Key themes: Science, History, English, PSHE
“Without education, how can you learn to read, and know what is written in that Good Book” – Participant
“A fantastic session. My class absolutely loved it! It has made learning real to them” – Teacher
Stargazing transports children to a dusty loft in Florence during 1633 to wait for the great scientist and astronomer Galileo to arrive and address them. As they wait they meet with Andrea, the child of Galileo’s housekeeper and together begin to practically explore Galileo’s theories on planetary motion using the models and notes that the great man has left lying around. Their experimentation is interrupted when they learn that Galileo has been arrested as a heretic. Urged by Andrea the children set off for the court to use their new knowledge to get try and get Galileo released from prison. To succeed they must convince the judge that what Galileo says is not heresy but fact.
Stargazing uses the story of Galileo and fuses participatory drama with science, recreating experiments that illustrate the passage of the planets through space.