Dr Peter Edwards Director of Science Outreach and Science and Society officer and cosmologist from Durham University came to visit Woodland Primary. Using a rich resource of amazing images he held a question and answer session with both classes. The children had thought of some interesting questions to ask and Dr Edwards gave great answers and clear explanations in terms that the children could understand easily. It set the scene for the space night that followed.
In the evening representatives from the Bishop Auckland Astronomical Society visited school as part of our Space night. Key stage 2 children and parents were invited back to school at 8.30pm and the turnout was great. The society gave a talk on the Solar System, showed relative distances between the planets using toilet roll and created moon craters using flour and cocoa. The children also drew constellations, made star wheels and an orrery. Unfortunately by the time it was dark enough to go outside and use the telescopes to see the stars the sky clouded over and it began to rain, so we could not see anything. We hope to try again in the Autumn term.