This is a suggested plan for guided self study of the Edexcel specification points covered in Paper 1 Naked-eye Astronomy

Paper 1 Naked-eye Astronomy Edexcel GCSE Astronomy Learning Plan

This is a suggested plan for guided self study of the Edexcel specification points covered in Paper 2 Telescopic Astronomy

Paper 2 Telescopic Astronomy Edexcel GCSE Astronomy Learning Plan

A lovely image of the half moon by one of the John Mason School GCSE Astronomy pupils

Analysis of a star trail photograph to calculate the length of a sidereal day

Photograph of Ursa Minor by a John Mason School student

Determination of the longitude of Abingdon to within 0.03° by a John Mason School student

- Criteria for GCSE Astronomy Observing Task
- Allowed observational tasks
- 1. Observation Planning Workbook
- 2. Unaided Observation Recording Form
- 3. Analysis and Evaluation Workbook
- Handy link – Light Pollution/Bortle Scale: https://astrobackyard.com/the-
bortle-scale/ - Some examples of simple astrophotography:

Ursa Minor by Henry, John Mason School

A4 Estimate a Celestial Property Using Drawings

A9 Longitude from a Shadow Stick

A10 Assess the accuracy of a sundial

Some example work by GCSE Astronomy students:

Determination of the longitude of Abingdon using the shadow stick method by Henry, John Mason School

- Planet Earth Presentation
- Planet Earth Questions
- Model answers: https://youtu.be/OrLN6ljVmEU

- The Earth-Moon-Sun System Presentation (Part 1 Topics 3.1-3.4)
- The Earth-Moon-Sun System Presentation (Part 2 Topics 3.5-3.10)

- Presentation Part 1 – The Equation of Time Time and the Earth Moon Sun Cycles (1)
- Equation of time example questions from Edexcel eotime
- Mark scheme and model answers eotime EOT model answers

- Presentation Part 2 – Determination of Longitude Time and the Earth Moon Sun Cycles (2)
- Example questions from Edexcel earth-moon-sun-cycles
- Mark scheme and examiner’s report earth-moon-sun-cycles earth-moon-sun-cycles (1)

- Solar System Observation Presentation (Part 1 Topics 5.1-5.4)
- What is retrograde motion? Study this presentation and answer the questions it asks – you will also need to print out the ‘Retrograde Motion of Mars’ worksheet:
- Solar System Observation Presentation (Part 2 Topics 5.5-5.8)

- Presentation Celestial Observations
- Edexcel Topic 6 Guide ‘The Celestial Sphere’ GCSE_Astronomy_Topic_Guide_Celestial_Sphere
- Celestial sphere revision quiz Quick Quiz
- Past paper questions:
- Example questions set 1 from Edexcel celestial-observation-examples (2) (1)
- Mark scheme and examiner’s report (1) celestial-observation-examples (1) celestial-observation-examples
- Example questions set 2 from Edexcel celestial-observation-examples-2
- Mark scheme and examiner’s report celestial-observation-examples-2 celestial-observation-examples-2 (1)

Topic 8 Presentation 8.Planetary Motion and Gravity

Example Edexcel questions Topic 8

Mark scheme Topic 8

Model answers video https://youtu.be/87R–zHVbsY

- 11. Exploring the Solar System (1) Topic presentation
- GCSE Astronomy – Space Probes notes
- The 7 Coolest Active Space Probes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiQpudokpzc
- A scale drawing of distances to all the objects in the solar system, GCSE Astronomy class January 2021

- Stellarium: an excellent, free to download, planetarium package. It runs on various platforms and allows you to find your way around the night sky in real time, the past and the future. We hope to post some simple Stellarium tutorials before too long. (The app version may not be free of charge and other planetarium packages are available, but you can also use the web version without any download here Web version of Stellarium)
- National Schools’ Observatory: many online resources, simulations and access to real, astronomical imagery for many topics in the GCSE course.

This is a suggested plan for guided self study of the Edexcel specification points covered in Paper 1 Naked-eye Astronomy

Paper 1 Naked-eye Astronomy Edexcel GCSE Astronomy Learning Plan

This is a suggested plan for guided self study of the Edexcel specification points covered in Paper 2 Telescopic Astronomy

Paper 2 Telescopic Astronomy Edexcel GCSE Astronomy Learning Plan

A lovely image of the half moon by one of the John Mason School GCSE Astronomy pupils

Analysis of a star trail photograph to calculate the length of a sidereal day

Photograph of Ursa Minor by a John Mason School student

Determination of the longitude of Abingdon to within 0.03° by a John Mason School student

- Criteria for GCSE Astronomy Observing Task
- Allowed observational tasks
- 1. Observation Planning Workbook
- 2. Unaided Observation Recording Form
- 3. Analysis and Evaluation Workbook
- Handy link – Light Pollution/Bortle Scale: https://astrobackyard.com/the-
bortle-scale/ - Some examples of simple astrophotography:

Ursa Minor by Henry, John Mason School

A4 Estimate a Celestial Property Using Drawings

A9 Longitude from a Shadow Stick

A10 Assess the accuracy of a sundial

Some example work by GCSE Astronomy students:

Determination of the longitude of Abingdon using the shadow stick method by Henry, John Mason School

- Planet Earth Presentation
- Planet Earth Questions
- Model answers: https://youtu.be/OrLN6ljVmEU

- The Earth-Moon-Sun System Presentation (Part 1 Topics 3.1-3.4)
- The Earth-Moon-Sun System Presentation (Part 2 Topics 3.5-3.10)

- Presentation Part 1 – The Equation of Time Time and the Earth Moon Sun Cycles (1)
- Equation of time example questions from Edexcel eotime
- Mark scheme and model answers eotime EOT model answers

- Presentation Part 2 – Determination of Longitude Time and the Earth Moon Sun Cycles (2)
- Example questions from Edexcel earth-moon-sun-cycles
- Mark scheme and examiner’s report earth-moon-sun-cycles earth-moon-sun-cycles (1)

- Solar System Observation Presentation (Part 1 Topics 5.1-5.4)
- What is retrograde motion? Study this presentation and answer the questions it asks – you will also need to print out the ‘Retrograde Motion of Mars’ worksheet:
- Solar System Observation Presentation (Part 2 Topics 5.5-5.8)

- Presentation Celestial Observations
- Edexcel Topic 6 Guide ‘The Celestial Sphere’ GCSE_Astronomy_Topic_Guide_Celestial_Sphere
- Celestial sphere revision quiz Quick Quiz
- Past paper questions:
- Example questions set 1 from Edexcel celestial-observation-examples (2) (1)
- Mark scheme and examiner’s report (1) celestial-observation-examples (1) celestial-observation-examples
- Example questions set 2 from Edexcel celestial-observation-examples-2
- Mark scheme and examiner’s report celestial-observation-examples-2 celestial-observation-examples-2 (1)

Topic 8 Presentation 8.Planetary Motion and Gravity

Example Edexcel questions Topic 8

Mark scheme Topic 8

Model answers video https://youtu.be/87R–zHVbsY

- GCSE Astronomy – Space Probes notes
- The 7 Coolest Active Space Probes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiQpudokpzc
- 11. Exploring the Solar System Presentation (1)

- Stellarium: an excellent, free to download, planetarium package. It runs on various platforms and allows you to find your way around the night sky in real time, the past and the future. We hope to post some simple Stellarium tutorials before too long. (The app version may not be free of charge and other planetarium packages are available, but you can also use the web version without any download here Web version of Stellarium)
- National Schools’ Observatory: many online resources, simulations and access to real, astronomical imagery for many topics in the GCSE course.