On Wednesday, Year 3 went on an educational visit that would take them to Mars, Uranus, Pluto and even as far as the Andromeda Galaxy in a quest to learn more about Space. You might think we took a rocket to go on such a journey but unfortunately it was only the bus to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
We arrived at the Royal Observatory Greenwich just before half past 10 and were just in time to catch our flight around the Solar system in the Planetarium. The Planetarium was an incredible experience that showed the Solar system in all its glory. We learnt about the terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars) and the gas giants (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) in our Solar system and paid quick visits to the surface of Mars, where we discovered ancient volcanoes and 10km deep trenches, and to Uranus which we learnt has 27 known moons that are named after characters from the works of Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. Then it was time to leave our Solar system via a quick detour to Pluto and visit our nearest neighbouring large galaxy, Andromeda. We learnt that what we can see happening in Andromeda is 2.5million years old as it takes that long for the light from Andromeda to reach Earth. Then it was time to return home to the Observatory just in time for a quick look around the galleries before lunch.
The galleries were very interesting and helped us to learn about all aspects of Space and there was even an opportunity to touch a meteorite that was 4.5 billion years old. After our quick trip round the galleries it was time to have an even faster lunch before we met with one of the Observatory’s astronomers to discuss the Earth, the Moon and the Sun.
In our session with the astronomer, we learnt all about the relative sizes of the Earth to the Sun and even investigated why the Earth has night and day. We also looked at why the Moon changes shape and why sometimes we can see it during the day. Finally, with a little help from Shylo and Erik, we learnt about the differences between a Solar eclipse and a Lunar eclipse and why they happen at all.
After our session with the astronomer, it was time to head back to school and think about the wonderful day we’d had. We’d like to say thank you to the parents who came on the visit as without you it would not have been possible to go and we’d also like to thank Ms Pelage for all her hard work in helping prepare for the visit and especially for coming in on a Wednesday to help out.
Mr Pinks and Year 3
Quotes from the children:
Victoria ‘I liked the experience and I liked that I had the chance to learn more about space.’
Kenayawh ‘I really enjoyed going in the Planetarium and discovering the moons of the different planets.’
Shamar ‘I really enjoyed the session with Greg the astronomer who taught me that the Sun is not made out of fire but is made up of gas.’
Ademide ‘It was amazing when we learnt about the different orbits and how if we lived on Neptune we’d only have a birthday every 165 years!’
Chinaza ‘I really liked looking at the different objects in the galleries and using the telescope to look at different stars.’
This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.