School Visits


Contact Me: Dave@star-gazing.co.uk
Tel: 07917 177715

To educate and entertain your students I can lead a number of astronomical related activities in your school.

Click here to contact me to ask questions or book an exciting planetarium visit for your school.

For more details of these activities see the bottom of this page.

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for coming in to our school. The children absolutely loved your visit and were really inspired.”

Year 5 had an out of this world visit from 💫 Star Gazing Dave 💫 today. They enjoyed a talk about planets and the ISS in the planetarium this morning, before building and launching rockets in the playground this afternoon. 🚀 A fab day was had by all. 👍 👏 😁

“The bottle rocket workshop was a really fun and engaging educational activity which allowed all of our children to take part. The children showed great excitement and enthusiasm and were able to work collaboratively to achieve the outcomes that you had set at the beginning of the workshop. The workshop also included an outdoor learning aspect which the children thoroughly enjoyed.  We would highly recommend your workshops to other primary schools and would be keen to have these workshops in the future.”

“I adore the bit where you said ‘Don’t let anyone ruin your dream’.”

“We really enjoyed you teaching us. I hope you can visit us again soon.”

“This was one of the best assemblies ever.”

“Dave came to our Space Day in February and it was absolutely fantastic. He did Planetarium shows for each class of the school which were all tailored to the age group and previous learning of the groups, a brilliant STEM assembly to the whole school and a bottle rocket workshop for our KS2. All of the children were excited and engaged throughout and were all in awe of the wonderful pictures and videos that Dave showed them. They have not stopped talking about Space Day since and we can’t wait to have Dave back again as soon as possible! We cannot recommend Dave highly enough – Thank you for such a totally fantastic day!”

“Thank you so much for your assembly and workshop yesterday. The children were really buzzing about it and have been talking about all the facts they learned, as well as about how much fun they had! We are all very grateful to you for giving your time to get our Space Week started in such an exciting way!”

“The children all really enjoyed it and I thought every part was pitched perfectly got them with lots of awe and wonder. Many thanks.”

The variety and mix of activities can be totally flexible and can be varied depending on the needs at your school.

Click on the E Mail address below to contact me to arrange a visit to your school.
dave@star-gazing.co.uk

Tel: 07917 177715

Pick and choose to book any combination of activities to occupy either half or a full day.


Tim Peake STEM Presentation.
A single class, year or full school assembly to talk about Tim Peake’s Principia mission. This fun, audience-participation presentation has been specifically designed to educate, entertain and engage active minds. It encourages children to aim for their goals, and take up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects. This is especially true for girls, who must be wholeheartedly encouraged to take STEM subjects going forward to develop their careers.


Bottle Rocket Design and Launch workshops.
Class workshops where the students design and build their own bottle rockets.
I encourage them to try different designs, to attempt the best rocket flight possible on launching. Once completed, the rockets will be launched safely in the playground or playing field using water and compressed air.
If time permits, or older pupils are involved, an added extension to this lesson is to look at each design and identify if their designs worked (or not) during the launch. The students can then work out what effect each addition to their rocket had and look at how they would change their original design to improve future launches. Real Rocket Science!

    

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Presenter-led planetarium show.
Our planetarium shows reproduce the night sky in all its wonderful glory. The students always gasp out when the sky darkens and the stars appear, with The Milky Way stretching right the way across the darkened dome. They sit under a full sky of stars, and will be taken on a guided tour around the night sky. I will recount some of the mythological stories associated with some of the constellations, looking at some of the fabulous objects that can be seen, as well as over-viewing many astronomical concepts. The content has been specifically designed to supplement and re-enforce the current National Curriculum at all key stages to support their lessons. The presenter-led show encourages all students to answer or ask questions throughout the show.
I do not just play a full-dome movie.
My aim is to fully involve and engage children in the planetarium show and enhance their education.
Up to 6 planetarium shows can be performed in a full school day.

PLEASE NOTE:
Our 5m planetarium needs a lot of space and a clean floor to be set up.
Hall / Gym size needs to be a minimum size of 6 metres x 6 metres and a height clearance of at least 5 metres.
A maximum of 25 students at a time can be accommodated in each show.


Click on the E Mail address below to contact me to arrange a visit to your school.
dave@star-gazing.co.uk

I have a current DBS Certificate, but a teacher must be present at all times during the lessons, workshops and planetarium shows.

All our electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety.
They undergo an annual In-service inspection & testing of electrical equipment (PAT Test), to ensure complete safety.