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Fantastic Forces trail

Lead your pupils on a trail exploring the exhibits in our galleries that link with the topic of forces.

Close-up of a jet engine

Written as a tool for teachers and adult group leaders, each page presents a different exhibit, with information and activity ideas to help pupils discover more about the objects and the science behind them.

This resource has been designed to help teachers and adult helpers guide their children to exhibits in galleries linked to the topic of forces.

Recommended for use in these galleries at the Science Museum, London:

Using this activity

Print the trail—you will need one copy for each of your group leaders. You do not need to print one for your children.

Brief your adult helpers about how to use the trail.

Print off copies of the Museum map to help you find your way to the galleries featured in the trail.

No other pre-planning or equipment is required.

There’s information on each page to help you find six different exhibits, then use the questions and activities to encourage observation and discussion about the objects and the science underlying them.

The trail can be followed in any order, so you and your children can explore at your own pace.

This activity is designed to encourage thinking and discussion on the impact of science and technology on our everyday lives.

It supports the teaching of science with specific reference to the Earth and beyond, materials and physical processes.

There are also opportunities for cross-curricular links to history and social studies.

It is intended to be used with Key Stage 2 students.

Learning outcomes

  • Make links between the objects and science in their everyday lives.
  • Develop discussion and communication skills.
  • Develop observation skills.

Downloadable resources

Fantastic Forces trail (KS2) (PDF Document)

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