Curriculum-linked learning resources designed to work in the classroom.

Life began on the Earth around 3.5 billion years ago. Could life have evolved on other planets and if so where are they? Astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich explain how we might detect them in this video.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

In this practical activity, students investigate magnetic materials, attraction and repulsion and make a magnetic compass. Accompanies the video ‘Seeing The Invisible’.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

This classroom activity helps students grasp the various sizes of planets in our Solar System using mostly fruit and can be joined with activity demonstrated in the 'Solar System in a Box' video. 

Key stage:
Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

In this practical activity, students investigate the effect of light on the size of the pupils in our eyes and learn about how we see objects that give off their own light and those that don’t. Accompanies the video ‘Seeing The Invisible’.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

Our Universe began 13.8 billion years ago and it has been expanding ever since. Is it destined to expand forever or will it suffer a more crushing end? Astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich explain the fate of the Universe in this video.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

An outdoor experiment in which students observe, record, and explain why their shadows change throughout the day. 

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

In this video, Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers Radmila and Brendan use a free computer program called Stellarium to find out where the planet Jupiter is in the night sky. They show how you can take a picture of it using a smartphone camera, what you can see through large binoculars and what details a large telescope can reveal. 

Key stage:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

Meteorites are bits of space rock from the asteroid belt. Some are magnetic. This activity accompanies the video 'Space Rocks'.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

A classroom activity that looks at how shadows are formed and what affects their size, direction and shape.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Radmila shows how you can best find the Moon in the daytime sky and how you can demonstrate the changing phases of the Moon in the classroom using hands-on models.

Key stage:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

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