Visit Report : Whiting Bay Primary School

School: Whiting Bay Primary School
Location: Isle of Arran
Date: 21/11/2017
Duration: Full Day
Modules: Earth, Sun and Moon : P1 – P5
Solar System : P1 – P7
Robotic Telescopes : P6 – P7
Hunting for Asteroids : P6 – P7
Pupil Participants: 57
Adult Participants: 8
Visit Activity: Community Event

The team positioned to Arran the day before, so were able to make an early start at 8:30am. The school is located directly across the road from the rocky shore and thus had wonderful views across the sea to the mainland. The sight of swans, oyster catchers and cormorants just yards from the school was a delight. The visit plan was to work with a selection of different classes throughout the day in accordance with the above programme. The younger students (P1/2/3) seemed to manage fine with the Earth, Sun and Moon module, and were full of questions. All students experienced the Solar System presentation at some point during the day, and this is where our 4K resolution screen (which we take with us on visits) came into its own and allowed pupils to see planets, dwarf planets and moons in much finer detail. In the afternoon, we worked with around 20 P6 & 7s on some more advanced modules, which involved them analysing a variety of data from a robotic telescope and also hunting for asteroids. All in all, it was a very full day and packed programme, where we accomplished what we set out to and received good feedback from staff and pupils.