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Year 4 Science sample assessment - The force of friction

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This sample assessment is based on previous versions of the Australian Curriculum.

The force of friction


This assessment requires students to explore the force of friction. In Section 1 they investigate how far a toy car will travel across different surfaces and explain their observations using their knowledge of friction. In Section 2 students apply their knowledge of friction to a real-life scenario.

The assessment provides opportunities for students to demonstrate science inquiry skills. They will:

  • make predictions
  • discuss how to make an investigation fair
  • conduct an investigation
  • record results
  • identify patterns in their results
  • draw a conclusion
  • apply their science knowledge to a real-life situation.

Written: Experimental investigation


  • Teacher guidelines
  • Student booklet
  • Task-specific standards: Continua
  • Task-specific standards: Matrix
  • Sample response
  • Assessment resource: Scientific concepts and student's prior understandings
  • Assessment resource: Scientific inquiry process

Download the full assessment (contains the documents as Word files):

Sample student response

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