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

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Curriculum content descriptions

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

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