Colchester go to Infinity and Beyond!

Colchester have been starting to learn about the different planets in our solar system. Today, we created two scale models to help us to understand the size of the planets and how far away from each other they are.

First (above), we made scale models of the planets in our solar system using Play-doh. We were shocked to see how small the earth is compared to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Next (below), we measured out the distance of the planets from the sun using toilet paper! Each piece of toilet paper represented nearly 58 million km! We saw that the first four planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars) are all quite close together. We learnt that Neptune is a long way away from both the sun and the earth and therefore it is very cold there.

We are looking forward to finding out more about the planets in our solar system as well as more about what else is in space.

Emily - Colchester Class Teacher