PostcardsFrom… Education

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Kids love them!!

The PostcardsFrom… project arose in the Covid-19 lockdown of 2020, when many parents were struggling with home schooling. The aim is to educate children on a given topic with stunning pictures and fun, interesting stories, with supporting online activities.

All the postcards have been assessed by expert teachers for their direct subject content, as well as for improving literacy. Indeed, in June 2021, the UK’s Institute of Physics wrote an article about them for their Classroom Physics magazine, aimed at school teachers.

article from the Institute of Physics magazine for teachers called Classroom Physics, highlighting Postcards From Space

“Martin has thoroughly enjoyed receiving them and has read the stories over and over again.” – Barbara from Northumberland.

Activities

Every Postcard includes a special code/QR code which will take your child to a special webpage. That page contains more great photos, fun facts, and they all finish with at least one activity for your child to do. This might be further research, writing a story, drawing a picture – they’re all different, all educational, and all are great fun! You can see an example of one of these additional pages by clicking here. Or you can download a pdf that lists all the activities in the two space series, with an indication of the learning and skills each one provides.

The PostcardsFromSpace and PostcardsFromDeepSpace series were authored by Miles Hudson. He is an expert in physics education, who trains science teachers at Newcastle University, and has also trained specialist physics teachers on behalf of the Institute of Physics, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the British Council.   mileshudson.com

PostcardsFromSpace address the English national curriculum statements listed below.

Earth and space

Year 5 Programme of Study:

Pupils should be taught to:

  • describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system
  • describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth
  • describe the sun, Earth and moon as approximately spherical bodies

KS3 Programme of Study

  • gravity force, weight = mass x gravitational field strength (g), on Earth g=10 N/kg, different on other planets and stars; gravity forces between Earth and Moon, and between Earth and sun (qualitative only)
  • our sun as a star, other stars in our galaxy, other galaxies