Science / Year 5 / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences

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The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) (ACSSU078)

Elaborations
  • identifying the planets of the solar system and comparing how long they take to orbit the sun
  • modelling the relative size of and distance between Earth, other planets in the solar system and the sun
  • recognising the role of the sun as a provider of energy for the Earth
ScOT terms

Solar System,  Orbits

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Earth rotation: night and day

Watch an animation of the Earth rotating in space showing day and night, the equinox where locations on Earth experience close to equal hours of daytime and night-time (12 hours) and views of the Earth from above the North and South Poles. Turn an animated model of the Earth to explore how rotation is related to night and ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Earth's place in space

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how celestial motion affects days, months and years, and how our solar system works. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that ...

Interactive resource

The wonders of our universe: space traveller

Explore our place in the universe from a spaceship. See where planet Earth and the solar system fit within a spiral galaxy containing millions of stars. Start with the whole universe and zoom in on the Earth (or vice versa). Examine snapshots such as the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. Notice that the universe contains ...

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Solar system and space exploration

Visit the planets in our solar system. Explore space, check out the size of Mercury and Neptune, seek out life on other planets and walk on the moon!

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Scaling down our solar system

Can you imagine how huge the Sun is, or how far away planets such as Saturn are? Watch this clip to discover how 'mind-bending-ly big' the solar system is. Presenter, Bernie Hobbs, scales down the the solar system to fit into a football field to demonstrate the relative sizes and distances of the Sun and planets. Find out ...

Interactive Resource

Sites2See: Astronomy for primary

A small galaxy of sites and resources, from Galileo making discoveries that changed our view of the universe, to new images and understandings from Hubble, on a page tailored for Primary students.

Teacher resource

Origin Energy for Schools

This is a valuable website containing comprehensive teacher and student cross-curricular teaching and learning resource for years 3 to 8 that focuses on the themes of energy, energy management and the Earth’s renewable energy sources. There are three teaching units on the themes of ‘Energy introduction’, ‘Energy management’ ...

Interactive Resource

NASA: Eyes Eclipse 2017

This interactive 3D simulation of the total eclipse of August 21st, 2017 enables users to navigate to different locations to watch a simulation of what the eclipse would look like from that area from start to finish. The simulation is available as a web and desktop applications suitable for most devices.

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Dr Karl discusses the Earth's heat

Discover the activities deep within the Earth that could seriously impact life on Earth far into the future. Watch this video to find out about the sources of the Earth's own heat. Dr Karl explains clearly just what is below the Earth's surface and what is happening there. As well, he talks about changes in the Sun and ...

Interactive Resource

Syllabus Bites: Aboriginal Astronomy

This resource consisting of four parts: introduction, food gathering, ceremonies and syllabus links. It introduces many examples of how Australian aboriginals used knowledge of astronomy to manage daily activities such as food gathering and ceremonial activities. It also highlights how Australian aboriginals explained the ...

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Rockets, Mars, Space Shuttles and Space Stations

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Discover how space exploration has developed over the years. Find out about different space missions and experiments, and a range of spacecraft from the early probes to more complex shuttles. Where do you think space exploration might take us in the future?</span>

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The Moon landing

Some say landing on the moon is as one of humanity's greatest achievements. Learn about the history of the moon landing and some of the challenges faced by scientists. See actual footage of the astronauts on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission.

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And now for the Sun's weather ...

The Sun is the primary source of energy on Earth and plays a major role in the weather we experience, but how does it affect weather in space? Watch this animation showing what happens when there is solar wind, solar flare and even a solar storm. Find out about their impacts on our planet and on us.

Teacher resource

Space explorers: Connected Learning Experience

This Connected Learning Experience (CLE) investigates the planets in the solar system.Students research, collect and use data about the planets in our solar system, in order to assess their suitability for human settlement.

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A long history of the Moon

The Moon is a familiar object in the night sky and impacts life on Earth as it orbits our planet. Watch this animation showing how the moon has changed since its formation 4.5 billion years ago. See how the Moon's surface altered over time as volcanoes and asteroids created the basins and craters present on the Moon today.

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Living on the International Space Station

What would it be like to live on a space station? In this clip you'll see footage of astronauts on the International Space Station and discover what their daily life is like. You'll also find out about how the space station was built and about some important research being done there.

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BrainPOP: Mars

This animated video gives an overview of the features and characteristics of the planet Mars, which is said to be the planet within our solar system that is the most similar to Earth. It describes the composition of Mars including its soil and atmosphere and provides information about its size, temperature and features ...

Teacher resource

Space tourism: Connected Learning Experience

This Connected Learning Experience (CLE) investigates the digestive system in higher animals.Students will use a model to represent the scale distances between objects in the solar system. They will learn that scientific discoveries about space have been made by a range of people from different cultures, and that these ...

Teacher resource

Indigenous Astronomy and the Solar System

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people maintain detailed knowledge systems about objects in the Solar System, including the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, and meteors. These traditions show how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people carefully observe the movements of celestial object, explain their motions, and ...

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At the planetarium: Phases of the moon

Can you name the different phases of the moon? Watch this video and learn about the phases, how long a full lunar cycle is and why the moon looks larger at times.