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Bury’s Guildhall Feoffment pupils experience the joys and frustrations of trying to talk to a spaceman




Guildhall Feoffment Primary School pupils watch astronaut Tim Peake as he talks with children at UK schools 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160202-161944009
Guildhall Feoffment Primary School pupils watch astronaut Tim Peake as he talks with children at UK schools 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160202-161944009

Nobody likes the twirly buffering icon while watching videos online, but when Major Tim Peake may be about to answer your question from space, it is almost unbearable.

It made pupils at Guildhall Feoffment Primary School in Bury St Edmunds groan with frustration and you could understand why.

Pupils enjoy being part of Tim Peake's Cosmic Classroom ANL-160202-161955009
Pupils enjoy being part of Tim Peake's Cosmic Classroom ANL-160202-161955009

There was Major Tim floating above the South Atlantic in the space station and the Cosmic Classroom presenter in Liverpool said ‘now we have a question from...’ and we all thought ‘is it us?’ only for the twirly thing to appear.

At least the year one and five students expressed their computer frustration in modest language. But they had every right to get excited because the nine- and 10-year-olds of year five, with form teacher Hannah Stewart, had thought of 38 questions for Maj Tim and videoed ten to be put to him 250 miles up.

Sitting below their papier-mâché planets of the solar system, the two classes watched eagerly as questions were asked from schools around the UK – from whether your heart beats faster in space to what his favourite space station button was.

The children easily grasped how lack of gravity would affect simple tasks like touching your toes – Maj Tim gently somersaulted – and the delay as signals went to and from the space station. Even though none of their questions were put, they still clapped Maj Tim at the end.

Guildhall Feoffment Primary pupils get a big screen window on the space station ANL-160202-162006009
Guildhall Feoffment Primary pupils get a big screen window on the space station ANL-160202-162006009

Headteacher Sue Herriott said: “It makes things incredibly real and I think it inspires children to think there’s so much out there.”

Major Tim Peake on the space station''Picture: European Space Agency
Major Tim Peake on the space station''Picture: European Space Agency


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