Progressing children’s ideas and skills in physics from year 1 to year 6 NY063

From seasons to machines and magnets to space, this course will explore engaging and hands-on teaching opportunities to develop pupils' subject knowledge in physics.


Develop your subject knowledge of physics within the primary curriculum and explore how children’s ideas and skills are progressed from year 1 to year 6. Discover why physics is essential for gaining an understanding of the world and how we can set strong foundations for this in primary schools.
Through this course you will explore a range of engaging, practical strategies to deliver physics and discover how to tackle children's misconceptions. You will learn how to develop and embed a progressive curriculum for physics in your school. This will also consider account any periods of home learning and how this may have impacted on children’s knowledge and skills in physics. 

Who is it for?

Primary school teachers looking to further develop their understanding of the physics curriculum. 

What topics are covered?

  • where physics fits into the National Curriculum at both key stage 1 and 2
  • forces and magnets; including gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction
  • light; including shadows and colour. We will also look at how light is used and reflections
  • electricity: looking at circuits and problem solving within a real life context
  • earth and Space; this will include using space as a context for using across the curriculum
  • sound; how sound is produced, pitch, volume and recording sound. This session will also explore datalogging
  • enriching primary physics and including it at key stage 1

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face with participant tasks to be completed between sessions. 

How long is this course?

This is a two day intensive residential course. 


By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • plan an engaging primary physics curriculum
  • plan for practical work that embeds effective physics subject knowledge into lessons
  • demonstrate a deeper understanding of the core concepts within primary physics  
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