Resource 1: Modelling night and day

Teacher resource for planning or adapting to use with pupils

Why do we get night and day?

You can use a simple model to help you find out the answer to this question.

You will need:

a large ball to show the Earth

a torch to show the sun


Use the ball and torch to investigate why we get night and day – see below.

Explain how your model shows the difference between night and day.

Adapted from: Oxford Science Programme 2- 1991 Oxford University Press

3. Representing the solar system

Resource 2: Day and night questionnaire