This term in science, Year 5 have been learning about the Solar System.

We decided to set up our own model (using fruit and some toilet paper!) to investigate one of the questions which we came up with – ‘How far away are the planets from the Sun?’

Using each square of toilet paper to represent 60 billion kilometres in our model, we found that Neptune is the furthest planet from the sun. In fact, it is approximately 4.498 billion km away from the sun, which meant we needed around 240 pieces of toilet paper!

We also discovered that Saturn was the biggest planet and (despite being the closest to the sun) Mercury is the smallest planet.

Over the next few weeks, we will be solving some more of our ‘astronomical’ questions, aswell as creating our own programmes all about space!

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