Y5 The Orbit of the Earth and the Moon

Pupils learn that the Sun is a star and the largest structure in our Solar system. They learn that the Sun does not move and that all the planets in our Solar System orbit (go round) the Sun. They also learn that the closer a planet is to the Sun, the shorter and faster its orbit.

Learning Objectives:

  • PoS - describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system; describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
  • NaG - pupils should learn that the Sun is a star at the centre of our solar system and that it has eight planets; they should understand that a moon is a celestial body that orbits a planet (Earth has one moon)
  • WS - pupils could create simple models of the solar system

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