Lesson 3: Warmer, colder

Learning that sensor monitors are used onboard the ISS to collect data and ensure the astronauts are safe and healthy, discover how to read thermometers and design a display to show data

Learning objective

  • To understand the role of sensors on the ISS

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)
  • CAS progression pathway: Recognises different types of data: text, number (AB) (GE)
  • CAS progression pathway: Appreciates that programs can work with different types of data (GE)
  • CAS progression pathway: Recognises that data can be structured in tables to make it useful (AB)(DE)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from working with a partner to allow them to discuss their ideas. They could also go through what might be monitored by sensors beforehand in a group with an adult.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should explain the importance of sensors collecting this data to ensure that astronauts are safe and comfortable.

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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