Visit Report : Dervaig Primary School

School: Dervaig Primary School
Location: Isle of Mull
Date: 24/09/2019
Duration: Full Day
Modules: Earth, Sun and Moon : P2 – P4
Solar System : P2 – P7
Stars and Constellations : P5 – P7
Hunting for Asteroids : P5 – P7
Introduction to Gravity : P5 – P7
Ask an Astronomer : P2 – P4
Space Exploration : P2 – P7
Pupil Participants: 25
Adult Participants: 3
Visit Activity:

For day two of our trip to the Isle of Mull, we headed to small primary in the village of Dervaig. With just 25 pupils, split into two class sets (P2-4 and P5-7), we ran parallel sessions to ensure that each child had at least 4 hours of contact time – that is a lot of astronomy. We started the day with the P2-4s looking at the ‘Earth, Sun and Moon’, followed by a tour of the ‘Solar System’. The P5-7s started with the ‘Solar System’ and moved onto ‘Stars and Constellations’. We then spent an hour talking to the P5-7s about Gravity up until lunchtime.

After lunch, we ran a sit-down ‘Ask an Astronomer’ session for the younger class, whilst the older class went hunting for asteroids on the school laptops. We ended the day with the usual ‘Space Exploration’ talk, which included a discussion on the many space career opportunities currently available in the UK. A great day all in all, with some wonderful questions from the younger group during the ask an astronomer session … as shown below.