Sunlight and Space Travel

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This resource from Physicists in Primary Schools (PIPS) supports the teaching of Earth, Sun and Moon and light and shadows at Key Stage Two.

A presentation introduces light and how shadows are formed leading into an investigation. It moves on to look at the spin of the Earth and how we have day and night, the orbit of the Earth around the sun and the seasons, the phases of the moon and eclipses of both the sun and the moon.

The presentation is interspersed with demonstrations, games and activities linking children’s knowledge with their experience. All have been designed to engage children with the enjoyment and excitement of physics.

Originally designed as a one-off lesson to be delivered by a visiting physicist, this resource links directly to the science curriculum. It also includes teachers’ notes on running the activities. 

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