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.
A PowerPoint with different examples of pushes and pulls for pupils to discuss movement.
A Powerpoint showing how various toys react to forces.
A worksheet for pupils to list which forces would make each object move faster, slower or change direction.
All you need for a great display on forces, including questions and key vocabulary.
A playground screen showing various forces at work. Zoom in to focus on each example and discuss.
A virtual version of a ramp experiment showing friction and gravity at work, using ramp angle and type of surface as variables.
A lesson plan and sorting worksheet for Y1 pupils to learn about forces.
A lesson plan and worksheet for Y2 pupils to explore forces in action.
A screen to introduce forces and a forces concept map for pupils to complete, illustrated with Widgit or PCS symbols.
KS2 posters revising key points of magnets, gravity, air resistance, forces and friction.
A variety of useful worksheets and full planning for the Y4 unit.
A parachute experiment for pupils to try, with planning and worksheets.
An investigation into friction, put into context using the runner, Usain Bolt.
Investigation sheet for pupils to test the strength of various types of magnet.
An experiment for children to design a shape that offers less resistance when dropped into water. Aimed at Y4 pupils.
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.