Science KS2: The work of Sir Isaac Newton

In this vlog style film for primary schools Sir Isaac Newton explains how he discovered gravity when an apple fell from a tree and (as legend has it) hit him on the head.

He outlines how he used scientific method and process to think about gravity; questioning why things fall straight down, not sideways or upwards.

He talks about how he carried out his own observations, as well as discussing his famous book on the subject.

This short film is from the BBC series, Scientists and Scientific Method.

Teacher Notes

As a starter to introduce a practical science activity, you could write a simple quiz to encourage pupils to capture the keywords shown in the video.

Pupils can write their own definitions from these words using the internet or science dictionaries to improve their scientific vocabularies.

To consolidate their knowledge, you could get pupils to make booklets that include key information about the work of Sir Isaac Newton.

They could define the keywords featured in the film, and find five or more pieces of additional pieces of information about the work of the scientists using books, encyclopedias or the internet.

Curriculum Notes

Suitable for teaching Science at Key Stage 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 2nd Level in Scotland. They also have cross-curricular links with History and Literacy.

More from Scientists and Scientific Method:

The work of the ‘father of optics’ Alhazen
The work of Mary Anning
The work of Nicolaus Copernicus
The work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace
The work of Galileo Galilei
The work of Caroline and William Herschel
The work of Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov
The work of Carl Linnaeus