Energy at KS4
The Institute of Physics among others has developed guidance to support the teaching of energy using the concepts of energy stores and pathways. Here is a round-up of some of the key resources:
- Brief introductory article in the newsletter Classroom Physics
- Helpful language for energy talk article from Practical Physics
- Set of resources to support planning from Supporting Physics Teaching
- Academic article in School Science review 'Teaching about energy: from everyday to scientific understandings' by Robin Millar
Improving gender balance
The Institute of Physics have funded a series of projects that have focused on learning more about and addressing the gender imbalance in physics. The findings from their Improving Gender Balance report are very promising:
"We recommend that schools combine the following in a blended approach.
- Appoint a gender champion, someone senior in the leadership team who is able to drive change within the school
- Analyse progression data by gender for different subjects and discuss what might be driving any gendered patterns
- Train teachers to understand unconscious bias, how the experiences of girls and boys may differ because of it and what they can do to manage that impact
- Equip teachers to deal with sexist bullying and language
- Raise students' awareness and engagement of the gender stereotypes they face and engage them in addressing them
- Review the options process: look at the options information and presentations through a gender lens and equip students to engage critically with the process
- Consider project-led science clubs that encourage a better gender balance"
See the full report for more on all of the above.
Our next SfL secondary CPD will focus on forces, and will cover the following:
- Subject knowledge: what teachers need to know & understand to teach KS3 forces
- Subject pedagogy: how to teach KS3 forces with a focus on addressing misconceptions - the why and the how (including valuable practical experiences, powerful analogies & models etc.)
- Subject assessment: forces progression & NC expectations at KS2, KS3 and KS4