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Wheels and axles

An investigation for year 2 and P3, linking to the topic everyday materials. Pupils will learn how wheels and axles work and investigate whether it is easier or harder to lift a heavy load with larger or smaller wheels. Pupils will also consider which material would be best to use for the wheels.

This pack includes:

  • A differentiated lesson plan
  • A PowerPoint presentation explaining how wheels and axles work
  • Differentiated tables for results
  • Printable instructions

Simple to resource! The items you will need include:

  • Wooden skewers
  • Pairs of lids of different sizes and made of different materials
  • A bag of flour
Year 2
Everyday materials
Wheels and axles

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