Searching the stars!
The Redstart Primary School – Searching the stars!
Last week, KS2 pupils from The Redstart Primary School (part of The Redstart Learning Partnership) took part in two out of this world events. On Wednesday, the school had a visit from the wonderful ‘space odyssey’ planetarium and on Thursday evening, over 180 children and parents joined teachers from the school during a fabulous evening of stargazing activities. After the disappointment of cancelling last year due to Storm Eunice and having to miss the year before that due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it was a relief to finally be able to run the evening that has been held annually at Redstart for over 10 years. Along with special guests from Winsham Primary School, the children learnt about the constellations and looked at amazing telescope images taken from visiting astronomers from the Crewkerne and District Astronomical Society. They also listened to the story of The Great Bear, played PE games, drew their own ‘Black Hole’ before finally relaxing with hot chocolate around the campfire.
It was an excellent evening enjoyed by all.
A pupil from Redstart said: ‘I loved the stargazing evening. It was so much fun’ and a parent was keen to share ‘We’ve been out every night since and can now spot the Cassiopeia constellation every night! Thank you for such a good evening.’
Rebecca Collins, Head of School from The Redstart Primary School said:
‘Both events have been a fantastic opportunity for our children to learn more about the sky at night both in a simulated environment and the actual night sky. It was wonderful to see so many parents and carers coming along to the stargazing event and getting involved in all the activities. I would like to say a special thank you to the visiting astronomers from the Crewkerne and District Astronomical Society and the staff that supported the event. Plans are already in place for next year’s astronomical events and we are already looking forward to them.’