The science we now accept as fact was once heresy. Explore the solar system with Ian Goldsworthy by having your students write a letter from Galileo to the Pope.
Have you ever looked at the stars and wondered what exactly is up there? Of course you have, and so has every child in your class.
The wonder of the universe is something that has transfixed humans for millennia and the Y5 science unit of Earth and space provides a wonderful opportunity to explore both our current understanding of the solar system and the misconceptions which used to hold sway.
Understanding that science is a constantly refined and updated body of evidence is an important concept which can be introduced through the story of Galileo Galilei.
What they’ll learn
The order of the planets
Number of moons orbiting Jupiter, as observed by Galileo
Theory of the heliocentric solar system
Development of our understanding of the movement of the planets in the solar system
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