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Science Spring 2 - Physics (The branch of Science that branch of science that studies matter and its motion as well as how it interacts with energy and forces.




Children have previously learnt:

● how things move on different surfaces (Year 3 Physics – Forces and magnets)

● that magnets attract magnetic materials, and that they have two poles which attract or repel

each other (Year 3 Physics – Forces and magnets)

● that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance

(Year 3 Physics – Forces and magnets).


In this module, children will learn to:

● explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting

between the Earth and the falling object

● identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving


● recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to

have a greater effect.


This prepares children for later learning:

● drawing force diagrams (Key Stage 3 Physics – Forces)

● about the turning effect of forces (Key Stage 3 Physics – Forces)

● measuring forces (Key Stage 3 Physics – Forces).

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