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Physics: Space Physics 1


In this topic, students will beging to answer questions about where we are, and where we came from. They will contemplate the awe and wonder of the universe, by studying astronimical bodies, distances within the universe.

The main SMSC/Personal Development content of this topic includes: PD15 – Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about the world around them.
PD20 – Working Scientifically Assessments and hinge questions as formative assessment.

The main UN Rights of a Child covered are No. 13 – Sharing thoughts freely and No. 17 – Access to Information

Example Key Words

Solar System

The Solar System is the Sun and all the objects that orbit around it. The Sun is orbited by planets, asteroids, comets and other things.


Stars form immense groups called galaxies. A galaxy can contain many millions of stars, held together by the force of gravity.


The Universe is everything we can touch, feel, sense, measure or detect. It includes living things, planets, stars, galaxies, dust clouds, light and even time.


A satellite is any object that is in orbit around a planet. These can be natural (e.g. moons) or artificial.


An orbit is the path of an object around a particular point in space, e.g. the path the Moon takes around the Earth.

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