Moon Landing

Outstanding KS1 history lessons on Man’s First Moon Landing .

A brand-new medium-term planner has now been created (April 2017), along with all accompanying lessons. These will be uploaded one by one as we clear copyright but subscribers can request an email copy of the draft materials in advance of full publication.

This topic grew out of teachers’ desire for ‘something different’ and more immediate. Nothing prepared them for quite how popular this would become, not least with parents, carers, and grandparents. You will find a growing number of lessons on this theme as more and more schools develop excellent practice.

With the lessons included here, you will find plenty of exciting approaches. In the lesson on what happened when the astronauts stepped onto the moon, the children research, still image and then create a simple video sequence, before looking at real archival footage. By contrast the lesson on would you take a Golden Ticket deals with bigger issues as to whether space travel should be continued. The use of deBono’s thinking hats proved really helpful here. You can see how the individual lessons fit within a broader scheme of work by looking at the downloadable KS1 history medium-term planner called the Moon Landing found in the planning section.

Commemorating the Moon Landing. KS1 task KQ6

How do you think we should remember the first man on the moon on July 21st 1969? What symbol could we use?

Coming at the end of the topic this smart task encourages pupils to show their understanding of why this was such a significant event....
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KS1 MEDIUM TERM PLANNER Man’s First Moon Landing Y2

The 2014 history curriculum at KS1 asks schools to provide a little more coherence in their choice of famous people to study, suggesting that they might be linked by theme. Here we have a possible theme of flight which links earlier work on the Wright...
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Why did the astronauts risk their lives going to the moon? KQ2

This session for KS1 children comprises three distinct activities. Activity 1 This activity is a simple story telling one using Mark Haddon’s book, The Sea of Tranquillity. The story is great; the author narrates his recollection (as a kid) of Apollo 11. The picture on the cover...
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What did they do on the moon? KQ4

This lesson uses differentiated resources as a starting point to help children access the detail of man's first steps on the moon surface at an appropriate level. I have marked the text to identify key actions the astronauts took, the children then have to work...
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