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Transcript
Natural and Social Science 2
UNIT 7
Dear Parent / Carer,
Your child is about to start unit 7 of Natural and Social Science 2. The topic of this unit is The Sun. In this
unit, your child will learn to
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recognise the Sun as a star and the Earth as a planet that orbits the Sun
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understand some of the moon’s characteristics

understand how the positions of the Earth, Sun, and moon create the moon’s changing
phases

consolidate reasons for day and night by establishing the concept of the Earth spinning on its
axis

determine that the Earth takes 24 hours to turn around once

understand that the Sun appears to move across the sky in a regular way

demonstrate that seasons exist because of the tilt of the Earth

identify the four seasons of the year and their main characteristics
Additionally in this unit, your child will investigate the changing phases of the moon and consolidate
reasons for day and night. They will say the Sun chant. This chant allows your child to review the key
vocabulary of the unit in context. Encourage your child to listen to the chant while looking at page 132
of the Picture dictionary.
The Sun chant (CD track 20)
The Sun is a star… The Sun gives us heat and light… We live on the Earth… The Earth is a planet…
Planets go around the Sun…
They will also sing the song The Earth goes around the Sun, say the Sunrise rap and say The Months
chant.
The Earth goes around the Sun (CD track 21)
The Earth goes around the Sun
The Earth goes around the Sun
Around and around and around the Sun
The Earth goes around the Sun
The moon goes around the Earth
The moon goes around the Earth
Around and around and around the Earth
The moon goes around the Earth
The planets go around the Sun
The planets go around the Sun
Around and around and around the Sun
The planets go around the Sun
Sunrise rap (CD track 22)
The Sun rises in the east and sets in the west
Sunrise, midday, sunset!
The Sun rises in the east and sets in the west
Sunrise, midday, sunset!
The Months chant (CD track 23)
There are thirty days in September
April, June and November
All the rest have thirty-one
except for February alone
and that has twenty-eight days clear
and twenty-nine in each leap year
The Earth goes around the Sun
The moon goes around the Earth
The Earth and the moon and the planets go around
Around and around the Sun ...
The homework for this unit is to encourage your child to observe the moon for a month. Working
together to observe the moon daily will help your child to understand that the moon appears to
change shape.
Thank you again for making your child’s contact with Science as enjoyable and successful as
possible. I hope that you and your child enjoy this unit and the whole course.
With best wishes,
Class Science teacher