The Particles 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 2003.

Particles was one of the original ‘key ideas’ within the Key Stage Three strategy. The key ideas 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 about particles. This was followed in 2003 by the Strengthening Teaching and Learning of Particles 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. The CPD unit also provided classroom materials comprising an audio clip and videos to use with students.



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Strengthening Teaching and Learning of Particles, Key Stage Three National Strategy - Training Materials

This is one of a suite of continuing professional development (CPD) units from the Department for Education covering the five ‘key ideas’ at Key Stage Three (cells, interdependence, particles, forces and energy). It links with the...