Download our free resources to kick-start your class adventure into Space.
Yep, that's right! It's a star...just not as far away as the ones we see at night! Learn about what a 'star' is and use fairy lights to learn about space.
Teach students the basics about the big wheel of cheese that sits in our sky...the Moon! The accompanying activity combines Space and sweet treats to learn about the Moon...
This resource is all about planets...for preschoolers! Teach the Solar System basics and make your own Solar System with playdough. Includes options for older students.
What happens to make night and day? Start your students on an astronomical adventure!
Download our free Matariki booklet for your class and learn all about this important star cluster.
Astronomy is a daytime activity too! Get your class making a Sun clock to learn more about Sundials, clocks and the movement of the Sun.
Spectroscopy has opened our eyes to the Universe. Find out what it is and what we can learn from it, and then build your own spectrometer out of a tube and an old CD!
Looking up at night, we can see that stars are not all the same colour. But why is this so? Find out more in this resource, then head outside to stargaze!
Comet crazy! Learn about the Rosetta mission to Comet 67p, what was discovered and what effect our Sun has on the comet.
Texting is second nature to most of us now. In this resource, learn about the connectivity and 'texting' methods used in space and explore radio and light waves.
We have more on Matariki! Learn about the helical rising of the stars and have fun with fidget spinners and bicycle wheels in this resource and activity.
You can't judge a planet by its size! Explore density and mass in this resource.
Learn about why stars have different levels of brightness.
Learn more about eclipses and transits and see if you can create one using a rugby field.
Get to know the orbital patterns in our night sky, learn how they can be observed by using the Moon and create a musical recreation of the planet’s orbits.
Learn about the space-exploration technique of gravity assistance and how this manoeuvre helps send spacecraft further into space.
Discover the circumstance and qualities a planet needs to sustain life and design an alien world capable of doing so in the accompanying activity
Learn how observatories and telescopes both big and small, extra-terrestrial and earth-bound work in this resource and have a go making your own.
This resource explores exoplanets and methods used to detect them. The activity uses objects and light to teach students how astronomers use these methods.
Get to know the spacecraft, Cassini-Huygens, and learn about its discoveries from studying Saturn and its moons. Make your own Cassini with the accompanying activity.
Explore the Dawn Spacecraft on a mission to research Ceres, the largest asteroid in our Solar System, and explore the differences between asteroids and dwarf planets.
It is possible that life began on Earth soon after it cooled enough for liquid water to exist, but the earliest evidence of life came almost 1 billion years later. Find...
This resource and poster looks at the formation and composition of Earth and the processes which enabled life to emerge on our planet.
This resource explains why we see different constellations during the year.
In this resource, we’re revisiting the stars to learn more about black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs.
“We are made of star stuff” is the famous quote from Carl Sagan. It’s true! Find out why with this resource.
This resource explores measuring time and the cyclic movement of the Sun during the year.
The Pleiades (Matariki) is important for Kiwi kids. Take a closer look in this primary resource on the star cluster.
Planning a Unit:
Astronomy and Space Information:
Transit of Venus
How Stars Form (Stellar Evolution)
Astronomy in New Zealand