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The StarLincs mobile planetarium allows children at Chuter Ede to see the night sky


By Rachel Armitage


Pupils enjoyed a space-tastic experience day with an out-of-this-world visit from a travelling plantarium.

Chuter Ede Primary School’s year five pupils at both the Fernwood and Balderton sites had a visit from StarLincs mobile planetarium, an inflatable dome that allows children to see the night sky.

The pupils could crawl inside a tunnel into the dome, where a projector showed them the constellations found in the sky, and explained the history behind their names and the connections to Greek mythology.

Chuter Ede Pupils, Darcy Smith, Dilan Sumal, Zack Picker and Ava Mayle-Mitchell, all 9, outside an Inflatable Planetarium within their school hall. 091019TV1-2. (18947122)
Chuter Ede Pupils, Darcy Smith, Dilan Sumal, Zack Picker and Ava Mayle-Mitchell, all 9, outside an Inflatable Planetarium within their school hall. 091019TV1-2. (18947122)

The children were told about the phases of the moon and the differences in the positions, sizes and distinguishing features of the planets, as well as the sun and moon’s positions during night and day.

Teacher Mrs Ellie Walker said the children enjoyed the experience and the visit from the planetarium.

“They absolutely loved it, and the planetarium was a really visual way of learning for them,” she said.

“We can teach this sort of thing in the classroom, but being able to see the constellations and the planets in this way has really helped them to understand space and the whole topic.”



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