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Distance of the Planets

Sycamore had the opportunity to learn about the different planets in our Solar System. First of all we learnt about the order of the planets – using some helpful mnemonics to remind us – and then we had the chance to record our own fact files for each of the planets in our books. We learnt that there is an inner and outer part of the solar system (which is divided by the Asteroid belt). To extend our learning, we went into the playground and investigating the distance between each of our planets in the solar system – we used a scale which allowed us to condense the Solar System into 60 metres. We worked in teams to accurately measure the different distances using a variety of tools (a centimetre ruler, several metre sticks, a metre walking stick) and then recorded each planet and their distance away from the Sun on a whiteboard. Here is what we created:

 

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Geocentric vs. Heliocentric

Today we learnt the story about the Solar System from the ancient times all the way up to present day.

 

 

From ancient times many people believed that the Solar System was Geocentric. This means they believed that the Earth was the centre of the Solar System and all the other planets and Sun orbited it. Slowly over time ideas changed to what we now believe, which is the Heliocentric Model. This means that the Sun is the centre of the Solar System and it is orbited by the other planets.

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First of all we were introduced to a number of important characters and then had the opportunity to learn about what they believed the Solar System was like. Then we had the opportunity to use drama to re-enact the story, here are some of the key pictures and people we met along the way.

STEM NET Ambassador

Sycamore were very fortunate to spend the afternoon with Doctor France Gerard, a senior Earth Observation Scientist. Sycamore were very fortunate to spend the afternoon with Doctor France Gerard, a senior Earth Observation Scientist.

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