Media Gallery

Moving Earth
Using Models
Setting the Scene
Our Solar System
Moving Earth
Using Models
Because I Said So!
Is Pluto A Planet?
Mission To Pluto
Putting It All together

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 activities.

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.

Lesson Plan


Teachers Notes




Starter Prompt






Crescent Moon






Apollo VIII


Day & Night Earth


Sunset from Shuttle


Star Trails



Mars   Asteroids
Jupiter   Saturn
Uranus   Neptune
Pluto   Comet
Solar System Images   Quiet & Dynamic Sun Rotating
24hr Video - RAL    
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