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KS3 Gallery Trails

Our Key Stage 3 Gallery Trails encourage fun and exploration. Download them here for your class.

To achieve the best quality copy when printing any of these trails in black and white please use the grey scale option in your printer settings.

The Comets Trail

Great Comet

This trail is recommended if your group is participating in the Challenger Comet mission or the Earth Under Threat workshop. Through this trail students will find out more about comets, Near earth objects and the people who discovered them. They will collect information and use this to crack a code.

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Could you be an Extra Terrestrial?

Boy with ailen head

This trail focuses on KS3 students studying the solar system and beyond and Gravity and space. Students must consider the features of Mars and compare them to earth. They then can create an alien with the features it might need to live on Mars. The students then go on to discover if they could become an astronaut or alien by trying a variety of tests and puzzles.

Links with National Curriculum: Sc 4 Earth and Beyond.

QCA schemes: unit 7L the solar system and beyond unit 9j – gravity and space

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Astrotours – Solar system Travel Agency


This trail covers work for KS2/3 students. The children are part of a travel agency advertising the benefits of different planets to alien visitors. To do this students must explore the galleries to find out different facts about the planets. Once they have collected all the information and answered the questions the students should have collected enough information to present their findings.

This activity can be used post visit with the attached worksheets.

Links with National Curriculum: Sc4 Earth and Beyond NLS – speaking and listening presentationss

QCA schemes: unit 5e Earth and Beyond – 7L solar system and beyond

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Workshop Trails


The following trails are recommended to be used with one of our workshops.

From our Blog:

Shuttle launch in the Challenger Learning Centre.As we wave goodbye to the summer we are ready to welcome all of our school visitors back to the National Space Centre. We are especially excited as we have a multitude of new goodies ready to offer for the new school year!


Scouting and Guiding:

Fantastic packages for Scouting and Guiding Groups.

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Space Missions:

Blast off on one of our specatacular space missions!

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