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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

Video

Everybody's doing the loco-MOTION!

See lots of things moving in many different ways. Watch vehicles and animals that go fast and slow. See how the size and shape of something affects the way it moves.

Video

Different paper plane designs

How many different paper plane designs are there? Lots! Watch as Dylan Parker, paper plane expert, demonstrates some of his favourites. Notice the way the different shapes and features of the planes cause them to move through the air in different ways. Which one do you like the most? Why not have a go at making something similar?

Online

Make it move: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

In this investigation, students explore ways objects move. They observe and compare the movements of various objects that they interact with when playing.

Interactive

Sites2See: Exploring energy for Primary

One page with links to websites with interactive resources, information and activities to support primary students investigating energy and the Climate Clever Energy Savers program.

Interactive

Light and shadows

Look at how a tree makes a shadow during a sunny day. Notice that objects always casts shadows that face away from the Sun. Examine how the shape and position of a shadow is related to the time of day and position of the Sun. Explore the shadows cast by different objects such as a bike, an umbrella and a child. Position ...

Interactive

Wild ride: get a grip

Investigate the role of friction in performance of bicycle tyres. Test how the type of tread affects grip and speed. Choose tyres best suited to track and weather conditions in a time trial. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Online

Primary science: scientific inquiry

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'scientific inquiry' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers facilitate the procedures ...

Interactive

It's a drag

Investigate the braking efficiency of cars and trucks. Test stopping distances under controlled conditions. Compare effects of vehicle type, tyres, road surface and weather conditions. Choose driving speed, then apply brakes and compare stopping distances. Answer questions about friction, tyres and driver fatigue. This ...

Interactive

Give me a brake

Investigate braking efficiency of cars and trucks by testing stopping distances under controlled conditions. Test effects of vehicle type, tyres, road surface and weather conditions. Choose driving speed, then apply brakes and compare stopping distances. Estimate distances from target markers. Answer questions about antilock ...

Interactive

Seasons

Control the motion of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun. Work out how the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis determine seasons in the different hemispheres. Work out how the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis determine day length in the different hemispheres. Examine the heating effect of the Sun. Compare seasons ...

Interactive

Earth rotation: night and day

Watch an animation of the Earth rotating in space showing day and night, the equinox where locations on Earth experience close to equal hours of daytime and night-time (12 hours) and views of the Earth from above the North and South Poles. Turn an animated model of the Earth to explore how rotation is related to night and ...

Interactive

Pushing and pulling

Move animals from a boat to their new home in a zoo. Put them on a cart, then use monkeys to push or pull them up a hill. Use the minimum amount of force needed to move each animal. For example, use a single monkey to push a pelican or use three monkeys to pull a zebra. This learning object is a combination of three objects ...

Online

Seasons: daylight hours: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Seasons: daylight hours: assessment ' (L8967). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines to the interpretation of student input. Read notes on anticipated student responses, and information on possible factors ...

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Seasons: Sun’s energy: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Seasons: Sun’s energy: assessment' (L8968). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines to the interpretation of student input. Read notes on anticipated student responses, and information on possible factors causing ...

Online

Seasons: Earth's orbit: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Seasons: Earth's orbit: assessment' (L8966). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input from that object's report. Read notes on possible student misconceptions. ...

Online

Triathlon: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Triathlon: assessment' (L8274). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the interpretation of student's responses to questions based on interpreting information on a distance–time graph in the assessment object.

Interactive

Pushing and pulling: assessment

Test your understanding of push and pull forces by moving animals using monkey power. Investigate and then predict the effects of applying a force to move a range of objects of various mass. For example, select two monkeys to move a pelican, and predict whether they will move the pelican slowly, quickly or too fast.

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Orrery, c1770 - part 2

This is a mechanical model of part of the solar system, commonly known as an orrery, manufactured by English mathematician and instrument maker Benjamin Martin in about 1770. This bronze model features a cylindrical clockwork mechanism with an orb representing the Sun placed in the centre. Extending from this on an arm ...

Online

Wild ride: get a grip: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Wild ride: get a grip: assessment' (L7969). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input from that object's report. Read notes on anticipated student responses, ...

Online

Wild ride: race day: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Wild ride: race day: assessment' (L7968). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input from that object's report. Read notes on anticipated student responses, and ...