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Welcome to St. Mary's C.E. Middle School

Welcome to St Mary's C.E. Middle School

Thank you for visiting the website for St. Mary's C.E. Middle School. We are a 9-13 middle school situated on the outskirts of Puddletown, a small village in the beautiful Dorset countryside. We are a church school with an ethos built on the core Christian values of respect, forgiveness, justice, uniqueness, equality, acceptance and kindness.

We look to inspire our school community and give them the tools to thrive in the modern world, summed up by our school aim of 'Inspire today to shape tomorrow'. We are proud to have been assessed as an outstanding church school in our last two Church of England inspections. We expect the highest standards in both academic work and behaviour and we place our children at the centre of everything we do.

The pupils, staff and governors are very proud of our school and we hope that this website will allow you to see why. We look forward to having the opportunity to meet you in person.


Pupils should arrive at the unit already knowing:



In Year 6, pupils will have learnt about:

  • Magnetic and non-magnetic materials
  • Magnetic attraction and repulsion


During this unit pupils will need to learn:










In Year 8, pupils will learn about:

  • Magnetic poles (including the effect of the meagnetic poles on Earth)
  • The Domain theory of magnetism
  • Magnetic attraction and repulsion 
  • Magnetic fieldsand how they can be represented   
  • The magnetic effect of an electric current
  • How electromagnets work and what they are used for
  • How to chnage the strength of an electromagent
  • How an electric motor works


This unit links to the following future learning:


Lessons from the Oak National Academy


These lessons are taken from the Oak National Academy.  This is an online school with digital lessons that was put together to help pupils during the period of national lockdown.  The lessons listed below are relevent to the magnetism topic and would support your learning in school.


Useful Websites and Links


The links below will take you to websites and online resources that will be helpful for your learning in this topic.  These resources may be useful for research style homework tasks and will also help you to expand your understanding outside of lessons.

Links to BBC Bitesize Resources


BBC Bitesize is the large collection of resoruces produced by the BBC to help students learn across all of the Key Stage 3 subjects.  The links below are relevant to the magnetism topic.

BBC Bitesize KS3 Revision Electricity and Magnetism

Scientific Eye Magnetism

BBC Science in Action Electricity and Magnetism

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