World Space Week - Teaching Resources

World Space Week, 4-10 October annually, is a chance to explore our 'out of this world' space-themed resources for primary and secondary schools.

The 2021 theme was Women in Space.

You might also use these resources to celebrate Mars Day, which takes place on 14 March 2022.

Below you will find resources suitable for both primary and secondary schools, from KS1 to GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and First Level to Higher in Scotland.

You can also watch an epic interactive lesson which was designed to get pupils aged 7-11 starry eyed for World Space Week 2021. We inspired budding astronomers as we linked up with world famous physicist Brian Cox, and Grace Webb from Grace’s Amazing Machines was joined by scientist Greg Foot for an epic space experiment, where we discovered how the Moon got its craters by creating a miniature comet in the studio. Click or tap here to watch the lesson again and access free supporting resources.

Primary

Watch again: Space - Live Lesson
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Little Stargazing
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Space Songs
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Neil Armstrong
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The Work of Nicolaus Copernicus
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Super Movers Science Videos
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School Radio - Space
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Watch again: Doctor Who, Space, Light and Super Movers - Live Lesson
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Secondary

Physics with Tim Peake
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The Science of a Space Dive
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Wonders of the Universe
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Space Science Bites
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The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures - How to Survive in Space
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How big is one giant leap on the Moon?
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Watch again: micro:bit: Mission to Mars - Live Lesson
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Could I live on another planet?
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How will the Universe end?
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Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut?
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Did comets kick start life on Earth?
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How do we know the Big Bang actually happened?
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Pluto: What are NASA’s five big discoveries so far?
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Discover the secrets and stories of Apollo 11
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External learning-related websites:

  • Exploring Mars - The European Space Education Resource Office's Mars-themed website, where students can discover more about Mars and and the space missions that the UK is working on.
  • Careers in space - A site from the European Space Education Resource Office about careers in the space industry and how people use science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills in their everyday lives.