Science Lesson Two

Subject: Physics

Resource type: Lesson

Skills: Problem Solving, Speaking

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The Fastest First: In this activity, students must utilise their analytical skills to solve a puzzle and help the Planning Officer correct their mistake. 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.


The Department for Transport are working on the building routes between Creweston station and 3 destinations for the HS2 (high speed train) government project. They need to start building the fastest route first due to budgeting limitations.

The Planning Officer has distance-time graphs which simulate the 3 routes from Creweston to the destinations and must work out which one is the quickest. However, the Planning Officer has misplaced the information which links the distance time graph with it’s respective destination. Based on descriptions of the journeys, piece together which time graph matches the particular route and determine which one is the fastest.

Learning Aim

To calculate, evaluate and present conclusions from distance time graphs.

Skills Builder Links

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

Speaking step 5
I speak effectively by using appropriate language.

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.