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Our current Topic: Forces and Magnets


Year group

Statutory Requirements from the Programme of Study


  • 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.

Reachout Reporter


As a school we use Reachout Reporter at the start of each lesson. This provides fantastic opportunity for the children to see how Science is present in our daily lives. This takes Science outside the classroom and provides a great platform for scientific discussions. 



In science we start each topic with a cold task that asks a series of basic questions to gather children's prior knowledge on the topic. This informs us on what the children already know and allows the teacher to understand their current subject knowledge and misconceptions to plan the lesson sequence accordingly. At the end of the unit, we then do a hot task to assess what they have learnt during the topic. Whilst teaching each unit we focus on developing subject knowledge as well as working scientifically developing skills such as prediction and investigation.