FORCES AT THE RAILWAY!
Designed to support a school trip to Isle of Wight Steam Railway
SCIENCE Lower Key Stage 2
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Students can explore pushing and pulling aspects of the locomotive and how the carriages are moved around, the effects of pulling and pushing levers in the signal box, as well as their own physical pulling and pushing processing when entering and leaving the train during their visit.
This resource is relevant to lower key stage 2 students who are undertaking work on ‘Forces’ in Year 3. It allows students who visit the Isle of Wight Steam Railway to engage with the scientific aspects of forces within this environment.
This task can be introduced to students before their visit to Isle of Wight Steam Railway; it would be particularly useful if they have done some basic work on pulling and pushing forces. When on site at the railway, students can then complete the questions on the sheet as they move around the venue. This will focus students’ attention on the key areas for learning. Alternatively, this resource works well as a follow-up task as the teacher deems appropriate.
Key Skills Practised
Exploring the movement of familiar things
Identifying that things go faster, slow down, and change direction
Understanding that both pushes and pulls are examples of forces
Recognising that when things speed up, slow down or change direction, there is a cause
Students could cover the basics of forces and motion, particularly the pushing, pulling, speed and change of movement aspects, to allow them to engage with the resource at Isle of Wight Steam Railway most effectively.
During the Visit
Completion of Science Lower KS2 Physics / Forces at Isle of Wight Steam Railway resource linked to this document
Why not complete this resource on a day trip?
The Isle of Wight can be reached in as little as 12 minutes! If you're located close to the south coast then a day trip is easily achievable...
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Step back in time to the golden age of steam at Isle of Wight Steam Railway! A potted history of the Island's railways from Victorian times to the present day.
Follow-up tasks could include: Class discussion of all the examples of forces they discovered at Isle of Wight Steam Railway; Completion of labelled diagrams, PowerPoint slides, or animations showing these examples; Finding other examples of where forces are evident in the everyday world
Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how familiar things (trains) move and the basic forces involved. They will be able to understand that trains go faster, slow down and change direction. Most students will be able to understand that both pushes and pulls are examples of forces.
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