Our digital workshop offer

We are working on expanding this list of sessions all the time so if there is something you need that we don’t offer yet please let us know.  You can do that by joining our teacher forum and helping to make sure our programme fits exactly what you need.

KS2: Sun, Earth and Moon

  • Curriculum links: Sun, Earth, Moon system: relative sizes, scale, orbital periods and motion.
  • Session type: Workshop
  • Session times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday – 10:30am or 11:30am.
  • Capacity: 30 pupils per session
  • Price: £60 per session
  • Duration: 45 minutes

In this digital session, students will explore the Sun, Earth and Moon system with a real Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer. Together they will investigate the similarities, differences and the relative scale and shape of these amazing objects. The Earth and Moon’s motion through space and how it relates to the concept of time (day, month, year) will also be explored. The session will include a number of interactive elements such as video clips and practical activities to encourage students to think about how the Sun, Earth and Moon system works. A Q&A segment is included as part of the session so they can ask any big space questions they may have. The session will then be followed up with activities for students to try afterwards to test what they have learned.

KS2: Exploring Our Solar System

  • Curriculum links: Earth and Space
  • Session type: Workshop
  • Session times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday – 10:30am or 11:30am.
  • Capacity: 30 pupils per session
  • Price: £60 per session
  • Duration: 45 minutes

Students take a journey through our amazing Solar System in this interactive digital session. Together with a Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer they will explore the different types of space objects from the Sun all the way through to space rocks and learn a little more about them along the way. This session will include a number of interactive elements such as video clips and activities to help get students thinking and talking about the wonders of our Solar System. A question and answer segment will finish up the session so they can ask any space questions they may have. The session will then be followed up with activities for students to try afterwards to give their brains a real workout.

KS3: Forces and Space Exploration

  • Curriculum links: Gravity force, weight, mass, states of matter, living organisms
  • Session type: Workshop
  • Session times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday – 10:30am or 11:30am.
  • Capacity: 30 pupils per session
  • Price: £60 per session
  • Duration: 45 minutes

In this digital session, students will explore the difference between mass and weight and look at what determines the strength of the force of gravity. They’ll apply their learning to see how gravity affects space exploration on the International Space Station, the Moon and Mars before diving into some of the Mars missions of 2020. Delivered by a Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer, this session will include a range of interactive activities such as video clips and activities to help explain the scientific concepts in a real world context. The session finishes up with a question and answer segment so students have the opportunity to ask any questions they have. Post-session activities will also be supplied for your students to try afterwards and test what they have learned.

KS4: Life Cycle of Stars

  • Curriculum links: life-cycle of stars (nebulae, protostars, main sequence, red giants, supernovae, white dwarfs, black holes)
  • Session type: Workshop
  • Session times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday – 10:30am or 11:30am.
  • Capacity: 30 pupils per session
  • Price: £60 per session
  • Duration: 45 minutes

Stars are born, live out their lives and die all throughout the universe, but what determines the path they take? What makes some stars meet an explosive end, while others simply quietly fizzle out? In this interactive digital workshop, a Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer will walk your students through the life cycle of a star the size of our Sun, as well as the life cycle of stars much larger too. In the question and answer session students will have the opportunity to ask questions about stars or indeed anything astronomical, as well as being provided with post-workshop exercises to ensure they understand the key stages of a star’s life.

Post-16: Cosmic Distance Ladder

  • Curriculum links: Parallax, standard candles (cepheid variables, type 1a supernovae)
  • Session type: Workshop
  • Session times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday – 10:30am or 11:30am.
  • Capacity: 30 pupils per session
  • Price: £60 per session
  • Duration: 45 minutes

How do we measure distances in space? We can’t exactly pull out the tape measure to work out the distance between the Earth and the Moon, so astronomers have had to develop various methods to calculate distance on cosmic scales. In this interactive digital session, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich will describe these methods and explain how they build on each other to create the cosmic distance ladder that allows us to measure the most distant of objects. Towards the end of the session students will have the opportunity to ask any astronomy or careers questions they may have and we will provide follow-up activities to stretch their knowledge of space even further.

Science Lesson Ideas and Resources

For more ideas of activities to do in class or at home check out our resources below:

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