Radipole Primary School

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Year 5 - Forces Investigation

As part of this half-term's science topic on forces, Year 5 investigated the effect of friction on movement.


After attaching a force meter to a block of wood, the children measured the amount of Newtons (the unit of force) it took to move the block over a variety of materials. The children found that more Newtons (a stronger force) were needed to move the block on rougher materials; less force was required to move the block on the smoother materials.


The children recorded their results and wrote up their findings in their science books.


All the adults were very impressed by the children's ability to explain the results and by their use of scientific vocabulary.