Two kinds of spinning around
Teaching Guidance for 5-11 11-14
Rotating and orbiting
When describing the motion of the Earth, be very careful to distinguish between:
- The spin or rotation of the Earth, on its own axis.
- The orbiting of the Earth around the Sun.
Pupils tend to confuse these terms and may talk about
the Earth spinning around the Sun once in a year. You will need to emphasise the difference in meaning of spin and orbit in your teaching.
Are we looking at spinning or orbiting here?