This ten-lesson unit covers the Australian National Curriculum for Year 6 - Earth and Space Sciences. Throughout this unit, students will develop an understanding of our solar system, including the relative sizes and distances of the planets, and how our earth moves through it. This unit involves classroom demonstrations, online research, great scientists through history and comic strips about Roman gods. Through these cross-curricular activities, students will get a handle on what we have come to understand about our place in space and how (and why) that understanding has changed through time. Every lesson comes complete with an activity worksheet, and a final summative assessment quiz can also be given to students.

10 x 1 hour lessons
Cross curriculum
20x resources/worksheets
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Australian Curriculum - (QLD/SA/WA/NT/TAS/ACT)


Describe the movement of Earth and other planets relative to the sun and model how Earth’s tilt, rotation on its axis and revolution around the sun relate to cyclic observable phenomena, including variable day and night length


The key concepts in this unit include:

  • Our understanding of the universe, the solar system and our place in it, has changed over time.
  • The change in how we understand our world and how the solar system works has come from the work of space scientists.
  • These scientists were able to work out how the solar system works using only basic observations.
  • The size of the planets and stars in our galaxy, and the distance between them is almost unfathomable.
  • The interaction between the parts of the solar system have an impact on how we experience life on earth.
Learning Intention
  • We are learning to describe the movement of Earth and other planets relative to the Sun, their cycle around the Sun, the Earth’s tilt and rotation on its axis.
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