Learn English by Talking On the Moon (March>July 2017)

This project is designed to enable students at the College Maria Casares (France) to build on their English language skills by studying the history and future of the moon landings and space travel.


Astronomy and outer space are important to us in our school


During this project, students will be required to:

Use the mouse to look around the objectives in this virtual reality moonscape.

Ideas, resources and student work

Students and their teacher are adding ideas, sources and examples of work to this mind-map as the project develops.

Click here to open this interactive mind-map of resources and student work

Questions that students will be able to answer

Click to open this Padlet document here

Vocabulary in English for speaking about planets




This worksheet was completed by students in order to help them build essential vocabulary for speaking about and comparing planets.

The worksheet is presented gradually in class using this slow-reveal Slideshow











Discover the planets in augmented reality

Students are working on posters about each planet.

Each poster includes a bar-code that allows a smartphone application to add 3D models of each planet to their poster.

Find the resources and the application here (in French)

These posters will go on our wall display which currently looks like this:









Students in teams are offered reading comprehension using these documents (Click here to access the research docs):

Using their research, students’ augmented reality posters display key facts about the planets shown as question and answer pairs. Here are some examples from students in class:















Understand the real sizes and distances of the planets

This fantastic video helped pupils build a very real understanding of the sizes of planets and the real distances between them. 

The visual aids (a pea, a grain of salt, a grape) will be stuck on each poster to help us remember relative sizes.

This video allowed us to work on comparatives, measurements and the third person singular.










Explore the moon with Google

Various online resources are suggested for understanding life on the moon as well as virtual reality apps that allow students to walk around the moon’s surface.



Take a tour of the moon

History of Space Travel Timelines

Click on the above timelines to open them

History of Space Travel Videos

Here’s the interactive quiz about this video:


Virtual Reality: Lift off with Space X

Using the Liftoff VR application from SpaceX, students experience a ride on a SpaceX rocket as it blasts through the atmosphere.


We also have applications for walking on the moon and flying around the solar system in Virtual Reality.

Virtual Reality experiences are scored according to students’ ability to react to their experience and share their experience in English:

This video demonstrates how we use VR in class:

For team play, we use this Team-Picker for the six teams.












Take this 360° Virtual Reality journey to Mars

Social & Political Context: “Hidden Figures” Trailer

Find our work from last year on Ruby Bridges and Martin Luther King here

Heroes of space exploration: “Apollo 13” Trailer

Skyping an astronaut: What questions would you ask?

Mars Generation on Netflix : Your generation’s future in space

Link to the website and trailer here

Mars One : Your generation on Mars

Link to the Mars One Project Website

All about day-to-day life on the international spacestation


Contact project coordinator