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Looking for Physical Science plans that engage students, inspire curiosity and take planning off your to-do list? This Physical Science pack includes everything you need, from lesson plans and PowerPoint slides, through to experiments and assessment.


Through this unit, students describe pushes and pulls in terms of strength and direction and predict the effect of these forces on objects’ motion and shape.


|| Updated 2024||


What's included?

Physical Science PowerPoint:

  • 200 slides.
  • Vocabulary loading slides.
  • Lesson aligned slides with warm-ups, content and conclusions.
  • Hyperlinked contents.
  • Bonus templates.


12 x Detailed Lesson Plans

  • 50 pages of activities and lessons.
  • Learning intentions.
  • Detailed steps. 
  • Resource lists.
  • Activities with flexible options.
  • Assessment rubric.
  • Cover pages.


Lesson Outline

Lesson 1: Push, Pull Puppets - Exploring 'push' and 'pull'.

Lesson 2:  Motion Detectives - Identifying how objects move when pushed/pulled.

Lesson 3: Push and Pull Playground - Identifying how playground equipment moves with push and pull.

Lesson 4: Ready, Set, Move! - Making a 'paddle and ball' to explore how forces interact with sport equipment.

Lesson 5: Friction race Way - Exploring how toy cars move down ramps.

Lesson 6: Spaced Out Science - Creating a rocket using straws.

Lesson 7: Down to Earth - Exploring gravity through paper helicopters.

Lesson 8: Zip to it - Exploring forces by creating zip lines for toys.

Lesson 9: Sink or Float? - Investigate push and pull when submerging objects.

Lesson 10: Splashy Science - Experimenting with changing the shape of play dough (or another material) to make it sink and float.

Lesson 11: Cooking Up Push and Pull - Cooking fairy bread and exploring push and pull (options for other recipes).

Lesson 12: Design a Playground - Assessment. Students design a playground using push and pull forces. 


Bonus: This unit has recently been revised and updated to align with the Australian V9 curriculum. The old unit has also been included as a separate file via Dropbox and Google Drive. Please note that some lessons have been integrated and refreshed from other year levels, to align with curriculum updates.

Year One Physical Science Unit Plan | Australian Curriculum Aligned V8 & V9 |

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