Constellation Spotting And Stargazing
Year 1 and 5 girls and boys came together this week to enter a Planetarium where they watched the moon and the stars rise over the roof of the learning dome at Junior Boys.
They were fascinated to find out the different names of constellations, how to recognise Jupiter in the night sky and how the Earth rotates around the sun. One pupil asked, “how many stars are there?”, to which the fascinating response came, “there are more stars than there are grains of sand on Earth”.
Pupils have also been learning about the planets in more practical ways, as earlier this term they took to the playground to look at the scale and distance between planets. The pupils were provided with a premade inflatable solar system but weren’t told which planet was which. They were given fact files about each planet and had to match the description to the planet. The class then went outside to arrange themselves in planetary order and measured how far apart the planets should be if they were that size!