‘Reach for the stars’ Lympstone Primary School tells kids

PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 January 2016

Ieyah's question to Tim Peake.

Ieyah's question to Tim Peake.


A primary school in Lympstone is encouraging its pupils to reach for the stars by following in the footsteps of British astronaut Tim Peake.

Seamus's question to Tim PeakeSeamus's question to Tim Peake

Tim Peake is the first UK astronaut in more than 20 years, and he was chosen out of 8,000 applicants in 2009.

The astronaut from Chichester, West Sussex, is living on the International Space Station for six months and carrying out research.

Lympstone Primary School reception, year one and year five pupils have followed Tim’s progress as part of the Times Education Supplement’s (TES) Cosmic Classroom project.

Teacher Marcus Lang explained how he hopes Tim will ‘inspire’ the children to become future astronauts or scientists by answering their questions on Twitter.

He said: “We signed up to the project last year as the information was sent through the school’s communication system to celebrate Tim’s mission.

“I remember watching the space shuttle take off when I was a child, and this is about inspiring the next generation. Tim is also doing a lot to raise the profile of British science.

“The reception class are looking at the broad topic of space, year one are looking at heroes up high and my year five class are looking at planet earth and space.

“We weren’t sure how the children were going to react. But we’ve had some excellent questions from them.”

Mr Lang also explained how the Cosmic Classroom project is about raising the profile of science.

He confirmed the pupils from Lympstone are going to take part in a series of scientific activities this year.

For more information about the Cosmic Classroom project, visit https://principia.org.uk/news/cosmic-classroom/ or follow Tim’s progress on Twitter @astro_timpeake

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