Captivating Planets

For interchange the Te Mihi team has been learning about different aspects of space. 

One of the various things we learnt about were the planets in our very own solar system. When asked about what we already knew about the planets we found it difficult to come up with many answers. We were able to name a few planets, knew that earth is the planet we live on, recall Saturn has rings and that Pluto is no longer considered a main planet. 

We watched an educational National Geographic video clip, this provided us with some interesting facts about the planets. We discovered that there are eight main planets in our solar system. They are split into two categories, terrestrial planets and jovian planets. 

We also learnt a couple of facts about each planet such as Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system and that Uranus is the only planet to rotate on its side. We were all extremely fascinated by the planets in our solar system and wanted to learn more. 

As there are eight planets, far too many for each of us to fully research, we decided to get into small groups and choose one planet to research. We co-constructed a success criteria for both a book creator and iMovie. We had to research at least four interesting facts about our planet. We found out that Saturn’s rings are made up mainly of ice, water, and rocks and that a year on Mercury is only 88 days long! 

We presented our book creators and IMovies to the class. This way we all learnt a few facts about each planet. Last, of all we learnt the rhyme ‘My Very Enthusiastic Mother Just Served Us Noodles’ to help us remember to correct order to the planets. When asked what we thought about learning about the planets Mikayla commented “very interesting” while Marshall thought “it was a good topic to learn about encase you want to be an astronaut one day”. 







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National Geographic Video 

Curriculum Links 


  • (Investigating in science) Build on prior experiences, working together to share and examine their own and others’ knowledge.
  • (Communicating in science) begin to use a range of scientific symbols, conventions, and language. 
  • (Astronomical systems) Investigate the components of the solar system, developing an appreciation of the distances between them.


Space, Planets, Solar System, Science

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