Science KS2: The sun and the stars

In this series teaching the basics of astronomy, two young stargazers visit a Dark Sky park, one of the darkest places in the country.

Emma and Joshua learn about light pollution, constellations and the planets.

They find out how to use the North Star to find constellations and how to tell the difference between a star and a planet.

This clip is from the series Little Stargazing.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to develop an awareness of light and dark, light pollution and the Solar System.

Using a rotating globe and a large flash torch as the sun, students could demonstrate and explain ‘night and day’ to one another.

Students could look at different pieces of black paper and fabric to compare the shades of darkness.

Shine torches on them to show the effect of ‘city lights’.

Students could be encouraged to make their own version of the Plough (‘saucepan’) group of stars using glitter pens or coloured chalk on black paper.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Physics or Science.

This topic appears in KS1/KS2 in England and Northern Ireland, Key Stage 2 in Wales and Early/1st/2nd level in Scotland.

More from the series Little Stargazing

Hunting the Northern Lights in Lapland
Rockets and astronauts
The moon and the sea