Pendulum investigation

This lesson pack for year 6 links to areas of the working scientifically curriculum. Pupils will make their own simple pendulum and then investigate how changing one variable will affect the number of swings it does in a controlled time. Pupils will set up their own investigation, naming the control, dependent and independent variables, then they will make their own table and line graphs to show their results.

This lesson pack includes:

  • A differentiated lesson plan with cross-curricular links
  • A PowerPoint presentation explaining pendulums
  • Instructions to make a pendulum
  • A results table for pupils who need support
  • An extension activity - make your own swing

Simple to resource! The items you will need:

  • String
  • Plasticine
  • Ruler
  • Timer or watch with a second hand
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Sticky tape
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