Blast off for Leeds primary school

A Leeds primary school head teacher has expressed her delight at the chance to speak with astronaut Tim Peake.

Pupils at Ashfield Primary School, in Otley, enjoyed a day to remember as Major Peake answered their questions live from the International Space Station.

The school made contact on Thursday morning via the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS).

Welcome to YorkshirePhotograph by Richard Walker/

Welcome to Yorkshire Photograph by Richard Walker/

Major Peake told one child: “This is secret between you and me but, yes, there is space candy. We have a candy drawer on board the space station and there are things like chocolate in there and all sorts of sugary fizzies, but we’re not allowed to eat too many of them.”

Ashfield head teacher Elspeth Warren commented on the opportunity and the excitement caused by the presence of the media.

She said: “We’ve had an amazing day here at Ashfield. This will be an unforgettable experience for all of us.  It will have inspired not just a thirst for knowledge about all things space related, but opened up a world of aspirations for future space related and media related careers for their future.”

Warren also described how a science, technology, engineering and maths festival earlier in the year had helped increase interest among the children during the build up to the occasion.

She said: “This inspired our children to get excited about space in many aspects of the curriculum – art, poetry, drama, dance, biology, technology and physics.”

The children stole the spotlight as they were given the chance to showcase their space themed projects in front of the media.

Warren commended Major Peake when she said: “He was really friendly and answered the children’s questions carefully and thoughtfully.”


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