Lesson 5: Goldilocks planets

Using an understanding of what is required to support human life by exploring a range of both real and fictitious planets, interpreting data to decide whether they might be habitable

Learning objective

  • To interpret data

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content


CAS Framework links

  • CAS progression pathway: Recognises different types of data: text, number (AB) (GE)
  • CAS progression pathway: Appreciates that programs can work with different types of data (GE)
  • CAS progression pathway: Recognises that data can be structured in tables to make it useful (AB) (DE)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should use the Activity: Unknown planets top trump cards to work from and should focus on the temperature field to see which planets might support life.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should look at both temperature and size to decide whether it would be habitable.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Richard Williams,  
Computing specialist
Richard is a Year 6 Teacher at St. Pancras Primary School. Richard’s passion for teaching was recognised when he received Suffolk’s ‘Raising The Bar’ award for Innovation 2016. With his class he made the world’s first guided VR:360 school tour…
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