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You will know something about Forces from KS1. Forces can help things start and stop, slow down or even change direction. Two of these forces are push and pull. There are some clips below to remind you about Forces.

Pushes and Pulls


We would like you to remind yourself about pushes and pulls by looking at the Powerpoint and then investigating how items around your home move. You can then group items into those that need pushes and those that need pulls to move and some may even need both.

Contact and non-contact forces


We have now grouped actions into whether they needed a push or a pull or both for them to cause an item to move.

  • e.g some parents are pushing a lawnmower to cut the grass
  • you pull the washing out of a washing machine 
  • you can pull or push a door depending on whether you want to open or close it or the type of door it is


We will again have the opportunity to explore forces and we are again grouping forces. This time, we are deciding whether a force needs contact (touch) to work or whether the force and the item that moves do not need contact for them to move.


An easy example to visualise for a contact force is when you kick a football - the push force relies on your foot making contact (hitting or touching) the football to make it move.


However, if we think about Sir Isaac Newton and his discovery of gravity, the apple falls from the tree to the ground. But gravity is an invisible force and does not need contact with the apple to make it fall to the ground.


Below there is a booklet to complete with your different types of forces. There are also other resources to help you.

Below, I have also added some activities for you to try with a focus on magnets and forces.