Visit Report : Salen Primary School

School: Salen Primary School
Location: Isle of Mull
Date: 26/09/2019
Duration: Full Day
Modules: Earth, Sun and Moon : P1 – P3
Stars and Constellations : P3 – P4
Robotic Telescopes : P4 – P7
Nature of Light : P5 – P7
Space Exploration : P1 – P7
Pupil Participants: 85
Adult Participants: 7
Visit Activity:

Today the team had to split-up to work with two schools some 15 miles apart. It was Scott’s task to work with the pupils of Salen Primary, which with 85 pupils in 5 classes (both English and Gaelic taught), is actually the largest school on the Isle of Mull. The day started with the P1-3 age group, who spent 40 minutes looking at the ‘Earth, Sun and Moon’ in a session which incorporates ideas abut day and night, seasons and lunar phases. Scott then spent an hour talking to the P4-7 group about ‘robotic telescopes’, which finishes with them using image processing software to analyse a few real telescope observations. After break, the P3-4 group created planispheres during the ‘Stars and Constellations’ sessions.

After lunch, the P5-7s undertook the full ‘Nature of Light’ workshop, which involved them creating their own basic spectroscopes. The day ended, as has become common place, with our interactive space exploration talk, which looks at past, present and future missions in our own star system. It was then time to pack-up and await collection, before the team headed up to Dervaig again for the second community event of the week.