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Star-spotting Mount Pleasant pupils welcome mobile planetarium

The large inflatable “Stardome” set up home at Mount Pleasant Primary and filled the school hall during the one-day visit

Some of the pupils at Mount Pleasant Primary

Children at a Clayton-le-Moors school were seeing stars when a mobile planetarium visited.

The large inflatable “Stardome” set up home at Mount Pleasant Primary and filled the school hall during the one-day visit.

Pupils in years three to six have started studying “The Earth and Beyond” at school and staff said the mobile planetarium was used to help with their science topic. Inside the planetarium were images of planets, the night sky and the Milky Way galaxy projected around the dome. All the pupils were given a 40-minute lesson inside and were given the chance to ask questions about the universe.

Miss Howson, science coordinator for the school, said it was a “wonderful experience”. She said: “The children found it exciting, stimulating and informative for the topic they were studying.

“The company who did it came up from Cambridge and it was a big stardome. At the end of the lessons the people that ran it commented how the pupils seemed to know as much about the topic as they did. They were very impressed.

“It was a great visual thing for the children to see and makes the topic a bit more interesting.”

 

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