Workshop: Space Crew – KS2

Event Date: Selected dates during Spring term

Key Stage 2, Selected from 22 January - 4 April 2019

This science workshop for Key Stage 2 pupils takes an in-depth look at human space flight. Packed with experiments, investigations and problem-solving activities.

Students will be trained as the next generation of space explorers and learn that it takes a whole team of experts to launch a successful mission.

They will get a chance to use communication, mathematical, English and team working skills to control a robot arm and investigate two of the problems facing astronauts in space: floating liquids and the effects of a vacuum.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn that ESA stands for European Space Agency; that the UK is part of ESA and that Tim Peake is the first British ESA astronaut.
  • Find out about the people involved in sending astronauts into space and the training astronauts undergo.
  • Understand the effects living and working in microgravity has on the human body.
  • Understand the basic science behind how rockets work.
  • Learn how to work effectively as a team and develop investigation and scientific inquiry skills.
  • Investigate how water is absorbed to prevent unwanted floating liquids in spacesuits.
  • Understand why spacesuits are pressurised by observing the effects of low and high pressure.
  • Demonstrate how a robotic arm is controlled on the International Space Station.

Curriculum links:

Working scientifically

  • Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.
  • Setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
  • Making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements.

Animals, including humans

  • Identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

Living things and their habitats

  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Properties and changes of materials

  • Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible.


  • Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object.

Running throughout Spring Term 2019 excluding:

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