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Investigate Friction

In this worksheet, students will consolidate their understanding of friction and the factors that reduce or increase it.

'Investigate Friction' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Forces

Curriculum subtopic:   Resistance and Friction

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we will be learning all about friction.


Friction - the force - acts all around us whenever surfaces rub together.

Friction can be useful, and it can also be very unhelpful.


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Smooth surfaces and streamlined shapes reduce friction.

Rough surfaces and lumpy, awkward shapes increase friction.


Smooth metallic surfaceUneven rusty surface


Increasing the area of the surfaces that rub together also increases the size of the force.


In this activity, you will be asked some questions on friction. Let's see what you can remember!


You can look back at this introduction at any point by clicking on the red help button on the screen.


Want a bit more help with this before you begin? Why not watch this short video?

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