This is a play/ assembly script originally written for a Y2 class as part of a topic on The Earth and Space. It contains parts for 20 children but more parts could be added as necessary.
The First Moon Landing 1969
Teacher: introduce story……..personal memories of that day in 1969.
Characters: family sitting around TV. 7
Houston Control Centre scientists 8
TV Reporters 3
Astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Michael (Buzz) Aldrin
Family watching TV
1st child Is it on yet Mummy?
Mother I think the programme is about to start. This is going to be a
very special day in history. For the first time men will walk
on the moon.
2nd child Who are they?
Daddy They are Americans, from the United States. Their names
are Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. They are going to be
3rd child Are they the first men to go up in space Aunty Jane?
Aunt Jane Oh no, the first man in space was a Russian called Yuri
Gagarin. He orbited the Earth in a rocket called Vostok in
1961. He was very famous.
Uncle John: Actually the very first thing to go up in a rocket into space
wasn’t a man at all. It was a dog called Laika. The Russians
sent a dog into space in 1957 to see if it could be done.
3rd child: Is this the first time Americans have gone into space?
Mummy No, the Americans have sent up space ships before with
men in them but they have never tried to land on the moon
before. It’s quite dangerous.
Three children together: Why aren’t they going to Mars?
Daddy: Because the moon is closer. Mars and the other planets
are too far away and it would take a very long time to get
Uncle John Quiet now, the programme is starting.
Three TV reporters enter (holding ‘microphones’)
1st reporter We are coming to you live from Houston Space Centre
today, July 20th 1969. It’s a beautiful day and everyone
is just praying that all will be well for these brave men.
The whole world is holding its breath!..........(insert 2nd
reporter’s name here)
2nd reporter Thanks (insert 1st reporter’s name here)……That’s right.
Today man will land on the moon in the area known as
Tranquillity Base….. What a day!
(insert 3rd reporter’s name here)
3rd reporter Thanks (2nd reporter’s name here). We have just heard
from Mission Control that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
are in the landing module called Eagle and they are going
down onto the surface of the moon as we speak. Michael
Collins of course is staying in the main space ship. So the
two men are on their way…………(2nd reporter’s name)
2nd reporter That’s right (insert 3rd repoerter’s name here) History is
about to be made.
I’m getting some information here……… (holds finger to
ear) Right….right….good….. Let’s go over to Houston
Scientists are sitting down at monitor screens (boxes) or with ear phones on)
1st scientist Apollo 11 moon ship………. engine systems go.
2nd scientist Check.
3rd scientist Oxygen levels stable.
2nd scientist Check.
4th scientist Break functions firing. Slowing down now.
2nd scientist Check.
5th scientist Fuel levels, how much fuel do they have?
6th scientist Very low…..this is very bad….they only have 30 seconds
fuel left…this could be a disaster!
2nd scientist Monitoring fuel levels, should we abort?
7th scientist No, too late for that, there’s no going back now ……..going
8th scientist: Coming down nicely……. 100 metres…….lights on……..50
metres…….kicking up some dust……. 20 metres ……faint
shadow…….drifting to the right a little ……….. OK…….and
Neil Armstrong: (from side of stage) : Engine off Houston.
3rd scientist: We copy you down Eagle.
Neil Armstrong: Houston……… Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has
4th scientist Roger Tranquillity. We copy you on the ground. We’ve
got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing
again. Thanks a lot.
(Scientists all jump around in excitement and hug and shake hands………..the family all jump up and hug each other, Daddy and Uncle shake hands!)
Aunt Jane: Sit down, let’s watch! This is so exciting!
Child 1: Why are only two of them landing on the moon Mummy?
Mummy: One of them has to stay in the main ship Apollo.
Michael Collins is the pilot so he is the one who must stay
Daddy: That’s right: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin will have to
get back to Apollo 11 later on.
Child 2: Is it dangerous?
Uncle John: Of course, very dangerous. There is no air on the moon so
they oxygen packs on their backs so they can breathe.
Look, they are coming down the steps now……..
Enter Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, making slow, high steps as they walk on the moon. One of them carries an American flag. Play national anthem of the United States……………..fade out
Neil Armstrong: That’s one small step for a man …….one giant leap for
Buzz Aldrin: I can see craters and fine dust all around me. It all
looks kind of grey to me. I can see the earth in the
sky………..wow! ……….beautiful, just beautiful!
Neil Armstrong: Get your camera out Buzz. This will be one for the
Buzz Aldrin: I feel like I am floating when I take a step. It
feels strange to walk when there is very little
They both move round very slowly taking photos.
Scientist 2: Everything looking fine. OK Neil and Buzz, time to
begin your investigations. Time is running out. Don’t
go too far away!
Scientist 1: Check oxygen levels.
Buzz: Check………..Oxygen pack full.
Neil: Check, I am fine to go Houston.
1st reporter: Neil and Buzz are collecting rock samples so we can
find out what the moon is really made of.
2nd reporter: My grandmother always told me the moon is made of
1st reporter: Good one …………..mine told me there is a man in the
moon, well now there are two!
3rd reporter: The test they are doing now is interesting. They are
going to drop a hammer and a feather to see what
Teacher explains and shows what happens when we drop these things on the earth. The hammer lands first.
Neil and Buzz show what happened when they dropped them on the moon, they both landed at the same time because there is no air on the moon to slow the feather down. (air friction)
4th scientist: Time to get back guys. You have been there for over
two hours. Good luck! …….
[END WITH AN AMERICAN LINE DANCE]