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

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.  

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.

Price for a half day State & SEN discounted* £250 with a discount 10% discount on a second session the same day (£475).  Independent Schools £600/day. 
*As part of SATRO's charitable purpose.

Please contact us to discuss specific requirements to cover different classes or year groups as delivery can be flexible to meet needs.  Up to 30 pupils per session. 

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