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Although we use lots of magnetic letters/numbers/shapes and have magnets to explore we don't teach about magnetism itself, I often wonder if we should or whether that's for upper year gps-will be interested to know what others do too

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Haha! My younger brother put some geomag stuff on top of our new tv and left it for a few hours. The green patch in the top corner of the screen didn't go completely for days after!

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We have just done magnetism as a small part of a Materials topic.

 

We went on a magnetic hunt with wand magnets, outside and in the school corridor, in small groups. The children recorded what they found with the digital camera. We used the pictures to create a time line of where they had been to.

 

Also had magnetic discovery bottles on KUW table and magnets and metal objects (magnetic and non-magnetic) in the sand.

 

The children discovered that not all metal objects are magnetic and had FUN searching and recording their findings.

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Draw a road on a piece of thin card and provide a couple of small cars. Attach a small magnet to a ruler and run it under the card moving the cars around. I tape the card to 2 tables with a gap in between :D

 

It's great to see the childrens faces when you show how the 'green' end of the train and the 'red' end of the train like each other and attract, but green on green and red on red dont like each and repel. :D

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We are a nursery school and we tend to have magnets all around. We have the trains and carriages with magnets, we have a set of bricks that are different colours which attract to each other and colours which repel. We have two different sets of magnet activities to use indoors and outdoors. We also have magnetic letters and numbers and magnetic shapes to use on boards. We have them as part of continuous provision with examples of vocabulary to emphasise when the children are accessing them. We also have specific focused activities similar to those mentioned when introducing magnetism

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