Key Stage 1 Programme at the Royal Observatory


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Essential information

Key stage: 
Key Stage 1
School subject: 
Royal Observatory
Session price: 
£60 - £105 (maximum 30 students)

For KS1 groups we offer a Discovery Day programme, which includes a workshop, a visit to the Astronomy Galleries and a planetarium show.

Our education programme explained

There can be a lot to think about when organising a school trip so we have come up with a ‘to-do’ list to help you to make sure you have everything you need to make your visit to the Royal Observatory Greenwich as enjoyable as possible. This can be found at the back of the Primary Programme Guide where you can also find full session outlines too.

PDF icon Primary programme guide 2016-17

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 10.00–16.00).

Frequently Asked Questions

Our programme is very diverse so we are often asked questions about it. Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the KS1 schools programme. If you have any more questions please contact the booking team as they will be more than happy to help.

How much does a visit cost?

KS1 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).

Are there activities that can follow on from my visit?

Yes, lots! We have a wide range of resources available for you to download and use for free before, during and after your visit. Find out about: our teacher forum, a growing collection of curriculum-linked classroom resources, videos, podcasts and even blogs. 

Find out more about our teacher forum and other resources

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Do you have a lunch space?

Yes. We have a lunch room that can be booked by groups taking part in our full day programme. Please speak to our Bookings team for more information.

What is a Discovery Day?

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

We also have a lunch room that can be booked by groups taking part in a full day programme.

What sessions are available for KS1?

We offer planetarium shows and workshops for KS1 audiences. Take a look at the information below to find out more about them and when they run.

Planetarium Shows

Think of our planetarium as a tour bus of the Universe taking you on amazing journeys to explore and experience the wonders of the night sky. Combining real images from spacecraft and telescopes with advanced CGI, all projected onto a fully immersive dome, the Planetarium can fly you into the heart of the Sun, transport you to distant galaxies, show you the birth of a star or land you on Mars. Shows take place in our state-of-the-art digital Peter Harrison Planetarium and are delivered live by Royal Observatory astronomers. 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)

The children will go on a real 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 seasons to make sure he doesn’t get too hot or cold but is just right.

For full details of KS1 sessions see our PDF icon Primary programme guide 2016-17

Book a visit

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).

Sessions cannot be booked online, this is always done via an email or phone enquiry in the first instance.

To book a visit, telephone 020 8312 6608 or e-mail

Royal Observatory schools booking information

Plan your schools visit