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Strengthening Teaching and Learning of Forces: Introductory Section

This study guide from the Department for Education is one of a suite designed to support the development of aspects of subject knowledge. It has been designed to link with the Progression Maps, the Revised Framework for teaching Secondary Science and Assessing Pupils’ Progress in Science.

All teachers recognise that some parts of science can be difficult to teach and this can be even more problematic if it is outside your area of expertise. The study guide offers background information and practical suggestions to support classroom practice when teaching about forces. All the strategies suggested have been tried and tested by teachers and draw upon academic research. Similarly, many of the activities could be used with students who need to develop similar knowledge.

Study guides were developed as part of a series of publications which could be used flexibly. In particular, they can be used in a school by an individual teacher, a pair of teachers or a larger group without specialist support. If used collaboratively, a peer coaching model would be effective to support its use. This study guide contains materials which address different aspects of teaching forces. As a consequence, there is no simple, sequential route through the materials; it is more a collection of ideas and resources to tackle separate issues within the teaching of forces.

This study guide was originally produced as seven separate files. The separate files have been joined together for ease of download. The seven documents were entitled, Strengthening teaching and learning of forces:
• Introductory section
• What do students know about forces and the use of force arrows?
• Visualisation of forces and their effects
• What do students know about forces and motion?
• Teaching and learning about forces and motion
• Some challenging concepts
• Bringing it all together

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