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Thinking about 'force' in the national curriculum

About. This resource explores the advancing expectations for pupils' understanding of 'force' as they move up the key stages, and some activities teachers could use as stimulus for classroom discussions.

Pedagogical content. This sessions engaged pupils in inquiry(ta) using the scientific method(ta) to explore force. It offers opportunity for teachers to use higher order questioning(ta), whole class assessment(ta) and to engage pupils in effective group work(ta) for investigation. (edit)

Resource details
Title Force
Topic [[Topics/Force|Force]]
Teaching approach

[[Teaching Approaches/Assessment|Assessment]],  [[Teaching Approaches/In progress|In progress]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Questioning|Questioning]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Group work|Group work]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Inquiry|Inquiry]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Scientific method|Scientific method]]

Learning Objectives
  • Understanding progression for expectations of pupils' knowledge of 'force'.
  • Considering some possible stimulus materials for classroom discussion around 'force'.
Format / structure

A Word document (7 pages) including diagrams



Age of students / grade

[[Resources/Primary|Primary]],  [[Resources/Higher|Higher]]

Table of contents
  • Expectations at Key Stage 2
  • Expectations at Key Stage 3
  • Plenary Activities
  • The distinction between ‘power’ and ‘energy’
  • Representing Forces
  • Falling Object
  • Self-Assessment: Aeroplane
  • Measuring Forces

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This resource was adapted from resources and original ideas contributed by Paul Warwick, at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.