Educational Visit to Greenwich Planetarium

What a fantastic way to start our new topic: Up Above and Down Below! On the first day of term, the Reception classes travelled by bus (no rockets available at short notice, unfortunately) to the Greenwich Planetarium. After walking to New Cross we took the 53 to Blackheath and then had a lovely walk through Greenwich park- we saw lots of signs of Autumn. Can you remember any of them?

We had received a message to wait for our class alien Petal, but after a short wait she had not arrived and so we set off to explore the museum. If you have never been to the museum it is a great (and free) resource. Can you remember how old the meteorite in the foyer is? Who managed to find the tiny piece of Mars on display?

After exploring the museum, we managed to fit in a quick trip to the Meridian line. The children were really interested to find out that they could put their feet in the Eastern and Western hemispheres at the same time. Did you know that time has been measured from Greenwich since the 19th Century? Can you find out what divides the Northern and Southern hemispheres? (clue- a globe will help you.)

Then it was time for the show. We headed inside the planetarium for Ted’s Space Adventure and lay back to watch the stars and planets. We found out about planets in our solar system and where Ted’s plant could live.

After lunch we decided we should try and find Petal the alien as she still had not turned up. We met Reception M on the way- they were also looking for their alien friend who was missing. We searched the planetarium gardens for clues and found some interesting objects like an alien tv, martian rocks and alien slime. Some children even found what looked like alien footprints in the stone. 

The children were beautifully behaved and returned to school full of questions and ideas. We have spent the last week using what we learned to design and make our own space station in the classroom, complete with control panels, communication devices and alien detectors.

Thank you to all the adult volunteers who helped the trip to run smoothly. It is always fantastic to have such great support from you.

Unfortunately Petal is still lost. She has sent us some messages to help us to find her. We know that the planet she is on is very hot & that it has rocks. What else do we need to know to help us find out which planet she is on? Hopefully she will make it back to Earth soon.

 

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