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Year 5 - Space: The Solar System

A topic guide for Space (Year 5) This guide focuses on on resources on The Solar System, Mars, The Space Race, The Moon, The Moon Landing and Gravity

Space Books: Junior Library

Click the link above to  view 'Space' books found in the library. Use your school login details to access infiniti. 

Solar System (Glossary)


Any of the eight celestial bodies, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, that revolve around the sun in elliptical orbits and are lit by light from the sun.


Solar System

The system containing the sun and the bodies held in its gravity field, including the planets, the dwarf planets, the asteroids, and comet.



The star at the centre of our solar system. It is a body made of gas (gaseous), in which energy is generated by thermonuclear reactions. Distance from earth: 149.6 million km.



The curved path, usually elliptical, followed by a planet, satellite, comet, etc, in its movement around another celestial body under the influence of gravity.


Dwarf Planet

Any celestial body within the solar system that is larger than a satellite but smaller than a planet, and that orbits the sun.



The natural satellite of the earth. Distance from earth: 384, 400 km.

Royal Observatory, Greenwich: How Did Our Solar System Form?

Royal Observatory: The Planets

The Sun

Day and Night

BBC Interactive Infographic - How big is space?

Live Updates from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The Solar System

The Solar System 101

Earth's Rotation and Revolution

The Story of Earth and Life

BBC - The Planets