Gears, levers and pulleys

Watch how gears, levers and pulleys work as simple machines which help us move things more easily. Try an interactive activity or build your own simple levers and pulleys. Included is teacher subject knowledge to support teachers for whom this is a new topic area.

This curriculum area is in the programme of study in Year 5. Children are required to learn that force and motion can be transferred through mechanical devices such as gears, pulleys, levers and springs.