Lesson 1: Homes in space

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

Learning objective

  • To understand how computers can help humans survive in space

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content


CAS Framework links

  • CAS progression pathway: Recognises that a range of digital devices can be considered a computer (AB) (GE)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: may benefit from using a touchscreen device rather than a mouse to navigate the interactive map and to label the ISS map with images or information they think is interesting.


Pupils working at greater depth: should answer the questions on the Activity: ISS Explorer sheet and focus on the final, open ended question.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Richard Williams,  
Computing specialist
Richard is a Year 6 Teacher at St. Pancras Primary School. Richard’s passion for teaching was recognised when he received Suffolk’s ‘Raising The Bar’ award for Innovation 2016. With his class he made the world’s first guided VR:360 school tour…
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