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The Lunar Cycle 05.10.23

How does the moon move in relation to the Earth?

This was our big science question this week in which the children had to investigate! 

After some research, the children discovered that the moon travels around our planet once every 27.322 days in an elliptical orbit, an elongated circle. The Moon is tidally locked with Earth, which means that it spins on its axis exactly once each time it orbits our planet. In pairs, the children then had to make a model to represent this movement of the planets and moons. 


After this, we investigated why the moon appears to change shape in the sky. We looked at the lunar cycle and how the moon looked depending on where it was in it's orbit. They then made a representation of this using Oreos!