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Understand Magnetic Forces

In this worksheet, students will test their knowledge of magnetic forces.

'Understand Magnetic Forces' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Forces and Magnets

Curriculum subtopic:   Magnets Attract or Repel

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Magnets are very useful and have many different functions.


Magnets are usually made of iron or steel and the magnetic force is concentrated at two points on the magnets called poles.


With a bar magnet, the magnetic poles are at either end of the magnet and known as north and south poles.

Bar magnet


Although the magnet has poles, there is a magnetic field all around a magnet and this can attract or repel other objects.  The magnetic field is invisible, but can be revealed by using iron filings or tiny compasses.

Magnetic Field


In fact, the Earth is a giant magnet, with North and South poles. This picture shows the magnetic field around the Earth.


Earth as a magnet


In this activity, we can have fun answering questions about magnetic forces.


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