|School:||Castle Carrock Primary School|
Solar System : Yr 5 – 6|
Observing the Night Sky : Yr 5 – 6
Nature of Light : Yr 5 – 6
Hunting for Asteroids : Yr 3 – 6
Space Exploration : Yr 3 – 6
Our first visit to a school in England saw us travelling to the lovely rural community of Castle Carrock, not far from Hadrian’s wall. The plan was to spend the whole day working in detail with Class 3 (Year 5 and 6), but a hastily rearranged golfing tournament meant that we were also joined by the younger students of Class 2 (Year 3 and 4). We started the day with a refresher on the Solar System, followed by a look at stars and constellations. After break, we looked at the Nature of Light, which received a number of positive comments such as “it’s magic” … always glad to remind students that it’s just science. After lunch, where we were treated to lovely pasta bake, we brought out the laptops and hunted for a few asteroids. The day ended with a look at past and future space exploration, where we tried to enthuse the pupils about the many exciting space missions and technological advances that are tasking place in the near future. The weather remained good throughout the day, and the students came across as engaged and inquisitive.