special educational needs planetarium show

Special Educational Need Shows

Suitable for: Everyone

Show length: Flexible

Wow factor: 10 / 10

Our aim is to include every child in our Planetarium Show. Whether it is a SEN group or a SEN learner in a mainstream group we will do our best to create an adaptable and versatile show which will enable our learners to enjoy the incredible immersive experience and discover the wonders of the Universe at their own pace.

Mobile Planetarium visit explained:

A wheelchair friendly facility. The dome is made of fabric and the wheelchair can be simply rolled in by lifting up the wall of the dome.
Can offer sensory shows for SEN groups.
Work closely with your school/ organisation to create a show that is tailored for your learners. We will ask you to carefully group the visitors depending on their needs and abilities to ensure everybody has the best experience on the day.

For a SEN child in mainstream schools:

A learner can leave at any point and come back when they want.                                                                                                  To reduce the possible anxiety and distress, we have designed our Autism Friendly Pre-visit Information Pack. The information explains what to expect during the planetarium visit. (To download, click here)
We will try (time permitting) to give a SEN child a tour of the dome prior to the show.
Learners working on a lower level than the rest of the class are welcome to join one of the lower level shows (if provided on the day).
In some cases, to bring the best experience for all of the learners in the class, we would advise considering a short individual/small group show instead of a whole class visit.   

For visitors with autism and other special needs:

The mobile planetarium is a very flexible and inclusive educational facility.
We can offer sensory experience shows with little verbal information and vs. The content of the shows and the level of our presenters’ knowledge is suitable and very popular with Asperger learners.
We will carefully plan our shows based on the information you give us about the learners’ individual needs. On the day, we will monitor the learners’ response to the planetarium visit and adjust the shows (duration, content, volume etc) if needed.
To reduce the possible anxiety and distress, we have designed our Autism Friendly Pre-visit Information Pack. The information explains what to expect during the planetarium visit. (To download, click here)

The list of some special needs schools/organisations where we have delivered our shows:

Fairplay, Chesterfield –¬†support community group for children and young adults age 0 to 25.

Carlton Digby School, Nottingham – a school for children and young adults age 3 to 18 with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties.

Hilltop School, Rotherham – a school for pupils aged 2 to 19 with severe learning difficulties and complex needs. 39% of pupils have difficulties on the autistic spectrum.

Ladywood Primary School, Ilkeston mainstream primary with a SEN  unit in our school during the morning.

Holgate Meadows, Community Special School, Sheffield – a school for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMH), previously Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD)

Highfield School, 11-19 secondary school, Ossett Рa school for pupils with severe learning difficulties and/or complex needs, including many with a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition.  A few pupils have moderate learning difficulties and social, emotional and mental health needs, alongside a small number with additional needs of physical disabilities and/or hearing and visual impairments.

Cambridge Park Academy, Grimsby – special school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 19. Type of SEN provision: ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder; MLD – Moderate Learning Difficulty.

Phoenix School of Therapeutic Education, Sheffield- A special school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 17. Type of SEN provision: SEMH – Social, Emotional and Mental Health.

Abbey Hill School and Performing Arts College, Stoke-On-Trent РA special school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 19. Type of SEN provision: ASD РAutistic Spectrum Disorder; MLD РModerate Learning Difficulty; SLCN РSpeech, Language and Communication; SpLD РSpecific Learning Difficulty.

Ganton School, Kingston-upon-Hull РA state special school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 19. Type of SEN provision: SLD РSevere Learning Difficulty.

Education Group, Barnsley – Support group for home educated children and their families.