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The Planets 2

Students answer questions about the planets and their orbits around our solar system.

'The Planets 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Earth and Space

Curriculum subtopic:  Movement of Earth and the Planets

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

 

In our solar system, some planets ORBIT nearer the Sun than Earth, and some planets ORBIT further away from the Sun than Earth. 

 

The time it takes for a planet to travel once around the Sun is called a YEAR. Planets further away from the Sun have longer years because it takes longer to travel the distance.

 

Planets spin at different speeds to the Earth, so their days are not 24 hours. (Venus has a day which lasts 243 Earth days!)

Which TWO planets are closer to the Sun than Earth is?

Mars and Venus

Mars and Neptune

Mercury and Venus

Gallifrey and Skaro

Gallifrey and Skaro are...

imaginary planets

real planets

planets in other solar systems

How many planets are there in our solar system beyond the Earth (further out into space)?

5

15

7

A planet's journey around the sun is called a...

day

year

horoscope

Planets which have longer years than Earth are...

closer to the sun

moving slowly

further away from the sun

Which THREE of these planets have longer years than the Earth (because they are further from the sun)?

Mercury

Venus

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn

My Very Early Memories Just Seem Unusual Now - Perhaps

My Very Earnest Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets

 

These ways of remembering the order of the planets are called...

rhymes

mnemonics

poems

The planet closest to the sun is...

Which planet is furthest from the sun (not including Pluto)?

Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune are examples of planets which have spherical objects orbiting them. These satellites are also called...

 

 JUPITER

 

stars

planets

moons

  • Question 1

Which TWO planets are closer to the Sun than Earth is?

CORRECT ANSWER
Mercury and Venus
  • Question 2

Gallifrey and Skaro are...

CORRECT ANSWER
imaginary planets
EDDIE SAYS
These are DR WHO planets! Don't get confused! Lots of writers have written about life on other, imaginary planets.
  • Question 3

How many planets are there in our solar system beyond the Earth (further out into space)?

CORRECT ANSWER
5
  • Question 4

A planet's journey around the sun is called a...

CORRECT ANSWER
year
  • Question 5

Planets which have longer years than Earth are...

CORRECT ANSWER
further away from the sun
  • Question 6

Which THREE of these planets have longer years than the Earth (because they are further from the sun)?

CORRECT ANSWER
Mars
Jupiter
Saturn
  • Question 7

My Very Early Memories Just Seem Unusual Now - Perhaps

My Very Earnest Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets

 

These ways of remembering the order of the planets are called...

CORRECT ANSWER
mnemonics
EDDIE SAYS
There are lots and lots of different mnemonics, the best way to remember is to make up your own. Go on, have a go!
  • Question 8

The planet closest to the sun is...

CORRECT ANSWER
Mercury
  • Question 9

Which planet is furthest from the sun (not including Pluto)?

CORRECT ANSWER
Neptune
  • Question 10

Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune are examples of planets which have spherical objects orbiting them. These satellites are also called...

 

 JUPITER

 

CORRECT ANSWER
moons
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