KS2 Physics subject knowledge RC198 / B09

Start date
12 Nov 20
5 Hours

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Improve your confidence in physics teaching and learning through the use of up-to-date ideas and resources. These will engage and inspire children and develop both their subject knowledge and their working and thinking scientifically skills, whilst making teaching physics manageable for you.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for all KS2 teachers, from Trainees and NQTs to senior leaders, who wish to deliver better primary physics lessons, as well as science subject leaders looking to develop or simplify their schools science curriculum to make it more engaging, enriching and manageable for teachers.


Longer Overview:

Primary Science, comprising biology, physics and chemistry topics, is a core subject and should broaden and deepen pupils' scientific view of the world around them and prepare them for their future lives.The curriculum subject knowledge should be taught through exploring, asking questions, talking about, investigating and developing ideas about everyday phenomena, functions, relationships and interactions. Children's skills in working and thinking scientifically should progress alongside science content knowledge.Commonly Primary teachers, most of whom are not science specialists, find the physics topics challenging to deliver and lack confidence in answering pupils' questions and planning and facilitating practical activities that are manageable and engaging for pupils. The aim of this course is to develop teachers' confidence in their physics knowledge and understanding, and to provide up-to-date ideas and resources that will improve their physics teaching and enable them to address pupils' knowledge gaps and misconceptions.

Course content:The Working Scientifically and Physics Overview session considers good practice in science teaching and how teaching the physics subject and science skills strands in the national curriculum together can help embed learning. Strategies to elicit misconceptions and reinforce key vocabulary are discussed.Subsequent sessions focus on the statutory National Curriculum KS2 Physics knowledge and working scientifically skills and will recommend up-to-date ideas and resources relevant to delivering successful lessons covering each Physics topic. They cover the KS2 topics of Light and Sound, Earth and Space, Forces and Electricity.In addition to the remote online sessions, flexible participant-led tasks should deepen and embed their learning.


Intended Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Feel confident that you can plan manageable and successful KS2 physics teaching
  • Plan engaging and practical approaches for KS2 physics learning
  • Identify and address gaps in children’s physics knowledge, skills & understanding
  • Be aware of some common misconceptions and consider strategies for dealing with them


1) Working scientifically and Physics overview12 November 202016:00-17:00
2) Light and Sound19 November 202016:00-17:00
3) Earth and Space26 November 202016:00-17:00
4) Forces30 November 202016:00-17:00
5) Electricity and wrap-up.03 December 202016:00-17:00

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Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£100.00
State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£50.00

Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

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Additional information

Our remote CPD courses for teachers are delivered across a series of sessions run at specific times and dates. Information on all course sessions can be found under the description of each course. To complete a course, all sessions are mandatory.

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