Holywell Primary and Nursery School

Year 5 Solar System Drama

Year 5 have been studying space and our solar system.  The Solar System is made up of the Sun and all of the smaller objects that move around it. Apart from the Sun, the largest members of the Solar System are the eight major planets. Nearest the Sun are four fairly small, rocky planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.

Beyond Mars is the asteroid belt – a region populated by millions of rocky objects. These are left-overs from the formation of the planets, 4.5 billion years ago.On the far side of the asteroid belt are the four gas giants – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. These planets are much bigger than Earth, but very lightweight for their size. They are mostly made of hydrogen and helium.

Until recently, the furthest known planet was an icy world called Pluto. However, Pluto is dwarfed by Earth’s Moon and many astronomers think it is too small to be called a true planet.  Poor Lewis took on the role of Pluto, you can see him right on the very edge of our re-enactment.

Role playing is a great way for the pupils to understand how our solar system revolves around our Sun. The orbit path and speed were quite a challenge to act out. However, after a few attempts, our solar system was of and running.