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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 18 – 22 Feb Half Term
- 8 – 15 March – activities celebrating British Science Week