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Up, up, up! - Build and launch your own rockets

Rockets are used to launch satellites, probes and even astronauts into space. A rocket launch is extremely impressive. Thousands of kilograms are burned in just a few minutes in order to provide the force that the rocket needs in order to overcome the gravity of the Earth. Rockets provide an exciting context to...

Daytime Moon Viewing

This resource, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, uses daytime viewing of the Moon to reinforce ideas learned in the classroom about light, shadow and the Moon itself. Advice is given on the best times to view the Moon, and the compulsory and optional equipment needed. By viewing the Moon during the day,...

Fruit Solar System

This activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, helps students grasp the various sizes of planets in our Solar System using mostly fruit, with some other items. The class discussion before the activity encourages students to take an educated guess as to which...

Making Shadows

This activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, looks at how shadows are formed and what affects their size, direction and shape. Students place an object at the centre of a sheet of paper, and use a torch to produce shadows of different length and direction.

This activity can be used as an introduction...

Human Sundial

In this activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, students look at their shadow at different times of the day and measure differences in its size and direction. The activity needs to take place in the playground on a sunny day. A compass or an online map can be used to help work out which way is North on the...

The Spinning Earth

In this activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, students are introduced to the rotating Earth and the concept of longitude. They will carry out simple arithmetic that relates the 24 hour clock with the Earth’s rotation. The questions in the activity require an understanding of angle: one hour being equal to...

Phases of the Moon

This resource, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, challenges students to explain the phases of the Moon by linking the movement of the Moon around the Earth with our perspective from Earth of light and shadow on the Moon.

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Principia Space Diary

The Principia Space Diary aims to help children find out more about the Principia mission, to strengthen literacy and visual literacy skills and engage children in STEM learning. The diary is supported over the six months of Tim's mission by lesson plans released each month. The teaching notes produced so far...

Principia Space Diary videos

This collection of short videos features different people who work in space related careers or who have been involved in the creation of the space diary. They introduce themselves and the job they...

Number Games for Students Aged 9-11

Published by BEAM, these games provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge of numbers and their properties. *Even and odd - strategy game *Factor-2-3-5 - using dice to generate numbers with specific factors *Multiples - square numbers and multiples *Numbers in boxes - completing a two-way table...

Shape Games for Students Aged 9-11

Published by BEAM, these games provide opportunities for students to practise and consolidate their knowledge and understanding of shape and space. The three games, with their mathematical content, are: *Angles - identifying right, acute and obtuse angles in shapes *Coordinates grid game - generating co-ordinates...

Shape Activities for Students Aged 9-11

A selection of resources, published by BEAM, for teachers of primary mathematics. They include challenging problems and puzzles, open-ended investigations, cross-curricular activities and resources to practise and consolidate students' understanding of shape and space. The activities, with their mathematical...

Shape Games for Students Aged 7-9

A selection of resources, published by BEAM, for teachers of primary mathematics. They include challenging problems and puzzles, open-ended investigations, cross-curricular activities and resources to practise and consolidate students' understanding of shape and space. *Fishy codes - decoding using co-ordinates *...

Shape Activities for Students Aged 7-9

A selection of activities, published by BEAM, for teachers of primary mathematics. They include challenging problems and puzzles, open-ended investigations, cross-curricular activities and resources to practise and consolidate students' understanding of shape and space. The activities, with their mathematical...

Volume and Capacity: an Activity Pack

Published by BEAM this resource contains 21 activity cards on volume and capacity, which allow children to develop their mathematical skill by actively estimating, measuring and comparing capacity and volume. Developed by teachers, the cards help find a way of teaching which fits with the way children learn...

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