Principia: Maths in Space

ESERO-UK have developed resources to support the teaching and learning of mathematics using the context of Tim Peake’s Mission to ISS.


  • 7-11
  • 11-14
  • 14-16

ESERO-UK have produced a collection of mathematics resources aimed at teachers of key stage 2, 3 and 4 students (age 7 to 16), which is closely linked to elements of the mathematics national curriculums of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales which can be taught in new and stimulating ways. Children can explore familiar and unfamiliar mathematical ideas relating to Tim’s Principia mission, including estimation, measures, combinations, permutations and probability.

The resource comes in three packs that each focus on different areas of the Principia mission:

  • Pack 1: How much do you eat? An exploration of how Tim Peake will get six months’ worth of food to the International Space Station.
  • Pack 2: Exploring combinations, permutations, factorials and probability surrounding Tim Peake’s Mission to the International Space Station.
  • Pack 3: The speeds, distances and times involved in getting to the International Space Station, including additional Fermat Estimation style questions.

This teacher guide, and the resources that accompany it, can be used in a number of different ways:

  • Following the activities in sequence will cover the curriculum links listed within. This might be done as part of a themed week, or over a series of sessions.
  • Teachers can pick and choose which activities, resources and links to use and when – they can be used independently of each other.
  • Teachers may wish to present children, in class or as part of an extra-curricular activity, with the activities only.

Maths packs can be downloaded from  ESERO-UK.