Become a Crewmate of Spaceship Earth

How can we take better care of our planet?

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Lesson plan Video


60 minutes

This fun challenge is designed to inspire pupils to think about how we could all take better care of our planet.

One of only ten women ever to undertake a spacewalk, Nicole Stott is an astronaut, artist and author of Back to Earth: What Life in Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet – and Our Mission to Protect It. In this 12-minute film for Our Place in Space, Nicole tells artist Oliver Jeffers how we need to take better care of our planet and become crewmates, not passengers, of Spaceship Earth.

Nicole then sets us a creative challenge: to make a postcard that represents our mission to protect our planet. The challenge includes a downloadable PDF template that pupils can use to make their postcard – which you can then upload to a dedicated platform, with the possibility of winning a prize.

This is the first in a monthly series of Our Place in Space creative challenges, which are designed to inspire us to think in new ways about space and our place in it.

Curriculum links

Science: Working Scientifically, Earth and Space Y5.
English: Writing composition
Key Stage: KS2

Northern Ireland:
The World Around Us: Place – Our Place in the Universe
Language and Literacy: Writing
Key Stage: KS2

Sciences: Planet Earth – Space
Literacy and English: Writing
Level: Second Level

Science and Technology: Being Curious, Matter.