Prep V reach for the stars…

Spotting the giant Lovell Telescope when approaching Jodrell Bank is rather like the first sight of the Tower when approaching Blackpool… “There it is!” cried one of Prep Five’s more observant members in excitement, as the minibus neared the Discovery Centre. The telescope has been quietly probing space since 1957 and is the third largest of its kind in the world, with a diameter of 76 metres. We watched in awe as it silently rotated on its railway tracks, gathering radio waves.

Our day began with some hands-on experiments. We worked in teams to explore the strength of gravity on different planets, tested the pH of sand like a Mars rover, investigated the brightness of the sun throughout the solar system and conducted a series of tests to identify a meteor. Next we moved on to the Planet Pavilion, where we marvelled at the clockwork Orrery and turned the handle to make the planets orbit the sun; we learned that Mercury’s year is only eighty eight days, whereas on Neptune a year lasts for 60,182 days (which is 164 years.) Wow!

After lunch and a visit to the shop – always highlights of any school trip – we took off our shoes to enter the Inflatable Planetarium. Once inside, we explored the night sky and constellations. We enjoyed imagining the pictures made by groups of stars, and spotted several kites, a house, a sausage dog, a broken spear and a headless dancer. We compared our ideas with the pictures which the Ancient Greeks saw, and it was interesting to see some characters appearing in the sky from stories we studied last term, including Hercules and Perseus.

Finally, we explored the Space Pavilion exhibition, where we investigated mysteries of the universe including black holes, listened to the sound of the big bang and found out about Jodrell Bank’s history in the film pod. On our way back to the minibuses there was just time to look at the outdoor exhibits. We all liked the Whispering Dishes, where we could whisper secret messages to our friends, as the sound was amplified by the curved or parabolic shape of the dishes. Whispering proved a challenge for some of us…!

We had a great day out, and are grateful to the staff of Jodrell Bank, Miss Gill and Miss Gregory for their help and skilful driving, Mr Green for our lunches and our parents for their continued support.

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11 Responses to Prep V reach for the stars…

  1. Sabri says:

    I really liked the place were we had to go in a ball or something and see the moon.
    We also get to see the stars and venus (which is the hottest planet in the universe).
    I also liked the playground out side with the thing were you get to whisper to your
    Friend from a mile and you can still hear them🤯🤯🤯.


  2. Jackson Ismail says:

    It was really fun and I was very fascinated with the telescope 🔭 and the planets. I also liked the experiment 🧪 at the start and also the big bubble with the stars 🌟 and the planets 🪐


  3. Alfie says:

    I had a really fun day and enjoyed laying down in the dome to experience time passing by. Alfie turley


  4. sebastian barooah says:

    The trip was extraordinary because we did lots of experements and Ienjoyed the star gazing.


  5. Luca Barooah says:

    I really enjoyed Jodrell bank and my favorite part was when we where in that big dark room and we saw the stars.I really wish I could go again.


  6. paul carroll says:

    I loved Jodrell bank but my favourite part was looking at the ceiling of planetarium and watching different parts of the day and imagining animals thank you Mrs Sweeney and Miss Gill and Miss gregory .


  7. Harrison Payne says:

    I really enjoyed the trip. The best part was star gazing. 🙂


  8. Toby Ainsworth says:

    It was a great day at Jodrell Bank and all the things were fun.


  9. Esme says:

    I loved the trip to Jodrell Bank. I especially liked going in the dome and looking at the stars even though it was daytime.


  10. Nathan says:

    I really liked the plaem orb


  11. molly says:

    I loved jodrell bank, thank you Mrs Gill and Mrs Sweeney and Mrs Gregory !!!!! I loved doing all the workshops and the big inflatable domes learned so much and would love to go back there !!


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