A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Or to be more accurate; a few days ago in our school hall…

Continuing our Science Week, on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th March, we were treated to a visit inside the Auriga Star Dome. The mobile planetarium was set up (under Covid-safe conditions) to be enjoyed by each class bubble.

Everyone was excited and a little apprehensive as they entered the large black dome. Inside, they watched videos that taught them about Earth, the Sun, the Moon and all of the planets. They then saw the night sky in the dome – some of them were a little nervous about how dark it was but they were very courageous together while they watched the sun rise. Each session was age-appropriate and Year 1 enjoyed watching a funny video about Moon Man Dan and his moon moos! Year 5 had a great time learning lots of facts. It was something that the whole class enjoyed and they were even lucky enough to have the opportunity to return later in the day to ask any further questions that they had. Year 6 thought it was amazing when the lights went out and there were stars all over the roof. Year 2 were astounded by footage of the lunar landings – especially as they have been learning about Neil Armstrong in their topic work. As the dome descended into total darkness, the ‘sky’ was illuminated by the constellations, with some of the more identifiable stars such as Orion’s Belt and Ursa Major pointed out for them. They also were amazed by the Solar System. They learned lots of facts about each planet; did you know that Neptune is the bluest, windiest and coldest planet? Willow said, “It was fantastic! The sky was glowing!” Each class was able to ask any questions they wanted and these ranged from, ‘How long does it take to get to the moon?’ to ‘If a baby is born on Mars, is it a Martian or human?’

It definitely was an ‘out of this world’ experience!

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