Today was an out-of-this-world experience for pupils at The Croft Primary School! Members of the UK Space Agency, which is based in Swindon, paid a visit to our school to deliver an educational and inspirational session to the children.
Libby Jackson, the UK Space Agency’s Human Exploration Programme Manager, visited our two reception classes to tell them all about space and answer their questions, tying in with topics the children are studying this term.
Libby, one of Britain’s leading experts in human spaceflight and author of A Galaxy of Her Own, which tells the story of 50 women who have been instrumental to space exploration, said: “It was fantastic to meet so many enthusiastic children who were keen to learn all about space, and it was great to hear about what they have been doing in class. Space is such an exciting subject and it’s important we use it to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
At The Croft, we work to organise extra-curricular and enrichment activities to improve the learning experience for our pupils. As part of this initiative, we link with local organisations to arrange exciting sessions that bring the curriculum to life for the children. We were delighted to coordinate this visit with the UK Space Agency, which has its headquarters here in Swindon.
Elaine Murphy, Principal at The Croft, said: “I would like to personally thank Libby Jackson and Gareth Bethell for getting in touch with the school to facilitate this visit. Our topic this term in Reception is rockets and space, and having visitors from the UK Space Agency will not only engage and excite the children, but also lead to positive outcomes linked to all areas of their development.
“The visit also gifts aspirational learning to the children, inspiring them as to what they could go on to achieve in a STEM career. At The Croft, engaging with local corporations, industry, and services allows our children to learn about the wider community and what it can offer us.”