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Book 20: Our Star, the Sun: Life and Time in a Solar System

Levels: 1-2
Contextual strands: Planet Earth and beyond icon. Planet Earth and beyond


The Sun is a dominant influence in the patterns of life on Earth. Living things are dependent on energy from the Sun, and the patterns of the Sun's appearance govern our understanding and measurement of time. Activities in this book lead children to observe some of these patterns and, through them, gain some awareness of the nature of the Sun and other stars in the universe.

This set of books is accompanied by a picture pack and 4 posters linking to the astronomy themed books in the Building Science Concepts series: The Moon (Book 8); Our Star, the Sun (Book 20); Exploring Space (Book 27) and The Night Sky (Book 28).

The picture pack contains 16 space-themed cards.

The posters are: The Solar System, Phases of the Moon, The Southern Night Sky (Spring) and The Southern Night Sky (Autumn).

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Our Star, the Sun: Life and Time in a Solar System.

PDF icon. Read the concept overview (PDF 515 KB)

Links with other titles in the series

  • Book 9: Shadows (L1-2, Material World, Physical World, Planet Earth and Beyond)

The topic of Book 20 links strongly into Physical World concepts of energy, particularly heat and light.

It also provides a foundation for the concepts and activities of Levels 2, 3, and 4 books:

Assessment resources

Search the science section of the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.