World Space Week with Beyond Secondary

World Space Week with Beyond Secondary

This Friday marks the beginning of World Space Week: a week-long celebration of all that’s celestial, cosmological, and cosmonautical…if that’s a word? This year’s theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars” and it got us thinking…do we have any lunar resources in orbit that might do our resident floating space rock some justice? If you’re planning on slipping this national celebration into your lesson plans next week, we just might have a secondary resource or two that may pique your interest. Houston…dish out the space-based learning materials in T minus, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

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What on earth is World Space Week?

World Space Week is exactly that: a week devoted to Humanity’s final frontier that’s celebrated in over 80 countries worldwide. “The largest space event on Earth” (except for living on the Earth, which is in itself a pretty big space event) World Space Week involves numerous talks, debates, open days, and stargazing activities, all of which revolve around a central theme. If you’re planning on sprinkling space dust on your secondary lessons this time around, we have a resource or two that you should check out first.

Space Tourist Debate Pack – KS3 English

Space tourism: once the stuff of ropey 1950s science fiction, this awe-inspiring concept is fast becoming a reality. Use our Space Tourist Debate Pack in KS3 English lessons to hone your classes spoken language skills, arguing for and against space tourism. Would you like to be the first space tourist? Honestly? Nahhh…

World Space Week: Space Tourism Debate

Moon Poster & Fact Sheet – KS3 Science

Depicted since ancient times as deities, in literature, music, and art, I think it’s fair to say the Moon has left a huge, cheese-wheel sized imprint on our collective subconscious. Once you leave primary school, not much gets said about the Moon…which we think is a shame. So, to honour our fav satellite, we created this stunning Moon information poster and fact sheet that you can hang with pride in your KS3 science lab or classroom. Who says the Moon isn’t secondary material…not us.

World Space Week: The Moon Information Poster

Gravity, Mass and Weight – KS3 Science

We’ve all seen the grainy 60s footage, we know that you bounce up and down in a most peculiar way when you’re walking on the Moon. Well, using Forces Lesson 3, part of our Forces Unit of Work, you and your KS3 Science class can understand why. Explore the difference between mass and weight, simulate the gravitational forces at play on the Moon, and gain a wider understanding of the effect of gravity.

World Space Week: KS3 Forces Lesson 3: Gravity, Mass and Weight

Distance and Time Colour by Number – KS3 Maths

It’s fair to say that without some pretty complex maths we’d never have left the planet and ventured into the inky black unknown in the first place. While that level of mathematics is perfect for your class’s resident Margaret Heafield Hamilton, for the majority of KS3 Maths students, speed, distance, and time calculations will probably be more manageable. To add a dash of outer space to your Maths lessons, look no further than our Distance and Time Colour by Number KS3 Maths Worksheet. Work through each question, calculate the missing values, and colour in the spaceship that’s launching into the atmosphere. I bet NASA uses a similar process for its space launches…

Distance and Time Colour by Number

So, there you have it – an interstellar collection of space-themed secondary resources to get you and your class in the mood for World Space Week. Whether you’re learning facts about the Moon, experimenting with gravitational forces, debating space tourism, or grappling with speed, distance, and time calculations, Beyond Secondary has everything you need to make this national celebration truly out of this world…

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