Forces Year 3 & 4

Year 3 & 4

Forces Year 3 & 4 KS2 learning at Primary School. Homework help with Forces and Motion. Learn about what a force is and magnetic forces for Key Stage 2.

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What is a force?

A force is a push or a pull. Forces can make objects speed up, slow down, change direction or change shape.

BBC Bitesize websiteWhat is a force?
Watch a video on forces and see what they are and what they can do.
DK Find Out ForcesWhat is a force?
Forces explained with diagrams.
Push Pull BlocksPush & Pull Blocks
Push and pull the blocks.

Forces need contact

Forces need contact between two objects. Imagine a football, when you kick it changes direction. It won't change direction on its own until it hits something. Imagine dropping a book. It won't stop until it hits the floor. It needs contact before it changes.


Magnetic forces are forces that a made using a magnet. These don't need to touch objects for it to cause a force, the magnet can either push or pull using a magnetic force.

BBC Bitesize websiteMagnetic Forces
When two magnets are close, they create pushing or pulling forces on one another. Watch the video to find out about North & South poles

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