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Day and night Year 5 – Sunrise and sunset worksheet

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Two-page PDF

Key Stage

KS2

Age

Year 5

Subjects

This day and night Year 5 science worksheet explains the Earth’s orbit around the sun, and on its own axis. It tasks students with looking at daylight hours on the first of each month for a year.

Don’t worry though – you don’t need to be up at sunrise every day. The download includes a table with average times. Students can then plot this data on the graph provided and note any patterns.

Learning objectives

  • Use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night
  • Learn that the sun is a star at the centre of our solar system

Day and night Year 5 activity

First, students need to complete the given table by working out how many hours of sunshine there was on the first day of each month for a typical year in a town in England.

They then need to plot the number of daylight hours for the first day of each month into a bar graph. What do they notice about the number of daylight hours during the course of a year?

Why do some months have more daylight hours than others? What else is different between the months that have the most and least daylight hours?

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