Year 3 Physical processes worksheets by School Year
Look at these picture cards. Can you sort them into two groups – those that are sources of light and those that are not?
A sundial tells the time by using the position of the sun. This is how it works: the sun casts a shadow onto a surface marked with lines indicating the hours of the day. As the sun moves across the sky the shadow aligns with different hour-lines. Do you think you can make your own sundial?
Magnets come in all shapes and sizes; they also vary in strength. This experiment will test the magnetic force of a variety of different magnets.
How do you find your way around? Do you use maps? A satellite navigation system? Could you use a compass to direct you instead? A compass works using magnetism – the needle in the compass points towards the magnetic north. This helps us to find our way around. In this activity you are going to make your own simple compass!
Mix some paper clips up with some rice and put them in a closed, see-through plastic container. Using a magnet, how long does it take you to separate the paper clips from the rice without opening the container? Now set up a maze made of cardboard. Can you guide a magnetic ball or marble through the maze from the outside of box, using your magnet?
Find a glass jar. Put a selection of magnetic and non-magnetic materials inside. Close the jar and then, using your magnet, see if you can separate the magnetic materials without opening the jar.
Look at these statements about light and shadows. Can you sort them into those that are true and those that are false?
Be a shadow detective! Place an object outside and record how the height and width of the shadow cast by the object changes throughout the day. Record them on this sheet.
Mirrors change the direction of light and reflect it. We can demonstrate this practically by making a periscope. Light is reflected from one object into a mirror and then onto the other mirror before reaching your eyes. Collect your materials and find out for yourself!
When a moving surface slides on a stationary surface it rubs against it, which slows it down. This is due to friction, a force which resists the movement of one object sliding past another. Understand more about friction with a fantastic practical project: make your own balloon hovercraft!
Cut out these dragon, fairy and owl shadow puppets to use in storytelling, while also learning about the properties of light and dark when a light source is blocked by an object.
This activity is a fantastic opportunity to introduce your child to the concept of light and dark.
A worksheet designed to help your child investigate and understand light and dark.
Fun experiments to help your child learn about magnetism and magnets.
Extend your child's understanding of magnetism by helping them build a metal detector.
A worksheet encouraging children to match types of rock (igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic) with their descriptions.
A worksheet listing several statements about springs which children have to sort into 'true' and 'false' boxes.
A worksheet to encourage children to think about objects and whether they use magnets.
Worksheet encouraging children to think about the properties of different rocks.