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Simple Machines in Action

In this worksheet, students will relate their understanding of simple machines to their application in the world around them, looking at how they are used in different ways.

'Simple Machines in Action' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Forces

Curriculum subtopic:   Mechanisms: Levers, Pulleys and Gears

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Worksheet Overview

Either from your work in science, or if you've checked out the EdPlace activity 'Simple Machines', you'll know that simple machines are not complex and that three common ones you'll find in everyday life are...

 

LEVERS

GEARS

PULLEYS

 

So, what's their job? Simply, to make life easier. A lever helps you to convert your small force into a large one (just like a super-power!). A pulley changes the direction of a force so you can lift heavy things more easily. Meanwhile, gears help you to turn a slow speed into a fast one.

 

In this activity we're going to look at how these simple machines are all around you and, hopefully, to help you to look out for them in your daily life.

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