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The Planetarium

  • 3 March 2022

This term, Year 5 welcomed the Planetarium into our academy. This was an incredible experience and the children were so excited to have a long-awaited visitor in our school. We travelled into space (the Planetarium!) and gazed at the millions of stars that surround us. Lucy, our space guide, gave us a VIP tour of our solar system. She showed us what the planets look like, explained their atmosphere and distance from Earth. Lucy then showed us the phases of the moon using a model Earth and a torch! We learnt so much about how the Earth changes from night to day and different time zones around the world. Our children then discovered the dwarf planets and their locations in our solar system. We didn’t know there were 5; Ceres, Pluto, Makemake, Eris and Haumea.

The Planetarium then became the night sky and we became star gazers! Fascinating stories were shared about how the constellations came to be. The children were given tips on how to spot these magnificent constellations themselves: a few of our favourites being Orion the Hunter, Scorpius the Scorpion and Sagittarius the Archer. Many of our children were so inspired by this that they put their new skills into practice that very night and even sent in photographs on Twitter of Year 5 superstars stargazing!

The Planetarium was only the beginning for us: Year 5 then followed with a full space themed day. We researched each planet in depth, creating a knowledge organiser of facts! We then debated life on other planets and even created our own newly-discovered Planet X. Year 5 were so inspired by the day and the Planetarium was the perfect rocket jumpstart to our Spring topic!

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