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.
Before your visit:
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.
Primary 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:
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.
KS1 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.
KS2 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.
Before your visit:
During your visit:
Primary school activities
|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
|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 Harrisons 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