Forces Fiona asks about Gravity

Computer graphics illustration of a person holding and pulling one ball in a colourful newton's cradle

This resource is on forces and includes a ten-minute video and an activities document with four activities that follow up on the video themes. Including: recommended books to borrow, watching a video, doing a quiz, researching and conducting your own experiment. The target audience for this resource is children aged 8-11 years-old. There is also another session which follows the same structure but is about comets, called: Spaceman Sam and Comets.

This resource uses fictional narrative communicated in a video to teach and engage young people about comets, within physics. This resource aims to encourage borrowing books from the library – particularly books relating to STEM subjects. This project focuses on the topics of space which is a key area of physics outlined in the Science Benchmarks, Experiences & Outcomes (Es & Os) in the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). This project also utilises principles of active learning by following the stories with a variety of activities. These are very versatile and aim to reinforce the knowledge introduced during the stories. The activities range from less to more involved so the participants can progress through them, but they also serve as standalone activities.


This resource bundle includes the following:
• The Forces Video is available to watch below. This ten-minute video is a story written and told by Amy Cook about a ten-year-old girl called Fiona who meets Sir Isaac Newton when playing in her garden under the apple trees.
• The follow up activities sheet accompanying the video is Forces Fiona and the Laws of Motion, is available in a downloadable PDF.

There is also another session by Amy which follows the same structure but is about comets, called: Spaceman Sam and Comets

Click here to view and download ‘Forces Fiona Asks About Gravity’ on TES

CC BY-SA logoThis resource was created by Amy Cook, as part of the Geoscience Outreach course. Adapted by Alysha Wilson. Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.

This resource was originally developed for the City of Edinburgh Libaries.

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