Earth and Space – Lesson 1

Hello Year 5, as part of our new topic ‘SHINE A LIGHT: How Does Our Earth Work?‘ we will be exploring Earth and Space in our physics science lessons. As you know, I LOVE space and I am super excited that I get to teach you this amazing topic.

Watch the video below to see what the first lesson is about and your activities. Underneath are the videos as they won’t work in the video. Comment below or send the office examples of what you did – I can’t wait to see them!



  1. 1.The sun is the biggest star in not just the hole world or space but the universe and the solar system
    2.Earth is the closest planet to the sun
    3.There are 6 planets in the solar system not including Pluto because it is not classed as a planet
    4.Earth takes 365/366 days to fully orbit the sun which is 1 full year!
    5.The sun does not actually move around us it is the planets that go around the sun.
    6.Finally, it may feel like we are stood still and the world isn’t moving but it actually is just very slowly to keep the oxygen flowing around the world to help us breathe and live our full life.

    • Hi Lewis, brilliant research! This will certainly help you with further lessons. Just check number 2 and number 3 again ๐Ÿ™‚
      Miss Andrew

  2. Hey Miss Andrew, its Katie! I’ve written up a whole couple of work sheets all about space and facts bout space. Would it be ok if i hand it in to you when we come back to school? I will write the answers to the questions down now and some facts!

    Kind Regards,

  3. How does the moon move around the world?

    The Moon orbits the Earth anticlockwise and the Earth orbits the Sun anticlockwise. The Moon and the Earth rotate on their own axes anticlockwise.

    What planets are there in space?

    There are eight planets in the solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

    Why is there so many planets in the solar system?

    The order and arrangement of the planets and other bodies in our solar system is due to the way the solar system is formed.

  4. The largest planets in order are Jupiter , Saturn , Uranus , Neptune , Earth then Venus because like Lewis said Pluto is no longer classified as a planet. The hottest planet in the solar system is Venus. The coldest planet is Neptune ever since Pluto was disqualified as a planet.

  5. Today I was doing science with my dad and we found out that if the earth was the size of a grain of sand the sun would be 5 and a half centimetres and it would be 6 feet away from us!
    Also we learnt that the sun was 1 metre long we found how small all the planets were.
    We took some pictures so can we send them to you.

    • Hi Charlotte, I love things like this – it’s really hard to get your head around the size of planets and what you did is a great way of understanding that. I’d love to see the pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. We have 9 planet’s. Pluto is the smallest planet and Jupiter is the biggest.The sun is the biggest star and Mercury is the closest planet to the sun

    • Hi Princess, so lovely to hear from you! I hope that you’ve enjoyed exploring our new topic all about Space ๐Ÿ™‚ Just check how many planets we have, is Pluto still a planet? Mercury is the closest to the sun and yes, the Sun is the biggest star! Well done, Miss Andrew.

  7. .The closet planet to the sun is mercury
    .Jupiter is the biggest planet
    .the sun is the biggest star
    .all of ou planets orbit the sun
    .Mercury is also the smallest planet
    Pluto is a dwarf planet and it was declared that in 2006

    • Great subject knowledge Libby, there are some great YouTube videos that show the size of each planet! I hope you’re inspired by our new topic ๐Ÿ™‚

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