How do we look into space and what can we discover? Classes will explore meteorites that have landed on Earth and make their own individual telescopes to take a closer look at the skies above us.

Level: First and second level (P3–P7)
Cost: £70
Length of workshop: 75 minutes starting at either 10:15/12:30
(check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available:

Spaces remaining:

Monday 4 June 2018 (12:30 pm)

Booking: Complete our online booking request form.

See our page on Tim Peake's Soyuz capsule for more information about what to see during your visit.

How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

Split your class into four groups and assign one adult per group. Maximum capacity 33 children. During the workshop children will make telescopes. This will involve listening carefully to instructions set by an enabler. Some children may need adult assistance when making their telescopes.

You can also visit our new science and technology galleries before or after your session. Download our guidelines to find out more.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Pupils will:

  • Be introduced to the topic in our Earth in Space gallery.
  • Explore features of the Solar System using images and a hands-on activity.
  • Make their own working telescope, by listening to instructions given by Enablers and working together with others, and by using practical skills including cutting, sticking and rolling.
  • Handle meteorites and learn about cutting-edge research by the Science and Technology Facilities Council into using telescopes to explore the universe.

Follow up activities

Curriculum links






When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect.

LIT 1-02a

When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others’ contributions and use these to build on thinking.

LIT 2-02a



During practical activities and design challenges, I can estimate and measure using appropriate instruments and units.

TCH 1-13a / TCH 2-13a



By safely observing and recording the sun and moon at various times, I can describe their patterns of movement and changes over time. I can relate these to the length of a day, a month and a year.

SCN 1-06a

By observing and researching features of our solar system, I can use simple models to communicate my understanding of size, scale, time and relative motion within it.

SCN 2-06a


I have contributed to discussions of current scientific news items to help develop my awareness of science.

SCN 1-20a

Through research and discussion I have an appreciation of the contribution that individuals are making to scientific discovery and invention and the impact this has made on society.

SCN 2-20a

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