Forces – Simple machines


The purpose of this lesson is for children to learn that simple machines, e.g. levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect. They learn about how each machine works and some everyday examples of their use. There are 4 labs in this box: a teacher demonstration and 3 pupil investigations. The box comes with Lesson plan, Whole class teaching PowerPoint, Teacher video tutorial and the equipment.

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This box contains:

Lab: Doors and Hinges

  • Classroom Door (by School)

Lab: Levers

  • Ruler Wooden 1000mm Notched
  • Litre bottle filled with water (1kg) (by School)
  • Bulldog Clips Large
  • Meter Push Pull 10 Newtons
  • Pencil (by School)
  • Screw Hook
  • Bradawl

Lab: Pulleys

  • Pulley
  • String Ball
  • Paper Clips
  • Clamp Stand Base [x1]
  • Clamp Stand Boss [x1]
  • Clamp Stand Clamp [x1]
  • Clamp Stand Rod [x1]
  • Balance Portable 500G X 0.1G
  • 1L Plastic Bottle (from Levers)
  • Screw Hook (from Levers)
  • Bulldog Clips (from Levers)
  • Meter Push Pull 10 Newtons (from Levers)

Lab: Gears

  • Box Flat Pack for Bear Cave
  • Pencil (by School)
  • Gear Set
  • Plastic Headed Indicator Pins
  • Dowel 20mm x 5mm
  • Scissors (by school)
  • Bamboo skewers

Additional information

Purchase option

Buy, Lease

Key Stage

Key Stage 2