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National STEM Learning Centre

Teaching Primary Science: Human Spaceflight

National STEM Learning Centre and European Space Agency via FutureLearn

Overview

Take your pupils into orbit by using space for primary science learning

From knowing the properties and uses of the materials required for an astronaut’s spacesuit to having an understanding of diet and exercise in order to keep an astronaut healthy–human spaceflight is a rich context for learning.

On this course, you will learn how keeping humans alive in space and how our view of the Earth from space can be linked to the primary curriculum.

You will discover a variety of topics in the primary science curriculum where you can use the theme of space to engage pupils, including in STEM subjects and cross-curricular links to numeracy and literacy.

During the course you’ll build a curriculum plan, using the activities and resources provided to consider where space could be used as a context for learning. Completion of this course can be used as evidence for the Space Education Quality Mark in the UK.

This course is designed for primary school teachers of pupils aged 7-11 years old.

Taught by

Tom Lyons

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