TES collection Primary Science - Forces

Classroom resources index


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.