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Forces: how Ferris wheels work

This explanation text for year 3 and P4, linking to the topic forces, describes in detail how the massive fairground wheel (known as a Ferris wheel) works. The labelled diagram explains each part of the wheel: electric motors, hub, drive wheels, drive rim, axels and lorry trailers. It also explains centripetal acceleration otherwise known as the funny feeling in your tummy as you go over the top of the Ferris wheel.

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.
Year 3
Forces and magnets
Forces: how Ferris wheels work

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