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Earth, Sun and Moon 3

In this worksheet, students will extend their knowledge of forces to the 'pull' of the sun, Earth and moon and how we feel the effects.

'Earth, Sun and Moon 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Earth and Space

Curriculum subtopic:   Movement of Earth and the Planets

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

At the centre of our solar system is a star: the Sun. Orbiting the sun are eight planets.

 

Solar system

 

We know that a force called gravity pulls us towards the centre of our planet, Earth. All objects have 'gravity', but we only feel the gravity of large objects: The bigger the object, the bigger the gravity.

 

The sun is many times bigger than the Earth, so it has a big 'pull', or gravity. Without the sun we would fly off into space!

 

The moon's orbit around the Earth is also due to gravity – the pull of the Earth on the moon.

The moon is a smaller object, so its gravity is smaller than the gravity on Earth. We weigh less on the moon and can jump higher!

 

Astronaut

 

 

Without gravity we cannot keep our feet on the ground!  Imagine no gravity - scary!  Let's find out more...

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