Reply To: Module 2 – The Moon, the Earth and the Sun

Laura O Neill

    I would choose the activity set about the Sun and Shadows.
    I would begin by asking questions to gauge children’s prior knowledge and understanding about the Sun, “What do you wonder about the Sun?”, “What do you think it’s made of?” etc. I would read a book about the Sun, such as “The Sun is my Favourite Star” by Frank Asch.
    I really liked the Sun’s Energy activity. I would start with a discussion about the sun’s light and its benefits, introduce the idea of ultraviolet light and how it can cause sunburn so we need to protect ourselves. I think the role-play of a day out at the beach etc would really engage the children and would get them brainstorming ways to protect themselves from ultraviolet light, eg wear hats, sunglasses, sunscreen. Making UV bead bracelets would also reinforce their learning about UV light as children can see the beads change from white when indoors, to rainbow colours when outside.
    I would finish the lesson by discussing what we now know about the Sun to reinforce their learning.

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