The universe arrives in school for one group of very lucky children

Bob Mizon from Dorset brought his planetarium to Lee on the Solent Junior School to show the pupils the stars and planets. (left to right), Brooke Yardley (10), Sophie Keates (10), and Sammy Burgess-Booth (nine).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13301-1)
Bob Mizon from Dorset brought his planetarium to Lee on the Solent Junior School to show the pupils the stars and planets. (left to right), Brooke Yardley (10), Sophie Keates (10), and Sammy Burgess-Booth (nine).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13301-1)
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Our Year 5 children were very excited because we had a mobile planetarium, here at Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School, writes Margaret Speight.

It’s all part of our topic about space, called To Infinity and Beyond.

We wanted to give the children a good experience to help with their learning, so we asked Bob Mizon from The Travelling Planetarium to come into our school.

It was exciting for the children.

They had to take their shoes off before climbing through a dark tunnel to reach the inside of the planetarium, which was pitch black.

They have been learning about the constellations in the sky.

Bob told the children why we can’t see all the stars – because we have got light pollution.

He gave them an explanation about how the earth moves round the sun.

Before we went in, I asked the children what they expected from it.

Some of them didn’t have a clue about what to expect in there.

For most of them, it was their first experience of being inside a planetarium.

They were very excited about it.

They wouldn’t get this chance normally.

But this was all pointed out to them.

This builds a bit of concrete for them.

We will be following this up over the next few days.

We’re talking about some of the misconceptions about what they think about space.

It’s all part of the science curriculum.

We are also writing a myth.

We have gone through what a myth should have.

They have to come up with something, like how the rain becomes snow.

It’s making links between different subjects so you build up your learning from science here and link it to something else so that they have got a broad understanding.

They do love it – not knowing what’s out there and what could be out there.

They have got lots of imagination about what could be out there.

For quite a few of them it’s their first time.

They probably wouldn’t get that opportunity if it wasn’t for the school providing it.

They have been very enthusiastic about it and they have found it very exciting.

It has been a great experience for them.