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""Just wanted to say how brilliant the Spaceman workshop was! Our children had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed your visit. Hoping to book again next year!"

 

Lisa, Y1 teacher, Halifax

REPLICA APOLLO SPACESUIT WORKSHOP FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS

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PUPILS WILL LEARN ..

 

About the lives of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong.

 

 

MATCHING WORKSHOP

 

This ‘spaceman in your school’ workshop is a perfect link to Neil Armstrong. It features a highly detailed replica Apollo spacesuit and can either be delivered in role as a spaceman or as a teacher about the life of Neil Armstrong. It also features a space glove signed by the real Buzz Aldrin.  

 

 

RESOURCES AND SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

 

OUR RESOURCES (see downloads at top of page):

 

Powerpoint for both people

Written profiles of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong

Wordsearch  of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong

Further ‘famous people’ resources from www.spacemaninyourschool.co.uk

 

SUGGESTED EXTERNAL RESOURCES:

(please note that we hold no responsibility for external resources and that it is up to you to check for suitability)

 

http://www.ducksters.com/biography/explorers/neil_armstrong.php

http://mrnussbaum.com/pioneers/neil_armstrong

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/who-was-neil-armstrong-k4.html#.VB6cq_mIBcY

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/christopher_columbus/

http://www.ducksters.com/biography/explorers/christopher_columbus.php

http://mrnussbaum.com/columbus/

 

 

Suggested activities:

 

LITERACY:

a short non-fiction description of each person / diary entries for both persons at key moments in their life / letters from each person / story from the point of view of someone watching key moments in their lives / small non-fiction fact cards (similar to enclosed profiles) / instructions on how to walk on the moon / write a list if things you would take on an exploration trip.

 

ROLE-PLAY AREA SUGGESTIONS:

Apollo 11 Spaceship / Columbus’ ‘Santa Maria’ ship / Cape Kennedy launch site.

 

NUMERACY:

maths based on the distance to the moon / amount of planets / distance travelled by Columbus.

 

ART / DT:

draw or paint both from portraits / make a space helmet from cardboard and silver foil / make a model of Columbus’ ship using cardboard / papier mache planets.

 

GEOGRAPHY:  

Find key places on map from both people e.g. Cape Kennedy / Bahamas / compare the surfaces of the moon and earth / try to answer questions such as ‘why are there no plants on the moon?’ or ‘why didn’t Columbus know what was on the other side of the sea?’.

 

SCIENCE:

Grow plants to work out why they need oxygen, sunlight and water

(linked to geo task, see above) / investigate floating/sinking related to ships

 

FREE Key Stage 1 'Significant Individuals'

(i.e. famous people) 2014 National Curriculum lesson plans:

 

LESSON PLAN 2: Christopher Columbus & Neil Armstrong

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