""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
This Key Stage Two science workshop is an inspiring journey through the history of space travel in a one-of-a-kind experience which your KS2 pupils will never forget. This includes a detailed 'space race' HD presentation; the handling of actual space flown items; driving a mini moon rover; rocket-making and also a picture wearing a glove signed by the real Buzz Aldrin!
Delivered by Mr B as a teacher talking about space travel and the science of the spacesuit (as opposed to the ‘in role’ role-play version for KS1), this unique primary space workshop can be delivered to either single or multiple classes over the course of a single day or several days as per the following examples.
ONE DAY, SINGLE CLASS VERSION
In the single day one-class version, the day begins with Mr B entering the hall or your classroom in the spacesuit to wow pupils with an explanation of the science behind it as well as teaching them all about the 1960s ‘space race’ in an interactive HD video presentation. This also includes a wide range of genuine flown space artefacts for pupils to handle, such as items signed and held by moonwalkers like the Buzz Aldrin signed glove and even a small piece of gold foil from the original Apollo 11 command module from the first moon landing. The session then ends with each pupil having their picture taken wearing the space helmet and Buzz's glove.
This is then followed after breaktime by pupils having a turn at piloting our remote control moon rover across a vast moon textured surface, where they learn in pairs exactly how difficult it is to control such an awkward vehicle! (Albeit without the 40 min delay experienced by Mars rover pilots :)
After lunchtime the fun continues with some rocket making related to your space ‘forces’ topic, when pupils learn all about the forces of gravity, thrust and drag by making a paper rocket and launching it in comparison with their friends.
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ONE DAY, MULTIPLE CLASS VERSION
(though a full day per class is highly recommended)
The multiple class KS2 spaceman workshop is recommended for 2 classes, though it can be extended to up to 4 in a day if your budget is tight. It starts with all classes together for a (slightly shorter, one hour) space presentation as described above. This is then followed by the classes taking turns to make the paper rockets with the group size depending on the amount of classes you have. For example, two classes can have a session each, while 4 classes will need to be paired into a larger group of 60 (not recommended due to such high numbers as pupils have to share resources and also have less time to make and launch the rockets – if this is the case please book at least two days).
WHOLE-KS2 PRESENTATION ONLY VERSION
If you have booked a half day for KS1, you can combine it with just the space-race presentation part of the workshop. Lasting approx 1.5hrs, pupils will watch and take part in the interactive presentation and also handle the space flown artefacts and signed items (please note that this doesn't include a photo wearing the glove due to the large pupils numbers).
QUICK SUMMARY OF THIS KS2 SCIENCE WORKSHOP
- Delivered as a teacher (not in role as per the role-play KS1 version)
- Best when delivered for one class for an intensive ‘space day’
- Linked to the KS2 National Curriculum 2014 topics of ‘Earth and Space’ and ‘Forces’
- Includes (single day, single class version only – multiple class version varies as per description above)
HD ‘space race’ video presentation
Real space flown artefacts
Items signed by astronauts
A picture wearing the space helmet and the Buzz Aldrin signed glove (normally the single class version only due to time)
A turn piloting our model moon rover across a textured moon surface
(single class version only)
Paper rocket making and launching
THE SPACESUIT, SCALE MODELS, REAL SPACE-FLOWN ITEMS, A MOON ROVER & BUZZ 'S GLOVE ALL TOPPED OFF WITH YOUR OWN ROCKET LAUNCHES!