Space, solar system, stars, galaxies.

Space, solar system, stars, galaxies, moons, light years, gravity, the universe. Complete KS3 lesson. This is lesson 1 in a series of 6 high quality lessons that fully and expertly delivers all the points within BOTH the NEW KS3 Department for Education ‘Space Physics’ National Curriculum and the AQA KS3 specification / syllabus sections ‘3.7.2 Universe’ and ‘3.1.2 Gravity’. Updated and Improved 17th June 2019.

Ready to use, no preparation required ! Project and go !! The powerpoint will lead you through every step.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES - are given towards the bottom of this text.

Pupils will start the lessons by thinking and working in pairs in a race to unscramble some of the key words in today’s lesson. After revealing the title and lesson outcomes students self assess against their current understanding of this topic.

This lesson is ‘chunked’ into discrete sections to support learning and engender positive behaviour by keeping students interested and focused. All points of the specification are addressed. There are various student activities such as gap fill, matching, reviewing a solar system model, words unscramble, literacy activity, questions and answers, think/pair/share, quiz, sort into size order, mnemonic, self-assessment, peer assessment etc.

In the plenary activity pupils complete a quiz and then peer assess it to uncover how much they have learnt during the lesson. They then self assess themselves against the lesson outcomes. Students who need further support set themselves additional homework to enhance learning of today’s lesson.

These are provided just in case any group requires them.

All resources are included in this excellent lesson, there is nothing for you to do but deliver it.

* Understand the structure of the solar system and be able to draw it with the planets in the correct order. * Explain what keeps the planets in place ‘orbiting’ the sun.
* Understand what ‘stars’ and ‘galaxies’ and ‘light years’ are.
* Use new literacy words such as ‘orbit’ and ‘light year’.
* Comprehend the vast size of the Milky Way and the Universe.

Thank you for looking, your positive feedback would be very much appreciated :)

Lesson 1 in a series of 6:
1. Solar system, stars and galaxies and the universe.
2. Geocentric and heliocentric solar system models
3. Seasons.
4. Gravity, weight and mass.
5. Exploring and observing the universe.
6. The moon’s phases.

For more lessons designed to meet the new KS3 and KS4 specifications please type Barclayfox into the tes resources search engine to see all my lessons.

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Created: Nov 13, 2017

Updated: Jun 19, 2019

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