Digital school sessions 2021-22
We'll be continuing to run a limited number of interactive digital workshops and virtual planetarium shows in our learning programme from September 2021. And we're also looking forward to returning to delivering onsite school sessions too.
We have created a special Learning at Home hub if you are looking for activities that students can do by themselves. All of these curriculum-linked resources have been selected because they are self-contained, so great to be set as independent study activities. We have something for everyone from EYFS to post-16 so check it out.
If you want to chat to a real Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer, we will be running facilitated digital sessions you can book too. We have two different types to choose from: workshops, online planetarium sessions or of course BOTH!
What is an online workshop?
In a workshop one of our astronomers will take a look at some of the biggest topics in space science and astronomy. These curriculum-linked sessions include a number of interactive elements such as video clips and demonstrations to help explain some of the more challenging scientific concepts.
All workshops will finish with a question and answer segment so students can ask any space questions they may have. You will also receive a follow-up activity so students can consolidate their learning and stretch their knowledge.
What is an online planetarium show?
Let our astronomers take you and your students on an amazing journey to explore the wonders of the night sky.
Combining real images from spacecraft and telescopes our Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers will fly you around the solar system and beyond- wow! All sessions will finish with a question and answer session so students can ask their big space questions. As with a workshop you will also receive a follow up activity specific to your students’ key stage.
How much does a session cost?
Each of our digital sessions, whether it's a workshop or virtual planetarium show, are charged at £60 for a group of up to 30 students.
Booking Royal Observatory digital school sessions
We are now taking bookings for the 2021/22 academic year.
Royal Museums Greenwich is a family of museums. The information on this page tells you all about the learning programmes run by our astronomy team. For information about the programmes run by the National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark, Queen's House and the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre click here.
Who develops and runs the sessions?
The sessions are run by our real astronomers so there is always an expert available to ask any questions. Our content is developed by the astronomy education team in collaboration with our teacher forum. All sessions are tested and evaluated with the teacher forum and also with school groups to ensure that the content developed is exactly what teachers are looking for and what students will thoroughly enjoy!
Keep in touch
We have a monthly e-newsletter so you can easily keep up to date with our schools programme, new resources and other student/teacher events.
Are there activities that can follow on from the digital session?
Yes - LOTS. On our website you will find information about: our Teacher Forum, free teacher training sessions - both onsite and online, a growing collection of podcasts, blogs along with curriculum-linked classroom resources, animated videos.
Royal Observatory science lesson ideas and resources
We have a huge selection of resources to choose from that can be used before or after your session.