Scheme of work
Physics – Magnetism and electromagnetism
This resource provides guidance for teaching the Magnetism and electromagnetism topic from our new GCSE Physics (8463). It has been updated from the draft version to reflect the changes made in the accredited specification. There are a few changes to the learning outcomes and the opportunities to develop skills columns.
The scheme of work is designed to be a flexible medium term plan for teaching content and development of the skills that will be assessed.
It is provided in Word format to help you create your own teaching plan – you can edit and customise it according to your needs. This scheme of work is not exhaustive; it only suggests activities and resources you could find useful in your teaching.
4.7 Magnetism and electromagnetism
4.7.1 Permanent and induced magnetism, magnetic, forces and fields
Summary of the specification content
What most candidates should be able to do
Suggested timing (hours)
Opportunities to develop Scientific Communication skills
Opportunities to develop and apply practical and enquiry skills
Self/peer assessment opportunities and resources
Reference to past questions that indicate success
The forces magnets exert on each other.
The poles of a magnet are the places where the magnetic forces are strongest. When two magnets are brought close together they exert a force on each other. Two like poles repel each other. Two unlike poles attract each other. Attraction and repulsion between two magnetic poles are examples of non-contact force.
What is the shape of the Earth’s magnetic field?
Identify magnetism as a non-contact force.
Describe two experiments that can be used to identify the magnetic field pattern of a permanent magnet.
Describe what would happen if two North seeking Magnetic Poles were placed near each other, two South seeking Poles or one of each.
Which part of a permanent magnet is the strongest?
Investigate and draw the shape of the magnetic field pattern around a permanent magnet.
Investigate the effect that two magnets have on each other in different orientations.
BBC Bitesize – Laws of magnetism
BBC Bitesize – Magnets
Cyberphysics – Magnetism
Exampro user guide PowerPoint
The differences between permanent and induced magnets.
A permanent magnet produces its own magnetic field. An induced magnet is a material that becomes a magnet when it is placed in a magnetic field. Induced magnetism always causes a force of attraction. When removed from the magnetic field, an induced magnet loses most/all of its magnetism quickly.
Describe how an induced magnet is produced.
Explain what is meant by a permanent magnet and give examples of materials that can become magnetised.
What are the advantages of using an electromagnet rather than a permanent magnet?
How can we make an electromagnet?
Investigate how to make an induced magnet by stroking an iron nail with a permanent magnet.