Learning resources

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

are there aliens

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

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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

Exploring Moons

Our Moon is just one of many moons in the solar system. 

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

Formation of the Solar System

A classroom activity in which students learn about the main steps in the formation of our Solar System by completing a crossword and creating their own comic strip.

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

The Sword and the Rose (M42) © Marcus Davies, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Deep Space Commended 2010

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

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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

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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

looking for jupiter

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

Make your own constellations and asterisms with our star scope!

Key stage:
Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
School subject:
Astronomy

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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

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