Virneth Studios

Forces and Motion - KS2 - Magnets and Springs


Primary School Site Licence

Only 35.00 (plus 2.50 p&p)

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Provides challenging and stimulating content that is suitable for teaching scientifically "Able and Gifted" children.


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eMotion -Forces and Motion Year3 - Supports QCA Unit 3E of Key Stage 2 Magnets and Springs

  • An excellent knowledge base to help teachers who are not scientifically predisposed
  • Excellent value for money
  • You're in charge - not the computer
  • Has the benefit of using animated graphics to demonstrate dynamic processes
  • Benefits the whole class including non- scientific and SEN children, by stimulating them through vivid graphics, dynamic interaction,  poetry and music
  • Gets a complex concept across quickly and easily, saving you time
  • Simple to use so that you can concentrate and spend more time on teaching
  • Fun and easy to use so that you can involve your audience without the hassle of any special training
  • Demonstrate processes safely
  • You will love the superb graphics

"Magnets and Springs" is a KS2 resource that is specifically designed for use with an Interactive Whiteboard. It presents the basic properties and behavior of magnets and springs at different levels. There are simulations of specific applications that are especially suited for teaching scientifically "Able and Gifted" children.

The quality of the production, including original audio tracks, will be immediately apparent and will help hold the attention of the class. The interactive graphical nature of the resource allows concepts and processes, which would be difficult to demonstrate in reality, to be presented in a safe environment with the added benefit of being able to pause them to discuss possible outcomes with the whole class.

Features include interactive screens including: dynamically alter the size and strength of a magnetic field; demonstrate magnetic attraction to certain metals; demonstrate how two like and unalike poles attract or repel each other; interactive models of a magnet generating electricity - alter the speed and direction of the magnet to produce more or less electrical force; show how information can be stored on a hard disk drive using the orientation of magnets - convert characters into binary (math link); deform a rubber bar and watch it return (advanced mode shows the forces in action); demonstrate forces in equilibrium by stretching a coiled spring; show several uses for springs including interactive models of a roman catapult and a spring scale and others........

Basic Screen with simple interactive elements Advanced Screen
Basic Advanced

Includes basic and advanced modes, allowing the presentation to be delivered to audiences of diverse abilities; the basic screen is uncluttered and simple, the advanced screen is more complex and adds much more detail about the subject.

The presentation can be run full screen or optionally in it's own window. Although primarily intended for delivery using an interactive whiteboard the production can also be used individually by the students on PC's or laptops.

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* The site licence allows you to use the resource on any PC or Laptop that is owned by the school and is normally used at the School premises. It does not allow you to access the resources from a central server using PC's or Laptops that are not owned by the School. This includes, but is not limited to, Client/Server technology such as Microsoft's' Terminal Services, or Web Services.

  PC running Microsoft Windows 2000, ME or XP operating System
Min 1GHz processor
Min 64Mb Ram
Min 100Mb free disc space
Screen Resolution min 800 x 600 (1024 x 768 recommended)
True Colour (32bit)
  • Supports Units 3E of QCA Scheme of Work for Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum
  • suits VAK visual, audio and kinesthetic learners
  • Links to the creative curriculum by establishing interest in science through poems and music.
  • Structured model: establishes the concept of forces and their attributes in stages. Builds on previous productions (Forces and Motion Yr1 and Yr 2) with similar layout and user interface
  • Multi-level model: switch between basic and advanced screens to suit the abilities of  the audience. The basic screen is uncluttered and the advanced screen introduces more complex concepts like force arrows. In particular, benefits the gifted and talented children.

  • Can be used for SATs revision by Year 6

  • Includes a review of the points learned

  • Pay using eLearning credits

  • Can be presented using an interactive whiteboard

  • Superb quality graphics and animations

  • Includes interactive demonstrations that can be stopped to discuss or predict possible outcomes etc.

  • Includes cross references to other Science units and literacy

Science Unit 3E specific coverage
  • Demonstrates the properties of magnets: attraction, repulsion, strengths of magnets and magnetic fields as forces
  • Uses of magnets: specifically in making electricity and storing information. How the orientation and speed of a moving magnet is significant
  • Demonstrates interactively: how springs store forces and use them to return to their original shape; the force exerted by the spring is opposite to the force used to deform it and that it is proportional to the amount of deformation
  • Demonstrates some uses for springs:
    • for storing force (clockwork spring)
    • for weighing objects
    • for moving masses
  • Demonstrates balanced forces in a spring
  • Challenge the class - split the class into groups and ask each to encode a text string into binary using the orientation of magnets. Then swap and see who decodes it the fastest
  • Activities to test the class
Literacy cross reference
  • Poems: "There and back" about magnets, springs, forces, movement and technology