Primary Science - Day and night teaching resources

This collection features some really exciting BBC Class Clips videos on day and night. We have included a variety of primary science resources that could be used with each video to make the best use of your planning time. Bookmark this collection so you can use it to engage your learners in understanding about space, the Earth and how day and night affect our daily lives.

Day to Night

You can use the following resources with this great video from BBC Class Clips – ‘How on Earth Do We Go From Day to Night?’ Resources help learners recall and develop understanding of how day and night occur.

A set of good resources and lesson plans on day and night, including the effect of the seasons in the northern and southern hemispheres.

A really useful presentation that helps learners to get to grips with new scientific words and develop understanding of the Earth’s rotation in simple and clear steps.

Changing Shadows

This BBC Class Clips video uses visual aids to show how the Sun shines on the Earth and the Earth rotates to create day and night. The demonstrator talks about the effects of the Earth’s rotation on the length of shadows created at different times of the day.

A lovely set of resources about shadows formed by the sun at different times of the day.

A really useful set of termly plans and lesson ideas to develop understanding of why shadows change shape during the day.

A useful worksheet to map the position of the Sun in the sky from sunrise to sunset, suitable for all abilities.

Light Sources

This video from BBC Class Clips is a lovely story about a boy wondering about all the lights he can see in his bedroom at night before he falls asleep. The accompanying resources help learners recall and develop understanding of different sources of light.

A great fact sheet that can be used when learning about light and shadows.

At the Centre of the Universe

This great video from BBC Class Clips is a fun quiz-style challenge between Copernicus and Galileo for the title of Greatest Investigator of All Time. The accompanying resources can be used to help learners develop understanding of how the Earth and planets move in the Solar System.

A lovely worksheet and website to help learners understand Galileo Galilei, the man and his work.

Flat or Sphere?

This video shows how Aristotle figured out that the Earth is not a flat disc, but in fact, a sphere. The resources help learners develop understanding of the Earth and its place in the Solar System.

A superb presentation on the Earth in space, with fantastic interactive quizzes and really useful animations.

A great TESiBoard interactive tool that learners can use to create their own information books on the Earth in space.


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