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Friction Check-up

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

'Friction Check-up' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Forces

Curriculum subtopic:   Resistance and Friction

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Understand Friction

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

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


Smooth surfaces and streamlined shapes reduce friction.

Rough surfaces and lumpy, awkward shapes increases friction.


Smooth metallic surfaceUneven rusty surface


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

In this worksheet you will be asked some questions on friction, let's see what you can remember!


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

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