Home Education Day

16 - 18 May 2022

Join the National Space Centre’s Discovery team for two days dedicated to home educated children.

Two days dedicated to home educated children and their families

We are running two IDENTICAL days to increase capacity, so please book the ONE day you would like to attend:

  • 16 May 10:00-16:00
  • 18 May 10:00-16:00

The National Space Centre’s Education team is hosting two full days of talks, workshops and tours of the Centre to home schooled children.

Suitable for children from 5-14, sessions will allow children and adults (children remain the responsibility of accompanying adult at all times) to work together to achieve their own learning goals.

• Price per child £16.99, including workshop, talk, show and entry to the Centre
One FREE accompanying adult per booking (must remain with the child/children at all times)*

Our subject for this Home Education Day is Space Ports.

*there is a £1 booking fee per adult to cover the cost of the ticket provider.

The National Space Centre opens at 10:00 and you are free to explore the interactive galleries until 16:00.

In addition your ticket includes workshops appropriate to your key stage or age group.

Please notewe cannot change the times of your sessions once booked, so please note the three times you will need on the day when booking. Please ensure you turn up in advance to allow us time to check everybody in and start each session on time. 

  • KS1 – Group 1 – 10:15 workshop / 13:30 talk / 14:20 planetarium
  • KS1 – Group 2 – 11:45 workshop / 13:30 talk / 14:20 planetarium
  • KS1 – Group 3 – 14:15 workshop / 10:30 talk / 11:40 planetarium
  • KS2 – Group 1 – 10:15 workshop / 11:40 planetarium / 12:30 talk
  • KS2 – Group 2 – 11:40 planetarium / 12:30 talk / 13:00 workshop
  • KS2 – Group 3 – 14:15 workshop / 10:30 talk / 11:40 planetarium
  • KS3 – Group 1 – 10:20 planetarium / 11:45 workshop / 14:30 talk
  • KS3 – Group 2 – 10:20 planetarium / 13:00 workshop / 14:30 talk

KS1 (ages 6-9)

Rockets

In this workshop you will learn about how rockets use different forces to work. You will then get the chance to build your own rocket to launch to our model of the Moon. Can your rocket make it to the new landing site?

Group 1 - 10:15/Group 2 - 11:45/Group 3 - 14:15

It IS Rocket Science

Join the discovery team for this explosive show, all about rockets and how they work. This interactive show explains, the history and future of space travel from Fireworks through to modern day space ports. Find out about combustion engine, forces and motion and much more. This show really is rocket science that everyone can understand.

Group 1 and 2 - 13:30/Group 3 10:30

Night and Day

What are the stars? What is the Sun? Why do they look so different? Why does the Sun appear to move across the sky during the day and where does it go at night? Find out the answers to these questions and more in an animated, presenter-led, interactive show. This show includes a Tour of the Night Sky looking at some of the easy to find star patterns for the time of year and some of the mythological stories associated with them.

Group 1 and 2 - 14:20/Group 3 - 11:40

KS2 (ages 9-12)

Great Rocket Challenge

In this fun workshop work as a team to create the best rocket to reach the Moon. Each team has a small budget they need to use to purchase the best materials to design and construct their rocket. Just which team will win the great rocket challenge?

Group 1 - 10:15/Group 2 - 13:00/Group 3 - 14:14

It IS Rocket Science

Join the discovery team for this explosive show, all about rockets and how they work. This interactive show explains, the history and future of space travel from Fireworks through to modern day space ports. Find out about combustion engine, forces and motion and much more. This show really is rocket science that everyone can understand.

Groups 1 and 2 - 12:30/Group 3 - 10:30

Journey Through The Solar System

Sit and relax in our immersive Planetarium as we journey through our very own solar system.
Find out some amazing facts about the 8 planets that make our local system. Understand more about the planets with our space quiz run from the buttons in your armrest. Then complete your tour by journeying to the stars of the night sky.

Groups 1 and 2 - 11:30/Group 3 - 11:40

KS3 (ages 12-14)

Why are Rockets White?

In this interactive workshop, students get the chance to explore the question, why do we paint rockets white? Using IR lamps, and thermochromic paint we can explore the effects of different colours that can be used on rockets. Just which is the best colour for a rocket and why?

Group 1 - 11:45/Group 2 - 13:00

It IS Rocket Science

Join the discovery team for this explosive show, all about rockets and how they work. This interactive show explains, the history and future of space travel from Fireworks through to modern day space ports. Find out about combustion engine, forces and motion and much more. This show really is rocket science that everyone can understand.

Both groups 14:30

Tour of the Night Sky

Using our immersive Planetarium, sit back and relax as we journey together through the wonders of the Universe. Your presenter will guide you around our night time sky and together you will look at the stars, visit planets and explore the mysteries of Space, in your own unique adventure. Vote for some of your favourite stops along the way, in this exciting and audience driven journey.

Both groups - 10:20

Terms and Conditions

  • Only ONE free adult/supervisor per booking is included, to manage capacity and give priority to the children participating in the sessions.
  • Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Adults may be responsible for multiple children, however, they must remain with them throughout the sessions.
  • This event is only open to individual home educators, it cannot be booked by schools or groups.
  • Only children booked into the activities may attend them. We have a capacity set on each session, which will include booked children and their responsible adult only.
  • All tickets are not transferable and non-refundable, except in the event of a cancellation by the National Space Centre.
  • The National Space Centre reserves the right to cancel the event should minimum numbers not be achieved. In the unlikely event of this situation, all participants will be notified and full refunds made.
  • We request that there is no eating or drinking during the sessions, with the exception of water in a sealed bottle. We have a café on site that can be used during your free time, or you are most welcome to bring a packed lunch with you.
  • Each session will include children of differing ages and abilities. Due to the nature of the sessions, we do not have sufficient resources for children to work individually.
  • We ask all participants to treat others with respect and courtesy at all times. Anybody found to be disruptive or unsafe, will be asked to leave. Accompanying adults are reminded that they are responsible for children at ALL times.
  • Late arrival may mean you are unable to join any sessions that have already started.
  • Home Education Day tickets are not valid for the FREE Annual Pass upgrade.