Earth and Space

Things you'll need to decide on as you plan: Earth-Moon-Sun

Teaching Guidance for 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

Bringing together two sets of constraints

Focusing on the learners:

Distinguishing–eliciting–connecting. How to:

  • organise what pupils have observed into a coherent whole
  • build three-dimension models where illumination is important
  • draw out what children believe about the Earth-Moon-Sun system and how this is related to everyday phenomena

Teacher Tip: These are all related to findings about children's ideas from research. The teaching activities will provide some suggestions. So will colleagues, near and far.

Focusing on the physics:

Representing–noticing–recording. How to:

  • build a sequence that uses increasingly complex models
  • keep each step of the simplification in building the models connected with the whole
  • distinguish between spinning on an axis and orbiting another object
  • keep what is noticed and recorded somewhat separate from what is modelled

Teacher Tip: Connecting what is experienced with what is written and drawn is essential to making sense of the connections between the theoretical world of physics and the lived-in world of the children. Don't forget to exemplify this action.

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