Earth in Space Incursion (Levels 5 & 6)

Theme: Science – Earth and Space Sciences
Level: 5 & 6

Students will investigate the forces involved around Earth and the Solar System. They will gain an awareness of forces, heat, light, atmosphere, movement and position.

Activities

  • Discuss prior knowledge of space and our place in it.
  • Experience the pressure of the air around us.
  • Identify the planets of the Solar System and their order from the sun.
  • Model the relative sizes of the Sun and planets.
  • Use a scale model to show the relative distances of each planet from the sun and understand how long it takes each planet to complete an orbit.
  • Investigate the forces that hold planets in their orbit including gravity and centripetal forces.
  • Model Earth’s rotation and orbit to explore regular changes such as day and night and the seasons.
  • Investigate Earth’s unique atmosphere and learn how it protects us and gives the sky colours.
  • Learn about space exploration and explore the forces needed to launch a rocket.
  • Set up a follow-up experiment to investigate the growth of plants in different conditions such as those found on other planets.

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