Differentiated Astronaut Application KS1 and KS2 Space Group Project

Space Group Project

KS1 and KS2 Space Group Project Astronaut Transition Activity Pack

Space Group Project for KS1 and KS2 in three differentiated levels to promote teamwork and collaboration within small groups focusing on a group application to the National Space Agency (NSA).

We recommend these activities are used with mixed ability groups.  They are designed to promote British Values by encouraging each group to discuss ideas, support each other and to be tolerant and respectful of the views and opinions of others.

The task is based on a job advert for a group of astronauts. As a group, pupils must identify skills, qualities and characteristics that astronauts will need to spend 6 months in space. They must choose a member of the group to represent each characteristic needed and fill in a group application pack (KS1) or present their application as a group (KS2).

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What's included in the pack?

This pack includes:

  • Transition Astronaut Application teacher version with answers (three differentiated versions - Year 1 and Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6).
  • Interactive pupil versions for each level to use on any device with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

National Curriculum Objectives

English Year 1: Write sentences by saying out loud what they are going to write about

English Year 2: Consider what they are going to write before beginning by planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about

English Year 3 & Year 4: Plan their writing by discussing and recording ideas

English Year 3 & Year 4: Read their own writing aloud to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear

English Year 5 & Year 6: Plan their writing by noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary

English Year 5 & Year 6: Perform their own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume, and movement so that meaning is clear

 

Differentiation:

Beginner Create a bank of skills for astronauts from a given set of words. Allocate these attributes to each other and give reasons for their choice. Aimed at all abilities in Year 1 and Year 2.

Easy Create a bank of characteristics needed for astronauts, choosing three as the most important. Allocate one skill that each individual would bring to the group. Prepare a short presentation of why NSA should choose their group. Aimed at all abilities in Year 3 and Year 4.

Tricky Create a bank of qualities and characteristics needed for astronauts, choosing five as the most important. Allocate two skills that each individual would bring to the group. Prepare a presentation of why NSA should choose their group, focussing on how individual qualities will benefit the group as a team. Aimed at all abilities in Year 5 and Year 6.

 

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