Up Our Solar System Planets & Moons Stars & Galaxies Orbits Exploring Space Making Telescopes Mass & Weight




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Unit 6 - Earth & Space


free simulations, worksheets, videos, images, animations and more.


Lesson 6.1






Learn about the objects in our solar system, including planets, asteroids, comets, moons and more!



Lesson 6.2




Lessons and activities for teaching about space.




Coming soon.



Lesson 6.3



Lessons and activities for teaching about space.


Coming soon.



Lesson 6.4




Investigate the orbits of planets, comets, and moons using the orbital simulator, and find out about the orbits of asteroids and satellites.


Covers calculations of orbital speeds too.



Lesson 6.5




Lessons and activities for teaching about space.


Coming soon.



Lesson 6.6




Covers ideas about mass and weight on other planets, moons, other bodies, or in outer space.




Lesson 6.7




Pressure in fluids 1


Pressure in liquids and gases, including ideas about kinetic theory and pressure in our atmosphere.


Coming soon.


Lesson 6.8




Pressure in fluids 2


Consolidates the work on pressure in fluids; extends these ideas to including depression and elevation of boiling points with varying pressure / altitude.


Coming soon.





Revision materials


Lots of revision materials, worksheets and more!  Includes a complete summary sheet for the module.


Coming soon.







Assessment materials


Testing, target setting and more.  Coming soon.







The Key Stage 3 Earth & Space module covers the basics of objects in our solar system and beyond, orbits, stars and constellations, pressure in fluids like our atmosphere, weight, mass and gravity.


The solar system simulator below is great for students to investigate the elliptical orbits of asteroids and comets as well as binary and multi-star systems, slingshot orbits and more.  This module is in the very early stages of construction; keep checking back for updates!


Image credit: giphy.com











Some fun things in this module:






Students can easily build simple Galilean and Keplerian telescopes using commonly available biconvex and biconcave lenses , and explore ideas about telescope optics using ray boxes and glass/acrylic blocks.



Making telescopes is fun, using lens holders or cardboard tubes.





There are now some very affordable laser ray boxes which are great for illustrating these ideas.  Timstar do a great kit here (UK), or Arbor Scientific sell the same kit here (US).



Laser ray boxes - fantastic for optics demos.





Galileo's observations of Jovian moons are considered, and Ptolemaic and Copernican models of the solar system are are examined.  Click the image below for a high resolution zoomable model of Ptolemy's geocentric (earth centred) model of the solar system.



Click the image to go to a high resolution zoomable version.