The Internet is full of useful information, including thousands of fabulous teaching resources created for every subject by teachers, schools and organisations. At first4magnets.com we are passionate about providing great, useful information about magnets for people young and old. Take a look at these free teaching resources we’ve put together. Please feel free to use and share
Key stage 2 – resources for children 8 to 11-years old
Introduction to magnets
Here is a short video we created for introducing the basics rules of magnets and magnetism.
Which materials are magnetic?
Some materials are magnetic and some materials aren’t; use this worksheet with your children to see if they can identify which materials are and which aren’t magnetic. You can then use a small bar magnet to check the answers.
What is a compass?
A compass is made of a tiny magnet in the shape of a needle which is allowed to spin. Because the north pole of a compass’ magnet will always point towards the Earth’s North Pole they are really important for helping people find their way. You can make your very own compass at home or in the classroom by following this tutorial.
Key stage 3 – resources for children 11 to 14-years-old
What is a magnetic field?
A magnets magnetic field exists within the space immediately around the magnet, it’s here where a magnets magnetic force is strongest, specifically at the point of both poles. The further you are from the magnet’s poles, the weaker the magnetic field is. Permanent magnets continually produce their own magnetic field.
To see a magnet’s magnetic field lines there is a really simple and interesting experiment you can do with your children. Take a look at this activity sheet to find out how.
How to make an electromagnet?
Electromagnets are created using electricity and a magnetic material such as iron, an iron nail is a perfect example.
When electricity passes through a copper wire it creates a magnetic field around the wire. By winding a coil of wire around an iron core you can increase the strength of the magnetic field produced and create an electromagnet. Create your own electromagnet at home or in the classroom by following this exercise.
Key stage 4 – resources for children 14 to 16-years-old
History of electricity and magnetism
Take a trip through history with this timeline of electricity and magnetism. Explore the amazing events with your children or you could use this infographic to create a quiz.
What are magnets used for?
Without magnets, thousands of everyday items that we have come to take for granted would never have been possible. Use this worksheet with your children to see if they can identify which item each picture represents.
I hope you enjoy these educational resources; we’re always looking to develop them so please leave us a comment if you have any suggestions for how these resources could be improved or for future resources. For more information take a look at the other educational resources available on the first4magnets.com website.