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Aiming high

Partnership pupils are inspired by space as they stargaze, camp out and get hands-on with their lunar learning.

Published: 7 February 2023

The Ogden Farnborough Partnership launched in September 2022 bringing together 10 infant, junior, primary and secondary schools in Farnborough and Aldershot. They are now collaborating on projects and activities to support the teaching and learning of physics. Plans for student science ambassadors, playground science, science library bags, and a science writing competition are among the exciting plans being put in place for the partnership – which will receive five years of funding, support and CPD from The Ogden Trust.

The schools in the partnership are definitely aiming high and their first partnership event this year saw them reaching for the stars! One hundred Year 5 students and their parents recently attended the inaugural partnership Astronomy Night hosted at Salesian College, Farnborough. The students had a great evening with a carousel of activities including stargazing, a ‘pop-up’ planetarium, and space-inspired arts and craft activities.

Students at science benches in a classroom completed activities with adults watching on

Ten telescopes, provided by the local Cody Observatory and Salesian College, were used to view stars and constellations in the night sky. Following this activity, everyone was offered a hot chocolate to warm them up! The ‘pop-up’ planetarium was a massive hit with all who attended, as they were taken on a journey into outer space! In the arts and crafts session, run by Salesian College teachers and students, visitors constructed their own solar system.

Siobhan Fenner, Head of Physics, at Salesian College said, “It is wonderful to be collaborating with other local schools, and to bring everyone together for such an excellent event. I hope this event inspires and enthuses our budding scientists in Farnborough.”

Mission to the Moon

The Ogden Streatham Partnership have been on their own moon mission, with 23 children from four different schools from Lambeth, London camping in the hall of Streatham Wells Primary School for their Starlight Astro Camp. The children worked together on their space-related tasks and had an astronomer on hand to answer their questions. Although a cloudy night meant the children couldn’t stargaze, they made planet cupcakes and watched a space movie before settling into their space tents. During their astro camp adventure, the children made new friends, demonstrated their knowledge about space, decoded secret mission messages, trained like astronauts and made marshmallow constellations. They also attempted to launch their own ‘cosmic rockets’.

Feeling inspired?

Why not look at our Earth and space resources which include a How to guide to help you run your own stargazing night, practical guides to activities for primary pupils to try at school or at home, and inspirational insights in careers.

A red image showing children say on the floor looking at a projection of stars on the wall

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