Sun Dial

Earth & Space

Through making and using a sundial, students will understand that the Earth orbits around the Sun as the day starts and ends; making the Sun move and cast small or large shadows depending on the time of the day. 

Introduction Video

  • Aim

    Describe the Sun and Earth as approximately spherical bodies. Use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the movement of the Sun across the sky. 

  • Success Criteria

    Students are able to observe and annotate the movement of shadows according to the movement of their light source. They will also be able to make and use a sundial and spot a pattern of movement in order to predict how the shadow on the sundial will move, thus telling the time. 

  • Prior Knowledge

    Students might have an understanding about light, dark and shadows. 

Online Resources

  • Lesson Plan
  • Class Presentation
  • Student Worksheet
  • Project Recipe


For each student you will need:

  • 1 Packet of Lolly Sticks
  • 1 Pack of Chalk
  • Pen
  • Sphere
  • Toothpicks
  • ¼ Mayku Standard Sheet
  • 1 Bucket of Water
  • 5 Litres of PVA Glue
  • 1 Pack of Cement
  • 1 Pair of Scissors
  • 1 Pack of BluTack


Students can share:

  • Mayku FormBox

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