EXPLORING PRESSURE, FLOATING AND SINKING
Designed to support a school trip to Red Funnel Ferries
SCIENCE Key Stage 3
Variants: Low Ability students
Motion and Force
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This resource is for students at key stage 3 and relates to the ‘Motion and Forces’ part of the Science National Curriculum, focusing on the up-thrust effects that water has on objects.
This resource is for students at key stage 3 and relates to the ‘Motion and Forces’ part of the Science National Curriculum, focusing on the up-thrust effects that water has on objects. The tasks link to their journey on board the Red Funnel vehicle ferry.
The Pre-visit task requires students to carry out practical activities to experience the up-thrust effects of water. This can lead onto a practical activity involving Archimedes Principle.
During their ferry journey students will be encouraged to look for different types of boats and relate the shape of hull to the function of the boat.
The Post-visit task encourages students to investigate the effects of salt-water or fresh-water upon the buoyancy of a laden boat. This is then extended to show how the use of the Plimsoll line has helped in the safety of shipping vessels around the world.
There are pre-visit practical activities based on floating and sinking. The activities encourage students to consider how a large, heavy metal ferry can float.
The on-site resource is designed to be completed during the journey. Students are requested to look for different types of boats and try to study the shape of their hull. This information then relates the shape of the hull to the function of the boat.
The post-visit task requires students to investigate the effects of salt water or fresh water upon a laden boat. Students can then relate this to the use of the Plimsoll Line on shipping vessels.
Key Skills Practised
Recognising and controlling variables
Students will investigate practically the up-thrust effects of water on objects. They will measure the up-thrust of water. Students will carry out practical investigation into Archimedes’ Principle. They will investigate the effect of different densities of water on laden vessels.
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