Ingoldisthorpe pupils get hands on with the moon

Pupils from Ingoldisthorpe Primary School got the chance to see rocks fromthe moon and space close up - Aimee Playford-Smith with the moon rock samples. Picture: Matthew Usher. Pupils from Ingoldisthorpe Primary School got the chance to see rocks fromthe moon and space close up - Aimee Playford-Smith with the moon rock samples. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Friday, June 6, 2014
6:58 PM

Pupils at a west Norfolk school are used to reaching for the stars, but this week they were able to get their hands on the moon.

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Youngsters at Ingoldisthorpe Primary discovered that the moon is definitely not made out of cheese when a “priceless and uninsurable” sample of rock was lent to the school.

Ben Richards, 11, has become the school’s resident expert on space.

He said: “I look up at the moon and think how great it would be to touch it and now we can. It is amazing. I think we are the first school in Norfolk to have it. It’s a great mixture between geology and science.”

Aimee Playford-Smith, 11, added: “It’s exciting. I want to be the first woman to go to the moon.”

As well as the moon samples, the pupils also got their hands on a 4.3 billion-year-old chunk of asteroid and a piece of Mars.

The school’s headteacher, Keith Thwaites, said: “It is bringing the study of outer space to life. The children have all loved it. It gives them a chance to get hands-on with space. When I applied to have the rock sample at the school, they had to come and look to make sure we had somewhere safe to keep it.

“I am told it is priceless and uninsurable.”

The samples were provided by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council and were taken by NASA in the late 60s and early 70s.

As well as the scientific aspect, pupils have also been writing stories about space.

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