Forces & Magnets

A workshop exploring different forces, how they work, and their effects on objects.  Also observing that magnetic forces can act at a distance, attract or repel some materials and not others.

Curriculum Topics:  Forces & Magnets

forces equipment photo
Years 3-6
How the day works 

Investigate the wonderful world of physics with this workshop looking at different forces, their effects and the rules which govern them. This workshop covers a variety of forces in a carousel of activities which allow students to investigate these forces through practical work, group investigations and technology such as VR headsets.

What will be covered:

  • balanced and unbalanced forces,
  • the definitions and examples of contact and non-contact forces, 
  • the effects of common forces (friction, air resistance, weight and magnetism) on different objects,
  • scientific methods of investigating and measuring the effects of forces.

The goals of the workshop are:

  • to explore the effects of different forces through a variety of activities,
  • develop their skills in measuring and recording data,
  • be able to describe and explain the effects of various forces.

Curriculum Links: 

  • 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,
  • identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces.

We offer a range of workshops that will support your Primary Science curriculum.  Each topic is a short 45 to 90 minutes which can be fitted around your timetable within different year groups. 

We bring all the materials and equipment needed to deliver an inspirational and hands-on activities to support learning. 
How much it costs?

Each session is a minimum of 1.5 hours, we can be flexible in providing back-to-back sessions across the school day delivering to different class groups.  This could allow 2-3 class groups to take part in a full day delivery.

Please contact us to discuss specific requirements to cover different classes or year groups as delivery can be flexible to meet needs.  


State Primary & SEN discounted*

  • £500/ full day
  • £275/ half day 
  • Bookings on 2 consecutive days 10% discount
  • 3 or more bookings made in same enquiry 20% discount

Independent Schools £600/ full day, £330 half day


* As part of SATRO's charitable purpose  


We may have funding available to support your ability to take part in this workshop particularly for schools with high levels of Pupil Premium/SEN.  Please enquire when booking.