Updating Resources

I never have sorted out these resources, so with our Third Roads Policing Inspector in the last 5 years, it is time for a sort out. Welcome aboard Inspector McHallum.

S2 Road Safety Resources

Basically we cover speed, distance, and time, but with a road safety spin.  Road Safety Links

  • speed is the main cause of accidents in the UK
  • safety features and the Euro ncap system
  • Average speed and average speed cameras
  • Instantaneous speed and instantaneous speed cameras
  • reaction time and the causes of reduced reaction time
  • braking distance and the causes of increased braking distance
  • estimating stopping distances, should I run out in front of that car?

We then coverdisplacement and velocity briefly and it is to try to get across why we don’t STD in Physics like they do in maths, but why we vdt, and vst!

  • what is displacement?
  • How is displacement different from distance?
  • scalars and vectors
  • velocity = displacement/time

S2 Lockerbie Academy Road Safety & Transport Notes from 2020

2022 Transport version for S2 students

Need to Know sheet

speed-distance-time word speed-distance-time pdf

Get some practice at speed distance and time questions

If the above are still a little too hard try the sheet below. Here I am not asking you to calculate speed distance or time, but can you extract the information from the sheet, write the equation and substitute?

I think these notes need a bit of an update, so here goes

S3 Transport Resources

Covering Acceleration, velocity-time graphs, Newton’s Laws, Tart Ma Kart, Be a Road Crash Investigator.

The Road Safety Covered is

  • Crumple zones
  • Crash Investigation

Need to Know

Various Need to Know sheets have been made as we’ve both tried to put something together. Check with your teacher what you’ve managed to cover.

The first sheet is the brief version, the second one has more detail in it.

Don’t forget you can get more information and detail from the National 5 section of this website. GO to the PHYSICS NOTES link in the header and click on the DYNAMICS section. You can also answer some of the Compendium Questions and check the answers in the LO Answer section.

Below are the same files as above but as word versions

This information will help you revise for your assessment. We have not covered the sky diver or vectors at right angles this year.

Scalars and Vectors

Click on the image to open the Scalars and Vectors video.

Introduction to Acceleration

Click on the picture to open a pdf version of the power point

Measuring Acceleration

Click here for the pdf of the powerpoint on Measuring Acceleration

Answering Acceleration Questions

Click on the image to get a short video on how to answer acceleration problems

Summary of the S3 Transport Materials for National 5

Basic beginnings of summary notes

Tart Ma Kart

Scalars and Vectors

Road Safety Playmats

We might be using playmats, but some of the students appear to have poor road habits already ingrained as you can see in this video taken by two students in S2 who are currently completing the Road Safety 1 topic. We are looking at speed, distance, time, calculations, using calculators, and laying out questions correctly.

October 2019

Updated materials

Thanks to Pete Monteith of Police Scotland a.k.a. Calculator Pete (as he still has his calculator from school, and in those days there was no direct algebraic logic) for these updated pdf files of the plans. He’s done so much behind the scenes for this project and so many people owe him so much. THANKS from Mrs Physics (who chucked out her school calculator last year as it was never used)

School pedestrian no dimensions

School pedestrian

School plan 2 cars

School plan no dimensions 2 cars


This is a great resource to test your driving without using a real granny!


Links to our Road Safety Projects

Your Ideas Your Initiative have hosted many of our resources that we’ve used. We are grateful to Renault for hosting these, although several are now out of date.





We published the work in CATALYST magazine too.



This is the link to our work that was submitted by the students, particularly Leelah and Laura. This received a gold award by the Royal Society and 11 of us went back to the Summer Science Exhibition 2015 to receive a Science Book each. Thanks to the Royal Society for their wonderful support.

Be a Crash Test Investigator Materials

Below are the resources for the crash simulation part of the Road safety course. For lower school road safety work please see the BGE page of the website www.mrsphysics.co.uk/bge and click on the road safety section.

A photo of the set up in the assembly Hall. Obviously this can be adapted for your own use, or reflected for those who drive on the right.

Hope you find the materials useful and I’ll tidy them up as soon as I can. I’ve also a few more items to upload

Site Diagram

 car pedestrian plan

2 vehicle 2vehicleplan

IMG_9327 (Small)    Sourcing materials

tyre   Tyre Prints

Front cover image

 Pupil sheets pdf version

Pupil Sheets word version











Front Cover of HandoutRoyal Society Leaflet


Thanks to Julian Gillespie for producing a poster for the ASE Conference.

a0-julian science-on-stage-ao-poster

a0-original-poster science-on-stage-2

Witness Statements

witness statements word version

witness statements pdf version


Signs SiS1 word version

Signs SiS1 pdf version


Worked Answers

Calculation carsA B[2] word version

Calculations pedestrian[2] word version

Calculations pedestrian[2] pdf

Results2 pdf

Animation of the Pedestrian and Car Collision
From 1:50 min you can see the whole thing in reverse!
Student Instructions for the collision between two cars

updated January 2020