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World Space Week

World Space Week

October 4th – 10th

World Space Week is an annual international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.  This year World Space Week celebrates ‘Women in Space’.

Links are given below to many of the events and resources available online throughout this event.


Live Q&A with the Director of Space Advanced Programs

Asher Best will be joining us live from the USA for a live Q&A. A chance for your pupils to quiz him on what it’s like to work at NASA and be involved in the international Space programme.

Date: Tuesday 5th October 2021
Time: 13:00
Platform: MS Teams

Please note only 3 schools will be able to ask questions so please book early to avoid disappointment. All schools welcome to join the call and listen.

Y5 Earth and Space workshops

Y5 Earth and Space workshops We have two exciting sessions being delivered by Dawn Watson (Head of Strategy & Technical at Sellafield) which cover Earth, Sun & Moon designed for YR5s. The session will be held in the classroom with Q&A’s, interactive activities, making a model and a quiz. REMEMBER ONLY TWO SESSIONS AVAILABLE

  • Thursday 14th October 1-3pm
  • Wednesday 3rd November 1-3pm

An Introduction to The West Cumbrian Night Sky

The Cockermouth Astronomical Society are offering workshops for your children to learn about the West Cumbrian Night Sky. The sessions will cover the Space programme of study and will cover the constellations, where we exist in Space, the solar system and will also give your pupils the chance to see amazing photographs taken from West Cumbria of the moon and more!

1 hour face to face sessions starting Wednesday 29th September, anytime between 1pm and 3pm. These workshops are available through to end of January.



Booklet including lesson plans for all ages, assembly ideas, competitions etc.

Click here for the downloadable booklet.

From stars and planets to alien worlds, space can be an inspiring context for learning across the primary curriculum. The focus of these resources is on science within a real world astronomy context so therefore links to aspects of the science curriculum. However, the resources also covers cross-curriculum topics such as English, Maths and Computing with packs suitable for Ages 5-7 and 7-11.

Hard copies of the posters and resource pack can normally be ordered free of charge from the STFC but are unavailable at the moment due to COVID restrictions.

Visit the James Webb Space Telescope website to find learning resources and projects linked to the UK primary curricula which will bring the excitement of space into your classroom.

Website: https://jwst.org.uk/resource-network/articles/category/primary-schools/


Moon Resources

Hands on Universe

Deep Space Diary


Mission X is an international educational challenge that focuses on health, science, fitness and nutrition and encourages pupils to train like an astronaut!

Each year, the Walk To The Moon Challenge runs from January to May. Teams of students complete Mission X activities to earn points. Every activity submitted helps the Mission X mascots, Luna and Leo, walk to the Moon! The 2022 Walk To The Moon Challenge will open for registrations on the 17 September 2021.

The challenge has been designed for students age 8-12 but is open to all ages. It is supported by a set of physical and educational hands-on classroom activities with specific cross-curricular learning outcomes, developed by space scientists and fitness professionals working with real astronauts!

Website: https://www.stem.org.uk/missionx

KEY STAGE 2: Explore our Solar System

Journey across the Solar System to learn about ‘Earth and Space’, ‘Forces’ and ‘Light’. This session is designed to lead students through an investigation and support teaching on ‘working scientifically’. Pupils submit questions in advance to be answered during the session and we share a range of post-session resources including a pack of classroom experiments for teachers to continue the learning afterwards.

Suitable For: Key Stage 2
National Curriculum. Links: Earth and Space, Forces, Light, Working Scientifically
Session Type: scientific demonstrations and activities
Duration: 50 minutes
Class Size (max): 35
Venue: live via digital platform
Price: £90 per session
Bookings: Complete our enquiry form here …

KEY STAGES 2 – 5: Space 101

From the Big Bang to black holes students can put their space and astronomy questions to our Engagement Team in one of our “Ask the Expert” sessions. Questions the class wants to ask can be submitted in advance to be answered and explored in an online live session complete with demonstrations. Great for those taking part in British Science Week during the 5th-14th March!

Suitable For: Key Stages 2-5
National Curriculum. Links: Earth and Space, Forces, Light
Session Type: Q&A with scientific demonstrations and activities
Duration: 50 minutes
Class Size: Unlimited but maximum questions 10 submissions
Venue: live via digital platform
Price: £70 per session
Bookings: Complete our enquiry form here …

Online resources for little ones including a look around their space exhibition.  Resources include:

Space & Society – 
Build a satellite
Learn about Weather & Create your own Weather Forecast map
Find hidden space tech in your garage
Mission Control –
Design a Mars Rover
What is it like to work in the space industry
Are aliens real?
Working in Space-
Make a milk bottle rocket
Hear a day in the life of an astronaut
Space Rehab Activities
Solar System –
Make a model of the solar system
Spot some constellations
Make your own telescope

ESERO-UK has been established at the National STEM Learning Centre through funding from ESA and the Department for Education. ESERO-UK promotes space in the UK and the use of space to enhance and support STEM teaching and learning in the UK.

The resources in this collection bring together materials from ESA and other providers to both promote space exploration, and also help teachers and lecturers to use space as an engaging context for teaching and learning in STEM subjects.


The Oak National Academy have some great free Space Resources available from their web site.  Learn about the solar system and so much more.  You can visit their web site below or follow the links directly to the lessons that interest you most:


BBC Bitesize are providing a fantastic range of resources to help you find out more about space and our solar system.  Resources include videos, activities and quizzes.