Teaching Primary Science: Human Spaceflight

Learn how to use the topic of human spaceflight to excite and engage your pupils across the primary science curriculum.


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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.

Identify opportunities across the curriculum to use space as a context for learning.,Engage children in practical activities using the context of human spaceflight.,Design lessons that show science in an applied context.,Identify careers that link in to the space industry.,Contribute to shared resources that use space as a context.
This course is designed for primary school teachers of pupils aged 7-11 years old.