Forces and Motion | Electricity and Magnetism

Discussion about instances

Classroom Activity for 5-11 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

What the Activity is for

Making up your own cases.

The purpose of this activity is to get children thinking and talking about where, and on what, forces might act in some everyday situations.

What to Prepare

  • copies of interesting scenarios, populated with your own images and starters

What Happens During this Activity

Groups of three working around a screen are best. You could, of course, just print out the completed instances.

There are some further examples here:

A rocket in the ground

A broken tree trunk

A car on the drive

A thrown object

You could, of course, prepare your own, by adapting this:


You can get started here:

Build your own

Faster groups, or those revisiting the topic for revision, could be invited to make up their own examples using the tool.

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