29 Feb 2012

2012: a leap year

Why do leap years exist?
Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds (a tropical year) – to circle once around the Sun.
The last leap year was in 2008 and it was Friday. The next will be in 2016 and it will be Monday!
Can you guess when it will be the next leap year?

"30 days" is a poem which has been learnt by heart by children from year 3 . Let's listen to them!
Click here and you will listen to the poem.

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