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Mighty Metals

You’re an engineer, a scientist, a maker of men (iron men, of course!).

Explore the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials…Expand your mind as you test and trial, build and move.

Which force is at play as you slide down a slide or swing on a swing? Can you explain why magnets repel and attract? Can you make a penny look shiny and new or build a steel band from pots and pans?

Then, meet Hogarth the Iron Man’s companion…The Iron Man wants a friend…can you build him one? You must make him strong, sturdy and ready to rumble!

If you were a metal, which one would you be? Gold, a shimmering, precious and costly mineral? Or steel, that strong and useful alloy? Maybe you’re iron, malleable and easy to shape, but ready to rust!

Maybe you’re not a metal at all – but a force to be reckoned with!

Curriculum Coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.

English

Non-chronological reports; Explanations; Instructions; List poetry; Recounts

Science

Forces and magnets; Working Scientifically

Art & Design

Embossed pattern and pictures; Making jewellery

Computing

Creating spreadsheets; Using presentation software

D & T

Product evaluation; Using research to inform design; Selecting materials; Making vehicles; Building and iron man; Using electrical circuits

Mathematics

Measuring length

Music

Performing using metal objects for instruments

PE

Using PE equipment to explore forces

 

Curriculum Vocabulary

sparks

alloy

gold

foil

friction

magnetism

push

attract

magnetic

copper

pull

lead

brass

tarnish

steel

rust

platinum

molten

silver

bolt

aluminium

zinc

solder

mercury