Science Show: Journey to the Moon – KS2

Event Date: Selected dates during the Summer term

Key Stage 2, Selected dates from 8 May - 19 July 2019

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission which successfully landed astronauts on the moon, this show will explore the relationship between the Sun, Earth and Moon including why we get day & night and why we see different shapes of the Moon as well as a quick tour of the other planets in the solar system.

Download the Journey to the Moon teachers pack

Learning objectives:

  • Find out about the Apollo missions and how man first landed on the Moon
  • That gravity is a force which pulls things towards the Earth
  • Understand how we get day and night, phases of the Moon and how the position of the Earth in relation to the Sun determines the seasons
  • Learn the names and order of the 8 planets in our solar system

Curriculum links:


  • Recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
  • Notice that light is reflected from surfaces
  • Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes

Earth and space

  • Describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system
  • Describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
  • Describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies
  • Use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.


  • Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object

Running throughout Summer Term 2019 excluding:

  • 14 – 17 May – Early Years Week
  • 27 – 31 May Half Term

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