Frequently Asked Questions
What is Space Adventures?
Space Adventures is a flagship curriculum development by LGfL which aims to support all learners in Key Stage 2 and 3 and across literacy, Maths, Science and Computing. It also supports cloud platform development in schools providing a rich set of resources to integrate within G Suite and Office 365.
Why was it created?
Space Adventures is the culmination of many years of experience in producing engaging, interactive video based learning resources for use at school and beyond the confines of the school day. A wide section of experts in their field have been supporting LGfL develop its online learning portfolio andcloud transformation programme and Space Adventures seeks to bring all the expertise and imagination together into one resource to inspire children and teachers across London.
What subjects does it support?
Space Adventures directly supports Literacy, Maths/ Science and Computing for KS2/3.
What key Stages does it support?
Space Adventures is targeted at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 although some teachers may find elements of the resource suitable for use with older and younger children than targeted.
What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. The LGfL Editorial Board endeavours to invest in the development of a portfolio of learning resources that are as accessible as possible given internal resource and capacity at LGfL. Space Adventures represents the most accessible resource LGfL have ever created to meet the needs of as wide a target audience as possible.
How can I recreate my own Space Adventures video scenes?
In order to film a subject and remove the background, a uniform colour needs to be behind the subject being filmed. The green cloth used as a backdrop to the Space Adventures scene filming cost less than £5 from Amazon! Most modern video editing software has the ability to remove a background uniform colour, which allows the type of effective used in Space Adventures. This is called ‘Keying’.
Admittedly in the LGfL version of the Space Adventures scenes, a professional HD video camera (Canon XF305) and Final Cut Pro video editing software and motion graphics plugins were used to create the final outcome, but it is possible to achieve very good results using inbuilt cameras on phones and iPads to create your own Adventures.
What equipment do I need to access the virtual reality element?
The standalone virtual reality app (download for Apple or Android) uses Google Cardboard technology to transform your mobile device into a 3D viewer. Purchase of a compatible viewer is required available for under £10 in cardboard and under £20 in more durable plastic (examples given here are not official recommendations and subject to change; always check for compatibility with your device and ensure that the device has a Google Cardboard settings QR code on it).
For a fully immersive effect, be sure to listen to the sound by using your phone’s headphones.
Can my students access the resource from home?
Yes – just log in via the LGfL USO log in.
Can I access Space Adventures from mobile devices?
Yes – the web resource has been designed to be viewable from any internet connected device.