Our science topic for the half term is....
The Earth's Moon is its only natural satellite. It is the fifth-largest satellite in the Solar System.
It was first reached by the Soviet Union's unmanned Lunar2 spacecraft in 1959, followed by a successful landing of the Luna 9 in 1966.
The USA's Apollo 11 spacecraft helped the first men reach the Moon in July 1969. The first man to step on the Moon was Neil Armstrong.
Facts about the Moon
- The Moon is 4.5 billion years old
- It's about 250,000 miles from Earth
- The Moon orbits the Earth at an average speed of 2288 miles per hour
- The Moon has no atmosphere, wind or weather
- Water was discovered on the Moon in 2009
- The Moon is much smaller than the Earth, with a diameter of 2159 miles.
Watch the video below to find out about the different phases of the moon and why the Moon looks like it changes shape...
So remember, the sunlight reflects off of the Moon’s surface as it rotates and orbits Earth. We can only see the parts that the sunlight ‘lights up’. We cannot see the parts that are left in the shadow.
Task 1: Draw the diagram of the different moons like the one below. Label each moon with the correct phase using the diagrams and pictures above...'e.g. 'New Moon'...
Task 2: Draw what each Moon phases would look like from Earth. Take a look at the diagrams on the first page and think about the shadows (dark areas) and the areas of the moon that the sun is reflecting light from.
Read the slides and watch the video to find out about why we have day and night...
Task 1: Complete the sentences using the word bank (You will need to write it all out and fill the gaps as you go.) Can you also draw your own diagram showing how we have day and night?
Wednesday - Solar System Fact Hunt
Thursday - Apollo 11 Moon Landing
Task 1: Watch the videos below about the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, 1969.
Task 1: Read all about the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing and answer the questions (you will need to write the questions and answers in full sentences)…