Science Lesson One

Subject: Physics

Resource type: Lesson

Skills: Aiming High, Problem Solving

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A Total Transport Challenge: In this activity, students step into the role of a transport planner at Total Transport Ltd and work with data to determine the speed, distance and time of journeys undertaken by the company’s driver. Access our comprehensive resource package, including detailed teacher notes, PowerPoint, student worksheet and answer sheet. Adapt to your classroom’s needs for a dynamic learning experience.


Pete is the transport planner at Total Transport Ltd, a company who deliver parts. His manager has asked him to work out the distances and times it takes to deliver to their biggest customer.

Pete has been given a graph which shows the time and distance of the journey taken by their driver, Len. See if you can determine the speed, distance and time of Len’s journeys.

Learning Aim

To calculate speed, distance and time of journeys using distance time graphs.

Skills Builder Links

Aiming high step 4
I work with a positive approach to new challenges.

Problem solving step 5
I explore problems by thinking about the pros and cons of possible solutions.

Curriculum Table

England: The national curriculum (England)Physics – forces and motion
Pupils should be taught about interpreting quantitatively graphs of distance, time and speed.
Scotland: The National 5 Business ManagementPhysics – dynamics – vectors and scalars
Determination of velocity and/or speed using scale diagram or calculation.
Use of appropriate relationships to solve problems involving velocity, speed, displacement, distance and time.
Wales: WJEC GCSE in business specificationPhysics – distance, speed and acceleration
Learners should be able to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of speed-time and distance-time graphs.