Pulley power investigation

In this lesson pack for year 5 and P6, linking to the topic forces, pupils will carry out a comparative test. Pupils will make their own simple pulley system and investigate whether it alters the force needed to lift an object.

This lesson pack includes:

  • A lesson plan with cross-curricular links
  • A PowerPoint presentation explaining how to make the pulley system
  • Printable instructions to make the pulley system

Simple to resource! The items you will need:

  • Two identical cardboard bottles
  • Three plastic bottle tops
  • String
  • Heavy weights
  • Small buckets or large yogurt pots with handles
  • Toy to lift
  • Weights
Year 5
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Pulley power investigation

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