National Moon Day - 20th July

National Moon day commemorates the day in 1969 when the astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first person to step on the Moon. This was a ground breaking moment for human-kind.

The resources in this list use the Moon to teach about various topics including:

  • the phases of the Moon
  • light and shadows
  • environmental conditions on the Moon
  • lunar eclipses and refraction
  • Measuring the diameter of the Moon

In addition there is a good activity looking at and discussing lunar landing conspiracy theories.



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Phases of the Moon

This resource, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, challenges students to explain the phases of the Moon by linking the movement of the Moon around the Earth with our perspective from Earth of light and shadow on the Moon.

The two files are identical, apart from the curriculum links stated in the teachers...

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 conspiracies

This lesson is designed to generate discussion in students regarding the common Lunar conspiracy theories. Through looking at statements, analysing the reliability of the sources, and critically analysing the comments and applying scientific principles, students will come to their own conclusions about whether the...

Moon Shelter

This resource links to science and D&T but in a moon context. Children analyse the importance of having shelter for protection on Earth and in space. They compare the environmental conditions on Earth and on the Moon, then  work together to design and build their own Moon shelter using materials comparable to...