Visit guides & activities

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 icon Primary programme guide 2019-20 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 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


PDF iconKS1 Astronomy Centre trailWe 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 trailWhether 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 2019-20

PDF iconSecondary visit support guide

During your visit:

PDF iconSecondary School Guide

PDF iconSecondary School Map

Primary school activities

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

Secondary school activities

PDF iconTeacher's answers for Secondary Visit Guide and Activities

PDF iconDifferent Types of Light 3 Astronomy Inspires; Astronomy Explores; Astronomy Questions Learn about the importance of using all types of light to explore the Universe
PDF iconExploring the Universe 3 Astronomy Questions; Astronomy Inspires; Astronomy Explores Find out how astronomers investigate space
PDF iconSpace Probes 3 Astronomy Explores; Astronomy Questions Learn about why astronomers use the whole electromagnetic spectrum to explore the Universe
PDF iconMulti-Wavelength Astronomy 4 Astronomy Inspires; Astronomy Explores Discover the origin of the Solar System and how we know what stars are made of
PDF iconElements in the Universe 4 Astronomy Inspires; Astronomy Explores Become a science journalist and write about a chosen topic
PDF iconSpace News 4 Astronomy Questions  
PDF iconObserving with the Great Equatorial Telescope 3 Great Equatorial Telescope Think like an astronomer with the Great Equatorial Telescope
PDF iconCommunicating Time 3 Time & Longitude* Find out about time zones and how they work
PDF iconForces and Harrisons Timekeepers 3 Time & Longitude* Learn about John Harrison's special sea clocks and how they regulated time
PDF iconMapping The Night Sky 4 Meridian gallery Explore the link between time and the stars
PDF iconThe Power of the Sun 4 Altazimuth Pavilion Discover the nature of the Sun and calculate its properties