Visit Report : Muirtown Primary School

School: Muirtown Primary School
Location: Inverness
Date: 29/01/2019
Duration: Full Day
Modules: Earth, Sun and Moon : P4
Stars and Constellations : P5 – P6
Solar System : P5 – P6
Introduction to Gravity : P7
Space Exploration : P4 – P7
Pupil Participants: 133
Adult Participants: 8
Visit Activity: 90


Although just back from the Scilly Isles last Friday, it was straight back on the road the following Monday in order to head to Inverness for another two day trip. Overnight snow saw for an icy start for the first of our visits, which was to Muirtown primary school on the west side of Inverness. Although not as remote as some schools we have visited, it’s still a good five hour drive to visit science centres in the central belt of Scotland, which makes it difficult to organise such trips. We were asked to work with just the P4-7 class groups today, all of whom enjoyed a few different activities, including the Earth, Sun and Moon (P4), Solar System and Stars & Constellations modules in the morning, whereas after lunch, we introduced P7 to the idea of gravity, followed by a talk on Space Exploration to the whole group.

The school had agreed to host an evening community event, so after a interlude to grab some refreshments, it was back to the school to set-up. We were delighted by the good turnout for the event, which saw around 90 children, parents and community members join us for a couple of mini-talks on the ‘Solar System’, followed by a quick look at what’s in the night sky. Lots of interesting questions during the event, and nice to see so many pupils staying behind to ask questions. Finally away at 7:30 pm, then took a 30-minute drive down Loch Ness to the village of Drumnadrochit ahead of primary visit tomorrow.