National curriculum content
- 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.
- Explain what a force is
- Compare how things move on different surfaces
- Measure the strength of different magnets
- Describe how magnets work
- Investigate how magnets work through different materials
- Create a magnetic game
What we want children to know
- That push and pull are contact forces
- Compare how things move over different surfaces
- Magnets only attract objects made from some metals
- A force is needed to move an object and a magnet can move some things without touching
- What happens when poles are put together
- How magnets are used in their own lives
What skills we want children to develop
- Plan different types of scientific enquires to answer questions
- Construct and carry out simple experiments using magnets, with increasing accuracy and precision
- Make predictions and draw simple conclusions with some suggestions
- Report and present findings from enquiries
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