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Y5 FORCES topic Science resources

A set of IWB lessons, worksheets, activities, planning and display resources.

1. INTRODUCTION TO THE TOPIC - LO: To find out what the children already know about forces

  • POWERPOINT: A recap of previous learning from Year 3.
  • WORKSHEET: A sheet for the children to record what they already know about forces.

2. FALLING TO EARTH - LO: Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object

  • POWERPOINT: A look at gravity and explanations of weight, newtons, and how forces can balance objects to keep them from falling.
  • WORKSHEET 1: Force meter recording sheet
  • WORKSHEET 2: Falling objects and gravity recording sheet

3. FRICTION - LO: Identify the effects of friction that act between moving surfaces

  • POWERPOINT: Explains what friction is, when it happens and how useful it can be in daily life.
  • WORKSHEET: Friction recording sheet

4. WATER RESISTANCE - LO: Identify the effects of water resistance that act between moving surfaces

  • POWERPOINT: Explains what water resistance is and what effects it can have. Looks at different shapes and how high or low the water resistance would be for each.
  • WORKSHEET: Water resistance recording sheet

5. AIR RESISTANCE - LO: Identify the effects of air resistance that act between moving surfaces

  • POWERPOINT: Explains air resistance and how it can slow different objects down. Looks at ways in which it can be useful and situations where it is important.
  • WORKSHEET 1: Air resistance activity
  • WORKSHEET 2: Weight in water and air recording sheet

6. LEVERS, PULLEYS AND GEARS - LO: Recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

  • POWERPOINT: Looks at and explains each mechanism in turn, giving examples of each and how forces are altered by them.


  • POWERPOINT 1: A recap of all the learning covered in the topic
  • POWERPOINT 2: A quiz
  • WORKSHEET 1: Sheet for recording what they have learnt
  • WORKSHEET 2: A quiz answer sheet, can be used for assessment.


  •  A-Z lettering, with a picture background
  • A4 Forces title
  • Forces topic booklet front cover - with space for children to draw their own forces design.
  • Vocabulary powerpoint - can be used as a show and printed out for display.
  • Writing sheet
  • Investigation and recording sheets - A folder of blank tables, graphs and planning and recording sheets
  • Year 5 Forces medium term planning: An outline of the activities and learning objectives with websites and ideas. It can be added to and amended for your own use.
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