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Blue moon

Friday 7th December | 11 comments

Hi all,

We have had a busy week in Science this week exploring a number of different concepts.


We started the week looking at the different seasons and how the Earth’s orbital cycle alters these throughout the year. We explored the difference between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere and learnt that at some points, parts of the North and South Poles have periods of complete darkness or sunlight! We looked at the rotation of the Earth and where it is in its orbital cycle and the children worked collaboratively to create a fantastic explanation of this process.

Following on from this, we looked at the different stages of the moon. There was a lot of vocabulary to understand including: waxing, waning, crescent and gibbous. The children listened exceptionally well to the learning and were able to accurately label a diagram of the moons phases.

What can you remember? 

How long does it take for the moon to complete one full cycle? 

What is the definition of waning? 

What phase of the moon are we currently seeing?

What is meant by a blue moon? 

Here is a short video to show the phases of the moon.

We have also spent some time practising our vocals for the Christmas production. We are getting much better and are looking forward to the performance.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Jones

11 responses to “Blue moon”

  1. Sahil says:

    It takes 24 hours for the Moon the orbit Earth

  2. Sahil says:

    A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a year.

  3. Sahil says:

    We are seeing a Waxing Gibbous.

  4. Sahil says:

    Waning means getting smaller or shrinking.

  5. Umayr says:

    Miss Jones, on your blog explanation of the week in the science paragraph you put gibbon but I’m sure you meant gibbous. The reason I think that you did it wrong, is that on the video it says waxing gibbous and waning gibbous. Throughout the lesson you also said waxing gibbous and waning gibbous.

    It’s quite funny that you made that mistake. Well I guess we all make mistakes.

    • missejones says:

      Thank you ever so much Umayr! A great spot – at least I didn’t make this error when explaining in class.

  6. Umayr says:

    I hope we do good in the Christmas preformance. We should because we’ve been practising our songs.

  7. Umayr says:

    It takes around a month for the moon to complete one full cycle.

    Wanning means the moon is getting smaller.

    The moon is in the waxing crescent phase.

    A blue moon is a saying that something which doesn’t happen very often.

  8. Saad says:

    Waning means to shrink of get smaller.

  9. Saad says:

    The definition of waning is getting smaller or shrinking.

  10. Saad says:

    It takes 24 hours for the moon to orbit the planet earth.

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