 2 to Year 6 as an exciting cross-curricular week of learning or as an embedded resource to teach a range of subjects – such as solar system, light, co-ordinates, formal writing, D&T and coding – whilst enhancing skills such as researching and problem solving.

This training is a wonderful opportunity to use space as an inspiring context for learning across the curriculum and connect with a creative community of primary teachers, STEM learning experts and Webb mission experts across the UK.

A Space Diary completed by a primary pupil

What this professional training offers

  • 60+ hours of free primary science resources
  • Creative ways to engage students in STEM
  • Confidence-building for teaching science
  • Arts-based learning methods
  • A supportive community of educators and fellow teachers
  • Insights from real space experts working on the Webb Telescope

Sign up and secure your place:

May 20 and June 22: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/151776279939
June 15 and July 13: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/152924416045

Note: If you would like to participate but cannot attend both sessions of the pair, recordings will be made available after you register. However, attendance at one of the live events is required to access the free resources and participation in both is encouraged.


Webb is the largest space telescope ever built (the size of a tennis court when deployed) and is expected to reveal even more about the universe than its predecessor, Hubble. Webb is a global project, led by NASA, with some of its key experts in Europe and the UK. Teachers can use the guide to help make this incredible human achievement accessible for younger students by delivering complex ideas in creative, student-led ways.


About the Deep Space Diary The Deep Space Diary is a cross-curricular primary science programme for KS2 or equivalent. It has been developed by Curved House Kids with Dr Olivia Johnson at STFC and a team of practising primary teachers from across the UK. You can find out more about the programme, and other space-themed primary science programmes, by visiting discoverydiaries.org. And find out more about Curved House Kids and their work in integrating the arts into education at curvedhousekids.com.


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