Space discovery at Jodrell Bank

Year five pupils got up close to the world-famous Lovell telescope as they learnt all about space and planets on a visit to the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

The boys and girls had an action packed schedule with lots of activities inspiring and educating them in equal measure.

They used a clockwork solar system to learn about the earth, sun and planets; walked the Planet Path to discover the scale of the solar system; and used interactive exhibits to find out more about the universe.


An interactive workshop allowed pupils to find out about the skills needed to be an astronaut, scientist or engineer and they learnt about British astronaut Tim Peake. Mission training and rocket demonstrations preceded the chance for pupils to control a robot arm and witness a controlled explosion of rocket fuel!


The Inflatable Planetarium interactive workshop enabled pupils to explore the night sky and visible planets, view the seasonal constellations and observe the moon.

Pupil Imogen Barker really enjoyed the experience: “My favourite part of the trip was the Inflatable Planetarium because we saw the stars and what happens during the day in the sky. We saw the constellations and learned the ancient names given to them. It was an amazing experience.”


Fellow year five pupil Stephen Monk also had a great time: “Jodrell Bank was a fascinating trip. We had a busy day learning about the seasons, day and night and the planets of our Solar System. We learnt how a rocket is launched in one of the workshops and watched an explosive demonstration about the power of rocket fuel. I would love to go back again.”

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