Y5 What is Air Resistance?

Pupils learn that the earth is surrounded by gases and some of these gases form the air that we breathe. They learn that the air produces a resistant force against objects that move through it and that this force is called air resistance. Pupils investigate the effects of air resistance on A4 pieces of paper.

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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