World Space Week is celebrated during 4 - 10th October and our range of school workshops are an excellent way of engaging pupils with science and supporting them in understanding our neighbours in the solar system – as well as worlds much further away
Building on the success of previous years, we have developed some special workshops to tie in with this year's theme: "The Moon - Gateway to the Stars". So as well as the ever-popular Interplanetary Tours, Messages from Space, The Story of Flight, The Race into Space and Space Pirates, we're now offering The World Without a Moon - and two special Time Travel Tourist days, A Visit From Neil Armstrong and A Visit from Margaret Hamilton.
Our inspirational workshops exist in a range of formats, differentiated for age and ability - and are designed to build on pupils' existing knowledge, enhance progression and boost pupil motivation in science. They are available both during World Space Week and throughout the school year.
For teachers, they provide an opportunity to experience some creative, inspiring and cross-curricular approaches to teaching the topic of Space, many of which require minimal resources and can be shared with colleagues and implemented into science lessons the very next day.
Perfect for Space Week - as well as throughout the year to bring this topic to life!
The World Without a Moon
Answering one of science's greatest "what ifs" ...
Since its creation over four billion years ago, the moon has been locked into the Earth's embrace. But it certainly makes itself felt - in ways uncovered by this intriguing, drama-based workshop. After a quick game exposing some unforgetable Moon Facts, participants work in groups to bring to life some of the moon's impacts - by imagining how different (and possibly non-existent) a number of aspects of life would be without it.
Suitable For: up to 30 pupils at a time, KS1 - KS4 (and beyond!)
Exploring (according to age): history, characteristics and composition of the moon; the moon and tidal behaviour; the moon and weather; the moon and evolution.
Duration: 1 hour + (depending on how many classes)
Time Travel Tourists - the Apollo Adventurers
Celebrating 50 years since the first humans walked on the moon
It was in July 1969 that Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar landscape and uttered the famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Since then, only another eleven astronauts have walked on the moon - and none since 1972. This unique programme, though, gives your pupils an opportunity to meet and work with one of the people behind Apollo 11 - Margaret Hamilton (who led the team designing the mission's software) or Astronaut Armstrong himself. Your Tourist will be more than happy to meet the school at an assembly - then visit a number of classes during the day in workshops using drama techniques to bring to life the Apollo 11 adventure, and her/his role in its success.
Suitable For: up to 30 pupils at a time, EYFS - KS4 (and beyond!)
Exploring (according to age): preparations for the mission; history, characteristics and composition of the moon; the Apollo 11 astronauts; the role of the moon in future space exploration.
Duration: 1 hour + (depending on how many classes)
A fast-paced exploration of our solar system in which pupils learn and teach each other key facts
From Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon to the photographs sent back by Juno on its historic and ongoing mission to Jupiter, we’re all entranced by our neighbours in the solar system. And space exploration nowadays, of course, is a collaborative and multinational affair, bringing the world closer together. Taking things one step further, this intriguing workshop asks pupils to imagine the day when interplanetary tours are possible. Informed by the endeavours of such new space actors as Virgin Galactic and Space X, they’ll plan, prepare and present short plays exploring the problems posed by visiting the sulphurous volcanoes of Venus, the gaseous storms of Saturn or the icy plains of Pluto. Just remember one thing: “In space, no-one can hear you scream …”
Suitable For: up to 30 pupils at a time. EYFS - KS3 / P1 - P7.
Exploring: the solar system, orbits, gravity
Duration: 1½ – 2½ hours, depending on how many classes
“The pace and variety of activities kept all the pupils engaged – and the dramas brought science to life!” (Teacher, Runcorn All Saints Primary)
The Race into Space (Character Workshop)
Creative maths for up to 420 pupils in a single day!
The search is on for Britain's next astronaut - and Major Tom wants your pupils help in selecting the best person for the job. He's found six well-suited candidates, all with different qualifications - but it's up to you to decide which one will win The Race into Space – representing Britain on a global stage!
After meeting the Major at an opening assembly, and being introduced to the would-be astronauts, each class will be issued with a Mission: to use their maths skills to rank the candidates on one of a number of qualities. Each Mission calls on pupils to demonstrate mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem-solving abilities - and is in line with National Curriculum objectives for their year group. The Major will be on hand to visit each classroom with some vital, additional information - and the programme ends with a second assembly in which each class reports back its findings and helps whittle the field down to just one: Britain's next astronaut.
This exciting and engaging workshop provides an ideal platform for one or two-form entry schools to enjoy a shared maths experience - and learn something about the science of space travel too!
Suitable for: EYFS - Y6 / P1 - P7.
Duration: one day
Exploring: a range of skills in data handling and/or numerical operations and/or understanding shape - selected for each year group in line with National Curriculum objectives.
The Story of Flight
The drama of the science behind our conquest of the skies
Discover how humankind from across the globe left the earth’s surface for the skies and then space – and ultimately the stars – in this thrilling and action-packed drama-based workshop. Starting with the Icarus myth, pupils will explore, learn about and teach each other some of the scientific and technological landmarks in The Story of Flight, including Leonardo’s musings on helicopters, the Montgolfier brothers’ experiments with balloons, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s development of the aeroplane, Frank Whittle’s work on the jet engine and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.
Suitable For: up to 30 pupils at a time. KS2 - KS3 / P4 - P7.
Exploring: aerodynamics, forces (gravity, friction and air resistance), pressure.
Duration: 1½ hours – half a day (depending on how many classes)
“as creatives are like a breath of fresh air – livening up teachers and students with fun and innovative methods of learning. The planning and preparation that goes on behind the scenes results in a thoroughly professional delivery in which all participants are valued and respected.” (Head of Science, Holy Cross School, Bolton)
From proto-stars to black holes – an interactive exploration of the life cycles of stars!
Our travelling pirate, Captain Richard Morgan, has a new ship – but the Solar Surfer sails through the stars, not the seas! And as the Solar Surfer is powered by solar waves, of course, it’s vital that the Captain understands the differences between Red Giants, White Dwarves and Black Holes. But that’s the problem: he doesn’t. So he’ll arrive at your school in search of help.
After working in small groups on an age-differentiated independent carousel of activities, pupils will have all the information they need to solve his problems for him. And they’ll do that by performing dramatic representations of a range of different possible life cycles for stars – and alerting the Captain as to exactly what he needs to look out for!
Suitable For: EYFS - Y6 / P1 - P7.
Exploring: the characteristics of stars, the life cycles of stars
Duration: Suitable for up to 60 pupils at a time, Space Pirates! lasts from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how many classes we’re working with.
Messages from Space
What do we know about Neptune? What’s the science of Saturn? And how is our understanding of Uranus? After a warm-up activity exploring some of the characteristics of a range of inhabitants of the universe (including stars and comets as well as planets and black holes), and armed with our beautifully illustrated FactFiles, pupils will mix metaphors, similes and astronomy as they create - and perform - their own Cosmic Clerihews! These are fun but descriptive four-line poems – and so perfectly suited for the descriptive rigour demanded by science.
Suitable For: KS1 – KS4 / P1 - P7.
Exploring: characteristics of planets, stars, comets and black holes; authorial voice, rhythm, tone and pace.
Duration: Suitable for up to 30 pupils at a time, Messages from Space lasts from 1 to 2 hours, depending on how many classes we’re working with.
Get in touch
To find out more about our World Space Week workshops please contact us on 0151 708 8886, or email email@example.com.
World Space Week
World Space Week takes place between the 4th -10th October. You can find out more by visiting the World Space Week website - http://www.worldspaceweek.org/.