River and Rowing Museum Henley on Thames

Forces in Action - Key Stage 2

Activities develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the forces involved in rowing – Gravity, Upthrust and Friction (drag) and encourage pupils to think about the importance of materials, shape and power in their designs.

Activities include:

  • Experiments focussed on floating, displacement and comparing the weight of objects in the air and in water using Newton meters.
  • A tow tank experiment shows how movement through the water is affected by friction, hull shape and power.
  • A gallery session to acquaint pupils with some of the objects and vocabulary associated with rowing: a sliding seat, cross section of a hull, cross section of an oar, an oar, and an outrigger with oarlock and gate attached.

Forces in Action Workshop Summary
Forces Practical Exercises – Website Resource
RRM Teachers’ Pack Tutored Visit