My brilliant idea - Rock on

12th September 2008 at 01:00
Forces can be a difficult concept to grasp, and finding fresh ideas to tackle it can be a challenge. Rock climbing can provide a fresh and interesting topic as there are many forces at work when climbing, including friction and tension.

Science

Ages 7-11

Forces can be a difficult concept to grasp, and finding fresh ideas to tackle it can be a challenge. Rock climbing can provide a fresh and interesting topic as there are many forces at work when climbing, including friction and tension.

Using video clips of climbers scaling crags I talked to pupils about the forces being used: push and pulls with their arms and legs and how they were staying on the rock using grip or friction. The clip they enjoyed most was when the climber lost friction and gravity brought him back to earth (without injury).

Pupils enjoyed these lessons. Why not continue this and allow the pupils to experience climbing first-hand and safely at a local indoor climbing wall? For information on local walls see www.thebmc.co.uk

Martin Van Heck is a Year 6 teacher at St Thomas's Primary in Bury, Manchester.

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