Push and Pull Unit Plan

Teach Starter Publishing
7 x lessons | Suitable for stages: 4 - 6

This Physical Sciences unit investigates contact and non-contact forces. Demonstrations and experimental procedures are explored with particular attention given to the scientific method.

It consists of 8 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

A knowledge check for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.


  • To introduce the students to the different types of force.
  • To investigate the relationship between force and the resulting speed of an object.
  • To investigate electrostatics and the properties of its associated force.
  • To investigate magnetism and the properties of its associated force.
  • To investigate how moving objects in different ways affects the strength of friction force.
  • To investigate the forces involved in throwing, dropping, bouncing, and rolling, and how they affect an object.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of contact and non-contact forces.



Teach Starter Publishing

Teach Starter Publishing

We create premium quality, downloadable teaching resources for primary/elementary school teachers that make classrooms buzz!

Find more resources like this


Write a review to help other teachers and parents like yourself. If you'd like to request a change to this resource, or report an error, select the corresponding tab above.

Login to comment