Key Stage 1 Programme at the Royal Observatory

ROG ks1 sessionsFor KS1 groups we offer a Discovery Day programme. These are flexible visit days, and can include any of the following: 

  • A Planetarium show
  • A workshop
  • A gallery visit
  • All of the above options

Our Bookings team can help you timetable your day to include all the components you’ve chosen, including use of our lunch room.

Information is also available in Our Education Programme Explained and our Primary Programme Guide (PDF) where you can also find full descriptions of all the educational sessions and tips on how to plan your visit.

If you have any questions or would like to check availability, please contact our Bookings team: | Tel: 0208 312 6608 (The Bookings office is open Monday-Friday, 10.00–16.00)

Primary visits including a Planetarium show and workshop carry a charge of £105 for a group of up to 30 students. If you wish to book only one of these elements, you can do so at a charge of £90 for a Planetarium show (for 30 students) and £60 for a workshop (for 30 students).

Key Stage 1 educational sessions, 2015–16

Planetarium shows

Shows take place in our state-of-the-art digital Peter Harrison Planetarium and are delivered live by Royal Observatory astronomers. Providing an inspiring, immersive and interactive learning experience, the shows enable students to explore the day and night-time sky; fly through our Solar System; or enjoy visually stunning pre-recorded shows about the latest discoveries in astronomy.

Each planetarium show lasts 30 minutes and can accommodate up to two classes of 30 students.

Space Safari (30 minutes)

In this interactive planetarium show, children follow Ted the teddy bear as he visits the Moon, Sun, and all the planets, searching for the Great Big Bear in the sky.


Our interactive workshops take place in one of three purpose-built learning spaces in The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Learning Centre, and are designed to encourage active learning and hands-on scientific enquiry. 

Sessions are 30 minutes long and are led by specialist early years' facilitators who introduce basic scientific ideas through physical activity, music and story.

Seasonal Explorers (30 minutes)

Children will go on an exciting adventure in this workshop with Ted the teddy bear.

Ted really needs the children’s help; he has been in space for so long that he has completely forgotten what it is like on Earth. Through music, song and role-play the students will help to explain the different seasons to Ted, and what each is like. They will use specially created models, songs and instruments to learn all about the seasons. They will then choose just the right clothing for Ted for each season to make sure he doesn’t get too hot or cold but is just right.

Bookings: Tel: 020 8312 6608 | Fax: 020 8312 6522 | E-mail: (The Bookings office is open Monday-Friday, 10.00–16.00).

For full details of KS1 sessions see our Primary Programme Guide (PDF).