A view through time

This colourful image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope shows an area of the Eagle Nebula known as The Pillars of Creation. The Pillars of Creation are 6,500 light-years away from Earth, which means it takes 6,500 years for the light to reach us. So when we look at this beautiful image, we are looking thousands of years back in time! A short discussion topic suitable for all of KS2 linking with the topics Earth and space and light and space.

This ten-minute activity, linking to speaking and listening, is ideal for use at the beginning of the day or during transition times, such as after lunch. Pupils will be challenged to guess what the image is by answering the questions shown on the first slide of the PowerPoint. This could be done on the whiteboard or through discussion with a partner. Once pupils have finished, click through to the next slide to reveal the answers. This discussion topic is also suitable for year 3, year 4, year 5, year 6 P3, P4, P5, P6 and P7.

Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Earth and space
A view through time

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