Y5 Reducing Air Resistance

Pupils learn that when designing and making things, people often get good ideas from watching nature. Fast animals have streamlined bodies so that they are more efficient at cutting through the air and reducing air resistance. Designers have copied this and streamline their inventions and products so that they too can cut through the air more efficiently. Pupils look at a range of animals and inventions and place them in order according to their streamlining and ability to reduce air resistance.

Learning Objectives:

  • PoS - identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
  • NaG - pupils should explore the effects of air resistance by observing how different objects such as parachutes and sycamore seeds fall
  • WS - pupils should take measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision; explore falling paper

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