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Understand Pushing and Pulling Forces

In this worksheet, students will test their knowledge of pushes and pulls (simple forces) and gravity.

'Understand Pushing and Pulling Forces' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Forces

Curriculum subtopic:   Gravity

Popular topics:   Physics worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

Pushes and pulls are forces.


Children playing tug of war


Forces start objects moving and forces stop objects moving.


Pete and Tony are pulling in opposite directions. When the pulls are the same, Pete and Tony do not move because the forces are equal and opposite.

In a tug of war, when the forces are not equal, one of the players will be pulled in the direction of the force and will be the loser.


We all feel a special 'pull' - this force is called gravity.

Gravity pulls objects towards the Earth.


Gravity on Earth


Forces can make objects change direction, such as intercepting the football and kicking it towards the goal.


game of football


Forces can also make objects change their shape, for example, creating Wallace and Gromit out of plasticine!





So, let's have a go at pushing and pulling forces and see what happens!

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