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Grandpa Goes Bananas Resources

School Resources for Little PR “Grandpa Goes Bananas”

These resources are all PDF documents which you can download to your computer.

The documents can be viewed on-line or saved to your computer – so there is no need for an internet connection during lessons.
(They are only for use in school classrooms.)


The book was not written as a text book to cover specific topics from the National Curriculum, however many topics are covered:
In particular, Friction and how to reduce it with oil.

National Curriculum

Year 3 programme of study
Forces and magnets
Pupils should be taught to compare how things move on different surfaces
Year 5 programme of study
Pupils should be taught to:
* identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
* recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

The curriculum suggests “a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066” and goes on to give “a significant turning point in British history, for example, the first railways.”

Opportunity to use the story to open a discussion about the morality of Grandpa’s actions, the consequences and impact on others.

Curriculum for Excellence

Forces, electricity and waves-Forces
By investigating how friction, including air resistance, affects motion, I can suggest ways to improve efficiency in moving objects. SCN 2-07a
By contributing to investigations of energy loss due to friction, I can suggest ways of improving the efficiency of moving systems. SCN 3-07a

Social Studies
I can use primary and secondary sources selectively to research events in the past. SOC 2-01a
I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish society. SOC 2-03a

Religious and moral education – Values and Issues
I can share my developing views about values such as fairness and equality and love, caring, sharing and human rights. RME 2-02b RME 2-05b

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