In Science we have been looking at forces and magnets. We started the topic by looking at what a force was and how we can create it. W experimented, around the room, trying to understand how we use forces for different activities.
Year 3 have also looked at friction and how this is created. To understand that friction acts in the opposite direction to the force, and that different surfaces create more friction, we had a selection of surfaces and a toy car. We lifted each surface 1cm at a time until the car eventually rolled down. Some surfaces only manged 3cm but our winning surface, brick, had to be lifted up to 10cm high for the car to fight the friction.
We have begun to look at magnets and understanding that they act at a distance. We investigated this by moving a magnet slowly towards a steel paper clip. When the paper clip entered the magnetic field, the paper clip would 'jump' to magnet.