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This term Year 5 have been learning all about the solar system and all the planets. First, they paced out the distance between the planets to scale outside in the playground. Then, they made their own scale models of the solar system using wool and stickers for the planets. Later, they learned about different theories about the solar system and how these developed over time.

At first scientists believed that the solar system followed a Geocentric model, with the Earth at the centre and all the planets and the sun orbiting around the Earth. Copernicus and then Galileo were later able to prove that in fact the Solar system is Heliocentric, with the Sun at the centre and all the planets orbiting around the Sun.

As a half-term project, the children all made posters or models to demonstrate the two different ideas about the solar system and explain how they differ. Their projects were all beautifully completed and clearly show and explain the two different systems. All of them used fantastic creative ideas to represent these two solar system models and they should all be very proud of their work!


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