International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is a fascinating real-world setting for teaching about how data is collected, used and displayed as well as the scientific learning of the conditions needed for plants and animals, including humans, to survive

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Lesson 1: Homes in space

Pupils learn that the International Space Centre (ISS) is a ‘home’ in space for astronauts who travel there and that computers are used to collect data to make sure that human needs are met on the ISS


Lesson 2: Space bag

Pupils’ develop their mouse and keyboard skills creating digital drawings of basic items that astronauts would need in space, learning about the basic survival needs of humans


Lesson 3: Warmer, colder

Learning that sensor monitors are used on board the ISS to collect data and ensure the astronauts are safe and healthy, pupils then read thermometers and design a display to show data


Lesson 4: Experiments in space

Learning what plants need to grow, pupils create an algorithm for growing a plant in space, including the use of sensors to collect data


Lesson 5: Goldilocks planets

Using their understanding of what’s required to support human life, pupils explore a range of both real and fictitious planets, interpreting data to decide whether they might be habitable