Y3 Magnetic Poles

Pupils investigate magnets and learn that they have two ends that we call poles. One end is the magnetic north pole (N) and the other is the magnetic south pole (S). Pupils investigate what happens when these poles are positioned together and learn that magnets, depending on their arrangement of poles, can either attract or repel each other.

Learning Objectives:

  • POS - 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; describe magnets as having two poles; predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing
  • NaG - pupils should look for patterns in the way that magnets behave in relation to each other and what might affect this
  • WS - pupils should set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair test; use straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings; gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions

This resource is available in the below packages.

Sigma Science – Year 3