Teaching overview

Learning points

  • The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.
  • Because of the Earth’s tilt, the northern hemisphere experiences winter while the southern hemisphere experiences summer (and vice versa).
  • People from ancient cultures used the winter solstice as a guide to knowing when to plant their crops and hunt certain animals.

Curriculum keywords

  • Seasons
  • Solar System
  • Culture

Read the story

We’ve almost reached the shortest day of the year, known as the winter solstice. We take a look at what makes it so interesting.

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Spark a discussion

  • What is the winter solstice?
  • Why do some countries experience winter while others experience summer?
  • Why was it useful, thousands of years ago, for people to know when the winter solstice happened?

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