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Curriculum content descriptions

The way objects move depends on a variety of factors, including their size and shape (ACSSU005)

Elaborations
  • observing the way different shaped objects such as balls, blocks and tubes move
  • comparing the way different sized, but similar shaped, objects such as tennis balls, golf balls, marbles and basketballs roll and bounce
  • observing how the movement of different living things depends on their size and shape
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Motion

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