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Hadleigh students see stars

PUBLISHED: 23:00 03 April 2004 | UPDATED: 04:44 02 March 2010

STUDENTS in Hadleigh spent a morning under the stars in a practical lesson on the planets.

The Astronomy Roadshow Planetarium rolled into Hadleigh High School, taking those in year eight for a science lesson with a difference.

STUDENTS in Hadleigh spent a morning under the stars in a practical lesson on the planets.

The Astronomy Roadshow Planetarium rolled into Hadleigh High School, taking those in year eight for a science lesson with a difference.

Chris Inchley, head of science, said: "Space and the planets are one of those things people are really interested in but they are quite dry to teach in the classroom. There are only really books and videos to use - this brings it to life.

"They were all a bit dazzled when they went inside."

The planetarium travelled down from Kent for the day with presenter Peter Bassett lecturing the youngsters on the planets and space travel.

During the course of the morning about 160 pupils watched the visual display with animated graphics and DVD clips.

Mrs Inchley added: "It is difficult to make space as interesting as he can in 40 minutes.

"He offers a whole range of displays and we have divided the groups into ability with the presentation based on that ability."

The school is currently trying to raise the profile of science after recently receiving science college status and the youngsters certainly seemed to enjoy the active approach.

Shahed Quddus, 13, said: "It was really good and educational. I learnt a lot about space and the planets. It was a different and good way of learning."

Holley Rayner, also 13 agreed: "I thought it was very educational and taught me a lot of things I didn't know about the planets."


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