Primary Science - Forces


Understanding the nature of forces at work in our world is a vital concept in Physical Science. Here are resources to help you plan and to inspire your pupils to discuss, explore and experiment.


Push and Pull Presentation

A PowerPoint with different examples of pushes and pulls for pupils to discuss movement.

Forces and Movement

A Powerpoint showing how various toys react to forces.

Pushes, Pulls and Twists

A worksheet for pupils to list which forces would make each object move faster, slower or change direction.

Pushes and Pulls Label Pack

All you need for a great display on forces, including questions and key vocabulary.

Force Labeller

A playground screen showing various forces at work. Zoom in to focus on each example and discuss.

Ramp Experiment

A virtual version of a ramp experiment showing friction and gravity at work, using ramp angle and type of surface as variables.

Introduction to pushes and pulls

A lesson plan and sorting worksheet for Y1 pupils to learn about forces.

Force Detectives

A lesson plan and worksheet for Y2 pupils to explore forces in action.

What makes it move?

A screen to introduce forces and a forces concept map for pupils to complete, illustrated with Widgit or PCS symbols.


Forces Display Posters

KS2 posters revising key points of magnets, gravity, air resistance, forces and friction.

Friction Plans and Resources

A variety of useful worksheets and full planning for the Y4 unit.

Air Resistance

A parachute experiment for pupils to try, with planning and worksheets.

Friction Lesson

An investigation into friction, put into context using the runner, Usain Bolt.

Magnets Investigation

Investigation sheet for pupils to test the strength of various types of magnet.

Water Resistance

An experiment for children to design a shape that offers less resistance when dropped into water. Aimed at Y4 pupils.

Making Bridges

A rail engineer visits a Y5 class to demonstrate the forces at work on structures such as bridges, and children design models using their newly-acquired knowledge.