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Matilda KS2 science lesson plan – Investigate the physics of Matilda

What's included?

Lesson plan, worksheets and extracts

Key Stage



Years 3-6


Wouldn’t it be great to be like Roald Dahl’s Matilda Wormwood and be able to move objects just by thinking about it?

First published 30 years ago, this much-loved tale is perfect to explore in the classroom – based as it is around school life and packed with memorable characters, from the wicked Miss Trunchbull to magical Matilda herself.

Once you’ve enjoyed the story, continue the learning journey with this physics exploration which focuses on Matilda’s special powers and how this relates to forces.

What they’ll learn

  • Develop ‘working scientifically’ skills and work collaboratively to investigate different forces
  • Experience some unusual effects of forces
  • Identify forces that work at a distance

This download contains:

  • Lesson plan
  • KS2 science activity worksheets
  • Two printable extracts from Matilda by Roald Dahl

Deborah Herridge is science subject leader for initial teacher education at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. She is co-author of Pearson’s Science Bug programme for primary science. Browse more ideas for Roald Dahl Day.

Matilda science lesson plan
Matilda KS2 science lesson plan – Investigate the physics of Matilda

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