Destination space

Through this unique and stimulating session pupils will learn about the wonders of space flight and the talented team of experts that make travelling and living in space possible. The session focuses on inspiring curiosity and an interest to continue to explore the marvels of modern day science and technology.

Workshop details

Come and join us on an interactive adventure travelling into space to visit the International Space Station. We will meet some space scientists and get their expert help to prepare us for travelling and living in space, then we’ll launch a rocket (with a big bang!) and dock at the International Space Station.

Once on board experience what life in orbit is like through a series of challenges; how do astronauts move in zero gravity, where do they get fresh water from, and how do they go to the toilet in space?

Suddenly there is an emergency! We must test and select equipment to go on a space walk and fix the problem. Once repaired we take in the amazing view of planet Earth, then we strap ourselves in ready for the journey home.

Please arrive on time for your workshop or we may not be able to run it for you. Please share these notes with your adult helpers before your visit. This will help them to support your pupils have a successful and enjoyable day. 

Curriculum links


  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help pupils to answer scientific questions about the world around them.


  • Pupils should be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They should learn to justify ideas with reasons.

SMSC – Fundamental British Values

Through participating in this session students are encouraged to think about democracy, individual liberty and tolerance.

  • Individual liberty: Through the participative approach in the session individual liberty is promoted by enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. This also promotes mutual respect as children listen to and begin to respect each others contributions.
  • Mutual respect and tolerance: Children learn that missions to space are a collaborative effort between several countries, that astronauts must learn the languages of fellow astronauts, and in space they live with colleagues of differing cultures and races. This promotes respect for and harmony with other cultures.
  • Social skills: By working in groups to complete a series of investigative activities using our handling collections students develop their social skills.
  • Rule of law: As students discover what astronauts can and can not do to ensure their personal and team’s safety on board the International Space Station they develop an understanding of the rules of law.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • gain insight into the technology that keeps astronauts alive on the International Space Station.
  • learn about the range of tasks an astronaut has to be able to undertake in space.
  • identify the dangers involved in space travel.
  • understand the physical impact living in microgravity has on the human body.


Pupils will:

  • have the opportunity to draw on and share their existing knowledge whilst also being encouraged to absorb and recall new information assimilated throughout the session.
  • extend specialist vocabulary.
  • use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions, backing up their answers with evidence.


Pupils will:

  • be introduced to the work of a: mission controller, a scientist, an engineer, a flight controller and a flight surgeon.
  • appreciate the complexities and the extent of team work involved in space missions.
  • understand how our current knowledge of space travel has been acquired through decades of scientific experiments and endeavours.


Pupils will:

  • see World Museum as a resource for historical and scientific research.
  • be inspired to pursue subjects in school which are relevant to a career in the space industry, for example maths and science.
  • see World Museum as an enjoyable and stimulating place to visit.