Forces – Friction


The purpose of this lesson is for children to learn that friction is caused by two surfaces rubbing together, and it slows movement down. Friction acts in the opposite direction to the movement and varies depending on the surfaces. The rougher the surfaces the greater the friction. Lubricants can be used to reduce friction. Friction, like all forces, is measured in units called Newtons, using force meters. There are 2 labs in this box: a teacher demonstration and a hands on pupil investigation. The box comes with Lesson plan, Whole class teaching PowerPoint, Teacher video tutorial and the equipment.

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This box contains:

Lab: Cloth and Vase

  • Nylon Cloth
  • 2L Smooth Bottom Glass Container
  • Teacher Demonstration: Friction
  • Meter Push Pull 2.5 Newtons
  • Meter Push Pull 5 Newtons
  • Meter Push Pull 10 Newtons
  • Meter Push Pull 20 Newtons

Lab: Balloon Car Challenge (WS)

  • CD Blank
  • CD Converter Wheels
  • Drinking Straws
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Masking Tape
  • 19mm Single Hole Rubber Bung
  • Balloons Large
  • Card Thick Grey (Wide)
  • Balloon Pump
  • Scissors (by School)

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Key Stage

Key Stage 2