Engaging in scientific debates creates engaged citizens. This activity (aimed at students aged 11+) supports students to debate a topic linked to physics and astronomy. Students will practice their oracy skills and use of persuasive language, and develop their teamwork and critical thinking skills.
Scientists discuss and debate ideas continually. Aimed at pupils aged 7 - 11, this activity allows pupils to think about why we explore space. Pupils will form their own opinions, discuss ideas, and work in teams to form persuasive arguments. The session allows pupils to improve their speaking and listening skills, as well as develop their critical thinking and confidence.
Pupils study the front page of the Guardian newspaper from the time of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, then answer a series of comprehension questions.
Depending on pupil ability, the activity could be done either independently, or as part of a small teacher accompanied group.
As well as a copy of the original front page, there is also a transcription to make it easier to read, as well as detailed answers for the teacher.