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Phases of the Moon 20/01/2020

By using Friendship Hall in the dark, some twinkly lights projected onto the ceiling, and lying down on the floor; we were able to imagine being in a rocket and flying into space to explore beyond our world. We could see the sun in one part of space and how far its light reached; noting the growing shadows the further from the light we went.


We then saw a planet orbiting the sun, and we could see how different sides of it were lit by the sun. As the planet rotated, we then understood why day and night happen; and by orbiting the sun, we see different patterns of stars in the sky. We then added a tilt to the planet, to see how the different seasons occur due to the hemispheres proximity to the sun.

We then looked into the phases of the earth's moon:


By imagining we were the Earth and holding our moon (our arm represented the Earth's gravitational pull) we rotated with a stationery light source. The amount of the 'moon' that we could see depended on where it was, and how much of the moon's surface was lit. 

(We then segwayed into a discussion about the speed at which the moon itself rotates if we always see the same side of the moon; concluding that the moons orbit and rotation must take exactly the same amount of time.)

Finally we discussed how everything in space would have phases, based on their position relative to the sun.


Our favourite quote of the day was "Mr Harris, look! His head is a waning crescent!"

We are looking forward to sharing more of our Space learning in our Class Worship on 13th March.