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Destination Space KS1

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Learning level: Key Stage 1
Location: Life's educational laboratories, Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Availibility: On demand
Minimum Attendance: 12

Join the crew and prepare for a mission to the International Space Station.


Students explore what life is like for the entire space crew of scientists, engineers, trainers and astronauts. They will learn how to do everyday tasks in space and investigate the best material to make a space suit. The workshop will finish by looking at other materials with interesting properties that have been designed by scientists.

Backed by the UK Space Agency, science centres across the UK have joined forces with the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake, to provide children all over the UK with a unique opportunity to learn about human space flight and follow life on the International Space Station.

Image credit: NASA.

What will you learn?

  • Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
  • Observing closely, using simple equipment.
  • Performing simple tests.
  • Identifying and classifying.
  • Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.
  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials.
  • Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.
  • Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses.
  • Find out about the people involved in sending astronauts into space.
  • To identify the best material to make a space suit from.
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