Discover the differences between cartoon science and real science. We look at friction, materials, gravity, the laws of motion and more.
The laws of physics within cartoons may seem drastically different from the scientific laws within our world, but how different are they? Does gravity only work when you look down? Are bananas slippery? Do heavy objects fall faster than light objects?
The show features original animated clips, audience interaction and demonstrations of 'real-world' science.
Key Stage 2
- Science is about thinking creatively to try to explain how living and non-living things work and to establish links between causes and effects
- It is important to test ideas using evidence from observation and measurement
- Consider what sources of information, including first-hand experience and a range of other sources, they will use to answer questions
- Use observations, measurements or other data to draw conclusions
- Compare everyday materials and objects on the basis of their material properties, including hardness, strength and flexibility
- Compare how things move on different surfaces
- Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of Gravity
- Identify the effects of air resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
The States Of Matter
- Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
This clip is an original animation designed especially for this show by Sean Cox Design. We follow our two cartoon chatracters throughout the show to help us learn about different scientific principles. This cartoon looks at Sir Issac Newton’s three laws of motion.
After watching the show Key stage 2 pupils should:
- Recognise that science establishes rules and models which describe the world and enable us to predict future behaviour
- Develop investigative skills in observation and making hypotheses
- Know that forces make objects change their speed, direction or shape
- Know that gravity is a force which attracts objects towards the Earth
- Realise that similar objects of different masses fall at the same rate
- Describe simple physical properties of some solid materials
Science Made Simple
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Grants for school
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There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.
|Published||25 February 2020|
|Last modified||25 February 2020|
|Nature of scheme||In-school visit|
|Subject(s)||Cross curricular, Engineering, Science, Biology, Working scientifically, Demonstrations, Practical work|
|Running times||1-4 hours|
For your Science Made Simple show day, can have up to three performances of the show for £575+VAT, exclusive of travel.
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