Space: the Whirlpool Galaxy

A short discussion topic suitable for year 2 and all of KS2 linking to the topic, Earth and space. This amalgamated image shows The Whirlpool Galaxy (also called Messier 51) which is a spiral galaxy, similar to our own, the Milky Way.

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, P3, P4, P5, P6 and P7.

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Earth and space
Space: the Whirlpool Galaxy

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