Earth and space
Help students to explore the final frontier with teaching resources on the topic of Earth and space. Learn about the life cycle of stars and the structure of the Earth or introduce the Big Bang theory and how telescopes and satellites help us to investigate the universe.
The solar system
Planets mnemonic display posters
These simple, educational posters are perfect for a space-themed topic display.
Solar system card game
Make planet facts and space statistics fun with this Top Trumps-style game.
Teachers TV: Planets, asteroids and more
Scientists talk about the wonders of our solar system in this short video clip.
Solar System: What’s what worksheet
Fill in the labels on this worksheet and colour it in to make a beautiful poster.
My solar system: Interactive simulation
Use this interactive orbit simulator for a rewarding space mechanics activity.
Solar system data investigation lesson
Promote independent research and data analysis with our solar system as a theme.
Gravity and space
Introducing gravity and weight
Explore the relationship between gravity and weight on Earth and in space.
Cross-curricular gravity activities
These space worksheets, presentations and exercises will challenge your students.
Weight and mass in space
Use eye-catching diagrams to teach your class about mass and weight in space.
Children's weight on other planets
Show your class how weight changes from planet to planet, and discuss why.
What is gravitational potential, and how does it work in space?
SciShow: Gravity in space – Does it exist?
Hank Green explains how gravity affects every single object in space.
Sun, moon and stars
Phases of the Moon
The moving diagrams in this presentation illustrate how the Moon's phases work.
Why do we get day and night?
Explain how day and night happen with a Who Wants to be a Millionaire-style quiz.
A year, a month and a day
This space quiz tests your students’ knowledge of years, months and days.
Life cycle of a star – animation
Simulate the lifecycle of a star in this colourful PowerPoint animation.
The lives of stars
Watch the whole lifespan of a star with these quirky and informative videos.
Stars in space
Use stunning pictures and simple sentences to illustrate the lifecycle of a star.
Flick book: Death of stars
This simple hands-on craft activity will remind students how stars die.
Nuclear fusion in stars
Introduce nuclear fusion with this informative and engaging presentation.
Get to grips with Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams with beautiful colour images.
The Earth and its composition
The structure of the Earth
This lesson introduces the composition of our planet with diagrams and fun facts.
The Earth's structure worksheet
Students draw Earth’s structure on this worksheet template to keep and revise.
Plate tectonics - web resources
These cross-curricular resources look at the geology of plate tectonics.
Earthquakes and seismic waves
From plates to seismic waves, learn about the art of earthquake prediction.
Volcanic demonstration ideas
Bring seismic activity to life with these demonstrations using household objects.
Teachers TV: Journey to Etna
Follow a professional volcanologist as he monitors Mount Etna in Italy.
The changing universe
Introduction to the universe
Introduce key theories relating to the origins and possible fate of our universe.
Origin of the universe activity booklet
Occupy students with this comprehensive workbook on the universe’s origins.
Earth and space galaxy song
An educational song for budding astronomers of all ages, with plenty of images.
Teachers TV: Our universe’s Big Bang
Astronomers show some amazing images and discuss the formation of our universe.
Evidence for the Big Bang theory
Learn about evidence for the Big Bang theory and evaluate its credibility.
Expanding universe balloon experiment
Show students how the universe expands using only a pen and a balloon.
The multiwavelength universe
This colourful poster shows how we use different wavelengths to observe space.
Teachers TV: Demonstrating red shift
Watch this practical demonstration of light waves travelling to Earth.
The Doppler effect and red shift
These differentiated worksheets explain red shift and the Doppler Effect.
Teachers TV: A look inside a telescope
A rocket scientist takes you on a journey inside a giant South African telescope.
Types of telescopes and their uses
This worksheet shows the two main types of telescope and their differences.
Reflecting and refracting
Take a look at the kinds of image captured by different types of telescope.
The universe through a lens
Thought-provoking questions encourage students to consider how we look at space.
Lenses and telescopes
Scientists show you a selection of lenses and telescopes and explain their uses.
Telescopic worksheets looking into space
Revise telescopes and space imaging with this reading comprehension exercise.
Space exploration and discovery
A selection of science resources from the world’s most famous space agency.
A timeline of space science discovery
Provide your students with a solid foundation in the history of space science.
Sending a message to alien worlds
Introduce your students to humans’ varied efforts to communicate with aliens.
Satellites and space probes
This cooperative activity allows students to learn all about space exploration.
Try out this helpful worksheet guide to artificial satellites and how they work.
Did man land on the Moon or was it faked?
Students evaluate pieces of opposing evidence in this fun activity.