Primary Schools

Bring your class to our Visitor Centre for a range of fun and engaging astronomy based activities, complementing the Curriculum for Excellence.

Please note that Schools visits to our centre are only available on Mondays and Wednesdays.

All groups:

All visits are led by a member of our Education Team and are designed to last for 2 hours.

All classes will experience a tour of our Victorian telescope dome, which houses various hands-on exhibits enabling pupils to explore the properties of light. Also included with every visit is a meteorite handling session – a chance to find out more about these rocks from space

We offer the following packages:

For Level 1 (P1-P3)

Sun, Moon and Earth
In this fun and interactive session, pupils will investigate how Earth experiences it perfectly balanced day and night cycle, what the differences are between Stars, planets and mons and ask the question, are there other stars with planets and moons? Pupils will be able to be curious and get creative as they make their own orbiting planetary system.

For Level 2 (P4-P7)

Exploring our Solar System
Take a journey through our solar system and explore the varied worlds that lie within. Where did our Sun, planets and moons come from? Has the same thing happened elsewhere? Is there life on other worlds? How would we even know? This session seek to answer all of these questions and introduce ideas about how the different celestial bodies in the universe form.

A standard visit costs £3 per pupil, and we require 1 accompanying adult for every 8 children. These accompanying adults go free, any additional adults are charged at £4 per person.

Additional activities for Level 2

Rocket Workshop
3,2,1 Blast off! Let your pupils’ inner rocket scientist launch by engaging in a fun engineering challenge. Pupils will learn all about how rockets have been used over the years to better our understanding of the universe and how the next generation of rocket propelled instruments will revolutionise our understanding again. Pupils will be tasked with designing and building a rocket to safely launch and land a delicate payload.

Each session last 2 hours and slots are available 10.00-12.00 or 13.00-15.00. Each session can accommodate up to 30 pupils.