Earth, Sun and Moon
Our Magic Globe shows how the movement of the Earth relates to day and night. Students inflate a scale-sized moon and learn about planetary orbits by finding out how many birthdays they would have if they lived on Saturn!
Space. Moon phases. Orbit. Day and night. Planets.
- Understand that the Sun is a star
- Understand that Earth is a planet
- Recognise that there are eight planets that orbit the Sun in our solar system
- Recognise that Earth takes one year to orbit the Sun and that other planets take different amounts of time
- Understand that an incomplete partial orbit will represent a fraction of a whole orbit.
- Observe that Earth rotates on its axis once every 24 hours, and that this causes day and night
- Understand that he Moon orbits planet Earth roughly once every month - this causes the appearance of the Moon to change
- Take an imaginary rocket ship ride through the Solar System, discovering the order of the planets
- Recreate the solar system using inflatable planets
- Inflate balloons to model the relative sizes of Moon and Earth
- In small groups, play a planet orbit game to understand the time taken for different planets to orbit the Sun
- With the help of our Magic Globe, observe what Earth would look like from space and how its rotations produce night and day
- Observe the phases of the Moon using a model Moon
- Working Scientifically: pattern seeking, identifying; classifying and grouping.
- Experience and observe phenomena
- Observe and talk about the change in weather and the seasons
- Number - fractions
- Recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
- Recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
- Geometry - properties of shapes
- Recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes (circle and sphere)
- Know the number of hours in a day
- Locational Knowledge
- Name and locate the four countries of the UK
Potential allergy to latex balloons