Resource ID 105103

KS3 Science

Motion and Force
"Motion and Force at Robin Hill"
Key Stage ED Squirrel
Resource Title
"Motion and Force at Robin Hill"
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105101 - KS3 Low Ability

105102 - KS3 Mid Ability

105103 - KS3 High Ability [THIS DOCUMENT]


Students complete a ‘Force Diagrams’ worksheet that relates to their experiences of the various activities. Students will also collect data and use this to calculate the average speed of the Toboggan Run. Some students can then apply their knowledge of the Toboggan Run to complete a distance-time graph.

Contextual Summary

This resource is for students at key stage 3 and relates to the ‘Motion and Forces’ part of the Science National Curriculum, focusing on force diagrams and the quantitative relationship between average speed, distance and time. The tasks link to various activities at Robin Hill, specifically to the Toboggan Run.

Key Skills Practised
  • Drawing force diagrams
  • Carrying out calculations
  • Transposing formula
  • Manipulating data into a graphical form
  • Working scientifically
  • Recording and using data
Learning Opportunities


It is suggested to teachers that students be introduced to the effects of forces and the methods of describing motion prior to the trip


After their visit students can practise their ‘Working Scientifically’ skills by carrying out a practical investigation into their experience of the Toboggan Run - they will investigate how the design of a toboggan affects its average speed.

Learning Outcomes

Students will draw force diagrams to represent balanced and unbalanced forces. They will use the equation speed = distance ÷ time to carry out their calculations. Some students will apply their knowledge to complete distance-time graphs.

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