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Physics in the primary curriculum

Physics is defined as: the scientific study of matter and energy and the relationships between them, including the study of forces, heat, light, sound, electricity and the structure of atoms - Oxford dictionary

Physics at primary level involves learning about and exploring light and sound, forces and the effects that they have on objects and the world around us,electricity and how simple electrical circuits work and about the Earth and other planets in our solar system.


Take a look at your primary science curriculum. Highlight the physics topics you find.

Identify the next physics topic or session you will be teaching. Tell us below what this is and how confident you are feeling about delivering it.

Becoming a little more familiar with some of the terminology used to describe physics in the primary science curriculum, is one of the first stages of identifying where to develop your subject knowledge. In the next step, you’ll take a quiz which is to help you assess your current level of understanding. See this as a formative activity, and hopefully by the end of this course, you can return to the quiz again and have another go with more confidence.

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Teaching Primary Science: Physics

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