Year 3: Forces and Magnets

This list consists of lesson plans, activities and video clips to support the teaching of forces and magnets at Year Three. It contains tips on using the resources, suggestions for further use and background subject knowledge. Possible misconceptions are highlighted so that teachers may plan lessons to facilitate correct conceptual understanding. Designed to support the new curriculum programme of study it aims to cover many of the requirements for knowledge and understanding and working scientifically. The statutory requirements are that children are taught to:

• compare how things move on different surfaces

•  notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance

•  observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others

• compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials

•  describe magnets as having two poles

•  predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.

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