A resource from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, although designed for secondary students it can easily be adapted for upper KS2 pupils. Students investigate exoplanets. They use data from real research in group work and model-making. To summarize their findings, classes are encouraged to present their work, for example, through a short film.
The We Are Aliens! teaching resources were produced to support the planetarium show made by NSC Creative. They have been produced by lead educators from the National Space Academy to use the context of space to teach physics, chemistry and biology in the curriculum. The resources contain practical activities, worksheets and supporting videos made by the resource authors. The collection also contains short clips that can be used as part of starter activities in the classroom.
Review the environmental factors that make Earth habitable and compare them to another world within our Solar System. Use creative thinking to design an alien life form suited for specific environmental conditions on an extraterrestrial world within our Solar System.
A fantastic video from the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Life began on the Earth around 3.5 billion years ago. Could life have evolved on other planets and if so where are they? Astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich explain how we might detect them in this video.
This exciting resource consists of nine practical activities based upon the search for exoplanets, (planets beyond our own solar system), where life may exist. Aimed at primary children aged 7–11, activities are based around working scientifically and link to many aspects of the science curriculum.
In this activity children use the context of exploring Mars to investigate living things, habitats and electricity. The activities are:
Younger primary children learn about a selection of Earth’s extremophiles and their habitats. In contrast, they observe living things from under the surface of the school garden and carry out a practical comparative investigation of earthworms. Finally, they learn about the geography and features of Mars, and consider what kind of living things might survive on the red planet.
Older primary learners discover that some microorganisms are able to produce electricity and they could be useful for future Mars exploration. They investigate materials that conduct electricity, including smart materials such as electric playdough as ‘nano wires’ and light emitting diodes, and use them to complete a circuit.