The Energy sub-collection is made up of pedagogical guidance and classroom materials for use with students. All materials were published by the Key Stage Three Strategy and the Secondary Strategy between 2002 and 2009.

Energy was one of the original ‘key ideas’ within the Key Stage Three strategy. The key ideas, especially energy, are abstract in nature and strategy documentation stressed the importance of introducing all five key scientific ideas early in Key Stage Three. This is because students need to develop their understanding progressively so that they can recognise, use and then apply each of the ideas in different contexts. The five key scientific ideas that underpin the Key Stage Three programme of study are: cells, interdependence, particles, forces and energy.

The Science Framework for Years Seven, Eight and Nine (2002) introduced the key ideas in 2002 and provided basic progression guidance for teaching energy. This was followed in 2003 by the Strengthening Teaching and Learning of Energy in Key Stage Three Science continuing professional development (CPD) unit, which supported participants with more detailed progression and pedagogical guidance as well as improving non-subject specialists’ understanding of the topic. In 2009, the Energy Study Guide was introduced to support progression and pedagogical guidance for teaching forces linked to the ‘progression maps’, the Revised Framework for Teaching Secondary Science (2008) and Assessing Pupils’ Progress in Science, (2009).

Please note that part of this collection of resources was first published in 2002. Ideas about teaching major scientific explanations, such as energy, are constantly changing.



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Strengthening Teaching and Learning of Energy, Secondary National Strategy

This National Strategies 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...

Key Stage 3 National Strategy: strengthening teaching and learning of energy in Key Stage 3 Science, additional support pack

The national strategy for Key Stage 3 is mounted by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and supported by a national team. The aim of the strategy is to raise standards by strengthening teaching and learning, developing cross-curricular skills such as literacy and numeracy, helping pupils who come into...