Withycombe pupils set sights on the stars

PUBLISHED: 06:30 09 January 2016

Pupils at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School have been busy making space ships after being inspired by astronaut Tim Peake's mission to the Internation Space Station. Ref exe 6149-51-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Pupils at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School have been busy making space ships after being inspired by astronaut Tim Peake's mission to the Internation Space Station. Ref exe 6149-51-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Inspired by the feats of British astronaut Tim Peake, children at an Exmouth school have been creating their own space crafts.

Last term’s learning module for year two pupils at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School was centred on space and the lunar landing made by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

The youngsters also watched on television as British astronaut Tim Peake set off for the International Space Station last month.

Former test pilot Tim will be in space for the next four months, carrying out an educational expedition.

This inspired the youngsters to create their own rockets and ships as well as take part in simulated space missions on the computer.

Year two teacher Sam Scudder said he was pleased with how the children took to the subject matter.

He said: “At the end, we were really pleased with how it went, they put so much effort into it and parents also got involved.

“Some of the children also made books and we were delighted with the amount of effort they all put in.

“What was surprising was that some children would have been interested in the scientific side, but there were so many more engaging with it than I thought.”

Sam said the school will continue to monitor Tim Peake’s mission as the children have maintained some interest in the project.


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