Visit Report : Toward Primary School

School: Toward Primary School
Location: Cowal Peninsular
Date: 26/02/2018
Duration: Full Day
Modules: Earth, Sun and Moon : P1 – P7
Solar System : P1 – P7
Hunting for Asteroids : P4 – P7
Nature of Light : P1 – P7
Pupil Participants: 28
Adult Participants: 3
Visit Activity: n/a


Today’s visit was a one off to a primary school on the southern tip of the Cowal Peninsular, just across the water from the Isle of Bute. Toward Primary school is situated just above the rocky shoreline, which gives its 28 pupils outstanding views across the Firth of Clyde and down towards Great Cumbrae. As it was a small school, we were able to run whole school sessions for all ages. We started with the Earth, Sun and Moon, we was probably a recap for the older students, but offers a good reminder. The Solar System session went well, and after a 15 minute break to stretch legs, the older pupils undertook our ‘Solar System in your pocket’ and ‘Play-Doh PLanets’ activities, whilst the P1s and 2s created, named and described their own planets. After lunch, we ran the ‘Hunting for Asteroids Activity’ with the older pupils, who seemed quite taken aback by the large number of asteroids that astronomers are currently tracking. Left them with the comfort of knowing that there are many hundreds of telescopes around the world engaged in trying to keep us safe. We finished the day with our ever popular ‘Nature of Light’ activity, which baffled and bemused pupils with a few “invisible-light” tricks. A great day all told, and once again, we were very well looked after by the school, and made to feel very welcome by the pupils.