Visit Report : First Tower Primary School

School: First Tower Primary School
Location: Jersey
Date: 23/10/2019
Duration: Full Day
Modules: Nature of Light : Year 6
Solar System : Year 3 & 5
Introduction to Gravity : Year 3
Space Exploration: Year 3, 5 & 6
Pupil Participants: 132
Adult Participants: 6
Visit Activity: 58

The second day of our short Jersey trip saw us head to First Tower Primary School on the west side of the island’s capital, St Helier. We started the day by splitting Year 6 into two groups and working each group through the full ‘Nature of Light’ activity, which involved pupils making a basic spectroscope to take home, using a black tube and some grating paper. The pupils did really well, and with a little guidance, were able to finish on time. We then switched our attention to the Year 3 group, who undertook the ‘Introduction to Gravity’ and ‘Nature of Light’ workshops before lunch.

After lunch, we ran the Solar System activity with a large group of Year 5’s, who all managed to create scale models of the Solar System using play-doh. We finished the day with our ‘Space Exploration’ talk to a room-full of Year 3, 5 and 6 pupils, who seemed to appreciate our history of space exploration, and a brief look at some of the exciting rocket developments in recent years. We then packed up and dropped Scott off at the airport to complete his superb involvement in the AfRIS project.

The following day saw a community event hosted by St George’s School, where a ‘Destination Mars’ activity was run for parents and children. The workshop explored some of the developments in the race to send humans to Mars to establish a colony. It was then time to make a dash for the lunchtime ferry trip back to Poole, and then the long drive home.