Astrophysics with Dr Johanna Vos

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The solar system and beyond


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60 minutes

Have you ever thought about the stars in the sky? And what might life be like on other planets? This 60-minute lesson programme invites pupils aged 4–11 to think about life beyond Earth – and to consider that what they’re learning in class could lead to an exciting career in astrophysics.

Watch a film in which Dr Johanna Vos (American Museum of Natural History, New York) talks about how she got into astrophysics and her work on finding new planets. A one-page activity guide includes video discussion questions and fun follow-up activities: making constellations and designing a planet.

Lesson plan

Curriculum links

Science: Working Scientifically, Earth & Space (Y5)
Key Stages: EYFS, KS1, KS2

Northern Ireland:
The World Around Us: Place – Our Place in the Universe
Key Stages: Foundation, KS1, KS2

Sciences: Planet Earth – Space
Levels: Early Level, First Level, Second Level

Science & Technology: Matter, Forces & Energy
Progression Steps: PS1, PS2, PS3