Somerset youngsters ‘inspired’ by exciting Tim Peake Primary Project

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 April 2017

Pupils from Hugh Sexey Middle School and its surrounding primary schools enjoyed a space evening at the school in Blackford. Picture: Eleanor Young

Pupils from Hugh Sexey Middle School and its surrounding primary schools enjoyed a space evening at the school in Blackford. Picture: Eleanor Young

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Youngsters from a Somerset middle school took to the sky in a space-themed open evening.

Children and parents at Hugh Sexey Middle School, in Sexeys Road, enjoyed a stargazing event designed to ‘inspire’ them.

The school is part of the Tim Peake Primary Project, which aims to teach children about science and the astronaut’s adventures on the International Space Station.

Jo Richardson, from Space Detectives, was also on hand to take the children into space with virtual reality headsets and the Space Odyssey Mobile Planetarium took children to the space station in an exciting way.

Year five leader Charlotte Edmonds said: “There are a number of different projects we run across the curriculum, including space poetry, space food and the solar system.

Jon, Winnie and Bron White with Mendip and Wells Astronomer Charles Toogood. Picture: Eleanor YoungJon, Winnie and Bron White with Mendip and Wells Astronomer Charles Toogood. Picture: Eleanor Young

“The project is finally underway and the students are so fired up.

“To come to the space evening and visit the planetarium and speak with the space detectives has blown their mind.”

The school was blessed with clear skies as pupils used telescopes to look at the constellations.

Charlotte said: “They are so excited and looking forward to learning more about it.

“Our hope is that the children will be inspired to pursue an interest in science and space.

“This has been so immersive and inspirational for them.”


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