Royal Observatory Greenwich primary and secondary school Visit Guides and Activities packs are designed to support the science curriculum at Key Stages 1-2 and Key Stages 3-4 through activities during a visit. 

The guides, trails and activities below introduce the Royal Observatory Greenwich past and present and feature some quick facts and mini activities for your students to enrich their visit.  If it is quick activities you are looking for then you can download individual activities from the tables at the bottom of this page instead.

Primary Schools

Before your visit:

PDF iconPrimary programme guide 2017-18.pdf If you want to find out more detail about specific programmes or aspects of planning a visit then this guide is sure to help. 

PDF iconPrimary visit support guide - If you know the programme you want but aren’t sure what to do before and after your visit this short guide will provide some ideas of how to support your visit back in school.

During your visit:

PDF icon Primary school visit guide - If you want to introduce a self-guided element to your visit then this site guide will point you in the direction of the things not to miss.

PDF iconPrimary school site map - This matches up perfectly with the guide above.

PDF iconKS1 Astronomy Centre trail - We have developed some extra activities to be used in the galleries for KS1 visitors so they get the very most out of the visit. The trail can be printed off for children to complete as they go around the galleries.

PDF iconKS2 telescope trail - Whether you are taking part in our Through the Telescope sessions or not this trail is fantastic for KS2 students and shows off some of our must see objects.

Secondary Schools 

Before your visit:

PDF iconSecondary Programme Guide 2017-18.pdf If you want to find out more detail about specific programmes or aspects of planning a visit then this guide is sure to help. 

PDF iconSecondary visit support guide - If you know the programme you want but aren’t sure what to do before and after your visit this short guide will provide some ideas of how to support your visit back in school.

During your visit:

PDF iconSecondary school guide - If you want to introduce a self-guided element to your visit then this site guide will point you in the direction of the things not to miss.

PDF iconSecondary school site map - This matches up perfectly with the guide above.

Primary school activities

ACTIVITY KEY STAGE GALLERY DESCRIPTION
Counting telescopes 1 Meridian gallery Search for telescopes big and small
Look inside a clock 1 Time & Greenwich See what the inside of a giant clock is like and how it works
Shapes in the Octagon Room 2 Octagon Room Explore geometry in what was once the Great Star Room
Greenwich Time Ball 2 Time & Greenwich Learn how ships on the Thames set their clocks to Greenwich time
Herschel Family Treasure Hunt 2   Learn about the Herschel family and find astronomical items
Our Solar System 1 Astronomy Questions; Astronomy Explores Look for objects related to space. Find a Martian spacecraft
Things in Space 1 Astronomy Questions; Astronomy Explores; Astronomy Inspires Find things linked to space such as telescope mirrors and space rocks
Space Missions 2 Astronomy Explores; Astronomy Inspires Build a space probe to explore a planet, moon or comet. Learn how astronomers explore the Solar System
Space Discoveries 2 Astronomy Questions; Astronomy Explores; Astronomy Inspires Learn how we discover things about the Universe such as alien worlds

Secondary school activities

Download teachers' answers for Secondary Visit Guide and Activities

ACTIVITY KEY STAGE GALLERY DESCRIPTION
Different Types of Light 3 Astronomy Inspires; Astronomy Explores; Astronomy Questions Learn about the importance of using all types of light to explore the Universe
Exploring the Universe 3 Astronomy Questions; Astronomy Inspires; Astronomy Explores Find out how astronomers investigate space
Space Probes 3 Astronomy Explores; Astronomy Questions Learn about why astronomers use the whole electromagnetic spectrum to explore the Universe
Multi-Wavelength Astronomy 4 Astronomy Inspires; Astronomy Explores Discover the origin of the Solar System and how we know what stars are made of
Elements in the Universe 4 Astronomy Inspires; Astronomy Explores Become a science journalist and write about a chosen topic
Space News 4 Astronomy Questions  
Observing with the Great Equatorial Telescope 3 Great Equatorial Telescope Think like an astronomer with the Great Equatorial Telescope
Communicating Time 3 Time & Longitude* Find out about time zones and how they work
Forces and Harrison's Timekeepers 3 Time & Longitude* Learn about John Harrison's special sea clocks and how they regulated time
Mapping the Night Sky 4 Meridian gallery Explore the link between time and the stars
The Power of the Sun 4 Altazimuth Pavilion Discover the nature of the Sun and calculate its properties