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Year 5: Private: The Moon (features)

1 - The Film Clip

Links to Learning

Science Link: To describe the Moon’s landscape features and movement relative to the Earth.

SDG Link: To understand how the Moon’s gravitational pull can be used to generate electricity on Earth.


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Credit: BBC Two - Science Clips

The Science Bit

The Moon is a dusty ball of rock that orbits the Earth. It is around one quarter the size of the Earth. It shines bright in the night sky because it reflects light from the sun.

In this fascinating clip, we discover what it is like on the surface of the moon. We are also shown some original video footage of the first astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, to walk on the moon in 1969.

Discuss the meaning of each word highlighted in bold.


Before you watch the clip, can you make a prediction about whether or not we will see landscape features on the moon that are similar to those that can be found here on earth?


Having watched the film clip, did you notice whether the U.S. flag was still or flapping about? Can you explain this?

Enquiring Mind Questions

1) Why doesn’t the moon float away into space?

2) Might it be possible for humans to live on the moon one day?

Do you have your own enquiring mind questions that relate to the clip?