On Thursday we welcomed the Samsung ‘Space Decent with Tim Peake’ virtual reality tour bus to Harwood Park.

We won the opportunity after a social media competition on Twitter. The bus had visited Parliament and all MPs were given the chance to win the experience for a school in their constituency – and we got the most replies asking for the bus to come here.

Our local MP, Liz McInnes, joined us on the day of the visit and got to experience space for the second time alongside our pupils. Also present was Cllr Ray Dutton, our vice-chair of governors.

Thanks to the wonders of virtual reality, the children got to experience what is what like for Tim Peake to travel back to Earth in a Soyuz capsule when he returned from his six-month stay on the International Space Station. They also got to view our planet as it can be seen from the ISS, learn more about Tim Peake and complete some space training.

The children absolutely loved the whole day. They were engaged throughout the sessions and asked thoughtful, insightful questions of the crew members on the bus.

After the event, two children from year 4 – Amelia and Tryphon – got to appear on BBC Radio Manchester and ask questions of Tim Peake himself.  You can listen to the recording below:



leah · 7th October 2018 at 3:27 pm

I LOVED THIS soooo fuunn


    Miss French · 8th October 2018 at 8:58 pm

    I’m glad you had fun, Leah. I know I did. 🙂


Elvion · 8th October 2018 at 8:48 pm

This was the best day of my life. Especially space training. Thank you, Miss French.


    Miss French · 8th October 2018 at 8:57 pm

    You are very welcome, Elvion. I’m glad you enjoyed it


      Elvion · 9th October 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Did you like it Miss French?


        Miss French · 9th October 2018 at 3:53 pm

        I LOVED it Elvion. It was like we were really in space. I might even have to go to the Museum of Science and Industry and have another go.


          leah · 13th October 2018 at 9:14 am

          I wanna go again but I cant :(:(:(:(


leah · 9th October 2018 at 3:44 pm

I LOVED this because of the VR!!


Amir · 3rd November 2018 at 3:44 pm

I wish we could have had more time to play but it was very fun.


    Miss French · 3rd November 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed it, Amir. What was your favourite part of the experience?

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