Royal Observatory Greenwich

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World. These resources, designed for students aged from seven years up to post-16, contain astronomy based practical activities linked to the curriculum at each Key Stage. Key Stage Two activities include the Moon, the Solar System, shadows and the spinning Earth. At Key Stage Three, students can plot constellations and learn about orbits. The Key Stage Four activities include looking at different wavelengths, exoplanets and Kepler’s Third Law. At Post-16, topics include Doppler shift and the Hubble constant. Most activities have some ideas and questions for class discussion to be carried out before the activity. Some activities require access to software or an internet connection.


Daytime Moon Viewing

This resource, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, uses daytime viewing of the Moon to reinforce ideas learned in the classroom about light, shadow and the Moon itself. Advice is given on the best times to view the Moon, and the compulsory and optional equipment needed. By viewing the Moon during the day,...

Moon Zoo

This activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, uses the Citizen Science project ‘Moon Zoo’ to help astronomers identify boulders on the surface of the Moon. There are two activities currently available on the Moon Zoo website: Crater Survey and Boulder Wars. Crater Survey requires much more time on each image...

Fruit Solar System

This activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, helps students grasp the various sizes of planets in our Solar System using mostly fruit, with some other items. The class discussion before the activity encourages students to take an educated guess as to which planet each item represents.

Equipment per...

Making Shadows

This activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, looks at how shadows are formed and what affects their size, direction and shape. Students place an object at the centre of a sheet of paper, and use a torch to produce shadows of different length and direction.

This activity can be used as an introduction...


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