Visit Report : Lochdonhead Primary School

School: Lochdonhead Primary School
Location: Isle of Mull
Date: 27/09/2019
Duration: Full Day
Modules: Solar System : P1 – P7
Stars and Constellations : P1 – P7
Introduction to Gravity : P5 – P7
Ask an Astronomer : P1 – P4
Hunting for Asteroids: P1 – P7
Space Exploration : P1 – P7
Pupil Participants: 9
Adult Participants: 1
Visit Activity:

The final day of our week long trip to the Isle of Mull saw us visiting the small primary school at Lochdonhead. With just 9 pupils, we anticipated a relaxed day, but with some excellent searching questions and an unexpected fire alarm, we were kept busy. We started the day with our ‘Solar System’ activity, but decided to separate the younger and older pupils for different play-doh tasks. ‘Stars and Constellations’ was next on the agenda, but because of the large age gap, we teamed up younger and older pupils for the hands-on planisphere task. In the hour before lunch, we talked to older pupils about gravity, whilst in another room, we took general questions about space from the P1-P4 group.

After lunch, the pupils undertook the ‘Hunting for Asteroids’ workshop, which involved them first learning more about asteroids, and then using image processing software to search for asteroids in some real data. The day ended with our interactive space exploration talk. It was then time to pack-up and make a mad dash to Craignure for the ferry back to Oban, then onward to home via Glasgow. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our week on Mull and were struck by the very warm welcome we received and the sheer scenic beauty of the island.