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.

Would you take the Golden Ticket and travel to the moon?

This lesson follows on from lessons introducing the reasons why men first went to the moon, what they did when they were there, and the evidence we have for their going.  It encourages children to think creatively, using de Bono's Yellow Hat and Black Hat...
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What did they do on the moon?

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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