Our Year 2 pupils enjoyed a day at Wicksteed Park this week, investigating a range of playground equipment to find out which forces were required to make them move. They discovered that most required either a push or a pull, and that some needed both forces to be used, but at different times.
They learned that a force can move things but can also make them stop. They carried out an investigation with Science Bears and ramps to find out how the height and surface of a ramp or slide can affect the distance an object can travel. They attended a workshop where they built and investigated model playground equipment. They talked about the forces being used and the impact they had on the equipment. They then had opportunities to improve the designs to make them look more interesting and exciting.
They also learned about the history of Wicksteed Park and even got to have a ride on the famous carousel!