Our Nursery Innovator is Major Tim Peake!
Every year our teachers and students name their classroom after a favourite innovator. It is a fun strategy Kingsgate uses to inspire learning and innovation in our classrooms!
Tim Peake, in full Timothy Nigel Peake, was a British astronaut and military officer who in 2016, while on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS), became the first official British astronaut to walk in space.
Peake was reared in a rural village in West Sussex. His mother worked as a midwife, and his father, a journalist, sparked his son’s interest in flying by taking him on outings to air shows. At the age of 13, Peake joined the army section of the Combined Cadet Force (Britain’s school-based military orientation program), but he was allowed to fly with the air force section on weekends. By the time he was 16, he had decided to become an army pilot.
On December 15, 2015, Peake became the first British ESA astronaut to travel in space when his mission was launched on Soyuz TMA-19M. He was accompanied by American astronaut Col. Tim Kopra and Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko. Three days later they reached the ISS. On January 15, 2016, he and Kopra exited the hatch of the space station on an assignment to replace a failed voltage regulator for the station’s solar panels. They worked in total darkness, while the panels were not generating power, to avoid the risk of electrocution. The pair also deployed cables for the future installation of an international docking adapter and completed other tasks during their 4 hours 45 minutes of extravehicular activity. With the undertaking, Peake became the first official British spacewalker;
Innovators innovate — that is, they create new ideas or ways of doing things.Anyone who blazes a trail into new territory can be an innovator — athletes, artists, business people, and chefs, to name just a few. We know that Kingsgate students are destined to be innovators in the future because our classroom practices guide and inspire innovation!
Major Tim Peake certainly inspired people. Can you imagine walking in space?
Our Nursery Classroom was named “Major Tim Peake” in his honour!
Mr Stuart Hirst and the children are very inspired by him!
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