Astronaut George

Blast off into space with Astronaut George! Jump aboard his rocket and journey with him around our solar system as he searches for air, water and friends on each new planet. This is a fun interactive workshop, led by an Education Facilitator in our Planetarium. The pupils will discover the planets that make up the solar system, the conditions needed for life and why we experience night and day.

Workshop details

This workshop will take place in our wonderful Planetarium, where one of our education demonstrators will show the class incredible images of earth, such as, ‘Earth Rise’, taken from Apollo 8 in 1968 and other images taken on important space missions throughout history.

The class will watch our interactive Astronaut George show, a fun animated journey exploring our solar system, learning amazing facts about the planets and asking the question: what makes life on earth unique?

The pupils will have the chance to act out what they have learnt by handling our model planets to recreate our solar system. Allowing them to take part in an interactive experience that demonstrates the order of the planets in our solar system, explains why life is possible on earth and what causes night and day.

This workshop explains some of the basic scientific facts of our home planet, and aims to inspire the pupil’s imagination to further explore our universe.

Practical information for your visit

We need adult help to ensure the pupils have the best possible experience and to ensure the safety of the handling objects. For this reason you must bring at least two adults to this workshop.

Please arrive on time for your workshop or we may not be able to run it for you. Please share these notes with your adult helpers before your visit. This will help them to support your pupils to have a successful and enjoyable day.

Image © Mark McNulty

Curriculum links


  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • basic biological requirements for life
  • describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. Heliocentric system
  • describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
  • describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies


  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements


  • pupils should be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They should learn to justify ideas with reasons

SMSC – Fundamental British Values

Through participating in this session students are encouraged to think about

  • Individual liberty: Through the participative approach in the session individual liberty is promoted by enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. This also promotes mutual respect as children listen to and begin to respect each others contributions.

Learning outcomes


Pupils will:

  • have the opportunity to draw on and share their existing knowledge whilst also being encouraged to absorb and recall new information assimilated throughout the session.
  • use straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings
  • improve their speaking and listening skills through team work
  • extend specialist vocabulary


Pupils will:

  • be introduced to the work of scientists and astronomers exploring space, (through images of the earth from space).
  • learn the shape of the earth
  • learn the heliocentric model and the order of the planets in our home solar system


Pupils will:

  • be confident in their knowledge of the planets in our solar system
  • see the museum as a resource for scientific research to help understand history
  • see the World Museum as an enjoyable and stimulating place to visit