Resources

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Yuri Gagarin resources

2021 marks 60 years since humanity entered into space, when Yuri Gagarin was the first person in space.  Download teaching resources and activities for this here.

Activity Outline: 

Introduction to the life and achievements of Yuri Gagarin through a simple Powerpoint presentation, and activity pack.

Target Audience:                           

KS1 and KS2

Equipment Needed:

Activity sheets (printed)

Pen / Pencil

Colouring-in equipment: felt-tip pens, pencils, crayons

Fun Prizes/incentives

Lesson Time:

45 mins

Topics Covered:

Space

Yuri Gagarin’s life and achievements

The first human spaceflight

Russian Space Programme

Learning Outcomes:

Basic introduction to the history of human spaceflight.

The intention is to engage and inspire whilst being entertaining and fun

Download presentation:

Yuri Gagarin KS1 & KS2 Presentation
(The presentation is edit-protected: please choose ‘Read Only’ to access it)

Download teachers’ resource:

YG Activity Pack KS1 (with solutions)

YG Activity Pack KS2 (with solutions)

Yuri Gagarin KS1 & KS2 Presentation Notes

Activity Outline: 

These instructions include a Gagarin information sheet, UK in space information sheet, curriculum links, and air-powered rocket making instructions.

NB: These resources were created to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 50th anniversary in 2011, so some links are no longer active.

Target Audience:

KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4                 

Curriculum links were created for KS3 and KS4 in 2011

Equipment Needed:

Items are per maker:

1cm diameter tube, or sheet of thin card

1 piece A4 paper

1 piece A5 paper

Scissors

Sticky Tape

Poster putty (blu-tac, plasticine, playdoh)

Lesson Time:

45 mins – 1 hour (with launches)

Topics Covered:

Space, Rockets, energy and forces

Yuri Gagarin’s life

The UK in Space (in 2011)

Learning Outcomes:

Fun introduction to rockets and space travel

Download:

Rocket Making Instructions & teacher’s note.

Activity Outline: 

Fun activity sheet, which uses a space theme to focus on good nutrition.

NB: This activity was created by Vix Southgate for a chain of restaurants in Northern Ireland in 2014 as part of nutrition awareness, and it has been kindly offered as a fun resource to BIS.

Target Audience:                           

KS1 and KS2

Equipment Needed:

Activity sheets (printed)

Pen / Pencil

Lesson Time:

30 mins

Topics Covered:

Space

Nutrition

Learning Outcomes:

Basic nutritional information and space facts.

Download:

Space Nutrition Activity Sheet

Download teachers’ resource:

Space Nutrition Solutions

Educational partner resources