The Tim Peake Primary Project

2015 - 2016 Activities

Check out the activities the Scottish Tim Peake Primary Schools have been up to.


CPD Video Session

Laura Thomas & Amy Tyndall

April 2016

Captured recording of the lastest CPD video session about the Tim Peake Primary Project by Laura Thomas & Amy Tyndall. If you missed the recent online CPD session, you can review it here. It was great to hear examples of work from a number of different schools.

PowerPoint Presentation [PPTX/23 MB]


Replay of inflight call & Cosmic Classroom

Space has impact on Denend pupils

Denend Primary

June 2016

Newspaper article describing a vist by pupils to St Andrews University Space School.

Space has impact on Denend pupils

Central Fife Times & Advertiser

Visit from Tim Peake (sort of) and his wonderful Scientists

Kingussie Primary

June 2016

Blog post entry describing the vist to Kingussie Primary School by the outreach team.

Kingussie Primary - Visit from Tim Peake (sort of) and his wonderful Scientists

Benjamin Ross (Teacher)

Mearns Primary School Side Experiment

Rocket Science Side Experiment

Mearns Primary School

June 2016

When we counted out the seeds for classes to plant, we found that there were 20 extra Red seeds. When I told the class about this, one hand shot up immediately and Robyn said she had an idea of what we could do with them. She proposed a further experiment with the seeds to investigate the ideal growing conditions for them. She reasoned that astronauts would need to ensure that the seeds they took with them into space would grow to the optimum level.

The experiments she proposed are to look at soil type, volume of water and added nutrients. She pointed out that “even though we weren't able to do repeated experiments the data collected would still be useful for optimising growing conditions.”

I wanted to share with you how the Rocket Science project has inspired our pupils already (and nothing has grown yet!).

Paul Tyler (Teacher)

Mearns Primary School Side Experiment [PDF/504 KB]

Mearns Primary School Side Experiment
Mearns Primary School Side Experiment
Sir E Scott Primary School - Tim Peake Outreach Programme

Tim Peake Outreach Programme by Connor Macdonald

Sir E Scott Primary School

June 2016

Two gentlemen Matt and Will visited the school yesterday from The Royal Observatory Edinburgh as part of the Tim Peake Space Project. All P5-7 pupils took part in four activities. This was a really fun way to learn about having to train to be an astronaut!

  • Starlab Planetarium - where we saw constellations across the sky in an inflatable planetarium.
  • Train Like an Astronaut - where we took part in 4 activities in rotation designed to simulate skills tests that real life astronauts undergo during training to go into space. We found out how dexterous, agile, patient and hardworking astronauts like Tim Peake have to be!
  • Meteorites - They brought their collection of meteorites for your class to investigate. We will tell you all about meteorites and we got to hold a piece of Mars
  • ISS Presentation - we found out lots of interesting facts all about The International Space Station.

Connor Macdonald

Sir E Scott Primary School - Tim Peake Outreach Programme
Sir E Scott Primary School - Tim Peake Outreach Programme
Sir E Scott Primary School - Tim Peake Outreach Programme
Sir E Scott Primary School - Tim Peake Returned

Tim Peake has Returned by Emma MacInnes & Hannah Jardine

Sir E Scott Primary School

June 2016

After an astonishing six months in space The First British astronaut to board the ISS Tim Peake has returned to earth to visit his family and his friends once again after six months circling the world and having fantastic views of earth he is glad to have returned he said ‘ I have missed the rain’ (really?) We have really enjoyed taking part in the project and have learned loads from Tim Peake!

Emma MacInnes & Hannah Jardine

Sir E Scott Primary School - Time Peake Returned Winner
Sir E Scott Primary School - Rocket Seeds

Rocket Seeds by Sarah Louise Bennion P7

Sir E Scott Primary School

June 2016

P5-7 pupils were given the chance to grow rocket seeds that travelled in Space with Tim Peake.

Following the experiment procedure, pupils will embark on a 35-day voyage of discovery to find out what growing plants in space can teach us about life on Earth and whether we can sustain human life in space in the future. Results will be collected and analysed by biostatisticians and published later in 2016, feeding into the real life work going on in space science research. Following the experiment procedure, pupils will embark on a 35-day voyage of discovery to find out what growing plants in space can teach us about life on Earth and whether we can sustain human life in space in the future. Results will be collected and analysed by biostatisticians and published later in 2016, feeding into the real life work going on in space science research.

We think the blue seeds are the rocket seeds! The result will be announced on Tuesday 21st June 2016 so look out for that!

Sarah Louise Bennion

Sir E Scott Moon Buggy Challenge

K'nex Moon Buggy Challenge by Callum Maclennan

Sir E Scott Primary School

June 2016

Our challenge was to make a space buggy and then we tried to see who could race it first to the moon! It was such fun working together and quite a challenge. we had to have a few goes to evaluate our designs. Lots was learned! Cara had a really simple design but it went the furthest! We think it was because the wheels didn’t swivel and it was quite light.

Callum Maclennan

Sir E Scott Primary School Moon Buggy Challenge Winner
Sir E Scott Primary School Moon Buggy Challenge Winner
Sir E Scott Primary School Moon Buggy Challenge Winner
Sir E Scott Primary School Moon Buggy Challenge Winner
Sir E Scott Primary School Moon Buggy Challenge Winner
Sir E Scott Primary School - Crazy Comets

Crazy Comets by Hannah Jardine

Sir E Scott Primary School

June 2016

We made some crazy comets! Comets are made of ice and dust. Comets move very slowly. When a comet gets close to the Sun, the ice melts creating a “tail” behind it. The dust is illuminated by the Sun’s heat and bright light. We crushed digestive biscuits and then added some sprinkles to make space dust. We then made our own ice cream and the ice cream cone was the comet’s tail! It was brilliant and tasted so good!

Hannah Jardine

Sir E Scott Primary School - Crazy Comets
Sir E Scott Primary School - Space Shading

Space Shading by Lola Sands P7

Sir E Scott Primary School

April 2016

As a class we created our own planets and backed them on black paper and splattered stars with white paint. We created an effect on the planets by using shading (lighter at one end and darker at the other) this gave the effect of light shining from one direction. It has a very dramatic effect!

Lola Sands P7

Sir E Scott Primary School - Space Shading
Sir E Scott Primary School - Spacesuit Challenge

Space Suit Design Challenge by Finn Globe P5

Sir E Scott Primary School

April 2016

We designed our own space suits. Our spacesuits had to have some main features. They needed to be mainly white to reflect heat and have boots that are built into the suits. They had to have space gloves attached and a helmet that is also part of the full suit with a neck seal in the helmet. Finally we needed a radio and a microphone to communicate. Hope you like our designs!

Finn Globe P5

Sir E Scott Primary School - Spacesuit Challenge
Sir E Scott Primary School - Spacesuit Challenge
Sir E Scott Primary School - Spacesuit Challenge
Sir E Scott Rocket Challenge

Rocket Challenge by Connor Macdonald P7

Sir E Scott Primary School

April 2016

As part of the Tim Peake Project our class had designed rockets for homework and we went out to the courtyard to launch them. We had a competition to see which rocket went the furthest. Billy won the competition for the rocket that went the furthest which was 8.9m, and Lucie won the best design for her brilliant NASA rocket. We had great fun launching the rockets.

Connor Macdonald P7

Sir E Scott Primary School Rocket Challenge Winner
Sir E Scott Primary School Rocket Challenge Winner
Sir E Scott Primary School Rocket Challenge Rockets
Sir E Scott Primary School Rocket Challenge Rockets
Sir E Scott Primary School Rocket Challenge Rockets
ISS Challenge

ISS Challenge by Neil Morrison P7

Sir E Scott Primary School

April 2016

This term Anna, Hannah, Nathan and I started to build our own ISS and as the building progressed we all had a lot of fun. It is 1m by 1m and has most of the parts of the real ISS and now it is hanging on our display wall. We are really happy with the result and are happy to see it on the wall! We faced a lot of challenges along the way but we all worked together as a team to work through it!

Neil Morrison P7

Our Learning so far...

P7, Carolside Primary

4th March 2016

Primary 7 at Carolside Primary School have been enjoying a range of activities linked with Time Peake. We have loved learning about what it takes to be an astronaut and spent some time doing some of the exercises needed to increase fitness, agility and endurance during PE. We also discovered how difficult it is to carry out everyday jobs in Space by putting on thick gloves and trying to unlock padlocks, write down sentences and pick objects up. We also looked at food in space and how it is made. We’ve watched some videos to see what it’s actually like to have a meal up there.

We have also spent some time looking at the Russian alphabet and learned to write our names in Russian! We think Tim must have had a hard job learning this new language.

On the day of the launch all four of our P7 classes got together to watch and celebrate Tim’s departure and since then we’ve watched and talked about his spacewalk. We were disappointed that they had to end it early but really glad both astronauts were safe.

We really enjoyed our visit from Will who works at The Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. He helped us with our learning on meteorites which we’re now going to use to teach others, when we have the box of meteorites for a week.

We know quite a lot about the ISS where Tim will be residing for the next 6 months. We studied how far away it is and what is on board. We used a globe, tennis ball and string to show planets in relation to the station.

Our next steps are going to be presenting on our meteorites to the rest of our school and we should be receiving seeds to plant soon, meaning we’ll be taking part in a proper scientific research!

P7, Carolside Primary.

The Scale of the Solar System

Eaglesham Primary School

10th February 2016

At the start of the new school year, Primary 7 took the inflatable planets out to the playground and worked out how far away each planet was from our Sun. Using the mean distance from the sun (AU) as a starting point, we calculated that if Earth was 1 then we would multiply it by 10 to make 10 steps. We did the same for every planet, rounding the numbers up or down when needed - Mercury (4 steps), Venus (8 steps), Earth (10 steps), Mars (15 steps), Jupiter (52 steps), Saturn (95 steps), Uranus (192 steps) and Neptune (301 steps). This showed the children very clearly the size of our solar system, how close the rocky planets are to our Sun and how far apart the gas giants are. We then had every planet orbiting our Sun to show in a basic way their orbital period

Eaglesham Primary School Science Club

Science Club

Eaglesham Primary School

January 2016

Eaglesham Primary School runs a Science Club every Thursday afternoon where the children can learn and experience more about Science.

Jon Davies from thinkScience runs the club with the help of a teacher. He brought along a huge Planetarium for the children to enjoy and took them on a space adventure through the stars and onto the next galaxy.

About 120 children from Primary 7 to Primary 4 have been to the club over the year and have learnt all about the Plough, Orion, Cassiopeia and Pleiades. They discovered how to find the North Star and Sirius and afterwards even held a 5 billion year old meteorite found in China. All the children loved learning about the stars and planets, especially when they could go home and find them in the real night sky!

St Elizabeth School Pupils

Russian & Bone Activity

St Elizabeth's Primary School

21st January 2016

Today Nadia, a Deputy Manager in Virgin Active, arrived with our space questions answered.During our Tim Peake Topic we learned that all Space Station Astronauts must pass a Russian Test to work in the ISS and we even watched Tim completing part of such a test.The language seemed very interesting so Nadia agreed to teach us some basic Russian Greetings and Space Vocabulary. Did you know that alien in Russian is NLO? Privet (Russian hello) and cheerio (Scots) from all aboard P3/4.

When you travel to Space your bones and muscles are affected. Because there`s no gravity bones actually grow quicker!! Muscles require daily exercise to keep them supple. We decided to learn a bit more about the importance of our skeleton and began by creating our own x-rays. Some of us even began making prosthetic hands using disposable gloves and bendy straws. Let me introduce you to the engineers and medical staff of the future!!

6a Class School Visit

St John's Primary School

23rd November 2015

7.12.15 - Space Blog

On 23 November we had a visit from the Royal Observatory.The first thing we did was go into a big dome called the star lab, we all went in we sat down and watched a PowerPoint about ISS (International Space Station) after that the lights dimmed and stars started to appear and Russell told us a story to go with the group of stars he pointed out with his laser pen.

After that we went up to our classroom and Russell taught us how to build paper rockets in group then we went outside to launch them with a tube, a bottle and our rockets – some of them went flying through the air at great speed!

After launching our rockets we went to the gym hall to do some space training there was four stations Steady hand test, Marshmallow Syringe, Agility and tricky jigsaw. Our favourite station was the tricky jigsaw because we had to put on astronaut gloves and try to solve the jigsaw, it was very tricky.

Overall it was a very fun day – we learned lots of new facts about Space and the challenges Tim Peak will be facing very soon.

By Kalvin, Irfan and Lauren P6A

St Elizabeth School Pupils

Space Stowaway

St Elizabeth's Primary School Hamilton

December 2015

P3/4 St Elizabeth's Primary Hamilton looked at the European Space Agency and NASA websites before discussing the qualities and skills needed to become an astronaut. Our Mission was to be a Space Stowaway with Tim Peake and to ascertain our own credentials for on board the ISS... just in case we are called upon up in space!


Other spacey activities have included:

  • The Phases Of The Moon with Oreos
  • Edible Solar Systems using sweets and circles of icing sugar
  • Friction using toy cars and experiments
  • Scale models of solar system looking at distance and diameter of planets.

The class is doing one space-related task a week plus time available in topical science.

Christine Emmett
St Elizabeth's

Tim Peake ESA

Launch Day Activities for The Whole School

Laura Thomas

30th November 2015

Tim Peake’s launch on the 15th December to the International Space Station (ISS) is a great opportunity to run activities with the whole school. The launch will be broadcast live and blastoff will be shortly after 11am.

I have collected together some activties that you can run with pupils of different ages across the day.

Getting ready to launch:

Lower school - The Solar System - There are some fun activities that help pupils explore more about the planets. Rosetta resources and Paxi resources

Middle school - ISS model building - Looking at 2D and 3D shapes, pupils use different objects to construct a model of the ISS. ISS resources

Upper school - Rocket launching - There are a range of rocket launching activities available. Some examples are provided. Drinking straw rocket, Water rocket and Foam rocket.



Lower school - Astronaut training - This resource has a mixture of science and PE activities that can be used with younger age groups. They can get a feel for what it’s like to train to become an astronaut. All sorts of different PE activities are adaptable to be put in the context of astronaut training. The resources gives some great suggestions and context. Mission X resources

Middle school - Spot the station stargazing guides for December - The ISS is one of the brightest objects in the night sky and is going to be visible around the time of Tim’s launch, so why not make guides for your school’s classes so that they know where to look to wave at Tim? Using Heavens Above, find out what the sky looks like above your town or city on at a specific date and time. Meteor watch will tell you when the ISS will be passing and where to look for it.

Using this information work with your pupils to create eye-catching leaflets or posters for them to use with their families. Especially useful as the ISS can be seen on Christmas eve.

Upper school - Understanding Space Weather - Not only is the Sun responsible for giving us heat and light, particles and radiation from the Sun can produce beautiful displays of light called the Aurora Borealis or northern lights. A sight that Tim is likely to experience whilst on board the ISS. Using this resource, pupils will understand more about forces and the effects of space weather. Space Weather

If you are looking for other suggestions, the International Space Station Primary kit covers all sorts of different aspects. You can view this here. You will find suggestions suitable for all different age groups.

To find out more about where you can view the launch, have a look at the BBC’s coverage.

Don’t forget to share your pictures of the day with us! Let us know if you’re on Twitter and we’ll keep an eye out for your posts. The UK Space Agency are using the hashtag #principia as it is the name of Tim’s mission, so include this if you can.

Have fun!
Laura Thomas

St John Primary School Pupils

Investigating Space Weather

St John's Primary


In November I (Laura Thomas) visited Mrs Gilmartin’s P5/6 class at St John’s Primary in Port Glasgow. We spent the afternoon talking about Tim Peake’s upcoming mission to the International Space Station and I got to work with them on an activity where we found out more about where the Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights come from.

We started off by reminding ourselves how the Earth moves in relation to the Sun. The Earth and Sun did a great job showing us what a day and a year are.

Everyone had to choose whether to draw the Sun or the Earth, then off they went to get them drawn and coloured in. Whilst they were doing this I answered lots of questions about Tim’s mission.

Once they each had their Earth or Sun ready, we moved onto forces. Using magnets pupils got to play with the magnetic force to see that it causes both a push and a pull. The reason for doing this is to show what the Earth and Sun’s magnets are like. The Earth’s protects us from particles from space, whilst the Sun’s causes particles to be thrown out towards us. Each pupil then added to their drawing what the Sun and Earth’s magnets look like.

Next they found out what it looks like when the Sun’s magnet causes something to happen: particles in the solar wind or from a coronal mass ejection can be blasted out towards the Earth. If it hits us then the Earth’s magnet protects us from most of it, but some will get through and be pushed by our magnet to the north or south pole. When the particles get into the atmosphere they make light, which we see as the Northern Lights!

Pupils finished their fantastic drawings by adding a coronal mass ejection if they had done the Sun or the Northern Lights if they had gone for the Earth.

Here are a few of the messages that the class had for Tim:

Kids Notes

I had a great afternoon and look forward to hearing more about what the class learn about.

CDP Session

Preparing for Launch!

Tim Peake Primary Project

11 September 2015

The Tim Peake Primary Project has kicked off in earnest in Scotland with over sixty teachers representing around forty schools taking part in CPD sessions with Space Ambassadors Tania Johnston and Laura Thomas. The schools taking part come from all over the country, from Ayrshire to Harris.

Schools participating in the project will run space-related activities with their whole school. To supplement this, each school will receive either a visit from a Space Ambassador or, if they are nearby, they have the option of a visit in to the Royal Observatory Edinburgh (ROE). Tania and Laura are joined by Tania’s colleagues Will and Jennifer at the ROE and National Space Academy Lead Educators Andrew MacDonald and Tim Browett in working with schools.

At the CPD session teachers learned more about Tim Peake, the first British European Space Agency Astronaut to visit the International Space Station (ISS). He launches on the 15th of December along with two crewmates on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He will then spend six months on board the ISS carrying out research on various aspects of science and engineering. He himself is an important test subject as one of the main aims of the ISS is to understand more about how the human body reacts to life in space.

The activities available to schools cover all aspects of the curriculum, from health and wellbeing to science and geography. The full list of resources available can be found here: Your school doesn’t have to be registered on the Tim Peake Primary Project to use the resources or to sign up to other projects. Importantly everything is free to access!

Macmerry Primary School pupils learning about the Solar System

My Very Excited Monkey Just Sat Underneath Noodles!

Macmerry Primary School

26 August 2015

P5/6 have started learning about our Solar System. We used fruit to create a scale model to help us understand the relative size s of the planets: Mercury=peppercorn, Venus=cherry tomato, Earth=cherry tomato, Mars=blueberry, Jupiter=Water melon, Saturn=grapefruit, Uranus=apple, Neptune=lime. Can your child tell you when Pluto was delisted as a planet? What is it now called? I wonder if you can work out what the title of this post is all about?! We had great fun learning today and finished off with some great solar system songs.

To find out more visit Macmerry School Page.