Push pull - Museum Victoria

Push pull - Museum Victoria
Publication Date: January, 2013
Type of Resource: Unit of Work

This is a unit of work that details ideas on engaging Year 2 students when exploring and developing their understandings on how a push and pull influences the way in which an object moves or changes shape.

Additional Information

This resource provides a gallery of images. A Year 2 teacher could use the advice in this unit to provide a range of first-hand experiences for students.


These might include inviting students to bring 'moving' toys to the science class and to explore a range of toys and how they move (e.g., marbles, spinning tops, balls, yo-yos, toy cars, battery operated toys).


Students could investigate pushing to make an object move faster or slower.


They could compare smooth with less-smooth surfaces. They could explore the effects of different slopes on the movement of toy cars.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 2 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > Participate in guided investigations to explore and answer questions using... > ACSIS038
  • Year 2 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and Predicting > Pose and respond to questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and... > ACSIS037
  • Year 2 > Science Understanding > Physical Sciences > A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape > ACSSU033