KS2: Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong's historic voyage to the Moon is explored in this short animated film for primary pupils.

This could be used as a starting point for learning about the Earth and space.

For example, learning how the Moon moves in relation to the Earth, or how gravity is different on the Moon compared to the Earth.

This short film is from the BBC series, Explorers.

Teacher Notes

This short film about Neil Armstrong's journey to the Moon could be used as a starting point for learning about the Earth and space.

It describes how the Moon moves in relation to the Earth, and how gravity is different on the Moon compared to the Earth.

The film could also be used as a stimulus for a cross-curricular topic about the Earth and space or Neil Armstrong himself, including the history of space travel or exploration in general.

In the film, Ollie and Fatima learn about the amazing mathematicians who calculated the route the rocket would take to the Moon. This could inspire work in maths around speed, distance and measurements.

  • In PE, the class could develop their own training plan to build up their fitness ready for a trip to the Moon.

  • In design and technology, pupils could design and build moon buggies using wood, including axles and cams to make a space explorer move up and down as the moon buggy is pushed forwards.

  • ICT could then be used to create stop-motion animations of the buggies as they move across the Moon.

This short film also contains a number of great starting points for writing:

  • Your pupils could prepare their own 'first words' for a momentous occasion. They could write imaginary recounts of their own journey into space, describing their feelings, or using descriptive language to describe what they see in space ("the Earth looked like a marble").

  • Or they could write in character as Neil Armstrong himself, using his words in this film as a starting point. Neil Armstrong is also a perfect subject for work on biographies and autobiographies.

You could also incorporate learning in art and music into a cross-curricular topic:

  • You could investigate the rocket paintings of Peter Thorpe and use them as a stimulus for art work.

  • The class could listen to some of Holst's Planets suite and then compose their own music using percussion or tuned instruments, to portray the 'personality' of the Moon or one of the planets.

Curriculum Notes

This short film could be used to study a variety of cross-curricular topics at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland. Including;

  • Science
  • PE
  • English
  • History
  • Design and technology
  • ICT
  • Art
  • Music
  • Maths

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