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# Science / Foundation / Science Understanding / Physical sciences

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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