Prep pupils at Gateways School, Harewood, took part in a space day last Thursday as part of the Tim Peake Primary Project, which uses space to increase the engagement of primary school children with science, numeracy and literacy.
The space day involved a visit from an inflatable planetarium know as a “Cosmodome” and Space Ambassador Adam Shore from the University of York. Pupils aged 2-11 had the chance to enter the Cosmodome to view the wonders of space, as well as learning about various topics such as space exploration, constellations and types of stars. In addition, GCSE triple science students and A Level Physics pupils experienced a more personalised learning experience from Adam Shore to help with their courses of study.
Gateways is currently ranked as the top school in the UK for value added in Maths and Science (CEM Centre, 2016) and attributes its success in this area, in part, to its involvement in STEM projects such as this.
Prep Pupils at Gateways School commented; “The colours of the stars were beautiful like a painting” and “being in the Cosmodome made it feel like you were actually in space, especially when it zoomed into the stars and planets.”
Dr Tracy Johnson, Headmistress of Gateways said;
We were delighted to welcome Adam and the Cosmodome to the School. It certainly enthused our pupils and reinforced our commitment to STEM.