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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Celestia is a spaceflight simulator that allows you to explore real astronomical data as you fly through space.

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

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On the smallest to the largest scales, collisions and explosions happen all over our Universe.

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

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A drawing activity in which students visualise the elliptical orbits of the planets and, optionally, study their geometry using basic algebra.

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

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A classroom activity in which students learn about the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces and how they are considered when designing a space probe to land safely on another planet or moon. Accompanies the video ‘Newton’s Laws of Motion’.

Key stage:
Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
School subject:
Astronomy, 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

how big is the universe

Royal Observatory astronomer Liz shows us the expanding nature of the Universe and how this affects the light reaching us from distant galaxies, some of which will remain forever hidden from our view.

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

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We know about the planets, moons and space rocks that make up our Solar System. But where did it all come from? 

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

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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

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