Online and written reviews from teachers after the entire school of 130 Reception to Year 6 children visited a 5m digital dome to experience the 2-in-1 Performance, 3D Space Station and 360° films Natural Selection, Earth's Wild Ride, Great Planet Adventures and Space Shapes:
"An exciting and educational experience was enjoyed by all in our school! We would recommend this scientific dome day to other schools for a day of memorable learning to inspire all future scientists!"
"The class enjoyed the whole experience especially the virtual journey into space. Good detail and the right level of information for them to understand. I personally think the dome with a doorway rather than a tunnel is much better, especially for the younger children"
"Brilliant experience. The children particularly enjoyed the visit to the Space Station and remembered many facts. They were amazed at the whole experience"
Sambourne C of E Primary School
Online reviews, PTA and teacher feedback after the entire school of 580 Reception to Year 6 students enjoyed a 6m digital planetarium experience over two days with the 2-in-1 Performance, 3D Space Station and fulldome films Great Planet Adventures, The Moon, Space Shapes and We Are Aliens (and staff enjoyed lunchtime Relaxation Sessions):
"As Chair of the PTA for our school I booked Immersive Theatres for a 2 day visit to allow all children in our school to have a 30 minute visit. Throughout the booking process Mario was very helpful and accommodating when we asked for him to point out our class constellations (all our classrooms are named after a star constellation, some a little more unusual than others). As a parent of the school, my 2 girls absolutely loved it. My Y4 girl said it was "epic" and her and her friends loved the ISS and what life might be like on other planets (and where they would want to live). My foundation girl was able to recite facts about the sun being our biggest star and that her class was a little bear which she thought was brilliant. I would definitely recommend to anyone. Thank you so much!"
"Mario visited our school this week and both the children and staff had an amazing time in the planetarium! We really enjoyed looking at all of the different star constellations (our classrooms are named after one each) and visiting the International Space Station. There was lots of space and planets chatter in the corridors and classrooms afterwards and I think we may now have some budding young astronauts to be!"
"This was a fascinating experience! The children absolutely loved every moment of it. It was brilliant for the children to see and understand how their class names link with the star constellations. They were amazed by this information! All of the information the children were given was at the right level and all their questions were answered really well. Thank you so much for letting us explore space!"
"Thank you so much for a wonderful visit to our school this week. The children and lots of staff really enjoyed the planetarium experience and it was wonderful to hear them asking lots of great questions. My favourite observation afterwards though, was a little Year 1 girl in the playground asking her friend to "play planetariums" with her. Brilliant!"
Francis Baily Primary School
Written comments from teachers after 240 Year 1 to Year 6 pupils experienced a 7m digital dome adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, 3D Space Station and 360° films Earth's Wild Ride, Great Planet Adventures, Little Star That Could, The Moon, Space Shapes and We Are Aliens:
"The experience [in particular the film Great Planet Adventures] provides a fantastic hook for our further learning in Science (Earth and Space) and English (non-chronological report & narrative). Thank you"
"Really great. The children thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and are excited by how much they learnt. A great activity to support our learning in science. The children have lots of questions about space and we have some astronauts in the making I think!"
High Wycombe, London
Online review and staff comments after the entire school of 210 Year 1 to Year 6 students enjoyed a 7m digital dome visit with the 2-in-1 Performance, 3D Space Station and immersive content The Weather, 360° Underwater Adventure, Geological Time Funnel, Natural Selection, Earth's Wild Ride and Great Planet Adventures:
"Mario attended my school and all the children and staff were blown away by the experience and professionalism. They children were fascinated by the sessions and learnt so much. One member of staff remarked that it was even better than the planetarium in Birmingham [Thinktank]. High praise indeed. Well worth booking and fitted in really well with some of the class themes that are currently being taught. Would definitely book again if we have the opportunity. Thanks again"
"Children and staff loved the planetarium and got a lot out of the experience. Fantastic and a wow moment for all the children"
King George V Primary School
West Bromwich, Birmingham
"WOW....what a topic starter! Mario has now been visiting our school with his planetarium for the last 4 years. It is a brilliant 'wow starter' for our To infinity and beyond topic. He is able to pitch the presentation to suit Reception children perfectly, always ready to answer questions from staff and pupils and support answers with his media resources where possible. He is very knowledgeable on the subject and his passion for space is obvious! Already looking at dates to book for next year!"
Blue Coat Infant School
Teacher feedback after 200 Nursery to Year 6 pupils experienced a 7m digital planetarium visit with the 360° Underwater Adventure, Geological Time Funnel and fulldome films Natural Selection and Dinosaurs at Dusk:
"The children had a wonderful time and learnt so much whilst the teachers were impressed by your knowledge and ability to engage every child from the youngest in Nursery to our Year 6 pupils. You provided a highlight of our Animal Antics Theme Week and I am certain that the children will remember your visit for many years to come"
"The story held their interest. The solar system facts were pitched at the right level as were the facts about polar bears in the Arctic"
"What an amazing experience for the children to have. They sat and listened throughout due to the amazing visuals. I loved the shape video as it links into our maths and looking through the space station was very interesting"
"Brilliant show. The children enjoyed every second of it. Visiting the Space Station, the planets and seeing the stars. The shape video is a very good / educational way of teaching 2D and 3D shapes!"
Drove Primary School
Teacher's words after 190 Year 3 and Year 4 students visited a 5m digital planetarium to experience the 2-in-1 Performance with 360° film Earth's Wild Ride; and staff enjoyed a lunchtime Relaxation Session:
"Wow! What a wonderful experience. The kids thoroughly enjoyed as did all members of staff. Thank you so much for further developing their understanding of the topic and giving them such a unique experience"
"The children were blown away by the film. They have enjoyed learning about the moon, planets and the sky so this video was of interest to them. They also have an interest in volcanoes and dinosaurs so seeing them was a bonus!"
Pencoed Primary School
Teacher and student written comments after 90 Year 3 to Year 6 children enjoyed a 5m digital dome experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, 3D Space Station, Famous Meteorite Handling and immersive films Once Upon the Big Bang, Destination Mars and The Weather:
"The Weather - content was good; liked the animation of the water cycle. Your lesson about Space was 'amazing' and 'spectacular'. Space Station - we enjoyed seeing the toilet, where they sleep and eating food"
"I liked seeing how big the space station was and the number of parts that make it up"
Blewbury Endowed CoE Primary
Teacher and pupil comments after 130 Reception to Year 6 students enjoyed a 5m digital dome visit with the 2-in-1 Performance, 3D Space Station, Famous Meteorite Handling and 360° films Supervolcanoes, MOON 2019 - Apollo 11 Tribute, Great Planet Adventures, Little Star That Could and Space Shapes:
"We have been learning about volcanoes this term and this linked really wonderfully with what we had already learnt while also adding new knowledge"
- "I liked the 3D view. I was able to learn even more about our geography topic
- My favourite part was learning about the formation of the Earth
- I liked how it affected my senses: I could feel my heart beating
- It was great to see a supervolcano!"
Evergreen Primary Academy
Online teacher and student feedback after all 320 Nursery to Year 6 pupils experienced a 7m digital planetarium adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, 3D Space Station and fulldome films Natural Selection, The Moon, Great Planet Adventures, Little Star That Could and Space Shapes:
"Raised some brilliant philosophical questions from the children - lots of great, critical thinking and higher level discussion generated. Well pitched for Y6 level children"
"Mario is the most professional presenter. His inflatable dome is amazing. His knowledge is outstanding. All staff and children had the most wonderful time. This is the second time Mario has visited Oakfield Preparatory School and he will definitely be invited back again"
- "It was cool to see how we all descend from one tiny thing
- We see the Earth as so big but there could be so much more out there - what if other life is searching for us?
- I liked how it was so interactive and visual
- Made me realise how insignificant we are in the universe
- When the visuals moved it felt like we were moving"
Oakfield Preparatory School
Online review and teacher's comment after 150 Nursery and Year 5 students enjoyed a 5m digital dome experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, 3D Space Station, Famous Meteorite Handling and fulldome films Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe, The Maya: Cosmic Planners, Space Shapes and We Are Aliens:
"Mario delivered a very exciting and insightful programme about space and the Maya. The children loved every second in the planetarium and learnt much from the experience. Thank you"
"Thank you so much Mario. The children absolutely loved it with one child saying when they touched the meteor that they were never going to wash their hand! Another said it was the best day of their life so thank you"
Henley Green Primary School
Coventry, West Midlands
"The children loved it and so did I. This is our third year using immersive theatres. We changed our film choice this year and I learnt loads! A great visit to inspire the children. Professional, great knowledge and an amazing experience"
Haddenham Community Junior School
Teacher and pupil comments after 40 Year 1 to Year 7 students experienced a 4m digital planetarium adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, 3D Space Station and 360° films Great Planet Adventures, Little Star That Could and Moles - Plato the Explorer:
"Thank you so much for the super workshops today. The boys loved it!"
- "It was so cool because the walls moved
- I liked it when it went into the night time
- We were all very comfortable and wanted to stay there for 5 hours
- I learned that the Sun was part of the Milky Way
- I thought the spaghetti bit was funny and I really liked the Pluto part"
The Marchant-Holliday School
Online review and teacher comments after 325 staff and special needs students (age 4-19, including 35 wheelchair users) enjoyed a 7m digital dome experience over two days with the immersive films Enigma, Great Planet Adventures, Little Star That Could, Space Shapes and We Are Aliens:
"All the children were mesmerised by what they saw. The planets, moon, beautiful lights, music and visual effects of space. A truly stimulating and relaxing experience. Some children lay down to truly experience the dome effect and others were reaching out trying to touch, saying 'touch' and 'wow!'"
"Immersive Theatres spent two very busy and stimulating days delivering all things 'space' to our large Special School in South Wales. Mario impressed us all with the flexibility of the programmes, incorporating great audio visual experiences and the efficient organisation of our different groups"
"Lovely interactive experience that really captured pupils' attention. It was definitely a 'wow' moment that was informative and enjoyable. Thank you"
Online review with teacher and student feedback after 60 Year 5 pupils enjoyed a 5m digital dome experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, 3D Space Station, Famous Meteorite Handling and fulldome films Destination Mars and Journey to Infinity (and 8 members of staff enjoyed a lunchtime Relaxation Session):
"Mario was great and the kids loved the experience - what a great way to get them excited about their space topic. I would absolutely recommend Immersive Theatres to anyone looking to get this sort of experience into their school"
"Thank you so much for coming in today. We all really enjoyed the programme, my class were buzzing when we went back to the classroom. It's such a good way to get them excited about the topic. I also know the staff who came into the dome at lunch time thoroughly enjoyed that so thank you for offering that!"
- "It was cool seeing how people would live on Mars
- I liked it when they wound the clock back and showed Mars as a paradise
- It felt 3D like we were actually there
- It looked really real"
St Mary & All Saints CoE Primary School
Teacher's written feedback after 55 Reception and Year 1 pupils experienced a 5m digital planetarium adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, 3D Space Station, Famous Meteorite Handling and fulldome films Moles - Plato the Explorer and Space Shapes:
"Very good, age-appropriate. Children enjoyed the show and learnt a lot"
Compton CE Primary School
Teacher and student feedback after 120 Year 3 to Year 6 pupils experienced a 5m digital dome visit with the 2-in-1 Performance, 3D Space Station, Famous Meteorite Handling and fulldome films Dinosaurs at Dusk, Dynamic Earth, Great Planet Adventures and We Are Aliens:
"Thank you very much for coming into school yesterday. The kids really enjoyed it and they were buzzing about it this morning and after their sessions yesterday"
- "It was the most fun thing I had ever experienced
- Interesting to find out that birds are actually dinosaurs that lived
- How the world changed was great
- I wanted to be there and it felt like I was
- It made me feel dizzy and floating
- I felt like I was in the film"
Greatfield Park Primary School