Key Stage 1 Programmes at the Royal Observatory
For 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:email@example.com | Tel: 0208 312 6608 (The Bookings office is open 10.00–16.00)
Our programmes for schools are FREE, with the exception of planetarium shows, which carry a charge of £45 for groups of up to 15 students, or £90 for groups of up to 30 students.
Key Stage 1 educational sessions, 2013–14
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 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. The workshops were developed for the Royal Observatory by Little Bubbles Outreach.
Sessions are 30 minutes long and are led by specialist early years' facilitators who introduce basic ideas of light and dark, and night and day through physical activity, music and story.
Stella’s Story (30 minutes)
In this interactive session, children follow Stella the dinosaur on her adventures, as she leaves the dark cave in which she hatched, and discovers the stars, Moon and Sun, exploring the amazing world of light and shadow.
For full details of KS1 sessions see our Primary Programme Guide (PDF).