Science KS2: Discovering the work of Sir Isaac Newton

Dick, Dom and Fran Scott from 'Absolute Genius' describe the life and scientific work of Sir Isaac Newton.

He was born in 1643 at a time when the laws of nature were a mystery.

He studied maths and physics, and is perhaps best known for discovering gravity.

He described it as a ‘pulling force’, and even deduced that it was responsible for keeping the Moon in orbit.

Dick and Dom show the effect of gravity by holding kitchen scales on a swing and spinning in a centrifuge.

They are finally seen driving a motorbike on the Wall of Death.

The key scientific points are made in a fun and student-friendly way.

This short film is from the CBBC series, Absolute Genius with Dick & Dom.

In this entertaining series Dick and Dom learn about the geniuses whose ideas, creations and discoveries have shaped our world.

Teacher Notes

This short film can be used as an introduction to Sir Isaac Newton and his discovery of gravity.

Show this short film to your pupils and then ask them to work in pairs to write an interview with Sir Isaac Newton.

One of them has to come up with questions about his life and work and the other one has to write the answers for Newton.

You could also use this short film to introduce the terms natural force, gravity, push and pull, g-force and centrifuge.

Show images depicting each term and ask your pupils to link and define them.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching science at Key Stage 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Second Level in Scotland.

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Discovering the work of James Watt
Discovering the work of Joseph Bazalgette
Discovering the work of Leonardo da Vinci
Discovering the work of Michael Faraday
Discovering the work of Wernher von Braun