Astronaut for a Day

Astronaut for a Day

Aims

  • To learn about space ‘through the eyes of an Astronaut’
  • To raise children’s awareness of space, time and the future.
  • To learn about the scientific principles of satellites and space rockets.
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  • To understand about the universe, planets and stars.
  • To become aware of the many different skills and talents needed in astronomy.
  • To inspire children to ‘aim for the stars’ and see where hard work and determination could take them.
  • To look at travel and communication developments during their parents’ and grandparents’ lives.
  • To help children understand how much the world can change in a short space of time.
  • To think about how travel and communications may change in their life time.
  • To introduce the concept of space travel to the children.
  • To inspire children to become interested in science, space and communications.

Pre visit to school

  • Hull CU tutor to give a presentation introducing children to the concept of space and set the theme.
  • Make the children aware of what to look out for during the visit to the Star Centre.
  • PowerPoint and YouTube presentations introducing and illustrating the principles of space travel.

The Visit

  • A day visit to the Star Centre at Keighley College.
  • Introductory film on the Star Centre.
  • The Planetarium—a look at the main planets, stars and the universe.
  • Mission Control— a ‘real life’ replica showing live coverage of astronauts at the International Space Centre.
  • Moonscape— dress up in a real space suit complete with breathing and safety equipment ready to walk on the ‘moon surface’.
  • Research labs- learn about the techniques being used to explore and discover new things about the vast universe and how science is taking the human race into space.

Kip on a ship

Kip on a ship

  • To help children understand the wider world that exists outside of their community
  • To experience different modes of transport
  • To help children gain an understanding of distance, travel and transport
  • To familiarise children with London so that they are able to relate to it in the national news and as our capital city
  • To compare and contrast life in London and Hull by observing life in both cities
  • To spend the night on the HMS Belfast To experience how a museum can bring a subject to life To develop an interest in wartime history

Pre Visit to school

  • Explanation of the objectives of the visit and go through the itinerary of the day
  • Talk about safety, rules and behaviours to ensure the day is safe and enjoyable
  • Tell the children what to look out for during the visit and answer any questions

The Visit

  • A tour of London on foot and using the underground which can include Downing Street, the Horse Guards, St James Park, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square depending on the school’s preference.[list-item] [list-item]All groups have the opportunity to either ride the London Eye or board a river cruise along the Thames.
  • A tour of the HMS Belfast led by Hull Children’s University staff.
  • Set up camp in the lower decks of the HMS Belfast. Optional trip to a theatre in the west end.
  • If Parliament is booked: Full guided tour of the Houses of Parliament followed by a workshop led by Parliament staff.

Post Visit to the school

Discussing memories of the visit, viewing photographs of the day and reflecting upon what children have learned and how that knowledge can impact on their life and future choices.

 

Night at the Museum

Aim

  • To help children understand the wider world that exists outside of their community
  • To experience different modes of transport
  • To help children gain an understanding of distance, travel and transport
  • To familiarise children with London so that they are able to relate to it in the national news and as our capital city
  • To compare and contrast life in London and Hull by observing life in both cities
  • To spend the night at the Natural History Museum
  • To experience how a museum can bring a subject to life
  • To develop an interest in science, history and discovery

Pre visit to school

It is recommended that the children watch the film “A Night at the Museum”. Explanation of the objectives of the visit and go through the itinerary of the day. Talk about safety, rules and behaviours to ensure the day is safe and enjoyable. Tell the children what to look out for during the visit and answer any questions

The Visit

A tour of London on foot and using the underground which can include Downing Street, the Horse Guards, St James Park, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square depending on the school’s preference. All groups have the opportunity to either ride the London Eye or board a river cruise along the Thames. Set up camp in the Natural History Museum under the dinosaurs. Take part in various workshops which are led by the museum.

Post Visit to the school

Discussing memories of the visit, viewing photographs of the day and reflecting upon what children have learned and how that knowledge can impact on their life and future choices.

London Experience

Aims

  • To help children understand the wider world that exists outside of their community
  • To experience different modes of transport
  • To develop children’s sense of identity and opinions through discussion and debate
  • To encourage children to develop their own beliefs and values
  • To help children gain an understanding of distance, travel and transport
  • To familiarise children with London so that they are able to relate to it in the national news and as our capital city
  • To introduce children to politics and encourage them to think about the skills and talents required in this area
  • To understand and be able to explain the differences between government, Parliament and democracy
  • To encourage children to be able to debate about a subject and form opinions that they can explain and defend

Pre Visit to the school

  • the aims and objectives of the visit and go through the itinerary of the day
  • Show pictures of key London landmarks and identify them
  • Talk about safety, rules and behaviours to ensure the day is safe and enjoyable
  • Tell the children what to look out for during the visit and answer any questions

The Visit

  • A tour of London on foot and using the underground which can include Downing Street, the Horse Guards, St James Park, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square depending on the school’s preference.
  • All groups have the opportunity to either ride the London Eye or board a river cruise along the Thames.
  • If Parliament is booked: Full guided tour of the Houses of Parliament followed by a workshop led by Parliament staff.

Post Visit to the school

Discussing memories of the visit, viewing photographs of the day and reflecting upon what children have learned and how that knowledge can impact on their life and future choices.

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