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An out of this world experience for the children of Bourne Westfield Academy at the National Space Centre




The children of Bourne Westfield Primary Academy had an ‘out of this world’ experience at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

Year 5 pupils became astronauts for the day and learned what happens to the body while in space. During the visit on Tuesday, January 28, they found out about the two British astronauts – Helen Sharman and Tim Peake’s journeys beyond the Earth.

They gazed in amazement at real rockets and drove the Mars rover towards its scientific targets. Children were captivated by the exhibits and collected numerous facts about the universe to support their science learning about the Earth, Sun and Moon.

Bourne Westfield Primary Academy pupils visit the National Space Centre in Leicester (27944560)
Bourne Westfield Primary Academy pupils visit the National Space Centre in Leicester (27944560)

Visiting the National Space Centre is part of the schools science and English curriculum. The children will be using the trip not only as a fact finding activity to support knowledge and understanding of the universe but also as an inspiration for writing recounts.

The five key areas of the centre enabled the children to explore and learn for themselves through interactive displays and activities.

Year 5 teacher Gillian Goodwin said: "The children were very enthusiastic and they learnt a great deal about our solar system and the universe.”

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