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What are forces?

Answering the question ‘What are forces?’ is actually a very tricky, as we can’t see forces. We can, however, observe the effects of forces upon objects. There are two types …

Eliciting misconceptions: Sorting

Sorting is another quick and powerful tool for assessing children’s knowledge and understanding. In the video we see children sorting different materials as to whether they thought they conducted electricity …

Introduction to the week

This week the focus is on forces, you will develop your understanding and look at some common misconceptions that children and adults may hold. We will support you throughout this …

Exploring electrical conductors and insulators

In the video you can see children investigating electrical conductors and insulators using an energy stick. Energy sticks are a safe, inexpensive and engaging resource to have for electricity lessons. …

Subject knowledge: sound

Anything vibrating makes a sound but sometimes we need to be very close to it to hear it . In order to make sounds louder we often need to amplify …

Exploring sounds

Challenging misconceptions can be most successful when children are given the time to explore and challenge their own thoughts and ideas. If children have a pre-constructed idea that small things …

What has slowed the boat down?

In this video children are investigating the effect of changing the size of a sail on a boat. They use fans to generate wind power to push the boats forward, …

Using data loggers

In this video, Sarah demonstrates a practical activity using electrical equipment and a data logger. This would help to challenge and reconstruct children’s understanding if they have the misconception that …

Air resistance demonstration

The short demonstration shows the effect of air resistance using two A4 sheets of paper (there is no narration in this video). This is a simple task to carry out. …

Defining electricity

This week we will look at the topic electricity. We will discover what electricity is and what is going on in an electrical circuit. We will also look at electrical …

Dropping objects of different mass

Last week we looked at how reconstructing the learning was only useful if the children were able to see an issue with their misconception. We have to support them to …

Q&A with course educators

All online CPD courses from STEM Learning provide an opportunity to ask the educators more detailed questions as part of the course Q&A session. We record responses to your outstanding …

What is friction?

Friction occurs when two things are in contact and at least one of them is moving. Friction can occur between solid objects, such as a toy car and the floor, …

Modelling how we see

A great deal of what we are teaching in physics cannot be easily seen and can be quite abstract. Modelling is a useful strategy to help us represent, describe and …