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Space exploration

Published: 27 March 2020

The topic of Earth & space is one that often captivates young learners. Tim Peake’s adventures are still an inspiration to many; the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing on 20 July 1969 was celebrated just last year; and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission takes place on the 11 April this year.

Why not share our Earth & space resources with your young learners? You can find them on our resource pages

Young learners love to find out more about the Moon, early human space flight and how space exploration has changed our scientific understanding of our nearest neighbour in space.

If you are setting a space project for your home learners or have any budding astronauts or space scientists at your school, we have lots of research cards, resources, games and activities that could be useful.

A close of our research cards featuring Claudius Ptolemy

Research Cards can be a great resource for reading at home and they are all freely available to access online. Key Stage 2 learners could explore how ideas about the solar system have changed throughout history using our Earth and space research cards; younger children could research the science experiments and discoveries that have been made through human missions to the Moon using our Moon landings research cards. Children could then report and share their findings through posters, chronological reports or even use mobile phones and tablets at home to make videos or podcasts.

Why not ask them to create their own pocket solar system; or try their hand at creating some play dough planets? There are lots of resources on our website for learning about earth and space. Don’t forget to take a look and share them with your pupils.

Soloar system for your pocket - the planets drawn on a till roll

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