Lesson 1. This lesson, together with Moving
Earth, builds on previous understanding from Key
Stage 2 and can be used to establish what pupils do
understand and what misconceptions they hold. It is
an opportunity for teaching aspects of 'The Solar System
and beyond' from the Key Stage 3 programme of study,
which needs to be accessed before moving onto the following
The supporting resources of images and video clips provide evidence for the prior knowledge from Key Stage 2 (see 'NC reference sheet' in the introduction to this unit) and also for the apparent movement of the stars and planets (see the multimedia section and teacher notes below). These images would also stimulate discussion about what they show and what conclusions can be drawn from them.
The time lapse video clip of 24 hours at the CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the summer is ideal for illustrating day and night and could also lead into discussion about seasonal changes.